So for those of you who may not have been paying attention, for the last few months I’ve been stressing out about a little anime convention in Santa Clara known as Fanime Con, which was last weekend. I ran the Dealer’s Room, which was bigger this year than ever, and was in the Convention Center for the first time.
Much of my pre-con stress stemmed from the same two issues that plagued me during the con: Being in the convention center and the dreaded bootleg policy. Being in the convention center involved using the teamster’s union, and I didn’t realize how seriously they wouldn’t let dealers load in their own stuff almost until I got there. Of course, the dealers were almost as surprised as I was, and therefore found themselves with an unforeseen expense for loading (as relatively inexpensive as it may have been).
The bootleg policy is a subject I’m quite sore about, and perhaps I’ll talk about at another time.
Besides the fact that I barely got out of the Dealer’s room until Saturday evening (since being there Thursday afternoon), and even after that didn’t leave much… it was a decent convention. I took some pictures, they should be up… tomo^H^H^H^H… soon^H^H^H^H… whenever the hell I feel like it.
I know I said this last year, but this year I mean it: I’m not doing this again. No more running a room. Yeah, getting an All Access badge and being able to slip into any part of the convention is nice and all, but it’s just too much stress. I’ve been doing this for waaaay too long without a break, and I’m stupidly also doing two other conventions, which I somehow got roped into running departments for as well.
I’d like to point out that over the course of the weekend, I received more back rubs that I think I’ve received in the rest of my life put together, and most were from people of the female persuasion. Ironically, I still feel tense.
In other news, I just got an Amazon.com shipment with loads of Transformers and Batman: The Animated Series goodness, along with Dungeon Siege. I heard it’s good. I think I shall play it.