Photos now online:
AniZona 4: Late Thursday night (10-Apr-2009)
AniZona 4: Friday (10-Apr-2009)
AniZona 4 part 8: Saturday Morning (11-Apr-2009)
AniZona 4: Sunday (12-Apr-2009)
A stop at the PODS Warehouse (13-Apr-2009)
The picture of
as "Morrigan" with the
animelosangeles tattoo is from Saturday.
Part 1 of my AniZona report. The Friday night dance at AniZona was cut short at midnight, apparently
because the DJ got tired or bored or something. Reportedly the fans
weren't dancing that much anyway. Which reminds me of a card I need to
write out and mail:
lynxcat, I owe you a major apology for not asking you back
DJ at Animé Los Angeles 4. Your dances in the early years were
well-attended, and you kept the energy going all night.
I still remember that night you told me "They won't die! I'm trying to
kill them, and they just keep dancing!"
I made a big
mistake in removing you (in order to to try to solve a different problem).
It was incredibly disrespectful and rash, and I shouldn't have done that.
I realize that you've moved away, and are now married with a wonderful
son, and have a new life almost completely independent of everything you
left behind here in So. Cal. But I would be honored if you would come down
next year, our convention's fifth anniversary, and take a
shift during our
Saturday night dance at the LAX Marriott (2010-01-09). Show these
upstart otaku DJs how it's done, put some of your manic "Adrenochrome"
energy back into this convention, and leave the fans wanting more.
Yours in fandom, etc.
I'll look up his address and get that sent off real soon now.
I've been writing a lot of notecards lately, in fact -- I've written over
200 in the past month or two, thank-you notes for everyone who worked at
our convention this year. When I have time, I write until my hand gets
tired, then stuff the envelopes and stamp them; repeat. So some of
them have Arizona postmarks if I worked on them last weekend.
We had a fan table at AniZona, which was nice.
ladymaxstarr rode out with me
and we took turns driving. A lifesaver, truly; if I had to choose
having a helper for the drive, and having one at the table, I'd take the
drive to make sure I get where I'm going safely.
And the attendees at the convention seemed to have a good time. Which is
not surprising: when people go to a convention expecting to have fun, they
If I remember the numbers treasurer Stephanie Bannon
(right) told me, 70% of the
members pre-registered in the last month before the convention. (They
maxed out their cap the week before, so there were no at-door membership
What did I think of the convention? I saw lots
of people having a fun time.
( There were some details that were lacking, such as the signs... )
( There were a lot of good feelings among the attendees. But there are some major issues with the staffing, so this is the last AniZona weekend convention for the forseeable future... )
It was an odd convention experience for me.
old as Animé Los Angeles, so for it to end on
such a conflicted note -- the regular attendees having
a great time, but clear signs of early burnout on
the part of the staff -- is hard for me to internalize.
I'll have more thoughts on the convention in my next
post, along with some ponderings on the Arizona
Tonight we hit the road for Xanadu Las Vegas.
on the road already, to
set up a movie illustrators exhibit. (As I write
this, he's about 60 miles from Vegas, while I
haven't left Orange County yet.) Lynn, Melissa and I
plan to wait
until the traffic dies down a bit after rush hour and then we'll hit the