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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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Sarah Goldberg, getting ready to leave. The towels on the floor are because of the plumbing incident the day before. Photos now online:
Anime Los Angeles 6 meetings part 1: Creative Director and Publications Division (19-May-2009)
FanimeCon 2009 part 70: Monday (26-May-2009) et seq.
FanimeCon 2009 part 78: Driving Home Tuesday (27-May-2009)
The picture of [livejournal.com profile] summoner_lenne9 is from Monday morning.



Did I mention the plumbing incident on Sunday? )



Lauren Bedford, Sarah Goldberg and Carissa Edwards getting in the car. Sarah's ride was leaving a little earlier than originally planned. And Monday being the last day of the convention, the elevators were extra busy with people checking out. [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn and I managed to get her and her stuff downstairs and into the car by a little before 11, and she was off. (left)

Lisa Gochnauer and Lindsay Tallman. It was a day full of hellos and goodbyes, often two at a time. The famous "L-Squared" pair of best buds, [livejournal.com profile] xkokuux and [livejournal.com profile] fairegoddess, stopped by our table for a snapshot. (right)

Mike Young and Barrie Young, freshly married piratical couple, visited us for a moment, as did a dancing Crocodile Hunter... )

Julia and Caitlin again were quite helpful at the table, but they were both exhausted from staying up the night before... )

Stephanie Duchin, Lindsay Tallman, and Melissa De Mello. Once we'd packed up the table, it was time for dinner. [livejournal.com profile] tenkuudragon, Lindsay, and [livejournal.com profile] ladymaxstarr and I headed out to find something. On the way I realized that it's been a long time since I'd been out to dinner with a bunch of friends over 21 -- not counting Coral Cafe, that is -- and that we could actually all order beer. We went to Gordon Biersch to do just that. (left)

We stumbled across an old friend of Patrick Beckstead, and a perennial fannish translator... )



Stephanie Duchin in the suite they moved us to. The hotel still didn't have a 5th floor room to move us to. But they gave us an upgrade, on the 20th floor, in a large room/small suite overlooking the park. (right)

I wish I'd thought to ask them to knock something off my bill -- [livejournal.com profile] neo_serenity had a similar plumbing issue earlier in the convention, and got half a room night taken off.

Logistics crew, moving a cart full of equipment. We went downstairs, where the move-out of FanimeCon was in full swing. The gentlemen in the orange jumpsuits are the FanimeCon Logistics Crew, and they're moving carts full of equipment to wherever it is they end up between conventions. While I think it's cool to give the Logistics people a distinctive uniform that they can wear more than once during the convention, I'm not sure I really agree with the "just escaped from prison" esthetic. (left)

Melissa had been trying to meet up with Nikki (and the twins)... )



Lynn Baden, Chaz Boston Baden at Fosters Freeze. We headed out Tuesday morning, about as bright-and-early as we ever do, and made plenty of stops along the way... )

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Becky Kramer, Lynn Baden. Photos now online: FanimeCon 2009 part 56: Sunday (24-May-2009) et seq.

Notes I don't want to forget, from the coin locker place... )

I've talked before about the FanimeCon venue. I want to mention the pocket program: Many people were pleased with how small and pocket-sized it was. Our days of a single folded-up sheet paper for [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles may have to come to an end. And they had a little one-page restaurant guide in it! Good work on that.

Notes about daughters of various people... )



Caitlin Doolittle, Julia Doolittle, Stephanie Duchin. [livejournal.com profile] little_serenity, [livejournal.com profile] magi_sammy, and [livejournal.com profile] tenkuudragon were again a great help to have at the table on Sunday. And the sisters are definite draw to have at the table -- people came over to look at them, and in fact Caitlin got compliments on her turquoise wig all day as long as she was wearing it. (right)

One of the things that nagged at me regarding the Artist Alley was the way that the badgers at the doors were blocking two of the fire exit doors... )



Stan Oh. The table was a fair place for people-watching and costume-watching. [livejournal.com profile] daoutlaw came by, as a shark, for example. (left)

I say "fair" because a lot of the people and costumes we saw were people who were coming specifically to find our Animé Los Angeles table.

