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07/19/09 - Otakon 2009! I was a Gofer this year, mostly helping out the AMV department. Lots of fun!

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Ready for action
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The view of the street just outside the Tremont, heading to the convention center
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I walked by this restaurant all weekend. I should've checked it out..
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Clint, one of the fine folks at Gofer Ops
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Gofer orientation
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Filling out my schedule for Gofering
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I drew Jefferson!
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Jefferson was amused
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Jefferson's extra comment on his schedule
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They had some heavy duty pizza at the orientation. I passed
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Jefferson's badge
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Gofer Ops
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Jefferson and other Gofers hanging around in Gofer Ops
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The Gofer mascot!
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This shot really gives you an idea of the number of people who come to Otakon
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The sky outside the Baltimore Convention Center
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Pedobear! Ahhh!
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A nice panorama from the patio above the line
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A fire truck driving by
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This woman kept screaming at people to stay in single file
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The line wrapped entirely around the building until it doubled up on itself
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The guys selling drinks on the street really made a killing
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Bryce in his position at the roundtable
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Mckeed was having a good time
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Amanda and Vic
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Bonsly! Don't get hit by him!
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Jeff checks something on his phone
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Joy and Jeff
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Albert was having a better time than he looks here
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Bryce's badge
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Mckeed at the roundtable
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My badge with my spiffy Gofer ribbon
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Bryce and I both got one of Vic's "I'm cool with badges"
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Bryce has some social lubricant
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Gofer Ops again
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There was a serious Nerf arsenal at Gofer Ops
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Let's go!
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I was on food guarding duty for a few hours
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I had to make sure people only took one sandwich
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I saw Desbond from Anime Boston Tech a few times
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These guys had to get food for a whole department
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They managed to do it without dropping everything
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More Nerf hardware
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Gofer Ops hard at work
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This sounds gross
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Modding more Nerf guns
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The gopher!
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The aftermath of the Nerf SAW firing
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Hit the deck!
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You always have to watch your back at Gofer Ops
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A white ranger out in the street
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A nice Seras cosplayer
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Hanging out on an upper level
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Must be hard to talk through the helmet
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Where's he going with his box?
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That's where Otakon is!
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This old guy was cosplaying too
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A nice Major Kusanagi cosplayer
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More water guys
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Dokoro chan
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I like the rain in this shot
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The ice cream truck company clearly knows what's up
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A large group of Metal Gear Solid cosplayers
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There were a lot of really good cosplayers in the group
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I love how groups like this form.. any passing Metal Gear Solid Cosplayer joined the group
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Another shot with a different white balance
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Someone threw in a magazine and they all went for it
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What's in the magazine
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Psycho Mantis
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Hey I have that patch
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A very nice Meryl cosplayer
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Fortune had a huge gun prop
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Sniper Wolf!
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I don't know who this is but she has a spiffy wig
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People watching from the flag railing
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People outside the convention center were also watching
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Even more perfect!
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Katamari guys on the escalator
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Someone was helping a cosplayer get their giant costume on
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You can see them inside
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Ah, Hall C. Aka Video 1. Aka where the AMVs were played.
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Rorschach walks away
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These food stands in the middle of things were pretty convenient
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A Resident Evil cosplay group
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A better shot of the Resident Evil group
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Mckeed stands alone
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The Perfect Cell people walking away over the skybridge
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A very enthusiastic Gurren Lagann group
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These people were walking in the direction of the convention center. They have no idea what they're getting into
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A Baltimore police helicopter
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Looking up at flags!
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The police helicopter again
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Otakon attendees hanging out around the fountain
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A group up on the bridge
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Albert and Mckeed heading to the sushi place
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A big boat
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Vic is excited
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The sushi guy taking our order
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Jeff and Bryce talking
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We spent a lot on sushi
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Mckeed on the escalator
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Bryce texts someone while sitting around
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The fountain area again
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This place is always packed
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A nice shot of Bryce sitting outside of Panel Ops
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Getting ready to count thousands of AMV contest ballots
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We had to make sure people didn't put more than one vote in each category
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A pile of ballots
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Vince and Billy!
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I'm a rebel
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The equpiment in Video 1
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I'm getting conflicting messages here
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The registration line
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Amanda is having fun
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Vic wakes up Alan to find out where the ballot box is
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Domo kun!
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The ballot box has been found!
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People gathering in Video 1
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A great Screaming Mantis cosplayer
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Tons of people
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Snake is a sneaky chap
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Death from Soul Eater
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I have no idea what this guy's deal is
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Nurse Joy
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PIkachu and Nurse Joy
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Pikachu is always popular
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It seems like every place had a sign that said "we're not info desk"
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Panel Ops, where the ballots are counted
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Alan hard at work
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Cloud and Aeris, the flower girl
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It's tough to tell here but people are playing pong with laser pointers
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The projector got messed up after too much use. This is supposed to be a clean black dot
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You can see the effect here again with the double image after "same." We thought the sun may be the culprit but it turned out to just be faulty equpiment
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Ghostbusters and Mr. Jeff Heller
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The ghostbusters seen from the escalator
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Lucky Star characters hanging out on a column
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Bryce and Brakus, ready to fight to the death
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Mckeed, Jefferson, Brakus, Scintilla, and the other half of Aquiline Studios
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Mckeed spotted me
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I love this shot. Mckeed, Albert, Bryce, and Brakus
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Bryce hard at work on his Iron Editor video
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Brakus gets to work
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The Iron Editor judges
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Vic put Bryce's editing up on the big screen
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Amanda helps Scintilla pick out a prize after winning best Upbeat video
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Bryce won Iron Editor for a third time in a row!
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Mckeed and Jefferson at Unos
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Albert takes a look at Jefferson's menu
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Omar and Jeff
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Jeff and Joy
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Amanda and Vic. Vic pinched his hand in some equipment
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We were at the cool table
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This shot of Bryce was too awful to not include
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Bryce gets a little breakfast
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The Dunkin' Donuts people making my breakfast sandwich
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Some con attendees out on the street
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Do not walk
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A construction sign
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Spiffy hat
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A big stuffed head
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Nice clouds on the way to the BCC
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Nice mask
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A cosplayer reading in the sun
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A stormtrooper heads across the street
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Posing for a picture!
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Even Aperture Science employees love Otakon!
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Apparently there's a group that vandalizes tihs area every year. This year they went too far though.. this is permanent paint
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Bryce with the box that saved my airsoft rifle. I put the rifle box in there so it wouldn't be obvious what I was carrying around
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People trapped in the parking garage get out to walk around
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Bryce was really mad
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This was the guy in front of us
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The gates finally started working after over 30 minutes
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Just OK?
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Some fellow attendees seen on the road
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Brett sent me a picture of his Quiznos sub. Since we were heading to Quiznos in a few minutes, Bryce suggested I just send a picture back of mine. I elaborated a little.
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You think this group is from Otakon? Spotted around an hour away..
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Hey it's Kramer's car!
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I think it must be for a demolition derby or something. The plate doesn't look like current New York plates
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Pennsylvania Welcomes Yo
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A plane
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The airsoft rifle I picked up this year. It's become an Otakon tradition!
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Ooo, very nice
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I also got a Haruhi figurine
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Here's another angle on the box
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The figurine!
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A closeup of the head
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The SOS Brigade logo
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I got this shirt from Gofer Ops
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And I finally have an Otakon shirt
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Hopefully next year it will be black with a little white fan in the corner
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