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Tiffany (Neo_Serenity) and Arianna Unciano study the menus. Photos online. And most of them have captions. Help me fill in the gaps!
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 354: Coral Cafe (18-Jun-2009) et seq.
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 356: Coral Cafe (25-Jun-2009) et seq.
Irvine Cosplay Picnic at Mason Park (20-Jun-2009)
Anaheim Gardenwalk and the Anaheim Marriott (21-Jun-2009)
Napmobile and a fenderbender (21-Jun-2009)
Anime Los Angeles 6 meetings part 2: Exec Dinner/Meeting (26-Jun-2009) et seq.
Anime Los Angeles 6 meetings part 6: General Meeting (27-Jun-2009) et seq.
Moving Melissa (28-Jun-2009)
Victoria's Picture Gallery: Anime Expo 2009: Saturday (04-Jul-2009)
Melissa and the Fan Gallery cases (11-Jul-2009)
Anaheim Marriott Tour (16-Jul-2009)
La Verne Cosplay Picnic at Las Flores Park (18-Jul-2009)
The picture of [livejournal.com profile] neo_serenity is from the exec dinner.

Losing my camera at Anime Expo really rocked me back... )

Oh, there's more going on than just my emotional state, of course. I've taken more photos since Anime Expo, but the photos in the queue have been on hold because of other non-photo, non-blog reasons. Family health issues and household management issues, and if I can be discarding and shredding old papers any of that comes before puttering around on my website.

I've just spent a few nights (in my copious free time) captioning some of the backlog. I think I've got to stop taking so many group photos -- they slow me down so much in the captioning phase!

I've been putting a few inconsequential updates on my facebook. Nothing major, but I wanted to repeat here the bigger items that I've mentioned there.

The Potluck Party Room at Costume College was a big success, so we'll do it again at PMX... )

Between now and PMX: I'll be at Tiki Oasis this weekend (just for fun), Anime Vegas (in a convention center), and a small anime convention at CSU Northridge. So PMX is the next opportunity to do any kind of hospitality beyond giving away granola bars and candy at our table.

For [livejournal.com profile] loscon, I'm hosting a Confirmation: Westercon 63 party. "Poofy dresses (especially white ones), shirt and tie, or school uniform" will be the dress code. We're toying with the idea of using a "Confirmitzvah" theme, stay tuned for that.

Some small convention news... )

I mentioned last month that I've purchased a new camera. I haven't found the "sports" setting yet, but I've started playing with the High ISO option for available light shots. You can see I've started posting the first crop of photos from the new camera.

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Tomorrow: The [livejournal.com profile] loscon Picnic that [livejournal.com profile] squiptryx0 is organizing. See his post here for more info.

After that: Two conventions and three picnics, and stuff like that.

Artists: We need an extra design, one for an Animé Los Angeles postcard (you've got about four weeks) and another for a special postcard/flyer we'll be handing out at Anime Expo. More info to follow.

[livejournal.com profile] ladymaxstarr has a regular Orange County habit on Wednesdays: She goes to a goth club that some friends of hers run at a nightclub. Starting this coming week, it will be at an 18-and-over club in downtown Anaheim. For a month or two there, they were closed and she's been coming out and hanging out with us on some Wednesdays. As it turns out, the SPJA (Anime Expo's parent organization) board meetings are held on Wednesday nights... )

So, about those conventions. For AniZona, we'll have a table, likewise I hope to have one at FanimeCon in Artists' Alley. For FanimeCon we're probably going to have a Peanut Butter and Jelly Frenzy like we did a few years ago, which won't be advertised.

It's not clear yet whether we'll have a table at Anime Expo, but we have decided that we'll have a hospitality room at the Westin Bonaventure serving dinner. (That's the hotel which will have most of their evening programming.) We'll open in the afternoon/evening -- the time we open depends on whether we have a table in the dealers room. I'm going to want art for a special flyer we'll print up that will invite people to join us for dinner, and we'll hand those out -- face-to-face, and at our table if we have one. I'll be announcing the art contest for that flyer on the [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles LJ in a few days.

For all of these conventions, plus Anime Vegas (at the Cashman Center, about a mile north of Fremont Street), I need to know who wants to help; if you and I have already talked about it, it wouldn't hurt to remind me now.
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My Animé Los Angeles report, part 6: Sunday. (See also part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 7.)

Fred Ladd had originally been one of my picks for a Guest of Honor to tie in with Old School Day... )

Sunday also marked the debut of our ''Your Next Convention'' mini program track... )

Rob Miles is in charge of "Stage Zero" at FanimeCon, and he's offered us a half-hour timeslot to talk up [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles. What shall we do? Will it be at 9:00 am on the last morning of the convention?

