Youmacon 2006 Feedback Thread

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Youmacon 2006 Feedback Thread

Postby tohru_tohru » Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:28 pm

This is the general feedback thread for Youmacon. Please post the good and the bad so we know how to prepare for next year! If you don't wish to make your comments public, just PM me. Thanks.
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Postby Mizuki101 » Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:50 pm

There needs to be more cosplay shoots. More categories, I mean. Also, the gaia thing turned out...bad. xD Everyone came to the balcony, and it wasn't really a panal or even a meet, just "Come to balcony and listen to music". x3 It'd be nice if the gaia thing next year would be sorta like a panal, maybe in a panal room, with discussions and such. Also, I think that there should be a trivia, along with the family feud. There should also be a how to draw anime, because the anime anatomy was pretty general, and didn't really explain how to draw much, just tips. That's it for now, probably will suggest more things later.
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Postby NPC » Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:07 pm

The Lost and Found should not close. That's just...bad. I also agree with the Gaia thing. I showed up, but I couldn't hear anything anyone was saying, so I just wound up leaving again a few minutes later.
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Postby Radical Phantom » Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:25 pm

You REALLY should consider opening the dealer rooms to the general public (not just people with badges) reason being, a lot of the people who come ARE under the age of 18, and their parents are the one's with the credit cards and the money. It also limits the ammount of goods the dealers can sell.
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Postby cattycat » Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:13 pm

I think that personally that the cosplay contest participants should be given their judge's comments. The reason is so we can improve our costumes and get some constructive criticism from people that know what they are talking about.

Another thing that bothered me is that I really think you guys need to annouce the people that came in Second, and Third for their categories and post a board that shows what places people came in after the winners have been announced.

They do that in Oddessy of the Mind and it really helps a lot to improve our skills and reach our personal goals.

I'm still wondering what I placed over my category Saturday and Friday.

Another thing that bothered me was the fact that some of the acts were definitely not PG-13. I mean one act when Sora was "choking" I found a bit inappropriate. I think people should clarify a little more on what PG-13 really is to them.

I know it has a bit of swearing which I can handle but some of the yaoi jokes got a bit out of hand some parts in the masquerade. At least my mom said so.
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Postby I Ate My Lava Lamp » Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:25 pm

I thought the Maid Cafe should have been Saturday, or lasted longer on Friday.
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Postby Son Goku » Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:35 pm

I agree with I Ate My Lava Lamp. Maid Cafe SHOULD'VE been on Saturday. It would be SO much better. I missed out on Friday on that event that I really wanted due to "Work Schedules"
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Postby CucumberChief » Sun Nov 05, 2006 10:20 pm

I'm going to be brutally honest here, the main programming was badly organized. The events were great but the fact that there was at least a 2 hour delay for practically every event in there. I wasted at least 6 hours overall waiting to get in that could've been done on other events. I came in late half of the time and the events still hadn't started. And once we did get in, there was still more waiting.

I realize this is a new con and I can't be too hard on you guys and you had to work with some major technical difficulties, I was just a little upset at waiting in lines though.


The panels went well though!
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Postby Auron » Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:41 pm

Everything was great for me. This was my second Anime Convention, first one was Youmacon last year.

Everything was good during the Masquerade except I wish the person would have announced the person's name, character, and Anime before the person came on stage. I heard a lot of people going "Oh, so that's who it was!", after that character left.

That was like my only complainant. I had a great time. Thank you for putting up such a great convention in a state that really needed one. The size wasn't too big or too small, it was just perfect in that there were enough people so it didn't get lonely and there weren't too many people where you couldn't talk openly to anyone. It was just right, just like the previous run on sentence.

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Postby smtemp » Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:29 am

Perhaps for Artist Alley there should be a cut off time for people to sign in for their tables and then give the open ones out to others who are interested. *they still pay for it of course*. I noticed that there were a few tables that remained empty the entire weekend when there were others very eager to fill the space.

If someone's going to be late signing in to Artist Alley they should let staff know so their table isn't given away.

I know this system works well at other cons.


