A plain black ribbon.
More about Costume College. (Incidentally, long-time followers of my LJ will note that I'm breaking my usual rule into flinders about trying not to post more than once per day...) Most of the convention runs smooth like clockwork, they've been doing it for a while. There are a number of L.A. "usual suspects", some with obvious costuming connections (Jess and Malcolm). They use vertical format ribbons, which makes sense because they only have a few of them. Most people had no more than one vertical ribbon (such as "New member") and if you position the sticky end in the middle instead of the bottom edge of the back it's easy to hang your horizontals in front. The unofficial ribbons are starting to spread. The costume_con Pre-Convention Hall Costume Award ribbons, the Sunday Undies ribbons that collency had (and the very rare Two stitches forward one stitch back)... I handed out Shot by a Bear to the people I shot, outside of the Gala/Tea rushes. I had my kit with me, but didn't end up delegating any ribbons. Maybe next time we meet someone will want to hand out Live Journal ribbons?
Speaking of ribbons: If anyone has ordered from a ribbon company that accepts online orders, and you're happy with the results, and it's not one of these five: rvawardsaz.com, hodgesbadge.com, ribbonsgalore.com, shopforawards.com, or marcomeetings.com can you let me know please? I want to update my Ribbon Resource page...
library_lynn played minion for me for a little while during the Tea, following me with the notebook taking down names (and quick notes about the costume they wore to help matching 'em up) so I could move person-to-person that much more quickly. Very helpful! If anyone wants to be my minion at the next convention I shoot at, look me up. I met Kirsten Manning, a beginning costumer from Alaska. (Reminded me of Kat H., but in a good way.) She helped me with the stuffing-envelopes stage. I hope she met a few new friends at the convention. If she's into anime she might want to see how easy it is to get to Anime Evolution in Vancouver weekend after next, or Aurora-Con in Anchorage next month.
The dealers room ("Marketplace") was busy most times I stopped by. I think that's where people tended to go between classes. Some would trickle down to the Costume Exhibit, as I mentioned, but I think the dealers room had more traffic. It looked like they assigned space by taping rectangles on the floor. We're going to do that next year at animelosangeles. I didn't take a lot of pictures there, partly because I didn't spend a lot of time there, but mostly because it was too crowded to take many photos without inconveniencing the other shoppers.
Tomorrow evening (Thursday) I plan to stop by the Hyatt and give the front desk a 2-lb. box of See's Chocolates, to encourage them not to mess with the blocking on my room and ask for an early check-in. Then I'll head up to LASFS, pick up Christian, do the Coral thing for a couple of hours and then print off a "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" poster or two at the house when I drop him off.
Friday morning it's off to the con. And I've learned that there's apparently a free wi-fi hot zone in downtown Long Beach in the Pike/Convention Center area, so I hope to post a message on the animelosangeles forum when I'm all checked in...
I'll be spending most of the days (Fri/Sat/Sun) in my room. It'll be a daytime open room party -- a mock con suite -- and if all goes as planned, I'll have a room on the same floor as the front desk and not far from the elevators. (I'll also have five roommates, but I'm trying to convince most of them to shower at night so that the bathroom's clear for library_lynn in the mornings.)
That's the daytime. Friday night is the "Anime Conventions Mailing List" dinner. As most-local person on the list attending, I'm organizing it. (ACML is the anime equivalent of the SMOFS mailing lists. There are a handful of us in common on both lists.) At this point we're the only two folks from a California convention going to the dinner. There are people from Anime Evolution (Vancouver B.C.), Anime Vegas, El Paso Anime Convention, Otakon (Baltimore), Sakura-Con (Seattle), Kevin from Robotech and Lynn and myself from animelosangeles (assuming Lynn makes it out to Long Beach after work in time).
And Saturday night is the Masquerade Ball. I've been in contact with the lead DJ in charge -- "DJ Jinrei", who's in charge of our Saturday night dance next year at Animé Los Angeles! ( He's tentatively accepted my offer to take and print instant ''prom photos.'' )
I did this four years ago at AX's "Starlight Fantasy Ball," and I did something similar at two weddings and Torcon 3. This time around I'm printing on bigger cards, instead of the little business cards. Last time at AX 2003, I only had 30 photos from the formal dance, so I'm not anticipating a huge rush of people interested in the photos. (I'll make sure I have card stock for 100, just in case.)
