Keep the conversation and feedback going guys
Still waiting for the photo dump, by the way.
So what ribbons did you end up getting. I know some of my friends got close to 300. I was there mostly Saturday and wasn't trying very hard, so I got just a few. All the ones I got were from friends except for the lesser dog ribbon. I found that one on the ground on Sunday when I was picking up a friend for lunch.
I got a jail-bait ribbon.
Im 21 year old dude.
>Not A Target For Enforcement Action
>The Force Is Strong With This One
>Breaking The Fourth Wall
Didn't really hunt for any of them. They just appeared in my hands.
Did anyone get that "This con fukken sux" one that had a picture of Carl Sagan? I saw exactly one guy running around that had that one and a "Anime Was a Mistake" one and a "Hi I'm Matt I'm a Technician" one. I literally saw no one else with that.
I was trying to figure out the how the ribbons worked so on friday I was figuring out how to earn ribbons and on saturday I just got those two. I wanted to go around and get more but the person I was with was pretty crabby and a literal a-hole so I had to give up. But earning the two I got was fun! I am going to make ribbons for next year since it looked fun handing them out to people and getting some in return.
>go to first ever seagull party
>everyone was welcoming and friendly for the most part.
You guys are alright.
Ended up getting a handful, definitely more than last year.
I gave out all my Psycho-pass ribbons at the meetup though, forgetting that I'd actually probably want to have some for the next couple of days for trading.
I didn't expect there to be so goddamn many of you.
ALA doubling their attendee count is what happened.
He was helping run one of the two seagull parties,so most of the people here met him
From what I heard, to find out who started the lobby party
Yeah my bad for that one. I got the opportunity to throw a party in this huge suite that had a pool table in it, but in doing so I got pinned down bartending till like 2 am and had to miss the meetup. Most of the oldfags were in there with me. I tried to contact all the anons I could to get them up to the room because it had space for everybody, but only a few anons made it up.
Don't worry about it, bro. No one remembers your name, and probably couldn't pick your face out of a crowd.
But we'll always remember what you did. No amount of alcohol in the world will let us forget what you did.
However, since we don't know you, you got away with it scot-free. So relax!
>mfw I saw the sinks in the lobby bathroom at the Radisson entirely caked in vomit that smelled like vodka and rotten eggs
>mfw I see cosplayers chugging a big ass flask full of hard liquor
I had a really great time this year! Last year was my first year at ALA so I could definitely see the changes, but they weren't bad. I liked the con center and everyone was super fucking friendly. I made so many new friends and cosplay plans, it's ridiculous.
Our group went to the Radisson on Saturday night then turned right around. Some of ya'll are gross and need more clothes and less booze. It didn't even seem fun, just ridiculous and sleazy. I feel bad for anyone who stayed there. Hearing about the vomit in the sinks and the spiked drinks makes me think we made the right decision to stay away.
The only thing is I sort of regret buying a badge. I didn't really find anything cool in the dealer's room, nor was I super interested in any of the panels. I basically paid $60 to walk through the convention center building to avoid the wind. I hope next year there's some more variety.
The panels were seriously terrible. A lot of them seemed like "hey we're a couple of funny people who are going to talk about this come watch us laugh at our inside jokes". Now that ALA is getting bigger, I really hope they have more Japanese guests because I really don't know anyone who gives a fuck about English dub voice actors unless they do roles as video game characters which would still not be appropriate for an anime convention.
Overall, I'd really love to see this con put more emphasis on anime again.
>The only thing is I sort of regret buying a badge
I know people who ghosted past security this year and got into the con center, but if you "had a really great time" but regret buying a badge, please think about how the badge purchase supports the con for the activities and things you got to do and see.
>Dont drink or smoke
>Say im straight edge whenever asked if I want a drug
>People here said they cringed every time they heard me say it
I just don't want to do drugs and wasn't trying to act superior.
Er, Charizard. It wasn't really about the cosplay because he obviously didn't care, but he's just adorable. And nice. And he talked to me even though I'm a literal nobody who spaghetti'd it up after a while.
Continuing my open forum for problems, comments, complaints, etc on this new thread! If you'd like to share something, please let me know and I'll write it down for our wrap up meeting.
