June 2, 2014
Last year, I mentioned a long (4 hour) wait for badges. This year’s line, I am ecstatic to report, was much improved. I spent less than 10 minutes getting my badge. Take note: this was not 10 minutes of waiting. This was from the time I walked up to the sign that pointed pre-reg to the left, walked through the queue, strode up to the counter, handed over my QR Tag, watched badges being printed, picked up my swag bags, and walked out of the registration area. The Fanime staff did wonderful work in getting this process fixed from the horrors of the last few years. According to the information in the program, one of the reasons this was much improved was due to the purchase of more printers. Regardless, this was the shortest line experience at the con, ever.
Fanime This Weekend
May 23, 2014
Fanime 2014 started recently, and Jon and I are planning on attending. As previously reported, Jon went in 2009, convinced me to join him for 2010 (to which we did a five part followup), abandoned me for 2011, all of team snowulf went in 2012 (as covered by Jon and John), then I was abandoned again in 2013, though Jon stopped in to visit for a bit outside the convention.
Fanime This Weekend
May 24, 2013
Fanime! started today, and I am currently en route to San Jose for that very reason. As previously reported, Jon went in 2009, convinced me to join him 2010 (to which we did a five part followup), abandoned me for 2011, and all of team snowulf went last year (as covered by Jon and John). This year, I will be there for the whole convention. Jon may or may not put in an appearance.
June 1, 2012
Jon decided I should review Monday at Fanime since I am the only one (of snowulf fame) that attended Monday. Let’s see… Monday was useful this year in that I got to watch Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: The Sacred Star of Milos, which I had been wanting to see. Other than that, it went just like the last two years… 2010 — get up, pack, cruise halls, and head out; 2011 — get up, pack, cruise halls, and head out.
Fanime Report: Friday & Saturday
May 30, 2012
Fanime is people, LOTS of peopleWhile we have an anime category, we don’t talk about it in excess (only 26 posts over 7 years). Be that as it may, Fanime is a big event each year for the staff of Snowulf. We’re all fans of anime, no shame in that, but our fandom is something on the quieter side as we’ve gotten older. Fanime gives us a chance to, once a year, really cut loose and geek out on anime. In 2011, the Fanime coverage was a lone post by John (as I was unable to attend). This year will be a little bit more extensive than last, in fact, if you remember the 5 part Fanime 2010 series, this will be much the same. We’ll be covering Fanime from both authors, across the entire weekend. I’ll be covering Friday & Saturday in this post with John covering Monday & the post-mortem. Enjoy!
Fanime This Weekend
May 25, 2012
Fanime! started today, and I am currently en route to San Jose for that very reason. As previously reported, Jon went in 2009, convinced me to join him 2010 (to which we did a five part followup), and I went last year. This year, Jon and I will be there for the whole convention. The show is fairly inexpensive (though prices have been raised from last year) and a single day pass is between $30 and $45 depending on the day.
May 31, 2011
As I mentioned on Friday, Fanime was this last weekend. I was able to carpool with some friends who were also headed out west, and as I realized last year having the car was a big help. Especially since I had 2 costumes this year, plus a tux for the Black & White Ball. Overall it was an enjoyable time, but there was one HUGE GINORMOUS flaw: no schedules, EVER. Last year, they provided a PDF of the schedule before the con, which I printed at home and highlighted that which intrigued me. Part of the reason I did this was because I was under the impression that they wouldn’t provide me with one. However, when I picked up my registration packet (in 2010) there was a schedule inside, along with a color program and some adverts. This year? Just the color program. WTF Fanime? I get that y’all had more people than you were expecting, but anyone who pre-registered should have been given a schedule. Instead, the only physical schedules were the ones nailed down at the information desk. The fact that y’all have a pseudo mobile site at m.fanime.com is beside the point (especially since the site, which was identical to last years, is not really mobile friendly). If y’all weren’t going to print schedules, you should have mentioned it on the website. Then I would have made other arrangements and printed it out before I came to town. With that gripe out of the way, let’s talk about the all the fun stuff.
Fanime This Weekend
May 27, 2011
Fanime! started today, and I am currently en route to San Jose for that very reason. As previously reported, Jon went in 2009, and convinced me to join him last year, to which we did a 5 part followup. The first 4 parts were a day by day review done by Jon (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday), with the finale done by yours truly as my first con report. If you are in the San Jose area, we both encourage you to come on down and stop by; I will be there for the whole show, with Jon joining me on Saturday.
FanimeCon 2010 Wrap up: Part 5 of 5 – John's View
June 8, 2010
As Jon pointed out in part 1, I am doing my own post about my Fanime experience. We arrived via our respective motorcycles and pulled into the Hilton parking garage around 2:30 PM and thankfully were able to checkin early. After sherpaing our bags to the room, we changed and headed down to check out the con. Before we had even gotten to the Dealers Hall, we heard a shrill cry break the relative silence, we both stopped and looked toward the sound, just as it glomped me at full speed and ran off. We both looked at each other and busted out laughing. Jon was disappointed that he didn’t get a picture. I was more surprised than anything by the small woman with a backpack who ran full tilt into me, glomped, and then ran off again. A fine way to start the con I decided.
