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Old 2017-07-06, 16:34   Link #441
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Anime Expo Runs July 5-8 in 2018 After Record
Attendance This Year:


"The official Twitter account of the Anime Expo convention revealed on Monday that next
year's event will run from July 5 to July 8, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

In addition, the staff revealed that this year's convention attracted 107,658 unique
attendees on the event's regular days, a 7% increase over last year's number of 100,420.
Combined with the 8,068 unique attendees on this year's new Pre-Show Night, the unique
attendees for the whole convention numbered 115,726, a 15% increase from last year.
This year's numbers set a new attendance record for the convention. The convention
marked the turnstile attendance at 357,178 (including the Pre-Show Night), up 17% from
last year."

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http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news...s-year/.118438
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Old 2017-07-08, 13:39   Link #442
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Congratulations to all who were able to attend this year. Hope you guys had fun. I haven't been in a while but started going around 1998. Good times

Caught most of the twitchTV stream though and thought it was good for a first time effort. Hopefully they will get permission to stream the Opening Ceremonies, Masquerade and Closing Ceremonies. I've been to AX about half a dozen times and those three events are my favorites.

Finally, if anyone in upper management at AX reads this, please consider re-opening the forums/message boards. Really don't understand the reason behind the decision to close them in the first place. It was a wonderful place to go.
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Old 2017-07-11, 10:44   Link #443
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Speaking purely from the perspective of covering the event, this year was a definite improvement. It's clear that it was communicated to the mid-bosses who "press" were, and how they were supposed to be processed at events. A couple of them still brought the attitude, but at least I was able to get into the events I needed to cover without having to fight my way in.
It's unfortunate, that press would have problems getting into panels at all. I always thought they were treated similar to, if not better then premier badge holders, at least when it came to getting into panels. But good to know that things worked out better for you this year.
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Old 2017-07-11, 11:09   Link #444
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The idea is that as panels/premieres go, press waits in the premier line. I never had any problem with that. If I'm the 100th person in the premiere line, great. That's what the official policy dicates.

The problem is that in prior years, I've had line nazis tell me "You can't be in the this line - premiere badge only". You show them the rules, no difference. Do they legitimately not know, or just like being assholes? I even had one guy tell me "You don't belong here, this is for fans." Well, WTF do you think I am?

Fortunately that didn't happen this year. Hopefully that represents real progress and not an aberration.
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Old 2018-06-17, 00:31   Link #445
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With AX 2018 a little over two weeks away, what is everyone gearing up for?

I was quite happy with the Go Nagai announcement.
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Old 2018-06-17, 18:10   Link #446
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The AX 2018 schedule is up at:

http://www.anime-expo.org/plan/sched...-2018/1/1/__/&


Hopefully, there will be a printer-friendly version available soon.
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Old 2018-06-25, 09:57   Link #447
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Okada will be at AX premiering her newest work, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms. And of course it's at the same time as the convert I've already paid to go to. AX and their scheduling.

Guardian Enzo will you be doing press again this year?
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Old 2018-06-25, 16:35   Link #448
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Sadly, no - one of the downsides of being in Japan again is no A/X. I will miss it - and I know that feeling of frustration with their scheduling (especially Saturday) all too well.
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Old 2018-06-27, 10:19   Link #449
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That's to bad, but enjoy your time back in Japan!

Let's just see how else AX can f up make my weekend more exciting.
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Old 2018-06-27, 20:09   Link #450
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Or both, as is usually the case!

I will say this - in the relatively short span of years I've been attending/covering, A/X has materially improved. The door staff seems better prepared, they've added more entrances for press/staff. The scheduling is still a nightmare and the communication from the press office is a joke, but they at least try and change. I think the addition of mailing badges out beforehand will be a great improvement.
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Old 2018-06-28, 10:53   Link #451
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Agreed. This will be year 10 for me, and while each year has it's highs and lows, I do think over all they've improved. They've expanded decently, and have a much better guest selection over all.
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Old 2018-07-02, 23:49   Link #452
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Stay safe everyone!


Man Threatens Shooting at Anime Expo, Authorities Notified:

"A man by the name of Alonzo Rodriguez sent at least one threatening text message to
a friend, which have since become public, describing a potential shooting at an anime
convention. Screenshots of the text conversation were originally shared on Facebook by
recipient Robert Kampfy Grubbs but were then removed by the social media website.
Facebook user Karen Huynh then shared the screenshots on June 8 where it was picked
up by other social media accounts and distributed widely."

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https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/new...tified/.133142
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Old 2018-07-03, 15:39   Link #453
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Stay safe everyone!


Man Threatens Shooting at Anime Expo, Authorities Notified:

"A man by the name of Alonzo Rodriguez sent at least one threatening text message to
a friend, which have since become public, describing a potential shooting at an anime
convention. Screenshots of the text conversation were originally shared on Facebook by
recipient Robert Kampfy Grubbs but were then removed by the social media website.
Facebook user Karen Huynh then shared the screenshots on June 8 where it was picked
up by other social media accounts and distributed widely."

See:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/new...tified/.133142
Meanwhile in the East Coast, some of us Otakon attendees are concerned about the Unite the Right rally happening a mile from the convention center on the same weekend.
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Old 2018-07-12, 02:37   Link #454
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Anime Expo 2018 Caps Out Attendance at 110,000; Next Year's Dates Set:

"The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced that this year's
Anime Expo in Los Angeles had 110,000 unique attendees, which was the attendance
cap the staff placed on badge sales. The event's turnstile attendance was more than
350,000.

The SPJA also noted that it had more than 524 exhibitors, 1,700 volunteers, and 150
guests and industry appearances. Attendees came from more than 70 countries.

Finally, the SPJA announced that Anime Expo 2019 will take place next July 4-7 with a
preview night on July 3."

See:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/dai...es-set/.134138


Looks like they've reached the limits of what LACC can handle.
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Old 2018-07-12, 10:43   Link #455
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And there's really no where else for them to go, unless they want to move down to San Diego, so they'll likely be at LACC for a while yet.

Anyway, I've ordered my badge for next year, and mostly enjoyed this year. Just the usual complaints, scheduling issues and lack of autograph transparency with AX partners.
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Old 2018-07-13, 00:07   Link #456
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A/X has really grown, boy.
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Old 2018-07-13, 02:09   Link #457
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tried to watch the euphonium movie and play kh3 but the lines were too long and i never got a chance.

feels bad man

the concert was good tho

also i could have gotten an autograph from sally but no pencil or paper
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Old 2018-07-13, 08:55   Link #458
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A/X has really grown, boy.
No kidding. Although in some respects it doesn't feel anymore crowded then it use to. But that's probably in part to how AX has changed things. Most room line ups are outside, so you don't have people standing in line in hall ways taking up space. The event is more spread out with the inclusion of the JW Marriott, Kentai Hall and the Entertainment Hall.
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