Last one in auto-sage and sinking faster than the bags under Jessica Nigri's eyes.
Most hated cosplay photographers
Coffee maker macaroni and ironing grilled cheese
How many fur coats required to keep warm outside the hotel
Staff here, I'll be drinking for the next hour and can answer any questions you have during that time. I have been security for the past 5 years and have seen a lot of stuff happen in that time.
>i'm staying at a hotel that isn't the gaylord, on sunday will I be allowed to chuck my bags at the baggage check there or is it for ~patrons of the gaylord only?
You can pay a small amount to keep your stuff there. I've never noticed them check, so long as you give them a name and some money it's fine.
Last year, didn't the check fill up pretty quickly? Not the same guy, but I remember carrying around my computer bag because there wasn't space. Check your stuff early in the morning, at least.
Not if they run it like they have the last two years. They've been feeding both reg and pre-reg into the same line in the halls, and then only split it out into two different ones once you get closer inside of the hall. So basically you have to wait for HOURS in the outside line until you reach the inside hall, and only then can you immediately run up to the pre-reg table with nobody in line. It's stupid as shit. I've had multiple plans ruined because my pre-regged group members have been stuck in line for hours... definitely not registering at all this year.
How many of you plan on checking out the Ferris wheel?
I was on it last year. The little pods are sealed and heated.
I enjoy the Katsucon Photography group and seeing all these photos spamming the shit out of their subpar skills. Its funny seeing the same people popping up over and over again. Its also funny seeing the ass kissing cosplayers saying how cool photos are and shit until suddenly a price is mentioned then silence
One of my friends mentioned to me that the Gaylord apparently limits how much alcohol you have in your room based on number of people? My room has 6, what will they allow? How do they enforce this?
As long as you're not being an idiot like 1449 and posting about it online, I doubt any staff will find out if you have extra alcohol in your room.
Just be smart and keep a lock on your suitcase for when housekeeping comes in. I know people who bring pot brownies every year and have never been caught.
We got stopped trying to bring a case of beer in because it was visible. As long as you're lowkey about hiding your alcohol and don't let housekeeping come in while you're there, you're fine.
I mean granted I guess housekeeping could get sticky fingers and try to eat one but how would they even know if they were pot brownies anyway? And then shouldn't housekeeping get in a little trouble to for trying to eat guests food?
If you leave them sitting out in plain view, there's always a chance that a housekeeper might be tempted to eat one. And if they seem visibly high by other employees, welp, that can't be good.
Just keep your shit locked up and out of sight and no one gets hurt.
This is the problem with /cgl/, and women in general.
Why are you taking a picture? To get a beautiful picture, right? Apparently not. Using /cgl/ logic, you shoot for the "name" of the photographer, instead of seeing whether or not they're actually good.
The main thing you should be concerned about is whether the photographer can shoot. Funk the overhyped mediocre assume "cosfamous" photographers.
A mediocre photo by a cosfamous photographer will go much, much farther than an excellent photo from an unknown photographer with zero social media presence. Advertising, marketing and networking are as important as the photos themselves. Same goes with cosplayers. A cellphone pic of Enji Night will get you more likes than well composed DSLR shot of an ugly cosplayer. It's just how the game works.
>b-but I only cosplay for fun and not for cosfame and recognition!
Depends on what you want your experience to be like. I shoot fairly well and shoot only the friends I know that do great things, and they're not cosfamous. I have a fucking great time at the con. Chasing after cosfamous is boring as fuck; unless you actually live locally near one.
First time going to Katsucon coming from another country. I had completely forgotten the cold weather. Good thing I decided to come to CGL before I just stormed to the US without proper attire.
should i even bother if im completely "out of the loop"?
first con, no cosplay or w/e, no friends, and i don't watch anime.
i want to go to the maid cafe though. and maybe participate in the fighting tourney but i don't play fighting games much.
I mean a photographer is cosfamous for a reason, they can't really show their tits to become famous. And shooting with famous cosplayer will only go so far. There are so many photographers that have shot with cosfamous cosplayers, but most of them do not have a big following at ALL.
let's say "booked for paid shoots" so they don't get overwhelmed by stuff they absolutely have to turn around. the extra unoccupied time is for friends/cosfamous etc and doesn't necessary need to be filled. optional for the photographer.
I could understand saving space for cosfamous but that's just fucking stupid. There's far fewer good black cosplayers so she's going to end up with with shitty pictures or empty slots.
Fuck, stop WHINING.
"Waaaaahhh, AssB says she's booked, but she still shoots with people more famous / prettier / cooler than me!"
I'm not AssB, but I'm booked up (almost to the point where I'll have to physically teleport to get from one booking to another), but I'll tell one of my free shoots (or even one of my paid ones) to GTFO in order to shoot with Jessica Nigri.
