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Florida Cons and Cosplay general

Upcoming Cons:
MegaCon Tampa Bay
September 29 - October 1, 2017
(Anime Weekend Atlanta is the same weekend)

Animate! Florida
October 6-8, 2017

WasabiCon
October 21-22, 2017

EXPcon
October 27-29, 2017

Anime Iwai
November 10-12, 2017

Holiday Matsuri
December 15-17, 2017


What project are y'all working on during Irma?
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making a boat for post irma activities
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Did anything ever come of the old rumored Miami Megacon?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G99KQTN7wow
I hope having a huge, modern convention center attracts more big cons to SoFlo.
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Welp, hurricane is over for Orlando and I finished a cosplay along the way. Hope everyone else came out without too much damage!
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This is now a Florida cosplay history lesson thread. How did the Florida cosplay scene come to be? Who was a pioneer in the scene? Who do you look up to now?
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Still looking for roommates for Fri>Sun at EXPcon's host hotel. EXPcon is Oct 27-29 in St. Augustine. Email me if youre interested!
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Exp and Matsuri for me this year. I'm hella excited for exp and Matsuri is mainly to chill and party with friends. I don't care much for this over saturated cosplay guest a palooza right now. Like is it free for them to have these mediocre cosplayers as guests because holy hell I hope they didn't spend money on them instead of legit guests
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>>9626270
For all the shit we give Broder I'll still take him over the Indians who turned Megacon into Wizard World.
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>>9632286
This bullshit. They are buying into the popularity of boudoir "cosplayers" from instagram probably hoping that their thousands of followers will rush to buy tickets to the con to see them.

Too bad for Holmats that most of their followers are fake and its not going to make any extra revenue for the con.
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Will we ever get a lolita fashion track again at Holmat?
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>tfw I'll probably fly down for holmat to meet friends since I missed AFO
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>>9636505
I dont really see the demand for one. I never noticed a lot of girls dressed up while I was there.

Plus the local comm seems a little disorganized atm.
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>>9636505
Doubt it, they seemed to be riding the cosplay popularity train right now to the point where they don't even have the international competition and brought in the trashy Cosplay Deviants. Holmat just seems to be banking right now on hoping they can ride the popularity of these "cosplay models" which is sad
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>>9637137
Yeah I feel this too. I mean some of the cosplayers are pretty good but the truth is they make most of their money off lewd photosets on patreon. Can you really call it cosplay at that point?
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>>9634236
Matsuri is turning to cosplay porn now. They've added the Cosplay Deviants and more adult events than ever before. Apparently the popular Christmas + Cosplay theme wasn't popular enough.
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>>9637764
I find it funny that FantasyNinja pulled her competitions from the con but her and her friends (Alyson, Akros, and ModeratelyShitty) are guests again. Like I get your sucking the cosfamu e-dick but can we get new people that aren't at every fucking Florida con sucking up air
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What's b-chan up to?
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>>9638037
Are you me anon? I only came here to ask what ever happened after the Cakes and Couture disaster
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>>9638042
I've been thinking about her since the last thread. Did she pull together another event? Has she learned anything? Teapartyclub lady made a good point; you have to be prepared to spend. B-chan wanted all this stuff for herself but didnt want to pay. I think meeting lor, lockshop, haenuli, and someone else was fun but the guest didnt get to really mingle so the cost was too high. B-chan was the only one to get the full benefit.
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>>9637764
>>9637798
so this. All akrcos and modokay do is sell softcore porn/lewds in cosplay anymore. and post costests to appease legions of underage fans.
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>>9638345
Pretty much, she use to do so much more but I feel she got onto the same page as Moderately of just appease for print sales. He's a shitty costumer and person, I honestly see enough of them at Broder events already
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Who's going to Animate? Is there anything interesting happening? Any new cosplays you're working on?
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>>9638314
As far as I know, B-chan still runs the Anime Iwai Lolita tea party.... which is also usually just as poorly run as Cakes & Couture. I'm not sure why they keep advertising it or allowing her to continue??
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Sooo is anybody at or going to Megacon Tampa? Seems to have no buzz at all.
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>>9642510
Well considering Iwai rose from the poorly run ashes of Chibi-pa I guess they want to keep some part of the mediocrity from before with her
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>>9642369
I'll more than likely be going. Definitely seems smaller than last year's, with seemingly fewer guests and the return to the tiny MACC, which I guess can be good or bad depending on what part of cons you enjoy most.
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>>9644630
I wandered around a bit today and yesterday, it was pretty boring and the cosplay contest today was literally the shittiest I've ever seen in terms of organization and execution.
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So this Anime Iwai...

