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Unread 12-20-2012, 02:31 AM   #1111
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Who wants a job with the SPJA?
http://www.spja.org/about-us/open-positions/
Those are volunteer positions, 'job' implies payment.

http://www.ehow.com/info_7758501_dif...1c3-501c6.html

"a 501(c)(3) spends any revenue it receives to provide a service such as education or health care to the public, while a 501(c)(6) does not pay out money to its owners but uses its revenue to support for profit businesses."

http://www.spja.org/about-us/

In short, volunteering for a 501(c)(6) is like volunteering for the benefit of someone else. Volunteering for a 501(c)(3) is like volunteering for the benefit of the community, public, or mankind in general.

Most organizations behind conventions are 501(c)(3), SPJA is a 501(c)(6).
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Unread 12-20-2012, 09:19 AM   #1112
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I wouldn't. I have had offers from a few staffers to join, but I just can't see myself doing well in the current environment.
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Unread 12-26-2012, 03:23 AM   #1113
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For those of you who are considering staffing AX, I'd suggest to volunteer your time at other conventions. For AX, I'd say enjoy being an attendee.

I am definitely going to Japan Expo USA. Not sure yet if I'll staff or just cover it as press.

(side note: it's been awhile since I popped my head in here. Sup all)
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Unread 12-26-2012, 02:35 PM   #1114
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..I'll stay a attende.
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Unread 12-26-2012, 11:25 PM   #1115
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For those of you who are considering staffing AX, I'd suggest to volunteer your time at other conventions. For AX, I'd say enjoy being an attendee.

I am definitely going to Japan Expo USA. Not sure yet if I'll staff or just cover it as press.

(side note: it's been awhile since I popped my head in here. Sup all)

Welcome back Factor/Jason!

I think that would be cool, if you cover it as press.

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Unread 12-27-2012, 02:01 AM   #1116
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If by this year, you mean 2012, then yes. (I think in school years...so that's already last year XD)

I'm just kind of upset that BotB wasn't held last year, masquerade was disorganized, no Nokia, etc.
And of course it all happens the one year I decide to fly across the country for it.
I agree as well :\ AX with BotB and AX Idol were SOO GOOD <3 for me 2011 was so much better than 2012....I bought my AX 2013 4-day badge but I still have no idea if I'll ever go though....I guess 2012 got me doubting heyuh TvT. If I see that its gonna be good then I'll freggin go! xD if not then....there goes ze cash.

I'm so happy to hear that BoTB's back again~!! :3
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Unread 01-01-2013, 09:42 PM   #1117
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I enjoy AX as an Attendee for the Concerts, The GOH, The Venue, The Cosplayers and such.
Few Other Staff members have tried to talk me into staffing AX over the past 2 years i have declined both times because i want to just go have fun and not make it a Job. I already staff 4 other cons I don't need to staff another lol.

I am waiting to see who AX brings for Musical GOH this year! it will be interesting to see... I think there will be some Competition this year among 3 Con's i Won't name them. Depending on how money is I might make my way to Northern Cali for one of them! is it Cheaper to Fly or Drive?
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Unread 01-01-2013, 10:51 PM   #1118
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I think there will be some Competition this year among 3 Con's i Won't name them.
You mean Japan Expo & AM2?

Japan Expo is the one that's coming from Europe, and they had 208,00 attendees at their event in Paris, France last year. (Their numbers are even bigger than the San Diego Comic Con.)

If you look at Japan Expo's Japanese Guest of Honor list, it's been very impressive so far.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Expo


Japan Expo & AX aren't on the same dates or month, so they aren't competing for the same day & time slots. (Plus, Japan Expo will be in Northern California.) Japan Expo will also be held more than month after AX in August 2013.

However, Japan Expo and AM2 ARE scheduled for the same dates in 2013.

AM2 will held at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 23-25, 2013.

Japan Expo will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center from August 23-25, 2013.

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Depending on how money is I might make my way to Northern Cali for one of them! is it Cheaper to Fly or Drive?
It's going to depend on lot of things, and there are advantages & disadvantages in both flying & driving. If you drive, you'll be able to bring a lot of cosplay stuff & bring back home a lot of anime & manga merchandise. Plus, you don't have to go through the hassle of TSA airport security.

But gas isn't cheap, and it is a very long drive.

If you fly, you can get there in a hour or less. Sometimes, the air fares would drop so low that it ends up being cheaper than driving. (This doesn't always happen though.)

However, if you do fly, keep in mind that, space is very limited, and most of the airlines do charge for each check in luggage. (Unless you fly Southwest.) This means space is at a premium for cosplaying & merchandise.

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Unread 01-02-2013, 02:58 AM   #1119
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I think flying is generally cheaper if it's just you, and you book at the right time, just keep watching the prices starting several months in advance or wait for a special deal or promotion to come up.

