What a mess......
If you're going to next year's Otakon, don't wait till night to pick up your preregistration badge. I was in line for 4 fucking hours, and the line was absolute chaos. There seemed like no sense of cohesion in the line, and we kept wrapping around and around invisible barriers making it impossible to tell if someone cut in line - seriously, there's like 8 rows of people, and believe this, the outside rows are actually people closer to the beginning of the line while people in the middle are actually closer to the end...... HOW THE FUCK DOES THAT WORK? I get that there was a problem with the wifi there, but apparently if people brought their receipts (I brought mine and was out in 2 minutes after waiting for them to look my information for the past 10) things could've been handled a lot easier (hah! traditional beats digital!)
Then after all that, it comes to find out that they didn't bother printing a schedule for the congoers. We had to pick one up individually at the information booth. This threw me back a bit, because I had no idea what events were going on and they wanted us to rely on looking up their twitter page to get them. Hello, some of us don't like being tracked by the government, and wish to not spend hundreds of dollars on a fucking phone that's practically a pocket computer! Picking up a schedule, it turns out that practically everything was on time and no changes were made whatsoever - the entire reason they did away with schedules in the first place. The video rooms weren't side by side, and you pretty much had to run circles around the entire con if you wanted to catch anime you haven't seen before.
The dealers room was also not all that great. Prices have really gone up, man. Though I DID manage to pick up a BEAUTIFUL FUCKING GEM in the name of The Heroic Legend of Arslan. OMG I've been looking for that one for years! It's like a low budget Record of Lodoss War but worth every fucking penny!
Last of the problems, damn near none of my friends appeared at the con. That was highly disappointing, and drove me to leave the con early twice in a row, something I normally never do. I just can't be bothered to be by myself at a convention - at least not yet anyway. If I could plan around it, and make it something fun to do on my own, I totally would.
Regardless of all the problems, I did manage to have fun for the time I spent there, so I'm in pretty high spirits and to show for it, I just finished a piece that I redrew for . Last he saw, the character looked totally different from what is being shown now. I also entered into an art trade with . I'll be working back and forth between these and an incredibly hard piece that I'm drawing for :jacknapier40: . After these are done, or maybe in between those, I'll get a commission turned request (if I take more than 3 weeks to get a commission done, I make them free of charge) for Abster and his desire for some Felicia.
Anyways, see you guys around! Be sure to check out my group Art Empire Slums!