Can't fight that logic~ and I wasn't even there that long either! :3
No offense, but none of y'all have fan art or fan fiction based on your general existence yet. Stop by home depot, buy a ladder, and maybe you can see where our level might be at :3
Anything you'd want to or like to see that'd make the badge worth it for you?
>Just checked AX's site
>3 day pass sits at $70 and goes up to $80 on March 1st
The cycle continues...
Did any seagulls try any of the food options in the area? Hubs and I treated Freeman to ramen at a place called Sushi Area 909 in Rancho. I personally prefer it on over ramen. But their ramen is pretty decent.
> Hey horny Drunk guy who was into traps. What was your steam account name? I couldn't write it down during the party. (No I am not the trap at the party, I was the curly haired guy who drank only coke
Hey, that was probably me. My steam is DIVINE EXSEED FREYA MAGNA with the Souryuu avatar in case you're still around. My bad taking 3 days to see your post.
Fuck these niggers. If they get this mad that you dont drink then they probably have a drinking problem. Thankfully most of the people at the party didn't care or joked. I know I don't mind.
A few anons last thread were saying how they hate straight edges and find them cringy.
I only have a couple of terrible pics of cosplay.
Here suffer through them.
what makes it cringy is you saying you dont want to do it because you're "straight edge".
a simple "nah, im good" is all it takes. fuck man.
pretty sure nobody cares if you refuse to drink and/or do drugs.
>I don't want alcohol or weed because I don't drink alcohol or smoke (straight edge)
What's the problem? In my experience whenever I say no thanks or say I don't drink I instantly get a "why not? You should try some" but saying your straight edge instantly stops people from trying.
Do you get mad if someone says they don't eat the meat you are offering because they are vegetarian?
That guy gave me an idea for my next cosplay
Reliving the halcyon days of tripfaggery
The weather Sunday
Realizing after the con that you totally could've boned the dtf cutie had you not been so blasted and caught the cues.
>the weather Sunday.
Seriously. Friday was really nice. Saturday was clear, but just a bit on the cold side, Sunday? Mother nature just said fuck you to everybody. I felt bad for anybody who had to drive home in that mess.
Making new friends in the IE where I live. This will really help my hikikomori tendencies.
While there's no gaps in my memory of ALA, I can't remember every single minute of this con like I want to. Might invest in a gopro for next ALA.
THAT WAS YOU? Holy shit lol
I hope you do realize that was Isla btw
You both shared the same bed that night
>Tfw I didn't make it to 3080 or 3093 and still feel bad about it
I'll be sure to squad around to all of the parties with #dicksquad at Fanime.
Yeah, the guy I was chilling with on Saturday drove me home after he'd been rolling all night. I didn't realize that I should have been fearing for my life until I got home. It was pretty bad.
Maybe its the association with the straight edge subculture? IDK several of my friends don't drink, and I am happy to just have the company. Also, it saves me some money, so its all gucci for me.
Indian food place near the double tree was excellent. Apparently there was a lunch buffet if you got there before 3.
>4 straight days of partying, 0 noise complaints
>No ice at the Raddison, had to go on a run every day for it.
If you have Freeman's contact info, get in touch with me. I want to collab.
I'm so glad we lived so close. Since we just did the con Saturday, we just swung by to pick people up for food away from the con on Sunday.
I know some people were having to drive in the heavy rain and hail/snow. I know at least one who had to get an extra night at his hotel because his ride couldn't make it.
>Wasn't planning on going to another expo for a year or two
>Now me and my out of state friend plan on going to AX this summer
Fuck you 9ball, Mike, Dandy, The DJs ect for making me crave this shit again.
>Go to SDCC for years
>Friend invites me for a drink one year
>Go to the room and see a printer in a hotel room
>Ask about it because it's unusual
They had a graphic designer friend rooming with them who would hang outside the parties and study the wristbands and duplicate and print his own. Get a nice multifunction printer and a laptop, scan one wristband and you will print yourself to any wristband enforced hotel you want.
Haha, I was one of those crazy people.
Well, actually, I was ready to pack up, but I've worked in way worse conditions as a journalist, and the cosplayers I had booked still wanted to give it a shot, so how could I not oblige?
I was the guy with the jap bandana (aka Andrew/9ball), gonna use this trip now for clarity. Glad you enjoyed the party!