I've sketched out the frame that'll print around the photo. I've also whomped out new software to handle it. (Lots of use of GD and I dump everything out to the printer using LP. If anyone out there is horribly interested, I can share the source code or OS/X executables.) My new printer is a lovely beast, but printing out lots of high-resolution images using a USB link just takes too long. So I've set up my programs to reduce the photos to 200 dpi and print them that way. In my tests tonight, I was able to process and print 20 photos in under ten minutes, so I'm confident it'll all work on Saturday.
I'll also have model releases for the subjects; they can sign the release and opt-in for having their photos on my website, in which case they can download the high resolution versions after the convention; or they can opt-out, in which case I'll delete their photos as soon as practical and they'll just get the printed ones on-site.
(Oh, and I don't have anything emotionally invested in being the man behind the camera. If there's an accomplished photographer who wants to hang out at the dance Saturday night, I'll take care of the computer end and let you do the shooting. And if you've got a backdrop? Big win all the way around...)
I'm also considering offering envelopes and selling stamps for people who'd like their photo mailed instead of waiting around for them. But seeing as how quickly the photos print on my fab HP 2605, I'm not sure there will be a lot of takers for the stamps. (The envelopes might go quickly, as a convenient way to protect the card.)
Sunday night, the masquerade, at the Long Beach Arena. I know people who'll be on the stage, so I'm hoping to check it out if there's room.
Ribbon note: if you're not on my "ribbons" mailing list, you might be interested to know that the weekend after AX/Westercon is when I'm sending in my next ribbon order, and that's the one to get in on if you want ribbons for NASFiC or Worldcon.
EDIT: I re-uploaded the sample to show an actual photo instead of the colored background. If you don't see fairegoddess's smiling face above, please reload. And here's another sample with two other friendly people to show how it looks sideways.
If you want badge ribbons before the 4th of July conventions (Westercon, Anime Expo, etc.), you'd better contact me right away. I'm sending the order in Friday afternoon.
So I ran this convention during the winter, my camera disappeared when I left it in my mother's hospital room, and basically I haven't uploaded a whole lot of photos recently. I just bought a new Canon S3 IS, and glanced at Hazel's Picture Gallery and realized I was 7 months behind in uploading photos.
Now I'm going to work on catching up with all of the photo captions that have been submitted, and the ones that you guys are about to bombard me with. Then I'll work on rotating pictures that are off by 90 degrees (or 180). If you are browsing the photos and note that the photo is off by 90 degrees, you can let me know via the caption-correction form (scroll down from the large viewing-size photo). One rotation-reminder page is sufficient, because I'll be looking at the entire page when I get to it.
Badge ribbons are due in later this week. Anyone who's looking for ribbons for a July, August, or Labor Day convention, you need to start thinking about what exactly you want. If you want to piggyback on one of my orders, let me know.
( I've heard about two more custom-ribbon manufacturers that might be worth looking into. )
Ribbon story part 39. Five more plain ribbons and one fancy, ordered in time for laconiv by different individuals.
- We are all Bonobos
- I'm a Question Authority
- Sterilized with Fear!
- Secret Master of Foodism
- THIS RIBBON intentionally left blank
A fan came up to me at ConZilla and said he wanted ribbons with We Are All Bonobos printed on them. It has something to do with us all being monkeys at the core. He's ordered more since L.A.con IV, in fact, so I guess they were popular. Ruth Temple wanted I'm a Question Authority, to give to people who know everything.
Andrew Porter asked for ISoeWFGoH ribbons. He's been running ads in Worldcon program books sponsored by the "International Society of ex-Worldcon Fan Guests of Honor" and wanted ribbons to hand out to the other members of that select group. Julie Zetterberg's Sterilized with Fear! referred to a masquerade entry that was based on the recent B-movie "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" with the tagline: You'll be Sterilized with Fear!
Kathryn Daugherty ordered plain Secret Master of Foodism ribbons, to give to other foodies. And James Daugherty joined the self-referential ribbon bandwagon with fancy THIS RIBBON intentionally left blank ribbons, which I laid out with Clarendon Extended/Clarendon Condensed to make an interesting layout at a slightly smaller size. He had them done with grey/silver, to make the lettering slightly less conspicuous.
