Since it's right around the corner are any SoCal seagulls going to this?
I've never been to it, so what can I expect?
General discussion about this con.
Fuck you I was gonna make this thread
This is a fun social con, expect parties, a wide variety of cosplay, meetups and cool artists
This con is moving locations as you might have guessed so it'll be interesting to see how it goes
Coming from Arizona for my first non-AZ con. Expecting great things since my only prior experience with conventions is Gregcons. Any other Arizonans?
Also, I'm a lolita, which group should I join for info on the tea parties and such?
I went to this con for the first time last year and I have to say it was the best social experience I've ever had. Compared to my shitty recent experiences with larger cons (looking at you, AX..) this one is my new preferred con. People were friendly, the crowd was older, there were too many parties to count, there was an ice cream social and over all there was a generally happy atmosphere--the only downside (or upside, you pick) was the sexual tension. You could literally cut it with a knife if was so thick.
A lotta meat-slapping went on that weekend. :V
Enough people from my usual con group are not going to ALA that my other friends are considering commuting instead of hoteling. Kinda bummed about it, but I guess I would be saving money as well.
I hope no one spills accidentally spills a drink on you, I know how it is trying to maneuver around in a big puffy petticoat. At least you don't have to worry about being pushed into the pool this year.
Anon here who posted earlier about everyone flaking out on me. Room is at the Radisson across the street from the Ontario convention center from Thursday to Sunday. Anyone down.
>Asking random strangers on the 4chins to help fill your room for a giant party that is disguised as a local animu con.
The location change seems to really be shaking people up, not a lot of my friends are going, tons and tons are backing out of hotel arrangements. I'm not sure if the panelists are gonna be the same crowd either because of the change, a couple I knew were LA based and weren't up for driving out at all. I'm probably just gonna drop by for one day to see if it's still worth it, drive out a second day if it's not too bad.
got a room at the double tree
friends are coming down
planning Liu from Terraformars
location change doesn't really deter as I thought it would, mainly cus of akibaexpo getting dropped and people wanting a good winter con
lol funny thing was my room parties were packed with some of the staff too so have fun being a bitter little anon
you'll see me around so if you get the stonea, definitely do say something to me :^)
Last year was my first ALA, where it was just about 25 mins away.
Now since they've moved, it's now 55 mins away.
>tfw you don't know anyone who will go to this con
I hope I can check it out this year too.
I was wanting to go to this convention and just commute from Orange County, but it's an hour away and I'm already gonna have to take time off work to go to Genesis 3
Really tempting though :<
>tfw virgin mega store closed 6years ago
>tfw I used to buy my over priced anime dvd's from there
>tfw I first found out about hentai in there
>tfw I'm never going to be able to buy a hentai now that I can
>mfw physical media and virgin are dead
Good times were had there.
>The tripfags have all been banned/exiled from /cgl/
>None of them spamming/promoting themselves anymore
Is this what true peace feels like?
No, all the same tripfags just come on as anon now. They still go to ALA and everything. It's, just that self-promotion on 4chan is less popular than it used to be since there's backlash now from both 4chan and the anti-bullying SJWs instead of just 4chan notoriety.
Only for people we already know because we get too many flakes with randoms, sorry anon.
Most of the people I know are at the Radisson, but a lot are on the fence with switching to another hotel.
We had four once, does that count!?
Was that the picture with dollar bills? If yes, I don't think so.
yessss I've been waiting for this thread
flyin in from nh to be with all my California buds for the week, first time seeing them all since fanime so I can't wait to see all of them. we booked a penthouse suite at the residence inn across the street so it should be fun! gonna be working at a booth with a friend selling stuff and cosplaying Totoko from Osomatsu-San and the girl from Daoko's Girl video. I'm so excited for this con ;v;
Bought my plane tickets a few weeks back and have my hotel worked out. I just need to get my badge.
Since its "idol themed" I'm going to be cosplaying Nozomi from Love Live (Picture and school uniform) as well as Fio from Metal Slug and Hanekawa from Monogatari.
I've never been to Ontario in my whole life so of anyone has any good food suggestions in the area I'm all ears. I'm excited to have an expansion of options besides Denny's and Carl's Jr.
Really excited for ALA. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones to have it be in Ontario since that's closer to me than LA; just a quick drive up the 15 and I don't have to deal with the 91 or 60.