We made sure to have soda at our party for those who didn't drink. Everyone can enjoy themselves in their own way, no judgement here
We'll be there for sure, going to go all out. ALA's party was just a taste.
Glad we helped make the con great. We just wanted to throw the best party we could and were honestly blown away by the turnout.
Everyone who was able to drop by our room made this one of my favorite con experiences ever, can't wait to do it again at Fanime, Anime Expo, and Anime California!
Bruh trust me. Im a fairly newish seagull con goer and this was my first ALA, 5th con. Aside from the lobby party at the radisson(which was filled with people who werent even attending the con/cosplaying) every fucking seagull I met was welcoming, friendly and total bros.
There is some great cosplay at ala, so if you care about that its a reason to go. It also has the small con community feel that some people like as opposed to a big con like ax
While there is some truth to what you just wrote, I still felt like the con had some redeeming value. Lolita Dark/other concerts, battle of the bands(I think), KYLE HEBERT, fashion show was a nice surprise desu. Oh and the more intimate feel
I got distracted. Can we discuss these nice seagull tits first?
>unpacking all the stuff I bought in the AA
>thinks about a print I passed by
>thinking about how great would of been to buy
>can't find artist's name at all
>looked through and searched all names on AA list
>forever regret not getting that print
This was going to be my only con for the year but now I have the urge to go to other local cons just to find that one print.
It was a Gon and Killua print from HunterxHunter. It had a white background, japanese festival feeling to it, Killua (white haired boy) was facing right, taking off some kind of white mask, had japanese wooden sandals on, and pretty much took most of the space on the print since he was right in front.
Gon (black haired boy) was behind him facing the left side kinda looking up and there was a red circle on the left side of the print as well. It had a very Japanese festival setting to it so most of the colors that stood out was the white, black, and red, especially the red.
I tried describing it the best way I can, hopefully you or some other anon, or better yet the actual artist, knows which print I am taking about.
>TFW bf is porn artist.
>TFW we draw each other's fetishes
>Anything you'd want to or like to see that'd make the badge worth it for you?
Not that Anon but I have suggestions! (I have trips blocked in my desktop so I'm assuming that you're ALA staff and this is something I should know?)
The fact that the radisson was across such a huge street made it feel like everything was super far away. Finding space in the doubletree, Ayres/Azure, or that other one in between those two would be way more convenient. Also I think it would be more convenient to put panels and cosplay gatherings and autograph sessions (basically stuff you tend to go to at a specific time) in one place and the rest in the other, if you must have it split up. I spent barely any time at con because after doing something I'd planned in the convention center, half the time the next thing I wanted to check out in my free time was across the street, and going back to my hotel felt easier, especially when the weather got bad. If there was a gathering or panel I knew I didn't want to miss, walking over to the radisson would feel like no big deal, but just to hang out in the gaming room I could never bring myself to do it.
Of course it can't be 100% split up this way (maybe gatherings won't fit in the radisson, and it's good to have some time fillers next to the stuff you had planned specifically) but this year it was pretty evenly split, and that deterred me from actually doing stuff.
Also having panels running later would have been really nice. Based on how early everything ended I'm guessing there just weren't many panel applicants? My friend and I do a game show at fanime every year so we'll probably try and bring that over to ALA for next year at least
>Also I think it would be more convenient to put panels and cosplay gatherings and autograph sessions (basically stuff you tend to go to at a specific time) in one place and the rest in the other, if you must have it split up.
I agree with this completely.
Put all the press stuff that 98% of congoers don't go to into the Radisson, and instead have the game rooms upstairs.
Yeah I'm on staff lol, but yes please leave yo' comments! Also gameshows and more content are ALWAYS welcome! I'm on the Executive staff team so I'm trying to be quite active about making sure attendee feedback gets to the people it needs to be at.
In regards to the split of activities, this is something we couldn't really have avoided in Year 1 of the new venue but its good to hear from people how they felt about it. We'll probably be reassessing where things will go because I also feel that if there's a need to walk between the two venues, it better be a good one. Pushing some more prime or constantly frequented stuff to the Radisson would help its foot traffic. We'll see what happens with that. Thanks for your inputs!
thats flattering but
Well here is a mediocre picture, i dont think im going to visit here any time soon.
or maybe i will iunno
but thats like
>Girls were so turned off they found a random guy and kissed him to get away from me
Nah, most girls were clinging to their bfs.