Ribbon story part 38. Some more plain ribbons, ordered in time for laconiv. There were about fifty people ordering a hundred different titles last summer. Here are a few more.
- Chris for TAFF
- Dancing Fool
- minion of Karisu-Sama
- Want some toast?
- TEA SNOB
- (LJ head and line)
There were, as I've mentioned before, a lot of plain ribbons ordered last summer. That doesn't mean they were all pedestrian, it just means that they were hand-set by the ribbon ladies instead of turned into a single plate. For example, johnnyeponymous wanted ribbons that said Chris for TAFF in support of his TAFF candidacy. (The TAFF race was cancelled, so he didn't get it.) And johno wanted Dancing Fool ribbons, in an easy-to-read-on-the-dance-floor color combination, to hand out as he went along.
Former animelosangeles FGoH karisu_sama wanted a ribbon to give to her minions that says Minion of Karisu-Sama. And young kiuricumber wanted ribbons with her catchphrase of the moment, Want some toast? to hand out at the Worldcon. (You'll recall that two posts ago, I talked about her father's five or six different ribbon titles. She didn't want to be left out, and she saved up her own money to pay for these.)
chaoswolf caught me on AIM (my handle is the same as it is here) and ordered some ribbons on behalf of her mom, flower_cat. She (mom) often stakes out a place in the lobby at conventions and wait for the members to come her way, and now she has something to share with everyone who happens to be a TEA SNOB too.
It seems that a lot of fandom is on Livejournal -- it's not just for British fanzine fans anymore. cogitationitis wasn't happy with the "LiVE JOURNAL" ribbons (which were inspired by johno's badges, btw). She prefers just having the LJ head with a line where you can write in your LJ handle. (Incidentally, if you're given a choice, use a gel pen, not a felt-tip.) The amazing fairegoddess drew a version of the head for us, and Lisa liked it enough to order a bunch. We have the plate on file for future reprints, if anyone's interested. I think the one I've got here is the wrong one. I'll check when I get to work.
Ribbon story part 37. Some more plain ribbons, ordered in time for laconiv.
- I smell a Euchre!
- Right Bower
- Left Bower
- Nine Offsuit
Dave McCarty, of the Chicago in 2008 Worldcon Bid, ordered a number of ribbons. Some of them were for the bid, others were in-jokes for midwestern fandom. I think. I really don't know what FABU! and Sign! mean, actually. For FABU!, I had RV Awards use their big block letters. All the other ribbons listed here were printed using the usual upper-lower roman.
Helen Montgomery (Dave's honey) ordered I smell a Euchre! ribbons. And Erik V. Olson wanted Right Bower, Left Bower, and Nine Offsuit, which are all euchre references. Euchre is a popular card game played at Chicago conventions such as Windycon and Capricon.
Ribbon story part 36. Some more ribbons, mostly ordered in time for laconiv.
- Fannishly Correct
- Hall Singer
- Cool Hat Club
- Ear Club for Fen
- Skull Squad
Ribbon story part 35. Some plain ribbons with rocket/starburst for laconiv.
- Art Show Staff
- Green Room Staff
- Masquerade Staff
- Performances Staff
- Space Cadet Game Staff
The L.A.con IV decided, in its inscrutable collective wisdom, that there would be "Committee" ribbons, but no ribbons that said simply "Staff." Almost as soon as this decision was handed down, many departments petitioned their respective division heads for "(Department) Staff" ribbons.
The first ribbons ordered for laconiv (not counting the "Space Cadet" promotional ribbons) were the Art Show Staff ones that Bobbi ordered from me at Conzilla. She picked the pastel rainbow ribbon, with red printing. Not long after that, Elayne put me in charge of all of the sub-100 ribbon orders, plus a handful of the hundreds too.
Registration ordered their own ribbons. And the Program Division ordered a whole slew of "XYZ Staff" ribbons for their departments. (See also previous post.) Program Division had at least 10 different "XYZ Staff" titles for their division, including Green Room Staff, Masquerade Staff, Performances Staff and Space Cadet Game Staff, plus many others that didn't use the word "staff."
I'm kind of surprised that they followed through with the "no STAFF ribbons" rule, actually. I would suggest that future conventions (esp. Worldcons) might take a note of what happened here...