Sunday afternoon was the ''Walking Free'' Fashion Show... )

There was a lot of interest in next year's Fashion Show, especially for having it earlier in the weekend. It'll be either Friday or Saturday next year, depending on what Tech and Events work out.

Our Editor Guest of Honor, Zac Bertschy, was only able to attend on Sunday... )

Feedback/Gripe Session, in the timeslot before Closing Ceremonies, was relatively painless. Suggestions included positioning signs so from the foyer you can look down the hall and see where the doors to Artists' Alley, Dealers, LP1, LP2, and so forth are. It was pointed out that the hotel has removed the signs hanging from the ceiling that used to say Salon A and Suite 1 etc, so it's even harder to find things. Another suggestion was to add a map of the facility to the BADGE ZONE signs, with a YOU ARE HERE dot. Many compliments, lots of people liked the costume-eating escalator sign and the big posters we had everywhere (mostly of Kevin Lillard's photos). We should have announced at Gripe to go get your poster now -- many were torn down once Closing started. (I may owe people a few reprints.) Suggestion for next year: post photos from the past five Animé Los Angeleses (Animé Los Angeli?). As well as Jessica's art.

Next: After it's all over

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A late night, considering I've got an early morning...

Erica Wienke wore her "Ala" costume today, with a purple wig (matching the "Chibi Ala" postcard hairstyle). She got the stains out of her dress, so she was able to wear it again. She helped at the table today. So did Mikal and Brooke, who got there shortly before the hall opened, and Martin Young stayed all day and into the night (see below). [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn and I picked up more of those wire storage cubes, and Mikal assembled a 2x3 stack of them so we'd have a place to neatly put bags, purses, and so forth so the place wouldn't look quite so sloppy.

We reduced the price on the shirts today, and sold a few more. We sold a handful of memberships, and lots of ribbons. So far we've sold 8 memberships, which is better than we usually do at conventions. (Last year we gave up on trying, and just printed discount codes on the flyers we'd bring to each convention.)

I was explaining the Costume Repair Station to Anastasia Krylov, who was dressed as "Yunihiko" from Damekko Doubutsu, in other words as a unicorn. She asked if we had the kit with us? Why yes, we do, how can we help? Her needs were satisifed by Res-Q-Tape, which kept her strapless dress in place so that she wouldn't have to fear being kicked out due to a costume malfunction. Other people who made use of the kit included someone who needed a safety pin, and two or three people who borrowed the hot glue gun and took it away to somewhere with electricity and brought it back again. Mary Jane Jewell and Charles Matheny stopped by -- M.J. was very helpful in locating the Res-Q-Tape. (I was looking for Toupee Tape and not finding any.)

Athena Pappa, Masoud Karkehabadi, Nick Smith, Elizabeth and Michael Reed, Gizmo, Henry Sierra, Bessie Siles, Melissa De Mello, Patty Engel, Sarah Goldberg, Zach Shaffer, Caroline Smeby, Carolyn Ayton, Stephanie Duchin, Andrew Vo, Parnaz Gharah, John Mongan. and various other folks stopped by today. (My apologies for not going and looking up all your LJ handles.) Rachel Mills wants to take on Recruiting and Volunteers. We'll see -- we had someone else volunteer for that at the Escondido Picnic, but she's going to be busy through Comic-Con.

We've decided we're definitely having an "Old School" theme for Sunday at [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles, and a New Year's Day Dance on Thursday. We also have an Artist Guest of Honor, Scott Ramsoomair.

In the case of Mr. Ramsoomair, I stopped by his booth a couple of times, and basically made our offer of GoH-ness by writing notes on postcards. It worked, so I'm happy. Scott had a table (sharing a booth with another artist) in the Dealers Room, and always had a long line of people buying things and waiting for him to autograph them. We'll need to find him a space in the Dealers Room, probably one of the bonus tables we have at the back where we're putting Kevin Lillard. I'm going to want to set up a line of communication with his fiancée, because (a) Scott's e-mail is ginormously busy, and (b) we want to learn about his particular likes and dislikes so we can pamper him better on the day.

I also met Sean Myers and Ayano Fujita, from the Japanese Video Translation Academy in Los Angeles. They're heavily involved with the Japan Film Festival L.A., in addition to training translators and offering translation services. I told them to look into "Crunchy Roll" because they're in related fields. Sean tipped me off to a new film from Inoue-san that's due to premier at the Chicago Film Festival later this year, and maybe we can get permission to screen it at our convention in January.