It was a sausagefest for a awhile.
The key is to not delude yourself into thinking you, YOU, were ever going to get any action. That way you can't feel bad.
That's what I did
Not believing in yourself.
This is how you never get laid.
Well now you guys know what to do to get some action.
Better stock up on booze and latch onto a trap.
Ya'll fucking degenerates <3
who is shy
am i liked or hated
depends on who you are though
I think I missed it last year as I didn't have the time off so I couldn't tell you. But I've been going to ALA since 2010 and the spiders were at most of the cgl gatherings I recall.
My bad, all the grills were in 3080.
Its because the spiders were revenge against tripfags, and all the tripfags were in my suite party. This year the spiders probably were kill because it was cold. We never did make it out to the pool deck tho, so maybe they were out there.
Excessive? They were told multiple times from the front desk to quiet it down because of the noise complaints they have been getting. I was there when the front desk guy called the room that this was their last warning. An hour later, I hear from a room mate that went to that party that they got evicted and had to get the police called in.
Bring it, fagget.
Nah, you missed nothing. Happy to see you posting more!
Can't wait for the next awesome party!!!
Also, Plz no.
>below minimum wage
You forgot we live in commiefornia.
We should start making bets on how many threads it will take before we get some decent cosplay pics.
It's whoever owned that rooms fault. Should have tossed out the people making noise and called it a night. I checked in on Day 0 and there a shit ton of squad cars of the Residence Inn's parking. I heard that there was some kind of training seminar going on at the Double Tree that same weekend. Yeah, what a good time be a drunk and coked up fucktard in a hotel that is also hosting a ton of cops.
Well the Residence Inn was never part of the hotel line up. Or was it?
Either way they are a no nonsense hotel. If you look up their reviews people mention how they have been kicked out for noise complaints. Since it's a place that people actually live at/evacuate to it seems like common courtesy to obey the 9pm-9am quiet time.
I took a few photos before my phone died.
That's the point. It's a great con to have fun and wear chill cosplays and enjoy the atmosphere.
The new dates for 2017 have been announced, and the hotels currently don't have any rooms available for those dates? Is it too early to book, or is it that ALA has prebooked all those rooms as part of their upcoming block?
Didn't go to the party, not sure I don't regret it since I'm not into all that. It was my first time cosplaying, it sort of fell apart halfway through the day Saturday though and I had to sort of give up.
Got my first kigurumi too and I honestly have to say I've been addicted to this thing since, didn't have to go anywhere Monday so I washed it (the maker is pretty good, it's machine washable) and basically wore it most of the day. It's also been my pajamas past couple days. Most comfortable thing I've ever worn, daysue. If I had a reason to wear it somewhere I probably would. I'm a guy that sometimes wants to feel cute I guess, but that's sort of difficult to do (or let's be honest, even say) without someone thinking you're trans or pretty much getting the wrong idea....
But enough of that, tldr even though missed the party I had a pretty good time yo and I want to hug all y'all
The panels were awful and the people in the E-Gaming room didn't know jack shit about games or consoles. They didn't know what a Genesis controller looked like and handed me a PS2 one instead. But everything else was great. Definitely coming next year and feels good to be semi-active here since last Comikaze.
>ALA is my birthday con
>try to be friendly and mingle with younger fellow nerds
>feel like a dinosaur or an old guy about ready to die when going to these parties
Maybe I should stop going to these cons.
>You will never get to touch a random Seagulls boob in the name of fun in ALA
I'm 23, but the friends I got to cons with are 30-32, and I've met people well into their 40's.
In my experience, no one really cares about age.
If you're cool and don't hit on underage girls, you'll be fine.
Here's the only seminude thing I could find of them from archives. To keep this board related, I could imagine an endless possibility of cosplays for it because of their body.
Damn, someone found my posts on /lgbt/
That was like a few months ago too.
Kinda surprised anyone would want to see that gross image.
Like my hips aren't even that great in that image.
Wow my bod yhas improved from 4 months hormonal difference.
But Im going to Sakura-con as Kurumi Tokisaki because its my girlfriends favorite character.
I'll probably post pics here
It is a tradition for ala. You go around and collect them after meeting certain criteria. Some will ask you trivia questions, request you to do a certain pose, some will give them out to people for just being there.