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Unread 12-11-2012, 02:42 PM   #16
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Actually compared to the previous years 2010-2011 the aisles where a bit larger thankfully.
But yes more room for the short 4 hours of it would have been nice for the rush.
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Unread 12-11-2012, 04:46 PM   #17
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I always found that the Nominoichi worked well in the hotel over the road. Any idea why they changed that? I know it was out of the way, but at least then only people who actually wanted to go would go and you wouldn't have every person who was in the dealers room rush out to hit the Nominoichi.

Seriously though, I couldn't even get close to the tables to see what was for sale because there were just way too many people crammed into such a small area. I prefer having it at the separate hotel.

As for the dealers room photography thing I still think people should be allowed to take photos in there. I know you block the way and I know that can be annoying, but I've never really had that much of an issue trying to see things in the dealer room and even moving around has never been difficult (then again I survived FanEx 2010 so anything after that is roomy...). Plus I know if I didn't take photos in the dealers room there are some costumes I wouldn't get a photo of and I think that'd suck more than taking a bit of extra time to get to a table to buys some stuff. That's just my opinion.
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Unread 12-11-2012, 07:08 PM   #18
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A map in the booklet would be nice, I think there was one last year. Better signage, and more organization are my only suggestions....
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Unread 12-11-2012, 10:19 PM   #19
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I also I couldn't really see things in the nominichi I had to take my boyfriend's word that there wasn't anything on the table that I would be interested in. (He's over 6ft so he can see over most of the people and see what was on the tables.) He managed to see some things he wanted and bought but we had to squeeze through people and I felt like I was in the way when I was right against the table when I could get through.(Which wasn't often)
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Unread 12-12-2012, 09:40 AM   #20
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Last years map on the back was for the photoshoot locations but it a nice double duty map for sure.
There are hotel maps for rooms as well every year.
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Unread 12-15-2012, 06:34 AM   #21
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How about more photoshoot locations? There is so much space that can be used... There are many nice spots around the Sheraton and the Crowne Plaza that are practically being wasted, for instance. Some of the current locations are terrible. Some are jammed right next to the road, have bad lighting for photography, or make certain areas overcrowded and hard to walk (or breathe) in. Sure, people can complain about walking, but it's not like there isn't a shuttle bus. If the information is widely available somehow (like, somewhere in the program or pocket book), people will come. As a bonus, it would mean that only those who really wanted to go to the photoshoot would go, and there wouldn't be random people passing by and joining the crowd. There's more to AN than those few spots around the TCC and Doubletree.

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Unread 12-15-2012, 08:05 PM   #22
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How about more photoshoot locations? There is so much space that can be used... There are many nice spots around the Sheraton and the Crowne Plaza that are practically being wasted, for instance. Some of the current locations are terrible. Some are jammed right next to the road, have bad lighting for photography, or make certain areas overcrowded and hard to walk (or breathe) in. Sure, people can complain about walking, but it's not like there isn't a shuttle bus. If the information is widely available somehow (like, somewhere in the program or pocket book), people will come. As a bonus, it would mean that only those who really wanted to go to the photoshoot would go, and there wouldn't be random people passing by and joining the crowd. There's more to AN than those few spots around the TCC and Doubletree.
I'm fairly certain that if you suggested what those locations were, to the lovely people that keep that map up to date, they could likely add them to the list.
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Unread 12-18-2012, 02:44 AM   #23
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Better handling of the pre-reg line. I know the AN team is working on this, I just felt it should be said.

Honestly, a better guest lineup. I don't care if this sounds selfish, I feel like our suggestions aren't even being paid attention to when we have 3/4 of a guest list filled with people no one's heard of or asked for or people who have little to no actual relevance to what the con is about. Nothing is keeping the guest relations people from getting some of these popular, frequently requested guests they've supposedly been trying to get for years but conveniently never do--let's face it, they cannot possibly all be too busy or uninterested or difficult to contact.

Continued control over the bass levels at the outdoor dance. It was handled well this year, but it could be done a bit better, especially since it was more obnoxious and painful than ever on Friday. When people complain of pain in their ears and are feeling the beat rattle their chest from 50 feet away, IT'S TOO DAMN MUCH.

Less insane pricing and repetition in the Dealers Room. Quite frankly, I'm sick of seeing, say, 20 tables of the same creepy dakimakura, $50 pricetags on tiny figurines, Pocky priced at anything over $2, etc.