Sunday was Disney Princess day... )



Gary de Guzman. With the increasing overlap between our staff and FanimeCon's (as well as others, of course) it means that attending other conventions becomes more and more valuable for keeping in touch. We have two Divisions and one major Department run by NorCal people, for example Gary de Guzman here in the white chauffeur's cap is in charge of Programming/Live Events at FanimeCon, and our Exhibition Division at Animé Los Angeles. (left)

Melissa De Mello and Stephanie Duchin. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Artist Alley was open most days until 8:00 pm. A grueling schedule, and when we left for the day we were all ready for dinner, or a nap, or both. (right)

Stephanie's ''Mario and Luigi '08 - It's-a-Merica!'' bag. I was struck by Stephanie's "campaign" bag -- she has a tote bag for "Mario and Luigi '08." (left)

Once we'd had dinner, we went back to the convention center. Lindsay and Lynn helped me set up the Peanut Butter and Jelly Party... )

At 12:16 am we were all done. (right) A minute shy of two hours -- a little longer than I was expecting, we had 50% more bread than the night before and it took more than twice as long.

FanimeCon fancy ''Convention Operations'' sign. ''Rovers'' sign. ''Logistics'' sign. ''Volunteers'' sign.
On the way to the elevator at the end of the night, I took pictures of the various signs that the second-floor Marriott departments had...

Signs at ''Video Main'' room. There's a place for a sign in the first two photos that might have used one. Just as here, under the venue's sign that says "Meeting Room B1" there's a signholder where the convention's own sign could have been slipped in. (right) Although I suppose they probably considered that superfluous, given the size of the big sign in front of it!

(Continued...)

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29. Kyuubi as Kyuubi, from Naruto. Photos now online: FanimeCon 2009 Masquerade entries 26-44, Awards, and Late Night on the Concourse... )



#2. The Dragon Knight: Anele as Freya Crescent from Final Fantasy IX. I mentioned that the more-cumbersome props and costumes were front-loaded towards the beginning of the show... )

The halftime entertainment was a subtitled anime of some sort up on the big screens. I didn't have a good view of that, without getting up and moving six or twelve rows back, so I got up. [livejournal.com profile] little_serenity and [livejournal.com profile] magi_sammy, and the rest of their group (Entry 13) were sitting in the audience section where all of the participants sat, and I went over and showed them that yes, I got a few shots of them on stage. I learned that [livejournal.com profile] neo_serenity and the rest of the group cheered when they flashed "Animé Los Angeles" on the screen as one of the sponsors. I think that if we do this sort of thing again, we'll want to be able to provide a title slide for them. Something splashy they can throw up there, with the [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles logo and perhaps Ala in a costume.

They had to get the awards presented before their curfew at the auditorium -- which I expect is also why the whole thing started so early (pre-show at 6:30 pm, first competitive entrant at 7 o'clock) -- so there wasn't as much stage time for photos as there might have been. Each winner did come on stage, but there wasn't a consistent "stop here and hold for 20 seconds for a photo" routine set up for each group. I grabbed some shots to the best of my ability, though. (left)

I tried to take notes as to which were the "Best in Class/Show" winners, and then joined the crowds heading back over to the Convention Center.

We're about to let people start making sandwiches. Sarah Goldberg watches at side. Almost everything we needed for our nightly Peanut Butter & Jelly Party was in Saltine in the convention center parking garage. Met an old friend of Victoria Shapero... )

55 minutes to go through 8 jumbo loaves of bread (equivalent to 10 2/3 ordinary loaves), about a hundred sandwiches or so. A lot busier than Friday night. Saturday is the big night of course, but I think the "Free Snacks" sign in the middle of the table helped a bit. (Which reminds me, I need to make it a double-sided sign.)

I packed up the car, then I sat around the Concourse for some time after that. I saw Sarah, Evan, and Death that night... )

And finally, at about 3:00 am, I went to bed. More than an hour and a half after packing everything back in the car for the night... I've got to stop doing that.

(Continued...)

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Lynn Baden, with possible new set of bear ears. Photos now online: FanimeCon 2009 Saturday, through Masquerade Entry 25... )

Saturday at FanimeCon. The furry ear people were at the end of the row from us -- Bay Area Animation Society, I think -- so we shopped for new fuzzy ears for [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn. We ended up buying one pair (above right), and special-ordering another pair with fur that Lynn liked.

