- Tuesday, May 24, 2016
- 10:00 am PDT
FanCons.com posted a new articleFanimeCon announced their schedule for their 2016 Masquerade Cosplay Contest on their web site. It's scheduled to start at 6pm and the award announcements will begin around 10:30pm. That means the entire event (not including seating) will last approximately five hours for just 55 entries.
Here's the program as posted:
5:30 p.m. - Doors open on Sunday May 29th at the San Jose Civic Auditorium
6:00 p.m. - Opening announcements and introductions
6:15 p.m. - Karaoke winner's star performance
6:20 p.m. - First half: entries 1-25
7:30 p.m. - Intermission: 15 minute break to get up, stretch your legs and get ready for the second half
7:45 p.m. - Second half: entries 26-55
9:00 p.m. - Exposition performances
9:30 p.m. - Extravaganza's game show
~10:30 p.m. - AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT
Why is the event so long? Let's take a look...
They've given themselves 30 minutes for seating. That's fine.
There's 15 minutes for opening announcements and introductions. That seems rather excessive. Five minutes should be more than enough time to welcome everyone, introduce the emcee, introduce a handful of judges, go over some rules, and get started. What's happening for the other 10 minutes? Is it extra padding in case seating takes longer or people aren't actually ready on time?
The karaoke winner gets 5 minutes to perform. That's a reasonable amount of time to sing a song, but why is this even here? Get the show started and have the karaoke winner perform later while judges are making their decisions.
The first 25 entries are scheduled for 70 minutes. That's 2.8 minutes per entry. Some of these will be "walk on" entries, meaning that they walk on the stage, strike a few poses, and walk off. These are easily under a minute each...
- Monday, May 23, 2016
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- Wednesday, April 27, 2016
- 10:00 am PDT
AnimeCons TV Extras posted a new videoSpring Kraken Con 2016 costume contest and awards presentation in Oakland, California. Our complete coverage of Spring Kraken Con 2016 can be seen on AnimeCons TV.
- Monday, April 25, 2016
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- Saturday, April 16, 2016
- 10:00 am PDT
FanCons.com posted a new articleLumaCon, a small comic convention put on in Petaluma, California by local librarians to encourage kids to read and create art. It was a great little con that I reported on for AnimeCons TV and I hope inspires other similar conventions across the country.
However, while I was there, I witnessed something which made me uncomfortable that I didn't mention in my report. Someone came around distributing slightly larger than business card-size pieces of paper with information about Wine Country Comic Con. Since I had previously added the con to FanCons.com, I was familiar with it. I already knew I wouldn't be attending because it was scheduled for the same weekend as Kraken Con, my favorite Bay Area convention. I really didn't think much of it and went about my business.
A few hours later, I was sitting and looking at the tiny flyer and a guy came up to me and accused the guy running Wine Country Comic Con of running a charity scam. He didn't give his name, but introduced himself as the organizer of Santa Rosa Toy Con, which was located in the same town as that Wine Country Comic Con. He told me that the organizer of Wine Country Comic Con went to Santa Rosa Toy Con's Facebook page and sent invites to everyone on there. Then he walked off. I could barely get two words in. He clearly wasn't interested in discussion and only making sure everyone thought that new convention was some kind of scam. I learned later that this organizer of Santa Rosa Toy Con was Mike Holbrook.
- Monday, April 11, 2016
- 1:00 pm PDT
AnimeCons TV posted a new episode