"First Vocaloid Concert in Florida"

https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22219823_1934715360184563_8351948576401007194_o.jpg?oh=bf3dc5a8036e46b9ff9eb280c953a1a7&oe=5A49F1F8


What makes Swampcon's concerts from 2104, 2015, and 2016 not count?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VzCxikSlkE
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>>9651087

False Advertising is a Florida convention specialty my man.
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wasnt there also one at the nerd concert con the one begging for money a few years back.
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>>9651141
Really? Nobody?

Or is thread just dead right now?
I saw him getting talked to in like 2 different groups now.
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>>9651141
Oh Dunlap lol. You didn't have those screencaps that you kept swearing on the thread that you had so now you're on 4chan trying to get proof so you don't look like a pathetic liar. Your posts was already removed from the group because unlike you no one cares about the shitty drama you try stirring. Nice try and learn to spell people's names :)
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Working on losing weight for holiday matsuri. Also me here >>9650902
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>>9651087
Nah Swampcon apparently doesn't exist even though it's still going. This was pretty dumb of them to advertise this as a first time thing. This shit is Florida we don't have very much new anything lol
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>>9651287
Who the fuck are you on about? I'm talking about Robert the known pedo who got talked to at a Metrocon for trying to do "sexy" photoshoots with underage girls. Guy has been talked to in several groups and there was bunch of screencaps.

I only ask here because I saw some guy bringing it up in a FL Cosplay group and it reminded me of the threads we used to have here about the cancer Florida Cosplay community and he was always mentioned.
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>>9651431
He hasn't been mentioned in any groups lately bud except the Matsuri one you're talking about, he hasn't even come up here on the Florida thread in a while which if you actually lurk here you would know. There was only one person "calling him" out which is a basement dwelling troll who returned to Florida. Try harder newfag
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Still dont know who the fuck you going on about. Kek.
Are you his mommy?
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>>9651499
Holy shit this guy must have really pissed in your cereal for you to be so absolutely assblasted that you bring your autistic E-Drama trash here and stalk the thread thinking somebody is talking about you. Matusri group isn't even where I saw him getting talked to you dumb cunt.
How fucking deranged and mental are you to just jump to conclusions and assume somebody is talking about you or some faggot you know?

Nobody gives a shit about your autistic pissing contests. I care to know more and find the screencaps i've seen before about this Robert guy who's apparently a pedophile.


This is like case and point why the Florida Cosplay scene is autistic as shit. Too many Tumblrinas thinking everything is about them or some retard they know.
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>>9651512
>>9651502
Gets called out and automatically it's because other person is "Tumblrina". Vrry original are you their mommy, classic comeback. Want a screencaps that one easy Google search will find but too lazy and asks here for shit. Using degrading language to refer to someone as faggot to get point across of oh man I angry you called me out. Bro classic newfag. Please don't come here with your bullshit vendetta when everyone's been cool just talking. Kek
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>>9651512
Wait you brought up Ashburn but tell someone else they brought their autistic e-drama? Haha you're acting the part of what your labeling pretty well
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>>9651528
Did you have a fucking stroke? Jesus christ.
You are trying so hard to make a mountain out of nothing.
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>>9651532
I am this person >>9651431
I am not this person >>9651141
>>9651194

Try again inbred.