That's just how it is. Don't like it? Show more tits, get less fat, and build a better following.
This has to be either AssB or one of her black whiteknights.
I don't blame you for wanting to shoot with Jessica Nigri or other known cosplayers for free, I would too if I were trying to boost my portfolio, but telling someone who booked with you (and potentially paid ahead of time) to screw off is a dick move. Plus a loss of money on your part, so twice as stupid.
>but telling someone who booked with you (and potentially paid ahead of time) to screw off is a dick move
I'd just tell them I have to reschedule because something important came up at the last minute. They would never know anyway.
AssB hasn't come out about #28DaysofBlackCosplay because she doesn't wanna shoot shitty black cosplayers for the sake of the project because it'll ruin her portfolio. Maki only got a pass because she's head of the BLF.
>Shit going on with my dad
>I can still go but I know how happy it'll make my dad if I stay home and comfort him
>But god first con in years.
I'm probably going to have to stay home this year... I feel like this keeps happening each time I plan to go to a con in the last year or so.
Never let the person who is just 'tolerated' to get the con room. Im glad that the chapter of autistic ragechild who punches holes in walls is over.
Tfw new room with better cosplayers
I think that there should be a separate thread for AniMore, but, so far, according to what I've seen on Facebook & Instagram, a lot of folks enjoyed their time there. As for those folks who spent their money for the badge for the con, some were actually positive about checking it out next year especially those who couldn't make it due to the blizzard. The only complaints I know of the con was from one of my cosplayer friends who got peeved due to losing out on the costume contest to a couple who cosplayed as Gormez & Morticia from 'The Addams Family' due to her thinking that they bought the costumes. The 2nd complaint was of 1 attendant who felt lost when trying to reach registration. I'm unsure if she had been helped out since Friday.
If I were to bring homemade truffles for the meet up (it's pretty much Valentines Day) with booze and non-boozed would you guys be into it?
I don't want to put the effort in if everyone is afraid to take chocolate from a kind of stranger. (I understand, though.)
Where are the panels? And there's a few guests I'm really excited to meet, but I guess that's what's awesome about people having different opinions. I just don't understand why they haven't put the schedule out yet because some people plan out their cosplays according to the panels they want to do.
Do these threads tend to get more active when the event's actually going on? I guess there'll be a jump when the schedule's finally released, but what are the threads like when things are actually happening? I'm a regular on /a/ and wasn't aware /cgl/ existed during last year's Katsucon.
well, people are usually at the con enjoying it so no, in my opinion the activity dips a bit. usually con threads are semi active before the con and get more and more active the closer it gets to con time, then during the actual con it's somewhat active - people might be posting to try and find people to hang out, report back on certain events, etc. but I don't think I've ever noticed many con threads being very active in particular. activity spikes again just after with a lot of people postings pictures, complaining, connecting with other cosplayers, talking about what happened, etc.
I would! I have never been to a seagull meet up before and always wanted to know. I'm a lurker on here and at meets so I have witnessed a few from a far too. Would love to drink and get to know people like others have planned before!
Ah. I figured that most of that "after" stuff you mentioned would more or less be happening throughout, though it does make sense. Better to spend the time in the moment and share the memories later than miss out on gathering some while posting about others.
>Browsing the Katsucon photography FB group
>Tons of decent to good photogs charging $50 for 3 photos with little editing, $120 for 6 with "better" editing
>Fucking mountains of terrible photogs charging $40 to $75 for 3-6 photos
>Everyone using the same overpriced three package tiers, modeled off of the same graphic
Have Katsucon photographers always price gouged this badly at cons? Because this is getting ridiculous.
If you're like me and always have trouble staying asleep the whole night after drinking, browsing /cgl/ on your phone can save a lot of boredom/waking your roommates up until you fall back asleep.
No one likes spending money on extra data just to browse /cgl/.
I'm not the only one that does this?
At every con, I will go to bed after 12, and wake up around 4-5, long before anyone else, usually hide in the bathroom and browse /tg/ or /cgl/, or pull out whatever novel I have lined up.
I can see why you would think that, but a lot of the "after" stuff takes some time to post. I remember one time I brought my laptop to a con but then I barely touched it the whole weekend - the only time I used it was to open it up to play music for my friends when we were hanging out in our hotel room.