If you're worried about the appropriateness of the skits, to help keep them under control, maybe a script should be turned in to staff ahead of time for review.

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Postby GenQuake99 » Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:40 am

I had a great time, although there's always seemed to turn out to be a lack of preparation in some panels and alot of glitchy technology, but from what I heard it's always been like that every time at cons.
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Postby frzndaqiri » Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:02 am

I was in Artist's Alley the whole time, though I was witness to some of the delays (being right across from Main Programming). I have to say, that it still seemed very organized and smoothly run.

I understand this is only the second year, and that getting familiar with a hotel takes time, so I have confidence things will only improve.

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I want to commend staff for attending to AA quickly, and professionally whenever we needed them. I also LOVED not having a "closing" time for AA. I did a large number of sales outside of the Dealer's Room hours, and usually AA is held to those same hours. Please keep this aspect of AA!!

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Postby mgperkow » Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:12 am

Before a big debate opens up on this, I think I'll jump in and respond to the dealer room thing.

Someone suggesting making a dealer room public is not a new idea. But I can tell you that there is almost zero chance of it actually happening. First and foremost, you must understand that the dealer room is not a public shopping mall. It is a convention event. And as a convention event, you must buy admission to the convention (your badge) to enter it. It's no different from the panels, the gaming rooms, and all of the events that are held in Main Programming. Every convention that I'm aware of requires badges to enter the dealer room, and so do we. We do try to be somewhat understanding when it comes to situations where a child needs their parent to pay for something. As such, our policy is usually to have a staffer/volunteer escort the parent with the child to the booth where the transaction is to be made. But there is no case where someone can go into the dealer room and shop for merchandise without buying a badge.

Just thought I'd make a general response to that. That being said, I probably won't say anymore on the topic.

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Postby Rogue » Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:58 am

cattycat wrote:I think that personally that the cosplay contest participants should be given their judge's comments. The reason is so we can improve our costumes and get some constructive criticism from people that know what they are talking about.

Another thing that bothered me is that I really think you guys need to annouce the people that came in Second, and Third for their categories and post a board that shows what places people came in after the winners have been announced.

They do that in Oddessy of the Mind and it really helps a lot to improve our skills and reach our personal goals.

I'm still wondering what I placed over my category Saturday and Friday.

Another thing that bothered me was the fact that some of the acts were definitely not PG-13. I mean one act when Sora was "choking" I found a bit inappropriate. I think people should clarify a little more on what PG-13 really is to them.

I know it has a bit of swearing which I can handle but some of the yaoi jokes got a bit out of hand some parts in the masquerade. At least my mom said so.


A lot of people take major offense to critisism, so we find it best to leave negative comments to ourselves while judging. Unless you ask for comments while you're being judged, there are way too many people to go back and give individual comments for. After the maquerade is over, all the forms with our comments are destroyed, we don't want anyone finding them and reading stuff about other people.

As far as 2nd and 3rd places, you have to realize that we judged for 6 hours during the con. The hall cosplay had over 70 participants and the masquerade had over 50. We only had the time to chose the best of winners. We don't have to time to put everyone in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, place and so on.

And for the PG-13 aspect. We do apologize for that. The skits should have been screened and will be next year.
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Postby youjik33 » Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:43 am

I hardly actually did anything since I was in AA most of the time, but I have one suggestion: put up a list of everything going on in a particular room outside the door. Not that it was too hard to ask other people, but that seems like a simple thing that would be really convenient.

Also, about the Name That Tune game... it was fun, but I think it makes more sense to play the MIDDLE of the songs rather than the beginning. Lots of anime songs have long instrumental intros, which often aren't even played in the opening credits version anyway, and I think playing only, say, 30 seconds of the chorus would cut down a lot on the "Uhhh... this sorta sounds familiar..." sitting around that was going on.

A couple of definite plusses: The Spoony Bards in the lobby pretty much ALL THE TIME just gave really great ambience, and the Con Suite saved my life Saturday night when I was in desperate need of coffee. A great thanks to the guy who went and found me cream = )
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