Hopefully we have another meet and greet but I'll probably bake a rum cake and some cookies to bring with since it's kind of tradition for me now.
Also looking forward to the new Artist Alley area. I liked the Hotels but when it rained and people started coming in, it got really humid and the air felt thick.
Are people still going to bring ribbons?
Here's a map of all the food/stores/gas stations there
>Ontariofags saying "oh im like 5-10 min away from the con now this is awesome"
>LAfags complaining about how far the con is from them now
>Ontariofags never used to complain about the 40-50min drive to LA/con
Also it never occurred to me how many cosplayers/lolis were in the ontario area, it feels good
Anybody planning on bringing any OPM cosplays? Im gonna try and bring Tatsumaki
>Ontario Mills and Victoria Gardens not that far off.
I like Victoria Gardens more since it's a nicer shopping area. At least there's a bunch of fast food places near the con center.
person in fb group says she isnt able to go and if anyone wants her room.
>How much are you willing to offer
>she doesnt respond
dumb cunt you offered a registration and now are trying to turn a profit and dont respond for 50 bucks? obviously i'd be paying the reservation cost.
why are con bitches the worst
Funny part is I used to live in Norwalk, and now Ontario. So I used to live a lot closer to when it was near LAX. Now it's moved to even closer to where I live. All the more convienent for me.
I think people in Los Angeles are used to more interesting things going on around them and less willing to drive an hour for something when they can go to one of like thirty concerts going on each night, or a big party, or hangout in little tokyo, china town, etc. Meanwhile there's fucking nothing to do in Ontario. There's a few interesting places around it, but it's not really a we have any sort of interesting events going on kind of town. You're used to driving at least 20-30 minutes if you live there and wanna go do something interesting.
Reunion con is fast approaching, cant wait to see all my friends, and to meet new ppl. Got me a room in the main hotel, gonna party hard with all the weebs. I will figure out the deets on the cgl meetup soon, and post here.
Cosplans for ALA:
Totsuka Tatara (Not sure if I should do 1st or 2nd season) - K Project
Lucky God Honoka - Love Live
Cyber Honoka - Love Live
Kuninaga Tsurumaru - Touken Ranbu
Thinking of making ribbons for the respective cosplays. Have an idea for K Project, but not sure what to put on the Love Live and Touken Ranbu ones.
We deal with the shit parts of living in LA in order to be close to the good parts, so yeah, we're not used to having to drive way out of the way for stuff.
Ontario probably isn't any worse of a drive than LAX is from where I live (Burbank), though, given how bad the 405's traffic always is.
I was on the fence about going, but my friends have a room, so I might as well do it. I'm kind of hoping that maybe the new location will cut down on the underage kids since their parents will be less willing to drive them out there.
>That feel when you keep adding costumes to your schedule even though you're not even competing in anything this con
Tarrlok from Legend of Korra for a group, maybe Angel Medic from Kamen Rider Drive for the toku gathering, school uniform Sailor Jupiter for another group, Darcy Lewis from Thor as an "I'm gonna get fucked up with a girl dressed as Jane Foster and we're gonna scream about science at each other" costume, and probably my tumblrfag punk Aerith Gainsborough outfit because I've lost control of my life and Southwest lets you bring two checked bags for free.
Gonna have a metric fuckton of ribbons to give out and trade for too. Still have a few EGG NOG EGG NOG EGG NOG ribbons from last year (you have to quote that fucking youtube video at me), more Xavier Institute ribbons than I know what to do with (X-Men trivia), some unfortunately outdated "Let's go Gokaiger!" ribbons for anyone cosplaying from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, I'm getting a new batch of "Wanted Dead or Alive by the Zangyak Space Empire" ribbons printed for anyone cosplaying from any toei tokusatsu franchise, and I'm getting "I [Shinra logo] Grumpy Turks" printed off this year (probably giving it out for FFVII trivia, but I might ask people to tell me their most tinfoil hat fan theory about the compilation instead).
See you guys there.
I live 15 mins away. Maybe I'll check out the first day.
Ok... you failboat b/c you forgot the number one rule of LA driving. Avoid the 405 at all times. If you need to get to the Westside- take one of the canyon routes or Olive/Barham. Shit take the 110 to the 105 for LAX.