First thing in the morning I wake up to go get ready for the con, then I go to the con, and when I'm at the con I'm mostly just socializing with my friends or other people and just doing general con stuff. In the evening we might break for a long dinner but even if I ~retire from the con at say, 6 PM, my friends and I will just be hanging out together until however late at night. I usually clock out and go to sleep at around 12-1 AM, others may stay up later for partying. Basically at a convention most people are constantly doing something - there's not very many times during the day where a lot of people would be able to sit down and post pictures and post write-ups of panels and events on cgl. It doesn't sound like it takes that long right now but when you're at a con I can tell you that the majority of people are literally just so busy they don't have time for that. If I want to consistently update my social media I know for me personally I have to put in the effort to remembering to do that because it's very easy for my attention to be completely sucked up by the con, and I'm not even someone that like....brings 20 cosplays and has booked 10 photoshoots and is hosting 3 panels and goes to 5 room parties every night.
cgl is also a generally slow board so there's that factor too. if anything the times I check cgl when I'm at cons are like, at night when I'm winding down in the hotel room and I'm just kinda on my phone doing the general social media check or I'm browsing casually before I sleep.
This girl will, for the low low price of 45$, give you three high quality pictures. What a great deal.
see, I want to avoid drama, but fuck. I'm the amateur hour guy. I've been doing this shit for a year, I have finally learned and used the power of RAW to do things like "recover photos from shitty lighting" and use manual flashes to do things like "boost light", and this bothers me/makes me want to jump into the paid field, fuck if it would be free drinking money.
Usually if I get a free shoot from a photographer I offer to buy him/her a drink, split a meal, whatever, just as a thanks. If you're new and you're getting good, stay unpaid for a while - it makes you more desirable and gives you more flexibility to pick and choose what you want to shoot to build a good portfolio. It also lets you network with cosplayers, which will give you a good business base when you do get into pay.
If you even bothered reading the thread, you'd see that people were talking about using data to post on /cgl/ because someone got the entire Gaylord banned last Katsucon.
What kind of idiot things most providers offer unlimited data anymore? That is usually a relic of old, grandfathered plans.
I mean granted a little bit of browsing on CGL is a drop in the pond data-wise but you're being stupid about this.
Sprint, T-mobile, and various sibling services that use their towers. Verizon and AT&T may have a lot of towers but for most of the con locations there's more than enough service to be able to navigate your way.
4G is slower than 3G. It's absurd and I don't like it but 3G speed is good enough for me because I don't stream video.
Y'all are just mad that you have to pay for data.
>can we go back to cosplay
>immediately asks for drama
Stop living pls.
Why do people love drama so much? I want to go to Katsucon and be around happy people, not people like schadenfreude anon here.
I have some great shoots lined up, though. I'm going to be around some of the most beautiful cosplayers at Katsu all weekend. Feels good.
I'm not a poorfag so I can afford to pay a few extra bucks a month if I happen to go over my data plan. Using AT&T is better for me since I like actually being able to call/text when I'm out on a road trip or visiting family in the countryside. You can't do that with Sprint.
It happens from time to time. And it's no chip off my shoulder if I go over it a bit because I can afford it. Sorry you're poor and have to keep such a close eye on your bill, not everyone is as pathetic as you.
Because I have an aunt who used to use Sprint and she couldn't get service at my grandmother's house while my dad and I could. She ended up switching to Verizon because Sprint is so shitty.
>at this data plan talk
>only just got a smartphone
>occasionally buys extra gigs of data using the rewards point verizon gives for paying your bill on time
>often doesn't need even a gig per month
I have no idea what the big hairy datalicious deal is.
In other news, two weeks til, two weeks til. I started assembling my packing today. If, over the course of the weekend you find yourself with a mild injury or pain, look for the young Ford (mustard yellow shirt), or 2D or Speedball. Pain pills, bandages and gauze, tiger balm, Salonpas patches, throat remedies, and, yes, condoms and lube packets for the unprepared thirsty cosplayers. Also got plenty of emergency grooming tools, makeup sealant, hairspray, dry shampo, whatevs.
Gonna hang at a lot of photoshoots (Gravity falls, Asscreed maybe, friday Marvel -- fuck that official Marvel.com clusterfuck on Saturday) and try to see more panels this year.
Lmao. What does bad cell reception have to do with her being able to use a phone? She couldn't just snap her fingers and get cell reception. No, that's why she made the smart choice of switching to better service. She has no problems now.
Only cheapasses and poorfags defend Sprint because "muh free data". But keep replying, your asspain fuels me.
>Responds to someone obviously trying to get a rise out of you
>Calls them asspained
Anon you can't seriously think someone would legitimately argue that cellphone knowledge has anything to do with reception.
You're about as retarded as your Aunt. Get euthanized.
Looked at the Facebook group.
You got CB Photography , Jason Freeman Photography, Vander Photography, Kemo Photo, Sumiko.fhoto Photography, Felix Wong Photography, Noire-re Photography And Works, Sofella Cosplay Photography, EDward Fotography, Jason Laboy Photography and Jeff GM Photography at a quick glance. This close to Katsu and they have openings, that's not a good sign
That was my first post on facebook for Katsu and I've already got 11 slots booked, so I'm not doin' too bad. Not amazing, but not bad.