Being able to register a unique alias to put on my badge. I just really don't like putting my full name down on it.

More photoshoot locations, and more space reserved for the Homestuck shoots. There's no avoiding it, the Homestuck shoots at any given con in the past two years have been more massive than any shoots in cosplay history. Naturally, we're gonna need much more space in 2013.

Just one recognizable band in attendance. It'd be a nice change of pace from unknown Japanese indie bands and Toronto-based ones who are anything but Japanese no matter how hard they may try.

On a minor personal note, more cosplayers representing lesser-appreciated great shows and games.
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Unread 12-18-2012, 09:55 AM   #24
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^ I do try but it's a personal thing and AN can't control what people wear. lol
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On a minor personal note, more cosplayers representing lesser-appreciated great shows and games.
That's why I'm holding a Western photoshoot!
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Unread 12-18-2012, 11:53 AM   #26
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Honestly, a better guest lineup. I don't care if this sounds selfish, I feel like our suggestions aren't even being paid attention to when we have 3/4 of a guest list filled with people no one's heard of or asked for or people who have little to no actual relevance to what the con is about. Nothing is keeping the guest relations people from getting some of these popular, frequently requested guests they've supposedly been trying to get for years but conveniently never do--let's face it, they cannot possibly all be too busy or uninterested or difficult to contact.
Maybe if you emailed Anime North the list after this year's con they'd be more than willing to look into the guests people are actually interested in? 0 Just sayin' they can't know if no one tells them.
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Unread 12-18-2012, 10:35 PM   #27
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Maybe if you emailed Anime North the list after this year's con they'd be more than willing to look into the guests people are actually interested in? 0 Just sayin' they can't know if no one tells them.
The last 2 years there's been a thread about who people want to see that's been sent to the staff by a date they listed as being the date they start looking into guests... last year we DID get Brina and Tatum off that list...
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Unread 12-19-2012, 02:28 AM   #28
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The thing is about the guest suggestions thread is that most of the suggestions are... unrealistic. People name huge-name seiyuu and bands who would be extremely expensive and, not to mention, those kinds of people are very busy.
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Unread 12-19-2012, 03:19 AM   #29
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I personally had no issues with the lines at AN this past year. :') It was a long wait on the Thursday, but I'm quite used to waiting in lines so it didn't bother me much. On Friday and the rest of the weekend our group had no problems getting in within a decent amount of time.

As far as guests go, I'd prefer they got better music guests. Maybe instead of three mediocre groups, one good one?
As far as VAs go, it would be nice to get some of the people requested. Getting Tatum and Brina this year was nice, though.

I also understand the need to put your name on your badge, but honestly, I'm running into more and more people at cons I'd rather not have my name. Even a first name and last initial would be better.

A bigger space for the Nominoichi would be nice. Or just better control over how many attendees get in at once. I found it difficult to even get to tables this year it was so jam packed.

Photoshoots aren't a big deal for me as it's easy to just go off with a few people on our own to get some nice photos somewhere, but some nicer locations would be good. Honestly, in front of the DT doors isn't what I would've had in mind for a good Kuroshitsuji shoot location. -Shrugs-

As far as photos in the dealers room go, I personally don't mind. If someone asks to take a picture of my I'll usually just try and step to the side out of people's way.
I'm also really starting to get turned off by the prices in the dealer's room. The only thing I buy in there anymore is manga and a plushie or two. It's not something we have any control over but it still irkes me, as I'm sure it does everyone else.
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Honestly, a better guest lineup. I don't care if this sounds selfish, I feel like our suggestions aren't even being paid attention to when we have 3/4 of a guest list filled with people no one's heard of or asked for or people who have little to no actual relevance to what the con is about. Nothing is keeping the guest relations people from getting some of these popular, frequently requested guests they've supposedly been trying to get for years but conveniently never do--let's face it, they cannot possibly all be too busy or uninterested or difficult to contact.
I agree with this statement. I feel especially when it comes to cosplay guests, the lineup at Anime North isn't very good, at least for the past 2 years. The other con I go to is half the size of Anime North and always manages to get great cosplay guests. Good cosplay guests suggestions are always made in the cos.com thread that's sent to AN, so I find it very disappointing.
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