Ontario is just straight inland driving taking either the 210, CA60 or the 10. Just fucking mindnumbingly boring with stripmalls and smog that doesn't get blown into the Pacific
Going down through Hollywood can be a crapshoot too, though. I used to do courier work for an ad agency in Hollywood so I know all the routes, but they're a real pain in the ass, and often involve dealing with some of the most retarded drivers and pedestrians around. Sometimes it's easier just to creep the 405 than deal with that shit.
I'm tempted to go since my friend says that I can crash in her place so I don't have to worry about hotel fees and shit but I don't know if it's gonna be worth the trouble.
Everyone worth hanging out with is most likely going to be there, but at the same time I just got promoted and because of that, nobody is likely going to be able to cover me during the weekends.
That said, if I'm going, definitely going to be cosplaying Kosaku Kawajiri/Yoshikage Kira
I'm actually going to have money this con so I won't have to tip Dr. Sci in Canadian currency this time
I'm going to be going as Sumia this year. I'm really excited! I'm pretty sure I'm just going to nab a room at the Holiday Inn and Uber it so I'm cool to drink and get back to the hotel safely. Seems worth the money.
This is my first con going alone! I've lost touch with a lot of con friends after moving this year so I'm not really going with a group. My boyfriend also isn't interested at all, so I guess I'll be flying solo. Hopedully it's as social as you guys say it is! I would really love to meet some new people.
I've seen some Christmas cosplay at ALA, but I was just wondering /cgl/'s general thoughts on it, if its too late or what not.
Cosplay is possibly pic related.
Don't worry about it. Beanie just doesn't like that I'm in a relationship, and especially not with the person I'm with. Not that he's not justified.
I've seen Santas at cons in September, so it can't be much worse than that. January is still pretty cold, relatively festive; I don't think It'll be a big problem.
I you are still looking
Me and my buddy are down to help you pay
Depending how much it is ...
I've got the reservation at the Radisson from Jan 28 to Feb 1 for $453 with taxes. Split four ways would be about $113 per person.
If you're interested, shoot me an email at [email protected]
here you go buddy, just make these you'll be super popular i promise
So to people who have been to the con, Is it worth it? ive been to AX alot and wonder/comikaze-con with my group but I dont know how many of them would go with me this early in the year...
I don't really know which cosplay to bring yet. I'm thinking of commissioning a Julian dakimakura and carrying it around as Lahey, but I've got my ticket and paid off my hotel room, so I'm excited!!!
Good news! Akihabara Expo CEO will be at ALA, here is your chance to get your money back!
I've been thinking of making the trek down there from Oregon, but dont know what to do about rooms. Any one looking for a roomie? If would be nice to find a room mate instead of having to stomach the cost of a room by myself.
>Friend has two rooms
>One party room and one non-party
>Pay spot for non-party room
>Just found out that he put some of the known partyfags into the non-party room because the other room is full
Well fuck this shit.
>mfw my cousin lives 5 minutes away.
>mfw i can just walk over there.
>mfw i don't have to struggle with transportation or hotels
>mfw my life is going up for once.
It's at a con center instead of a hotel, so as long as they're still offering at the door rates you should be good.
My husband just wants to do Saturday this year. So we're planning to get a couple Saturday at the door passes this year.
Also means no worrying about getting a hotel and you can eat at home instead of ponying up money for fast food. We live close enough, we just have to worry about parking.
What's your email anon? Also we are a couple so I hope you don't mind. We are both pretty generally chill and we can spot for water/ snacks supply and I have a ton of cosplay first aid crap in case you need anything last minute bahaha.
First time con go-er, I live really close 15ish minutes away, but i might only be able to go one day.
Which day do you guys recommend?
Also Is it okay to go in casual clothes?
I'm not sure what to expect.
I don't usually go on 4chan so hopefully I figure out how to do this right???
I'm trying to come to this con from NorCal, San Jose specifically. All my rides have bailed and I'm desperately looking for someone to carpool with. If anyone can help me, it will be greatly appreciated as I am trying to see friends I never get to see and participate in handing ribbons out with them. I'm hoping for replies asap !!
Excited to go to ALA as I always have good memories of the place.
Really excited to see Banzai Arcade, Tough Crowd and to host the Cosplay Wrestling Federation.
I'm not entirely sure why the artist alley got a MASSIVE boost. I do know that some of those tables are also gonna be for conventions and fan table type things. I can assume that with the assumed attendance spike now that there's no reg cap, it might be anticipation. This is a year of testing things ontop of growth. If the artist alley is an issue, please email the staff after the con and let em know how you felt about the size!!