I saw this guy's >>9651141 post and was curious so I looked and sure enough there was a post in a FL Cosplay group on Facebook of a few people talking about this Robert guy and how he's apparently a pedo.

I had heard the name before and was curious if people had the screencaps in question.

You clearly seem to personally know this guy as you immediately bring E-Drama shit in with this >>9651287
and claim that this guy >>9651141 is somebody you know and they have a personal biased against this Robert guy.
Again tho you're just on an autistic rant and lashing out and accusing everybody of being this Dunlap guy.

I have no fucking clue who you are wanting to lash out but can safely say i'm not them.

I am just curious on this Robert guy but clearly it's an entire horde of circlejerking E-Drama shit and that's funny to me.
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>>9651533
Yo calm down the only one having a stroke and going at the same thing is you. Like the person above said a Google search gives you your answer. Get your caps so you can go on whatever mission you're going on. Like we've all been through Travis and Ashburn topics here, we don't care anymore
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>>9651549
>Defending yourself for literally two post is "Having a stroke and going at it"

Ok.
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Who's going to be Animate this weekend? I'm arriving in the afternoon, no cosplay for the first day. How about the other gulls?
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>>9651141
I think you mean Robert Ashburn.

Yes he's a retarded pedo who wanders around cons with a camera asking young girls to model lingerie for him. This is old news, bro.

>>9651087
>So this Anime Iwai...
>"First Vocaloid Concert in Florida"

Another reason I don't bother with Iwai. Or Metro. Or Broder cons. Or Croom cons. Lying bullshit events that promise and never deliver. AWA was pretty lit this year, though. Expect to get it on at Matsuri! Who's in?
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>>9651708
I'm here right now, it seems like less people to me but it is Friday So I'm expecting more tomorrow hopefully.
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>>9651087
Not that I'm really defending Iwai, but I can see why they'd call it the first. Swampcon just takes songs and movement from Japan's Vocaloid concerts, while Vocamerica uses their own songs (some of which are made specifically for the concert), their own MMD models, and make their own movement (dances) for each song. So I guess it can be seen as the first original/legal Vocaoid concert in FL.
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How was animate looking today? It sounded like no one went?
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>>9652767

It was alright. fairly packed but not soo big.
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first animate i'm missing in a few years :(
how is it so far?
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>>9652849
I missed this year's too :( hoping I can make it to Anime Iwai next month to make up for it.

Would also like to know how it was.
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Anyone notice a huge amount of bootlegs in the dealers room this year? I'm honestly surprised because some of these are super blatant
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>>9652889
There were a good number of vendors who are normally there that were missing and instead we got a ton of bootleg sellers.

I was so bummed to find out there wasn't anyone selling games. Hell, where were the usual anime and manga sellers?! The only manga I saw were out of print discount stuff.
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>>9652913
Dang, I'm going tomorrow and this doesn't sound very promising. Supercon also had a problem with bootlegs this year, so I'm not surprised. Plus, a lot of my favorite vendors aren't coming this year. Is there at least anything good in artist alley?
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>>9652963
Honestly didn't see anything too great in the artist alley, either. It sucks because I stopped going to Supercon due to how obscenely crowded it's gotten and stuck with Animate since it was more up my alley and always had the better panels and vendors.

I'm going tomorrow, as well, and am gonna have to be wary of next year if I see today's results repeated tomorrow.
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>>9652878
I might be able to make it Anime Iwai. Is there any idea how many people might go? I don't really care for panels or guests that much, I go to cons because I love seeing cosplay and showing off my own.
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>>9652849
Cosplay contest was ok, I actually thought the Artist Alley had some great artists, and I found the maid cafe to be surprisingly cute and very well done. I didn't like some of the cosplay guests though.
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>>9653027
It's definitely a smaller con, just like Chibi Pa was... maybe around 2k attendance? I'm not sure they ever released concrete attendance numbers, but that sounds about right for a small local con without many guests.
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So far I'm honestly enjoying Animate more than I expected I would. My expectations were low, so I suppose that helps.