Dinner was with a much-abbreviated ACML group. Corner Bakery was closed today, so we went to California Pizza Kitchen. We had people from Otakon, FanimeCon, Animé Los Angeles, and Kevin McKeever from Harmony Gold. Not as much representation as I'd hoped. We passed around some business cards, or postcards in our case. Jim Vowles showed us the Otakon series of collectors' cards -- with different messages such as "Baltimore smelled funny before Otakon arrived" and "Please don't steal our banners." I'll post a sample of them later, I'm tired -- we were at the restaurant until 10:30 pm.

More tomorrow!
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Another day at Anime Expo. We were late getting out of the house, so it's a good thing Mikal Saltveit was on hand to open up in the morning. He'd already sold $3 worth of ribbons by the time we got there.

[livejournal.com profile] midnight_rocket has a Princess Tutu dress that she wore today. It's sort of like a hoop skirt with just the one hoop at the bottom hem. Good thing we didn't have a whole lot of stuff to haul with us this morning!

I forgot the funnel, again. (Gets up and finds it, puts it next to the door.) We have six gallon bottles of drinking water to refill our water bottles, but no way to do it without a big mess, so we've been using up the 16-oz. water bottles I carefully smuggled into the building. Tomorrow I'll bring in more bottles, somehow.

I don't remember meeting any new out-of-town anime convention smofs. But a lot of people have stopped by to say hello. I gave [livejournal.com profile] bryanw, our Artist Guest of Honor last year, the James Gurney portfolio that [livejournal.com profile] ala_mokita had entrusted to me for him, and he was suitably impressed. We found young [livejournal.com profile] summoner_lenne9 trappped in Artists' Alley. In fact, we have a lot of friends in Artists' Alley. I talked to [livejournal.com profile] rivetspoon, who agreed that we could tell people that our [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles Artists' Alley info will be posted by the end of the month.

A couple people have asked about Kevin Lillard -- he's not attending AX, he's off at an unlimited hydroplane race in Indiana.

What else. We sold a surprisingly large number of ribbons, a modest number of memberships, and a depressingly small number of t-shirts. We're slashing the price of the t-shirts tomorrow, I don't want to carry them all home again on Sunday.

Inoue-san sent me some chocolates in the shape of little bears. If you stop by the booth and you mention them to me, I might be willing to share, while they last.

The snack bar nearest us has pizza, for $7. There are supposedly a bunch, maybe half a dozen, places to eat in the convention center. I've eaten at the two I can see from our booth - the Barbecue Teriyaki Smoothies stall, and the snack bar. Tonight we bought some rolls (a chocolate croissant and an onion-cheese kaiser roll) so I've got something to munch on during the day. Oh, and I should go get some of my beef jerky, if it's still in the car. Might be at work... but going to work means getting to bed an hour later than I would otherwise, so I'll just check in my truck and call it a night.

Plenty of cross-over people -- people who go to ConDor or Loscon, people who went to ALA last week (the library conference), and so forth.

We've had a few great volunteers. Alec Orrock wants to run our anime video program, and we're probably going to have an "Old School Day" theme to our Sunday which will allow him to show a bunch of his never-relased-on-DVD LaserDiscs. Gizmo's willing to do almost anything, we've assigned him to Ops as their Minion. Sianeka turned up, [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn grabbed her for Registration. He's VP at LASFS now, and reports that the LASFS meeting was practically a ghost town last night. All of the movers and shakers (and some of the twitchers and jigglers) are out at Westercon in Vegas if they're not here in L.A for AX. Gizmo had a carrying case with 30 lbs. of laptops and computer equipment in it --- he's carrying it around Anime Expo, as "training" for later in the month when he's down in San Diego at Comic-Con. Good luck with that...

Michelle Pincus is working at a t-shirt booth, so she just stopped by during her break. I think she's helping us in Reg as well. Rosie Duran-McKillip came by and reaffirmed that she'll help in the Con Suite. From a recruiting standpoint, I'm glad we're out here.

Margaret Mannatt, long-time ConDor dealer, is at the con and having a wonderful time. Selling interesting stuff, including books that you won't find at the other dealers and also other odds and ends. Doing well. I think she's really enjoying branching out beyond just selling Fine Books. We see her at Animé Los Angeles and Costume College too.

And Cal Cotton's here. He says "Hi" to everyone as well.

Lots of guys wandering around in their underwear. Okay, I've seen fewer than ten in the first two days, but that's still plenty. "Codpiece Boy" seems to be a good nickname to keep around for the next person who it matches...