Zombina's my fave girl, damn. I'm only going one day but maybe I'll see you! I'm currently trying to put together a half-assed monster girl cosplay cause I gave away all my other cosplay stuff.
If your attendance doesn't go up by 2x, don't increase your artist alley by 2.5x.
Okay, I'm done. It's not your department, it's not your fault. I'm just ranting. Hope to see you there.
Lazily dressing up as Akane on one of the days, not sure which one yet. Gonna hand out these ribbons to anyone that claims their Psycho-Pass is under 100.
New Years resolution: I will get a career job and use that money to pay to go to this con by ALA 2017.
What are the chances of it booking the same con center for 2017?
Nothing officially from monmusu unfortunately, I'm too fat and broke ahaha.
But I'm going to go as a punk/biker goat girl just to have something to dress up in. I'm only going Saturday but I'll tell my friend to look for you to maybe get a pic!
>Go to cgl meetup
>Starts great, but then it revolves around Maguma and his stories
I wonder if I should go to this again.
whole heartedly, suggest we do something else and bring something to the table. Meet ups are fun, but if no one's gonna do anything then yea, it's gonna be boring. And I'm not gonna just sit there and do nothing. I'm either gonna talk to people or we'll have a campfire and I'mma tell y'all dumb shit that happens.
In all honesty, I'm down to get food with seagulls. Occasionally there's parties and everyone's invited. Normally we'll stand around the pool, make friends and meet people. We could do some card games or tabletop shit (which we did this year with the seagulls in seattle. Card games in seattle was fucking amazing!)
Do I stay... do I go.... can I get a new Star wig in time?
I will usually throw some sort of after party, depending on when I have panels and if ppl are cool.
Making friends? Its not that hard. Also, the meets I am at usually don't devolve into storytelling. Usually its a bunch of people milling around and talking to each other.
That time some motherfucker broke a mason jar full of spiders in the middle of the meet. Security was pissed because it caused a huge scene and there was glass everywhere, and people panicking because of the spiders.
Yes. Yes you should. At least for a day.
Well, you do have a way of dominating the conversation...
It was the hottub. Our room was a couple of rooms away, and we stayed till monday because some people had flights that day. The entire morning up until we left in the afternoon a hotel staffer would come put stuff in the water to clean it every hour or so.
Meet quality kind of depends on who attends. A lot of trips are really social and make meets fun (+ getting drunk after), but if they don't show up, it ends up being a bunch of socially awkward cross-boarders.
AFAIR, no outside food or beverages are allowed by the convention center, and especially not alcoholic beverages, so the hotels will probably turn into the gathering place at night.
I'm technically traveling/staying alone but I have enough friends going that I probably won't be on my own much. But in some ways attending alone can be more fun, more freedom and flexibility.
I'll be there Saturday and Sunday, no time off this early in the year to do Friday. It will be my first time back at ALA since 2010, so I'm looking forward to it. Not 100% sure which cosplays I'm bringing yet.
I'm in that camp. I'm staying a room with some folks who I dont know, and I havent been to a california con in years so I'm probably going to know all of 5 people, who I highly doubt will recognize me anyways.
Should be interesting. Nothing some good conversation and some drinks cant fix though.
I'm going for just Saturday, though. Planing on bring a flask full to the brim with booze, and hopefully drunkenly making friends that way.
I I'm pretty sure I remember you~ you had an awesome cosplay! Creep all you want :>
This was you right??
I'm having so much trouble not saying something to all of these people posting on the ALA FB group with the Tumblr bullshit costumes they're going to be wearing.
This is ANIME LA, not fucking DashCon 2016.
I'm not mean enough to post screenshots and stuff.
Some girl was just posting the multiple costumes of the fat chick from Steven Universe that she'll be wearing, and I've seen a bunch of homestucks and Adventure Time and other western cartoon and webcomic stuff and the like.
There are also apparently MULTIPLE Star Wars gatherings, I get that there's a lot of hype for SW right now but it's not in keeping with the theme of an ANIME convention.
I miss the days when cons were actually about anime and not just a general gathering of obnoxious autistic nerds.
>I miss the days when cons were actually about anime and not just a general gathering of obnoxious autistic nerds
ALA's always been open to all fandoms. Hypes and trends will always be the big obnoxious things. That's just how shit goes. Do you even remember Naruto Gatherings at AX back in the early 2000's? Seriously though. Let the kids have fun, that's the point.