I felt that the panels I attended Saturday were of value to me. I also rather like the layout of the top floor for panels. Panels and people make or break your convention.
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Yo is the dude who hosted the Digimon and Mecha panel at Supercon at Animate this weekend? We wanna hang with you.
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>>9652889
I bought a keychain from one booth only to find out at another it was fucking fake. The chicks at the one with the boards with the keychain will show you what to look for in legit ones.
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>>9653373
I found it funny how one booth advertised that they support official merchandise, when more than half of their stuff was bootleg.
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>>9653417
Is it one with the Undertale merch?
Because the lady at that one was ranting about bootleg Pokemons when i asked her about one but her ass had non licensed Undertale shit
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>>9653751
Was probably that one. There were way too many vendors with bootleg Pokémon merch this year.

I paid for the Saturday and Sunday pass, but didn't go on Sunday. I'd feel like I threw money away, but I honestly couldn't help but feel like Sunday wouldn't have been any better. I'd like to hope that Irma had an effect on some of the regular vendors that kept them from coming. But we'll see what happens next year.

The only thing keeping this year from being a bust was how nice the congoers were, at least.
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>>9653812
The problem with bootlegs is that they markdown so that people even when they know it's bootleg they don't care so legit vendors won't bother coming back. Broder cons are probably the worst about doing anything, like they don't give a shit at all when you report it because when I reported Cyren Anime who is the one who sold me the fake keychain the person's response was oh ok. Nothing else
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>>9653842
Hell, I saw 3 Nendos of Rem and nearly flipped. Then I noticed the box had Chinese and not Japanese on it, each box had Rem posed differently with a different head, and they were priced at $15 each. The price along was a huge red flag, considering how much Nendos go for.

Anyone who went both days (or all 3) able to say if it was worth it? I'm almost considering going back to Supercon or just go north for different cons. I was one of the Phantom Thief Jokers from persona 5 that went on Saturday and was just so drained, I ended up skipping out on Sunday.
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>>9652889
Yeah, I bought a studio Ghibli DVD only to find out it was a really really bad bootleg. There were some other cool vendors though, my favorites being the taxidermy lady and the taiyaki lady. The panels were okay but cosplay wrestling always makes up for that so I had a good time.
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>>9653983
Yeah I saw probably the same Rem and then went to another booth and saw a Ram which was about 40 or 50 I think. So I looked at that box at the Japanese writing and most of the usual legit stuff you see on a nendoroid Box, went back to the other booth to compare definitely a bootleg. The worst part was someone came up after me and asked me if I was getting it and I told him no this was a bootleg and the person at the booth was no it's not China just has different licensing rights so it looks different. I stared at her and ask her just like your OverWatch statues that blizzard has never released. Not only are they selling bootlegs but they think they're smart with their fucking responses
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>>9654063
Oh I think I know which vendor you're talking about. They had an entire table full of DVDs that were really blatantly obviously bootleg. The covers looked incredibly dull and just all around not well made. The sad part being they were the ONLY booth selling anime DVDs.

As for the panels, a majority of the ones I went to were plagued with technical difficulties or just weren't that well handled. Went to a panel about Digimon and the guy made so many awful jokes, had all of his info from the dub, and breezed through the series' he didn't like because he barely watched them.

>>9654148
Gotta love those vendors. Especially when their stuff is so obviously not legit and yet people still buy them. Like the vendor who always brings in fake Dragon Ball figures, including Super Saiyan 5 Goku.
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>>9654344
Yeah, I knew right away it was a bootleg but it came with all the studio Ghibli movies and it was super cheap. Now I'm left with movies that aren't even synchronized with the voice... ugh I guess I got what I paid for.
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There was a booth with cheap Japanese towels and Keychains galore, I thought they were bootleg figures at first because they carried their figured a lot more affordably, and they had them cheaper than some of the bootlegs. The blue haired girl showed my friend her personal keychains so we could know what to check for on the back in the future. I wish I had rub across them before I bought from the people next to them.
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>>9653751
That’s Sega Mew//Hidden Palace. She does this every con and she’s nuts
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>>9654521
Were the keychain on like white boards on one side of the booth? This maybe the same booth who let me look at their Ram Nend so I could go back to look at the bootleg to compare.
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>>9653842
>Broder cons are probably the worst about doing anything, like they don't give a shit at all when you report it