Anime Expo has finally hired shuttle buses. They pretty much had to, because their official hotels are so spread out -- the Westin Bonaventure, for example, is a mile and a half away. This move already has been met with praise from many fans. They sure could have used it last year, when there was such a long hike from Video Room 1 to Video Room 2. (A hotel immediately to the north of the LBCC vs. the Hyatt, immed. south.)

Tomorrow's the Anime Convention Mailing List meet-up. Sort of like the anime equivalent of SMOFS. We're going to Corner Bakery, which is about 4 blocks northish of the LACC. That's the closest realistic place we could meet without spending a fortune or overwhelming a restaurant with a small dining room (or both).

[livejournal.com profile] rebecca817 sent me and Lynn shirts. They seem to fit. (Will we get matching headbands too?) Thank you! We'll wear them on Sunday.
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Yesterday, Thursday, was the first day of Anime Expo. There's also a Westercon over in the Las Vegas area, but I'm staying in town. ([livejournal.com profile] library_lynn says Our hotel is in Anaheim, it's very reasonable but the commute is long.)

[livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles has a booth in the back, right across from the snack bar. So that's good. We signed up too late to be in the list of exhibitors in the program book, but that's the way it goes. We have t-shirts from our last thee years for sale, plus some miscellaneous badge ribbons. (I explain to people that we're selling these, to raise money to cover the ones we give away at our convention. Plus having shiny pretty things out on a table gets people to slow down and take a look.)

Our newsletter is out -- [livejournal.com profile] divine_sage is the editor, and it's a beautiful piece. I thought the printers were going to use plain paper, but it's actually on slick paper so it looks very professional. We have one of the benches, so there's extra room for folks to sit and talk.

[livejournal.com profile] midnight_rocket was a tremendous help at the table, she spent most of the day as point person. Erica Wienke ("Lily Kalanoa"), Mikal Saltveit and [livejournal.com profile] squiptryx all helped out throughout the day, so there was usually a handful of people at the booth. I didn't once feel that I was trapped at the booth and couldn't get away. I was sleepy, because of staying up late the night before, but there were plenty of alert chipper people around me.

I've met Jim Vowles, Alice Volkmar, and Sean Chiochankitmun from Otakon; Tom Stidman ([livejournal.com profile] redneckotaku), from Anime USA; and Marc Perez, SPJA chairman (that is, chair of the board of directors of AX's parent organization). Esie Xethlex stopped by, in red this time -- I'm used to seeing her in black and white, with bats in her hair. Dani Coles, the lady we met at Anime Vegas that we gave a ride back to Orange County to, stopped by, it was nice to see her again.

In a few minutes we're heading back out. Look for us in booth 367, if you're going!
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Austin Anime Los Angeles 4 meeting at hotel (06-Jul-2007); LASFS Aftermeetings part 292: Coral Cafe (12-Jul-2007); Sac-Anime (13-15-Jul-2007); and Orange County Fair/Weird Al Yankovic concert (21-Jul-2007) photos now online. Pick on the picture of [livejournal.com profile] adrenailine at the [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles table to see the pictures from Sac-Anime.

Well, I finished the book on Sunday. Took me two days. So I don't have to worry about spoilers in your LJs.

And we went and saw the 501st Legion in concert Saturday night at the Orange County Fair -- they were dancing on stage, along with Weird Al Yankovic's band... )

I posted recently about my experience at Anime Expo with the instant-photo printing project. I've proposed the same kind of thing for the Costume College Gala; we'll see if it gets approved by them who approve these things in time. I'm optimistic that it'll work out well. If anyone graphically inclined wants to design a picture frame for the project, please contact me right away! I need a PNG with a transparent window in it -- or you can just pick a color to be "transparent" where the photo will go. The overall size should be 775 pixels wide by 1025 pixels high, with the window for the photo no larger than a 600x800 pixel rectangle. Preference would be for the photo's position to be centered, but that's not an absolute requirement. (If there's a good photographer attending, I'll cheerfully set aside my ego in favor of the costumers getting better pictures, and run their photos on my computer equipment and save my own photos just for the website.)

colleency has been helpful in getting me hooked up with the Costume College volunteers coordinator, so I can put in some useful work... )

Anyhow, that's a bit of a tangent -- I was starting to talk about Anime Expo. I saw a few things, I've heard a few things about the convention, and I went to the gripe session. Whoo boy, were people unhappy. (And that's before the announcement that the con was moving to Los Angeles Convention Center next year.) I passed up a note to the panel as they were ending the session, or more correctly, moving the discussion outside, and the chair (Joyce Lim) asked me to send her an e-mail message with some of my ideas. So here's a piece of what I sent her. If there's any interest, I'll post more... )


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