Exterior, Las Flamas, San Jose. That morning, I'd gone on the shopping run by myself, to get more bread, peanut butter, and jelly. I stopped at Las Flamas, a Mexican restaurant on Market/Monterey, to get a chorizo and egg burrito to go. It was very tasty. (left)

I'd managed to talk to the Masquerade Assistant Director on Friday about giving some Anime Los Angeles memberships as masquerade prizes for some of the winners... )



Evan James, Julia Ha, and Jinni Prodhan. Evan James, our Creative Director, was serving as one of Julia's seconds. Julia Ha is our [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles Events Division head, and she has a similar post (Extravaganzas Director, I believe) for FanimeCon. Our new status as a Masquerade sponsor got me and Hillel a special perk -- we got to sit in the reserved seating area. (Row 3, to be exact.) Evan, Julia and Jinni (Julia's other assistant) were outside the auditorium, and showed us to our seats. (right)

Ric Meyer, with one of the props left over from entry #17. The emcee for the event was Ric Meyer, who kept snagging props from masquerade entries to hold for a while, by grabbing one before the appropriate ninja was able to remove it. (left)

Something that FanimeCon does is put the entries with the larger costumes or props towards the beginning of the evening... )



We're Not Twins Cosplay and Friends: Julia as Shiki Misaki, Caitlin as Rhyme Bito, Stan as Beat Bito, Deb as Neku Sakuraba, Carolyn as Joshua, from The World Ends With You. In any event, one of the entries that I wanted to make absolutely sure I didn't miss was the one that [livejournal.com profile] little_serenity and [livejournal.com profile] magi_sammy put together. (right) Unfortunately there was a lighting miscue, and I wasn't able to get a picture of [livejournal.com profile] divine_sage who played the part of their punchline!

(Continued...)

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Lynn Baden. Photos now online:
FanimeCon 2009 part 1: Over the Grapevine (21-May-2009) et seq.
FanimeCon 2009 part 8: Friday Morning (22-May-2009) et seq.

Dewar's, exterior. FanimeCon report part 1. We stopped three or four times going to Bakersfield... )



Sarah Goldberg, at a rest stop. She opened the graduation present from Maria. We were northbound out of Bakersfield by about 3-something. We then stopped at the Coalinga-Avenal rest stop where Sarah opened up the graduation present that [livejournal.com profile] missmea made for her. (right) You can't see it clearly in the picture, but it's a scrunchy made with Nepalese sari wool that Maria had lying around. Sarah was especially touched, because her parents met in Nepal.

Lynn and I traded off driving all the way up to San Jose... )



Nikki Costa, with new scarf made by Melissa. On the drive up, Melissa had been working on finishing a scarf for Nikki. It was ready, we ran into Nikki in the Swap Meet (Gaming Room), and Nikki loved it. (right)

Caitlin Doolittle, Julia Doolittle, and Sheri Jordan (SanjiCat). In fact, the Swap Meet and the Concourse in general was the place to meet lots of the usual suspects. We drive hundreds of miles to hang out with people we know from back home, such as [livejournal.com profile] magi_sammy, [livejournal.com profile] little_serenity, and SanjiCat (left).

Nikki and her boys helped me shop for some used PS2 video games, to get our video game equipment collection started. I ended up with 12 games that wouldn't be automatic if-you-sit-down-you'll-be-playing-for-two-hours time sinks. Thanks for the help!

We learned that FanimeCon has two kinds of advance registration: ''Pre-Registration'' and ''Early Registration.'' Snarky comments behind the cut... )

We went off-site, to buy peanut butter, jelly, and eight loaves of bread. We came back, got our badges, and headed down to Artist Alley.

The line extends nearly to the back of the room. Artist Alley setup was announced to run from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Mildly snarky comments here... )



Caitlin Doolittle, Julia Doolittle and Sarah Goldberg stamping postcards at the Anime Los Angeles table. I was very glad to have Caitlin and Julia helping me, in addition to Sarah. They really pulled their weight. Artist Alley was open until 8:00 pm, so there were some long hours for us to man the table. They committed to working two two-hour shifts a day, which was just amazing. (left)

[livejournal.com profile] tenkuudragon also showed up and put in a lot of hours at the table. We were giving away postcards, selling memberships, giving away snacks, and selling badge ribbons to raise money for the ones we give away at the convention.