Broder, Mega, Metro, etc doesn't care who rents their booths or what they sell. The con makes the same if it's a legit vendor or a bootleg vendor. This drives the legit vendors out because they won't sell shit since they can't sell stuff cheap like the bootleg vendors do. There's aren't many cons that police for bootlegs anymore and most are the small cons. The same goes for the endless Aliexpress resellers who all carry the same garbage stuff.
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Anyone seen anything about Exp if they have a costume contest? I've looked on FB, their website, and even tried Google having ended up seeing nothing but one person saying they're a cosplay guest on IG (moderatelyokay.....not a surprise he'll try squeezing his way in to try and impress the FF cast with his cosplays ). Message the FB page but no answer yet which doesn't surprise me if they're getting too busy close to the con
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>>9656276
It's really fucking dumb. I reported the Cyren Anime booth to Broder because I had pics of both the Rem bootlegs and the legit box to show him and she straight up told me he couldn't do anything unless GSC was here and then /they'd/ do something. He said if he said anything, Cyren would respond with, "It's a gray area with licensing in China." So then I proceeded to tell him to get GSC to his cons since they actually do go to cons, but we all know that will never happen.
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>>9656990
Not sure why I switched genders but it should be he* all the way through.
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>>9656990
Well considering cyren is one of his poster child for his promotional cosplay ads he's never going to do anything about her. I saw her sucking up to Toby on Sunday so she pretty much knows she can get away with being a shitty person and selling bootlegs at s.fl events. Matsuri has a complete no bootleg policy so I can't wait to report her booth in December because I'm still salty about buying a fucking keychain from her that was fake and animate doing nothing
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>>9657044
Yeah honestly my thing is that if I see a booth selling one bootleg, there's no way I can trust anything else they're selling. I basically only end up sticking to like three vendors in south Florida, and a few more at bigger events like Supercon.
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>>9625905
>tfw was in Florida for the entire month of August and missed my chances of attending an American convention

Well, at least I got to enjoy the company of a friendly ex-methhead and a friendly ex-drug dealer in Homosassa. Shot a few guns, saw a few cats being killed, skinned and attempted to be eaten. Overall a jolly time, but the heat was horrible and I feel sorry for anyone that has to live in such a climate.
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>>9657077
You'd really only be seeing a Florida con, and those are usually shit. Go to ones in any other state and they have at least some nice qualities.
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>>9657090
I'm from NE Europe, flights there and back were like 1500 euros. It's going to be many years before I return to America, but I'll definitely check out some con.
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Going to be attending both Wasabicon and EXPcon as an artist. Never been to either. Afraid of being bored to death at Wasabicon if it's anything like FAE in Orlando.
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>>9658058
I hate to say it but it's worst than FAE, I'm so sorry for you
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>highschool freshmen at my first con
>excited about the Pikabug
>I thought PikaBelleChu was cool
>every year that followed she got progressively sadder and more unappealing as I grew up and realized how grungy she was

I'm 26 guys. I'm 26 and she's still here. She's still an invited guest all over the state(even if they are just using her for her car). What a time to be alive.

In a way it's kind of admirable that she is still doing her thing even though she's an embarrassing weirdo. She just keeps on being herself. Bless her cringe ass.
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>>9654574
More deets please? I see her post on AANI all the time shrieking about bootlegs and giving cons weird reviews but I've never talked to her or sold next to her. I did find her booth once and tried to chat with her a little, mentioned I was on AANI too in an attempt to be nice and she's just like "mhmm okay so the button you're holding is $2". I was the only one around so I wasn't blocking anything and hadn't been there more than 3 minutes browsing but maybe she was just tired. I get grumpy tabling sometimes.

