Hi Jerry! Regarding the cosplay lounge:
If PMX is doing the lounge again, it is imperative that it is consistently referred to as the "Cosplay Lounge" in everything the attendees see: signage, programming grid, convention guides, etc.
There was a lot of inconsistency in the naming last year. Contrary to the requests made by the Cosplay Dept., the signage outside the door said "CosFest Lounge" and there was reference to a "CosFest Lounge" on the programming grid as well. There are two problems with this:
1) People don't know what a CosFest is, so they ignore it
2) People assume it specifically has to do with the masquerade and only masquerade contestants are allowed in
Also, if it's placed in a side hallway that's not a high-traffic area, it would help if there's signs posted around the con to inform attendees about it and point them in the right direction.
If the room is large enough, it would be an ideal place to offer indoor cosplay gatherings or fan activities such as cosplay chess. However, going in that direction also means that the use schedule needs to be monitored to make sure that there isn't a problem like 2 huge gatherings scheduled at once (for example, Bleach and Kingdom Hearts, which could both potentially get very large).
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