Oiwake in the Little Tokyo Plaza
Thursday Day 0. Official start time 7pm
I've been asked by a few people lately if Stryyder and I plan on doing the Meet & Greet again this year. I still find it funny and wonder when and how he and i became kinda the people in charge of this thing. I guess it could be cuz nobody's stepped forward to plan or takeover, I assume because we do such an awesomely fantastic job with that nobody thinks they could possibly do a better job than we do. (?)
Well anyway, as always like every year i am open to suggestions and feedback which i rarely get much of. Is our gathering really so fantastic that we have no complaints? ..... I will take your silence as a yes. Cool then.
ONE THING i do plan on changing this year is when we officially start. Because the masses of people who now register on day 0 has become that of what day 1 used to be therefore delaying when people finally get out of the ridiculous but inevitable line, i am moving our official start time to an hour later than we've been doing. meaning we are now starting at 7pm instead of 6pm. Which makes sense in one way, but i've always stressed that there is no cut-off time to where you're not allowed to show up at all. I say this every year PLEASE DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO BE THERE THE ENTIRE TIME. if you're late SO WHAT, at least you came! if you have to leave early DO SO, we all have a million things to do at convention and we understand that. >>and I know as editors a lot of us are very introverted and shy and don't want to stand out except thru our work, but WE LOVE YOU ANYWAY and we want to meet you. don't be afraid of making a scene if you arrive an hour late.
k now that i got my own gripes out of the way here's what i've planned so far for this year.... not a whole lot. I've kinda run dry on quiz ideas (altho i haven't talked to stryyder about that yet) but either way i wanna come up with something different. the quiz itself merely served as a centerpoint to the gathering and a way to give away free stuff. I think last year's raffle was very successful. we gave away an awesome Sailor Moon wallscroll and my custom Meet & Greet poster to Sproth and Nighthawk.
aren't they just totally stoked. and the proceeds for the raffle went straight to Oiwake Restaurant (which they were very appreciative of.) these things i plan on repeating this year.
but one thing i would like to try this year (and this'll require some of you to step out of your comfort zones) is to try getting people to actually meet and introduce themselves. haven't come up with specifically how yet but just giving out name tags doesn't cut it, cuz everyone just plops themselves down with whoever they came with or recognize and mingling is very minor.
THIS IS A MEET AND GREET. not a we set up a playlist and we just sit and watch amvs all night we do that every night, let's try conversing with our mouths instead of our fingertips. (and get your brains out of the gutter)
so let's hear the input. I will update this post with all official information as it develops.