I do find it funny that she is all uppity about official merch and art but sells cut up Pokemon cards pressed into buttons like a sad flea market lady trying to craft. And the odd Undertale AU body pillows.
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>>9658058
If youre selling FFXV stuff at EXP you'll likely do well. There seem to be a lot of FF fans going.
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>>9658058
FAE and Wasabi, both run by that shithead Croom, are the two worst cons in the state now that Shadocon has failed out. Get your money back and vend somewhere you'll actually make money and have fun.

>>9658529
The only reason Pikafreak is at so many cons is her car and because she's a cheap guest. That lady is really messed up in the head!
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>>9658529
She does have fan-made Pokemon Plushies at her Booth based on artwork which the Pokemon Center still hasn't made so technically that's a bootleg because it's not legit. Same goes for her undertale stuff because the Creator said if you mass-produce your items you are not allowed to be selling it, it is supposed to be only in a limited number but she mass-produced those ugly shitty pillows and then says I have permission to do this so I don't know what you're talking about. She causes a shitstorm all the time on the vendor group and the artist Alley Group about bootlegs but her Booth isn't any better. She is so annoying
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>>9658304
>>9658717
Ah shit. At this point it's a bit late for refunds. I'll just bring along work to do at the booth so my partner and I aren't bored to tears.
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>>9658529
Other Florida vendors/artists talk about SegaMew a lot, but Florida and a handful of other southern states are known for their bootleg vendors. If the convention staff don't step in and make people remove bootlegs, there's no point in causing a fuss. Her crusade against bootlegs is 1. hypocritical, and 2. pointless if she's not staff.

Also, speaking of FAE/Wasabi, Croom talks a lot about his branding and supporting the industry and then there were bootlegs all over FAE. I think segamew was there so the bootlegs were probably reported, and they took no action.

Metro still takes the cake for worst vendor room when in 2016 they had a booth with a carnie game set up and the dude running it scammed people for hundreds of dollars. Told people they could pick up their prizes, including a new TV, Saturday and then he packed up shop Friday night and the booth was empty Saturday and Sunday. How the fuck did staff not shut that down Friday morning?
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>>9659165
>they had a booth with a carnie game set up and the dude running it scammed people for hundreds of dollars. Told people they could pick up their prizes, including a new TV, Saturday and then he packed up shop Friday night and the booth was empty Saturday and Sunday. How the fuck did staff not shut that down Friday morning?

Wat?!?
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>>9659473

This fucker's tried to run his scam at almost every FL convention and usually is kicked out pretty quickly. Figures Metro has no fucking clue. Their staff is useless, their security prefers to harass the nerdy little cosplayers they can intimidate and the owners only care about stroking their egos and profiting from the con.
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All I've ever been to is Broder cons and I kinda need a change of pace. Planning on going to Holiday Matsuri with my friends, what should I expect from it?
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>>9660560
Broder shows always feel like a flea market to me. Holmat is chill, decent parties, good game room, decent artists/vendors. Still if you want to experience a good convention go out of state to AWA or Katsucon or literally anything.
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Does anyone have an extra space for Holmat this year? I have been trying to go to it for a while and none of my friends really go to florida cons
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>>9660918
Like a hotel room? There's a big facebook group called "Holiday Matsuri *Official*", I'd post there and ask.
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Looking at EXPcon's schedule...holy shit artist alley is open for *twelve hours* on Saturday. And ten hours on Friday, but man twelve is a long time. How are the artists supposed to go get food and stuff? There's barely any restaurants in the area anyway. The vendor's room is only open until 8pm, too. I hope they're all able to figure it out. If i was an artist I'd be pissed.

I mean it's such a small con, the dealer's room/AA will probably be dead by 6pm anyway.




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