How many other photogs cosplay as well as shoot all weekend? I can't be the only one trying to finish cosplays as well as solidify my weekend schedule this week.
The anon you're arguing with is a troll. They've been going around casually trolling /cgl/ for a while and I can tell it's the same person because they name all their image files "image.jpg" and always have the same arguments.
If you see a salty cunt with image.jpg as a file name, don't fucking reply. So many threads have gone to shit because of them. This one included.
Finishing up Kylo Ren this weekend, I hope. Can't wait to see 600 other people throw on their black Hot Topic jacket and claim they're cosplaying him too. I've seen "progress photos" from people on tumblr and they are.... no.
They look okay, some improvements could be done here and there, like he himself admits, but what's your issue with them critique wise? I'm more tired of them being reshared on the same Cosplay Share accounts on instagram
The Kylo Ren in his photos is part of what inspired me to make my own. Kylo Ren has way more volume and drama than that. If you're gonna do the snow scene, put on some makeup and wet your hair to look sweaty and beat up. You don't just get to throw on some limp black fabric and barely comb your hair and call it a cosplay.
They criticize choices people make and resort to name calling.
Here they call people with piercings "idiots" and trailer trash:
Here they call people who wear randoseru "autists" and "5-year-olds"
And here they call people with Sprint "cheap asses" and "poorfags". See what I mean?
And sent, check your inbox.
In other news anyone else going to the cosplay ball with a significant other in couples cosplay? Got my girlfriend to do Beato to my Battler (Umineko), so am hella stoked to wreck the dance floor.
I really don't thing that matters. The price of a room block comes down to a workinfgrelationship and the ability to haggle. Katsu probably asks too much of the gaylord so they are unable to secure a better deal.
I wouldn't call this the con for you desu. High priority on cosplay, panels aren't that fun unless they're for a series you like or a skill you're really interested in, and this con will feel lonely unless you know people, its really hard to meet people imo. Best chances you'll have will probably be at the bar at night if you're old enough.
Checked the week weather forecast. It's clear last I checked.
Fuck that. I intentionally avoid photogs that have shot Nigri or Yaya. Doesn't impress me.
It's both, completely both. Shoot during the day, get shitfaced at night, do the same thing the next day with a terrible hangover.
Probably just the ones my friends are in.
I usually do whatever works from what I get with the people I shoot but try to at least dish out 5 or so.
Either you use a hotel that gives you breakfast or you bring it with you/get it from CVS. Maybe drive to the mcdonalds but that's about it.
Sometimes there are such miracles at early hours of the morning or the wee hours of the night. Anything from 11pm-10pm is pretty damn full in my experience. There are also a lot of options at Katsu, the gazebo is cool but overrated.
It will be glorious seeing Black Luigi roasted that weekend
That wasn't even the main one, dude was trying to charge based on editing styles. You wanted Frequency Separation, he'd charge extra for that. Filters, again, extra. Guy's a fucking joke!
>tfw even though I knew it was a trick I joined anyway and checked
Are we really not meeting, /cgl/?
So does meeting by the coffee place at 10pm sound good? Anyone got a better idea?
(Sorry couldn't find a better pic)
Damn, now I'm really upset I didn't finish Wedding Erika in time for this con.
I hope everyone is doing well with their last minute of preparing! I still need to get a few bits and pieces put together and then pack 3 luggage bags and a desktop to bunker down for both weekends. Oh, I think it's fair enough to show what I plan to wear for sure.
Past years has always been either at the fountains inside the atrium (last year) or at the gazebo (2-3 years ago) at about 8~9pm Friday and also Saturday depending on people's plans. It'll be more clear come contime.
If you don't mind the possibility of not being able to sleep comfortly till about 2am. I have some space.
Now comes all the cosplay after dark shoots for Katsu
Lol, Katsucon is really upping the game on thirst.
I heard he's going to Magfest or at least trying? Doesn't really matter, everyone there knows about him too. LMAO
This guy is an asshat. Please avoid him.
>tfw ur working saturday + sunday so u can't come, and the only person who can cover ur shifts doesn't want to work valentine's day
i'd come just on friday but i don't wanna pay for the whole weekend just to come one day :/
I just wanted to buy shit in the artist alley anyways :(
Upset I won't get to go. East of Baltimore and it'd be like a hour and half to go, but can only go for the day. Want to take pictures though of awesome cosplayers
It's good. Miles better than some of the other "cosplay boudoir" out there, that's basically photographers getting girls to kneel on a bed in lingerie.
I see these gorgeous girls being just wasted by these amateur ass photographers. Makes me sad.