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YoumaCon 2008 [Feb. 2nd, 2009|01:58 pm]
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Ah, yes, another YoumaCon. You know, I don't think I'll ever get tired of these, lol. But, here's my report. I apologize since it's been a while, my mind is foggy. Especially since I'm still sleepy from OhayoCon...hoping to get the report and pics for that up tomorrow. So, on to the report!



Precon-
Yep, I'm changing this section up a bit! First off, I love the fact that YoumaCon puts all of its panelists into a mailing list of sorts and lets us know as soon as panel submissions are up. Also, because I do AA and panels, often time, we are hard to handle. Though it does take some time, YoumaCon has always managed to handle us and satisfy our needs. So, we got our panels and AA with no trouble. In fact, I picked up another panel last minute, for a total of 7 hours of panels.

PANELS:
InuYasha (run by Urd-chan) 1 hr
MAR (by Kojika, meh) 1 hr
FMA (by meh) 2 hr
Parents & Anime (by Urd-chan) 1 hr
Fanfiction (by Urd-chan) 1 hr
Watase Yuu (by Ranefea) 1 hr


Fweh. That many panels got a little crazy. But, I managed to do that all AND still work AA. For one thing, a lot of them were back-to-back, and we just switched between Ranefea and Urd-chan as panelists with me, lol. I love doing panels though, even though I'm not always so great at them. I'd like to think I'm getting better.

Con pics are already up on DSOD! I debuted a cosplay at this con, too.

COSPLAY:
Dorothy V2- MAR (Friday)
Kurapica- Hunter X Hunter (Saturday)
Natasha - Zos Kias (Sunday)


We left early in the morning on Friday to get up there, and made it there with no hitches. This was our first time at the new venue, which turned out to be pretty nice, considering it was right across from a mall.

Friday-
We got to the con and headed over to go and grab our badges. It was really easy to find the con ops, especially since there were signs indicating such, and their maps were really easy to read. We presented our IDs and got the badges for our panels. We ran into some of the big kahunas of YoumaCon and chatted a bit before heading off to see if we could check into our room. Fortunately, we were able to get in right away, and we changed into our costumes before heading down to figure out about AA. The AA looked like it was open, and since there was no name on tables, people started to claim them. We were ushered out shortly later though and the head of AA showed up, running a bit late. She explained exactly how the AA was going to be handling sign-ins and whatnot, and with little trouble, we finally managed to sign in, and for the most part, everyone got the table they had "claimed" earlier, lol. We got set-up just shortly before the con started and we finally got to start our own dealing. Pre-reg people were the first to appear, though most of them hurried off to the Dealer's room, which, coincidentally, had its entrance at the far end of AA and the exit not too far from our table. It was a nice layout, considering people had to go through AA a bit to get there, but not so much that they really had to look at everything. Some people don't even realize there are AAs though unless they have to pass through them. Still, no one wants to be forced to do anything. We had one or two of our panels on this day, but we were fortunate to have Ranefea help out when we needed it. Our sales weren't particular good, but they were decent. Best of all were the people that we were surrounded by. Also, being by the entrance to the AA as well, we got to see a lot of cosplayers that I usually don't get to see. Later, Urd-chan ran to get me something from con suite, and fortunately, they let her take something down for me, since I couldn't leave to go get anything. Periodically, she ran out and got food for me. It was nice and refreshing. The day went by fairly smoothly, and I ended up staying in AA late working on some commissions before finally crashing at like 1. The AA was sorta secured after a certain point of time, due to what else was in the area, but it wasn't locked, so we had to take most of our stuff with us. At the same time though, I like the extended hours, lol.

Saturday-
Today was my heavy day for panels. I had a nice quiet morning to start off with, spending the time working on commissions I got. Finally, noon time rolled around and with that, the start of my panels, which all the remaining were pretty much back-to-back. The panel rooms had some distance apart, but it was easy enough to move from place-to-place. Also, this is one of the few cons that upholds that whole "end your panel 10 minutes early" policy so the first panel can clear out and the second panel has time to set-up and everyone starts on time that way. Wee! There were some really nice events on this day, but unfortunately, panels and AA kept me busy. When I wasn't doing panels, I was in AA working on commissions. We made good use of that mall across the way, getting pretty much all of our food from it. It was really nice and convenient and though the weather wasn't perfect, it wasn't terrible, either. I was in doors the entire time, save for moving AA stuff about, so Saturday was one of those days I was literally inside the entire day, lol. Also, some staff members came around to check to make sure that all of us were okay. I love it when cons do that. Artists and Dealers have a tendency to not be able to get away for drink or food, so they can get sick really easily. It's nice to have people look after our health. While I was away at panels, they had a drawing for the people involved in AA. And, lo and behold, we run the free table <3 So, we will be back next year in AA for free this time. What a relief. I would have gone back anyways, lol. We stayed up late again, getting crazier as the night went on. I heard the masquerade was pretty nice, but I didn't get to go. Then again, when was the last time I actually went? Lol! I finally crashed around 1 am again.

Sunday-
The final day of the con, and the day for me to actually get to do somethings I wanted to. I got to go browse AA and get a commission, and I got to go into Dealer's Room. I didn't really get anything, save for that commission, and then I reported back to finish up the commissions I had been paid to do, lol. It was a rather slow day, but it wasn't as slow as some of the cons I've been to. I got a chance to talk to the other artists in the area. It was a nice and quiet day, and we headed out around 4-5pm for our excursion home. We stopped for food on the way back and some internal problems within our group, but we managed to have a pretty safe and calm trip home, too.



Alright, now for the final rating! Like always, the staff are always kind and helpful! The AA and panels were handled fairly well, and we had no problems getting our badges and table. The venue had some minor annoyances, but all-in-all, it was nice and the way YoumaCon made use of it was pretty great, though I wasn't so fond of the cafe being part of it. They had a nice variety of events and awesome guests, like usual. Caitlin Glass got to even step in for the second half of my FMA panel! The final rating is 8/10. Didja know I love you, YoumaCon? <3

I'll try to get the OhayoCon stuff done tomorrow @_@ Now, I'm off to catch up on sleep! I managed to get myself caught up on con reports, lol.
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