Those "kids having fun" are the thing that ruins the con for people without autism, and causes security crackdowns and gets us kicked out of hotels.
I remember Naruto gatherings, I also remember that they didn't run around incessantly harassing everybody else and then go cause fiascos by complaining about how they're being oppressed by the con on tumblr.
I guess those of us who are actually adults that care about anime and cosplaying it are totally outnumbered nowdays, though. I blame Nintendo and Sega bullshit for opening the door to begin with.
>causes security crackdowns and gets us kicked out of hotels.
Nah, its stupid adults wanting young poon or making bad decisions that lead to this.
Stop hanging with kids and you'll avoid tumblr.
You literally have to shove your way through crowds of them at ALA though. The only way to avoid them is by avoiding the actual con and only going to parties at night.
Hopefully the new venue will help.
They used to be for me, back when the bulk of people were into age-appropriate anime.
They're not for me anymore, apparently, now that they're overrun by 20-somethings who are on the mental level of 10 year olds and obsess over shitty children's cartoons.
Those Naruto kids back in the day were actually of an appropriate age to be into it. Now cons have gone from being for people who love anime to being for people who are mentally stunted.
Those 20-something were the Naruto loving faggot.
>obsess over shitty children's cartoons.
Anon, I have bad news for you.
>Now cons have gone from being for people who love anime to being for people who are mentally stunted.
Really..Anon. I'm seriously gonna break a rib laughing.
Yep, that's me! Thank you! I won't be in cosplay this time around, but if a dweeb in bad jfashion comes up to you, don't be scared ahaha.
If anyone is interested in idol shit, there will be a really good idol panel on saturday.
While I've learned to stop questioning guests choices, is the "Twilight Knights" thing normal for ALA? Seems a bit randomly thrown in
I shan't be scared at all!!
As for the Twilight Knights, I mentioned it in another post but ALA is pretty accepting of a lot of things. The main focus is Anime but having other things to cater to other fans as well isn't necessarily a bad thing. A little bit bigger, a little bit broader. But the mission statement stays the same.
As a casual fencer, I think it's odd but interesting. I doubt I'll end up checking them out, but maybe they'll get some people into it, which would be cool. And hey, maybe they can give some posing lessons with weapons.
You have to under
A majority of people who post on the con pages are obnoxious weebs just desperateLY seeking attention. They do shit like that and post their lineups 7 MONTHS before the actual fucking con or give a paragraph introduction of who they are thinking all the people in the group actually give a shit
My friend does freelance modelling on the side and for whatever reason ALA's fashion department decided to scout models through Model Mayhem. They offered her a free badge in exchange for signing up and sent her who she was modelling for. I feel so bad, but we couldn't stop laughing at how bad the brand was.
Why is ALA's fashion department so terrible? As a semi related note, why is anything with the label "geek fashion" so terrible?
Early 2000s? Here's Naruto AX '08.
In all honesty I don't even notice how crappy or good a cosplay is any more it all just blends in after so many years.
As long as they don't misbehave, I won't look down on them.
Working on Giffany and Frisk right now. Got my Frisk just about done, I just have to put some wefts into the wig to make the whole thing thicker and attach the sleeves on my sweater. Giffany I havent started yet but she's a pretty basic sailor fuku. A bit stumped on how I want to do her ribbon though.
I imagine they'll be some tripfag bullshit again this year. It always happens. ALA is the trigger for all cancer.
Speaking of which, is there gonna be a seagull meetup (read: orgy) this year?
>tfw i was expecting my co-worker to cover me for one day because i covered her shifts so many times, so i figured she would do me a solid.
>she said she was busy that day and she can't miss out
>tfw she is just gonna go party
>tfw i could still go but i'm gonna be there for 3 hours instead of being there the whole day
>tfw i work the whole weekend
pic related: how i feel
You would be mistaken about the Radisson being unfriendly to parties. They know full well that they will be the "Active" hotel and were well prepared. Whoever told you this is incorrect. Regardless, respect the hotel please~
If you don't wanna associate with me, that's fine. Go make friends with someone else. I couldn't care less. Just don't be a debbie downer for everyone else.
What is love, Love is freedom~
The weapon's policy is built around a common sense train of thought. If you think you might get in trouble for your prop, don't brandish it in the convention space or wave it around. Save it for photoshoots and such then put it away. If you have a realistic gun prop, odds are you shouldn't bring it out.