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< Piro >

Otakon 2002.  nyow.

"dumb ideas"

Monday - June 24, 2002

[Piro] - 08:41:00 - [link here]


For those of you who will be at Anime Expo this weekend, be sure to check out the US Anime booth in the dealers room - they have plenty of Capture the Bear posters on hand if you want one. :) Also, Dom is running around, so lets make sure he gets plenty of abuse while he's there.


New Capture the Bear poster availible - support MT, buy a poster. they are cool. :P

Otakon 2002 - July 26, 27 and 28Ok, i really need to start getting more sleep. Something is screwy when you start considering 2am your normal bedtime (considering that 6:30am is your normal wakeup time). 4.5 hrs of sleep a night isn't really healthy.

As many of you know, Otakon 2002 will be taking place in Baltimore at the end of next month (july 26th thru the 28th), and we are guests again this year. I don't really know how i get roped into going all these cons (Anime Central and A-kon so far this year), but after the last Megatokyo Panel discussion (which was really a 2 hr Q A session where Largo and I just sorta sat there and answered questions) I decided that for the next 'panel' we had to do something a little different...

I'm just full of dumb ideas sometimes, and the ideas for what we will be doing at Otakon has flourished into outright stupidity, but thats sorta to be expected. Rather than do a standard 'panel' discussion, where we sit like lumps and hide behind microphones that dont work. For Otakon 2002, we are doing something different.

For Otakon 2002, we will be presenting "Naze Nani Megatokyo Live" - a slightly more ... organized and planned presentation that... well... you guys figure it out. ^_^ Part of it involved Seraphim and I spending an hour in Jo Ann Etc buying lots and lots of fabric and things... I got quite the look when i told Seraphim what i was planning, but being the qualified seamstress that she is, she agreed to make it for me ^_^. As for Dom, Asmodeus, Ukyo... eh... they scare me. I really wish i didn't have these dumb ideas.

Anyways, one of the reasons for mentioning this now is that i wanted to let people know what we are planning, and invite everyone who is going to come to otakon to come see the show saturday night. Part of the presentation will be how i put together MT strips (Kai is putting together a flash presentation - we have projection and sound available). Will the room be big enough for everyone? eh... we dont know. Tomorrow i will put up a poll similar to the one we used for A-kon - it gave us a pretty accurate count of how many people were planning on coming. This way we can figure out how many people we have to accommodate before hand.

Also, a portion of the questions are going come from questions that we will take before the con - i will have a special email address where you can send questions so that we can prepare better answers than 'well, er, duh, because we felt like it.' Fear not, there will be a live Q A session towards the end of the presentation, if you have a burning question that must be asked in person. :P

Anyways, should be fun. Please come, we promise to try to be entertaining. Look for that poll about otakon either later today or tomorrow.


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< Dom >

Cosplay is love! (all credit to Natsuki for this pic, A-kon 2001)

"Final check"

Tuesday - July 2, 2002

[Dom] - 17:30:00 - [link here]

Update: The MMM is going to take place at 1 PM on Friday. Plan for it. And bring cameras, and whatever goofy props you think are good!

If you have a question for the Otakon MT panel, please send it to: Fred's mailbox is full as it is without people flooding him with questions the entire staff needs to go over anyway. Now, on to the Million Maximo March.

Yes, the long-awaited info on the Million Maximo March. Time is posted above. Place is the pool at the Hyatt, because there's nothing illegal about being in your trunks next to a pool--unless Ashcroft decides that nakedness is a threat to national security between now and Thursday.

For those of you who don't quite remember the Million Maximo March rules:
1) The Maximo/Arthur costume is a pair of heart-patterned boxer shorts and a weapon. In later levels of Maximo, Maximo changes underwear (a much healthier habit than Arthur's one pair of underoos through two or three games). These other patterns of boxers are also acceptable. Update: The other designs are: brown cow-spotted, monogrammed M, blue design with special red "POW"... if you haven't seen that one, you probably shouldn't make it. Also, the old-school ghosts and goblins costume... well, you can figure that one out yourself. (Thanks to Uncle Scaryhead for the heads-up)
2) The weapons available are anything in the Maximo: Ghosts to Glory/Ghouls and Ghosts/etc. series. This includes sword and shield, big-ass sword (preferably yellow), dagger, ring, scythe, torch, lance, etc. Please adhere to Anime Expo's rules about weaponry, found at the bottom of this page. In other words, NO LIVE STEEL. GETTING ARRESTED IS BAD.
3) Also acceptable is one of the forms Arthur is turned into by the wizard: old man, duck, etc.
4) Anyone cosplaying as the wizard will be thrown into the pool.
5) No pants-ing other Maximo cosplayers. There are some things man was just not meant to know--most of these things involve other men.
6) In case of pantsing-happy bystanders, you may want to put on an extra layer of underoos, briefs, speedo, whatever you can do to protect yourself.
7) If you can, bring a camera. If you can't (the lack of pockets could be a problem, and if you store it in your boxers you'll have problems getting other people to take pictures for you), bring a person who has a camera.
8) Women are free to join the MMM (Natsuki's confirmed for Otakon's MMM), as long as they, too, aren't breaking decency laws. So make sure you have something like a flesh-colored tanktop or something, and join in as you will.
9) Above all, have fun. After all, we're just a bunch of kinds being silly... and of course, "Cosplay is love!"

All those who still are interested in the MMM at Anime Expo, please e-mail me so I can get a rough count of how many people want in. All those of you who want in on the Otakon MMM, please wait until after AX weekend so I don't get confused. Also, someone who knows the Baltimore area well should also check out where the pools are so we don't, like, get arrested. Otherwise, we have to stalk around looking like flashers... which may not be a bad thing, but it certainly isn't for everyone.

Anime Expo and Otakon are going to be great. Especially since I get to interview Tsukasa Hojo, the Father of Mokkori...

Until next time!


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