Lindsay Tallman as ''Flo'' from the Progressive Insurance tv ads. It was a good day for people-watching... )



Someone, somebody, and Patrick Saul. ''Make your sandwich!'' We started with 8 loaves of bread. After dinner, we came back and started setting up our Peanut Butter and Jelly Party on the concourse... )



Victoria Erica (Traveling Valentine) strikes a pose. By being out on the concourse so late, I did get to see a bunch of folks as they came back for dinner or went to the dance.

Such as [livejournal.com profile] travel_valenti. (left) Her report is up, by the way -- go check it out.

Carolyn Ayton and Tiffany (Neo_Serenity). [livejournal.com profile] divine_sage and [livejournal.com profile] neo_serenity were having a bonding experience -- Carolyn's joined the ranks of the legal adults, so no 10:00 pm curfew for her anymore. (right)

Sheri Jordan in her red loli dress (actually, a squaredancing dress) and her doll ''Wyvern.'' Sheri "SanjiCat" Jordan was out late, too, in her red loli dress and with her dollfie. (left) We talked quite a bit -- she wanted to videotape me answering the question "Why did you start Animé Los Angeles?" The problem with that question is the answer is long and involved, and it's a speech I haven't figured out how to edit down into a manageable, YouTube-appropriate sound bite...

(Continued...)

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Maria Rodriguez, shopping. Photos now online:
Melissa helps out (13-May-2009)
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 344: Coral Cafe (14-May-2009) et seq.
Secura Coin Locker (16-May-2009)
California Strawberry Festival, Oxnard (16-May-2009)
Mother's Day (Observed) at Faire (17-May-2009)
The picture of [livejournal.com profile] missmea is from the Faire.





Things I've done recently: Went to the Strawberry Festival. On the way there, we stopped off at Secura Coin Locker in Chatsworth and looked at their products. We're probably going to buy a dozen coin-operated lockers, to use in the [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles game room.

On the next day, went to the Renaissance Faire. This was our traditional Mother's Day trip, delayed a week because of [livejournal.com profile] missmea's work schedule.

The following week, [livejournal.com profile] ala_mokita and I met up with Joyce Hooper and Evan James, to talk about the job of "Creative Director." Evan's going to be approving the designs for all of our convention publications. In the past, he's done all of the design. Going forward, the Publications Division and other divisions with other publications to design will work out the preliminary designs, then forward them to Evan for tweaking or approval.

To aid in this, Publications Division now has a copy of everything that's passed through Evan's hands for the convention, including all of the signs and publications produced -- so there's a thick file of sample designs.

Our Publications Division head, Arianna, joined us as well, and we talked briefly about what her team is going to do. Some of those are graphic designers yet to be recruited. We're going to post "Help Wanted" notices for her division on the website, and she's going to join us at Anime Expo to talk to potential volunteers (mostly, artists) for her division.

Then it came time to go to FanimeCon. We had our "Peanut Butter and Jelly Party" (or Frenzy) on the ConCourse each night. Staff aren't allowed to bring in food to the concourse; we're not allowed to prepare food; we're not allowed to sell anything, or take donations or deal with money in any way, out on the concourse. Fortunately, we weren't in violation of any of those rules: we just put bread, peanut butter, and jelly on the table and let people make their own sandwiches. Over the course of the weekend we went through 28 two-lb. loaves of bread -- which is the equivalent of about 37 ordinary one-and-a-half-pound loaves. Lots of sandwiches.

This past weekend we sponsored a picnic at Lake Balboa Park, where 82 fans signed the sign-in sheet. Recruited a few people to help with the convention in a number of divisions. We now have a Gaming Department head. I am pleased by how many departments and divisions showed up -- we had representatives from departments in all of our divisions.

And Sunday, yesterday, I collapsed with dehydration sickness. Too much sun[burn] and not enough water on Saturday resulted in a daylong headache and much sleeping on Sunday. I've got to watch out for that in two weeks, when I'm going to attempt back-to-back picnics in Fresno and Bakersfield!

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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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