FanimeCon 2010 Wrap up: Part 4 of 5 – Monday
June 4, 2010
== Monday == Monday started fairly early as there was packing to be done. We decided that we wanted to get out and on the road, with any luck, by 11ish since we had 250 miles to go for the day. We managed to make it fairly close to our expected departure, but not without a few bumps along the way. The first was our day starting at something like 6am as an entire troop of con-goers (I’d assume) were passing by our door making, as per usual, as much noise as they could possibly muster. I don’t know what kinda shit they were on, but it must have been good. Me at 6am after a con-weekend… is not a happy camper. Disregarding that one incident the night’s sleep wasn’t too interrupted. After we got all packed and basically ready to get out the door, we headed downstairs to the con for one last round in the Dealers Hall. We had a bit of time to burn so we checked out the other areas to see if there was any excitement going on. Granted it was before 10am, but there was still next to nothing going on. Out front of the convention center was very quite, just a few people sitting around (getting a tan?). As it turned out, a majority of the people awake were waiting for the dealers hall to open, all nicely queued up. We joined them since we had nothing better to do. The idea on going to the dealers hall is to get stuff on the cheap. At least… that was the theory because I heard many people talk about getting “good deals” and “cheap stuff”. Except… that isn’t how it worked out.
FanimeCon 2010 Wrap up: Part 3 of 5 – Sunday
June 3, 2010
== Sunday == With the bonus of Saturday night being “less exciting” and a dash of meds to help me sleep, Sunday began at a somewhat reasonable hour. Only somewhat because John decided that if I was to get breakfast, I had to be up before 9 AM (Editor’s Note — Jon asked to be woken up for breakfast). Anything before 10 is a sin against Kami-sama, but for food… I’ll make an exception. It became clear to me fairly early in the day that we were both “off our game”. In my case I dismissed it as a sleep med induced hangover, but as it turns out, that wasn’t the case.
FanimeCon 2010 Wrap up: Part 2 of 5 – Saturday
June 2, 2010
== Saturday == Today’s entry starts almost exactly where yesterdays left off. Ya see, the 12th floor (where we were) is apparently party central, and Friday night (and by default, Saturday morning) is party time. So guess where the party was? Directly outside of our door. While the hotel might have great sound baffling between rooms, not so much between you and the hallway. So up until about 3am, every so often a group would (generally) be coming from the, or going to the, elevator (directly outside our door). There were loud and obnoxious and woke me up repeatedly. Generally though, they’d be gone in less than 5 minutes, so it wasn’t worth trying to call security. Not exactly my favorite way of starting a day (or ending it, depending on how you feel). The day itself actually started… oh hell… I can’t say a specific time, but eventually I was conscious, out of bed, and caffeine infused. Coke Zero & Doughnut holes, while not healthy, is a great way to take me from grumpy to hyper in nothing flat. After that it was off to breakfast at a place called Peggy Sues. They are your typical American restaurant in the fact that they serve enough food (per person) to feed at least 3 normal people. As a side bonus, their breakfasts were much cheaper than the $15 hotel buffet John enjoyed (he actually slept thanks to the joys of earbuds).
FanimeCon 2010 Wrap up: Part 1 of 5 – Friday
June 1, 2010
Originally my plans were to have a single Fanime wrap up entry for myself, and another from John (since it was his first con and all). That being said, I wrote a “journal” at the end of each day’s trials/tribulations/activities. The resulting “entry” would be better classified as a novella. It would be far to long for anyone to read. As such, I’ve decided to break down the con into one blog entry per day. As we were there for Friday through Monday (4 days) there will be 4 entries. On top of that I’ll post a conclusions piece. This might be Fanime overkill for those that don’t care, but if you really want the “inside view”, this is the best I can offer. So without further adieu… Friday.
Fanime This Weekend
May 28, 2010
And in fact today! Indeed, we are there this very moment. Jon and I are currently at Fanime. Jon went last year (and the year before that), and as I previously mentioned, he convinced me to go this year. I flew down to meet Jon (and get my motorcycle back) yesterday and after an enjoyable dinner we headed back to his place to finish final preparations. If you are in the San Jose area, we both encourage you to come on down and stop by; we will be there for the whole show.
May 26, 2009
So this last weekend was FanimeCon 2009 which took place in at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center (In San Jose, CA — just in case that wasn’t totally obvious already). It ran non-stop from Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon. Granted the night hours are a little slower, with only a few late night panels; mostly just the animation rooms are up and running in the wee hours. During the day things can get crazy, especially on Saturday which tends to be the busiest day of the weekend. Last year Lauren and I decided to go for the first time. We pre-registered and showed up Saturday morning. The pre-reg line was non-existent whereas the regular ticket line was out the door, so we were very glad we had pre-registered. We didn’t spend all that much time at the con that year and even though we had weekend passes, we only went on Saturday and left by 4pm. Mostly we used that weekend for shopping. This year proved to be a little different.