If you are driving from the LA area, it's just going to depend on the car you have and how many people you are going with. There are three basic routes involving the 5, 15 (crossing over to the 5 once you get out of LA), and 101, in good weather the 5 route through the Grapevine and Pacheco Pass will probably be the quickest unless you are starting from eastern LA county. It's not a horrible drive, even the most time consuming route up the 101 takes maybe 7 hours tops (unless there's weather, bad traffic, etc.)

Also if you are in California the train or bus might be an option, I know there's a route that goes from Union Station to San Jose but I've never taken that one... don't know how efficient or reliable it is.
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Unread 01-02-2013, 08:47 AM   #1120
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Also if you are in California the train or bus might be an option, I know there's a route that goes from Union Station to San Jose but I've never taken that one... don't know how efficient or reliable it is.
True. There's the Amtrak option for the train as well.

Generally speaking though, it costs more to travel out of state by train than flying. However, travelling within California by train can sometimes be cheaper than flying or even driving. (But that would depend on the season, and the distance.) I've traveled by train before, and I found it to be more pleasant than flying. You have more legroom than a train, you don't have to put your seatbelt on, (Because there is none) you can watch the scenery go by, and you don't have to worry about getting caught in a traffic jam.


But I wouldn't travel out of state by train because it becomes very expensive. (I try to travel by train within short distances only, and LA to San Francisco can be considered short distance by Amtrak.)

A sleeper cabin in a train for long distance trips is essential because it takes 4-5 days, (One way) to travel to the East Coast by train, and some cabins comes with a shower/restroom or there is shared restroom & shower room. (Trust me, you do NOT want to sit in coach for 5 days without a shower, and wearing the same clothes for 5 days.) I had a good friend who traveled once to LA on Amtrak in coach from Washington State for 36 hours, and he told me he would never do it again by coach. He couldn't sleep well in the coach seat, and he felt grimy when he was unable to take a shower, and wearing the same clothes for 36 hours straight. (He traveled in a sleeper cabin afterwards.)


Here's the link to the Amtrak train website:

http://www.amtrak.com/home


Their baggage policy:

http://www.amtrak.com/baggage-policy

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Unread 01-04-2013, 12:12 AM   #1121
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Also if you are in California the train or bus might be an option, I know there's a route that goes from Union Station to San Jose but I've never taken that one... don't know how efficient or reliable it is.
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True. There's the Amtrak option for the train as well.

But I wouldn't travel out of state by train because it becomes very expensive. (I try to travel by train within short distances only, and LA to San Francisco can be considered short distance by Amtrak.)

Here's the link to the Amtrak train website:

http://www.amtrak.com/home

Their baggage policy:

http://www.amtrak.com/baggage-policy
I second that traveling by train within California is also a good option. As of right now the Coast Starlight route that runs from LA all the way up to Seattle would be $108 round trip if you were to take it up to San Jose. Haven't checked airfare lately, but I'm pretty sure that the train would be cheaper. There's also a 10% discount if you are a AAA member as well.

Personally, I would recommend the train for an experience and a very scenic ride. I took the train up to San Jose for Fanime last year and really enjoyed the journey and even though I'm a bigger guy, there was more than enough room in the coach seats. Word of advice though, it takes a little over 11 hours from So Cal to Nor Cal so you might want to add an extra day on each end so that you don't miss any of the convention should you use the train
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Unread 01-04-2013, 01:54 AM   #1122
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Johnny Yong Bosch now added as a GoH

http://www.anime-expo.org/2012/12/an...or-for-ax2013/
This I'm sort of surprised by. I would Swear he said he'd never come back after the unpleasantness of the last year or two he was a guest with AX.
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Unread 01-06-2013, 09:35 AM   #1123
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At ALA while I was walking to Burger King, I saw Marc Perez's Mini Countryman parked in the front and I noticed the sides were stripped clean. This is the same car that he displayed at AX last year. The only thing that is left "itasha'd" were the hood and the rear. It probably is not a big deal, but I just find it odd. I thought he would keep his car like that.
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Unread 01-06-2013, 10:09 AM   #1124
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At ALA while I was walking to Burger King, I saw Marc Perez's Mini Countryman parked in the front and I noticed the sides were stripped clean. This is the same car that he displayed at AX last year. The only thing that is left "itasha'd" were the hood and the rear. It probably is not a big deal, but I just find it odd. I thought he would keep his car like that.
Maybe he's trying not to make it too obvious that it's his car? He's not exactly too popular right now with the fans. (He may be popular with his own entourage of supporters, but it's a different story outside of his own entourage.)

I also find it interesting that Marc Perez would show up year after year at ALA, or at Anime Conji meetings in San Diego, but he didn't show up for AX in 2012.

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Unread 01-07-2013, 07:29 PM   #1125
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I also find it interesting that Marc Perez would show up year after year at ALA, or at Anime Conji meetings in San Diego, but he didn't show up for AX in 2012.
It is pretty silly..going to other cons maybe to see how he should do his job properly? Like how a good (Or atleast DECENT..) convention works, fan-wise without being too obvious.
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