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08/10/14 - Otakon 2014! The first year for the Otakon AMV Theater! Also Topaz joins us on staff!

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This nice old couple and I had a fun conversation on the way to Baltimore. I even did a trial run of my panel with them!
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Alan tossed Topaz a cheese stick, which he of course missed, and it slid behind the 1000 pound chest. It took us a half hour to get it out
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Topaz is officially Otakon staff! You can tell from the lanyard
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OTAKON!!
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Topaz was convinced he had a fever but it turns out he was just crazy
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Waiting to get badges and such
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This lady accused me of taking her photo and then when I said I didn't she insisted I did!
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Vic was pretty proud of his optimal packing job. There was noooo room left in that van
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Really, there was essentially no room left
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Dave had to sit with his legs up the whole trip
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This year's van art survived thanks to the lack of rain
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Topaz is a super serious staffer
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Vic looks sketchy as hell
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Everyone stuff in the elevator!
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Once again Dave is crushed by A/V gear
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Onto the kinetic-friction-carpet of doom!
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Vic is dual wielding projectors
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Wow!! Otakon gave us a pretty huge room for our first year!
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Registration.. little did they know the nightmare that would follow as their computer system had trouble all weekend long
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First cosplay photo of the year!
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This plug in our room scared the hell out of me
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Back to the van to grab more gear
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It's so strange when it's empty!
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Video 1 looks strange without the curtains up
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Little dog!
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Taking precise measurements on the projector for optimal viewing
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Got to make the legs the exact right length
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We spend a lot of tape in an attempt to keep attendees away from our expensive and fragile projector
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For real, don't touch our projector
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Lots of cable to lay
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Luckily Topaz actually knows how to run cables
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Amanda takes one for the team and crawls under the stage to help lay the cable
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Don't step on our cables!! We have to make this a little extreme so it's visible in the dark. Also Erika is new on staff!
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We tried to do this in Video 1 on the giant screen but it didn't work out. Happy birthday to Mel from the first ever Otakon AMV Theater!
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Dave looks so startled
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Brakus also joined us on staff this year!
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Checking the image from the Iron Editor machines
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Dave gives a mini-lesson on how the server works, before Vic's official lesson
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I thought the reg line looked bad.. little did I know how crazy it would get
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Meanwhile, in Pub Ops..
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This year's program guide had a great cover!
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And here's my article! The Publications people did a great job with the presentation. They even used a couple of my photos!
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Vic teaches all the newbies (Katie is new too!) how to use the server
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This dog seemed stressed out
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Hey there's that sign I take a photo of every year
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"Hey Omar, how's Pub Ops?"
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More accurate
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The registration line grows..
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This water cooler made me laugh. Why is it so far away?
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This water cooler looks like a robot carrying water
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The very moment Omar injured his leg doing an Irish jig. More blood than you would think..
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After a long day working in the BCC we dive into our traditional Dominos dinner like animals
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Friday morning! The con is getting started! Sucks to be trapped in the reg line
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Registration worked hard but made some poor system architecture decisions that hamstrung them for the entire weekend, leading to excruciatingly long lines
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Spyro the Dragon!
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Whoa, impressive Blastoise
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Hexadecimal! Rare to see a cosplay from ReBoot
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I don't know this character but given the 3d gear I assume they're from Attack on Titan
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Whoops, the elevator photobombed this shot of me and dave
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The registration line is really getting insane now
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This poor gofer
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Cosplayers from Brave!
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SPACESHIP!!
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This is one of my favorite cosplays in years. Very clever!
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I'm pretty sure I saw that guy on the right last year. Still great costumes!
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This really made me laugh
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Amazing (and terrifying) Songbird cosplay!
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A whole gaggle of Attack on Titan folks!
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This guy... has an amazing costume. Well done! Note the DLC in the red circle
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Princess Peach. A classic!
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This Optimus Prime cosplay looked complicated
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This poor Asuna cosplayer spent two minutes struggling to get her breastplate to stay on before giving up and posing for the shot. Still a great costume!
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Bob's Burgers!
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This uh.. looks optimal.
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This Little Sister was scary
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These two have a piece of the living breathing mountain the Agro Crag!! D-d-d-do you have it? GUTS!
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Ahh, I miss Chef
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This Ravio cosplayer was especially awesome since I beat A Link Between Worlds only a few days before arriving at Otakon
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Don't touch his rupee bag
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So many Zeldas! And a Hilda!
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Chii! Old school
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Very cool Commander Shepard. That costume looks like it took a while..
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Pirates of Chesapeake Bay?
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*GASP!* Doodlebob!
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Ahhh, my favorite. The view from the back of Video 1 during the AMV Contest. Beautiful
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People wandering around outside Video 1
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Wow! A cosplayer from On Your Mark! I'm not sure I've ever seen one before. On You Mark is a somewhat obscure short music video animated by Studio Ghibli.
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Smash! Who's in the box?
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Lego guy!
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Nerds of a different sort!
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Topaz took a few photos of me during my space panel
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I like the preview monitors in this shot
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I got a much bigger audience than I expected
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I didn't really have time to be nervous because I was busy all day and just launched right into it
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Here I'm talking about the various stages of the Saturn V rocket
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The talk was a lot of fun and a guy from NASA came up after to tell me I did a good job! Very cool!
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Brian introduces the premiere of AMV Hell 7
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On our way downstairs for the Saturday AMV Contest
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Saturday.. getting pretty tired
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Maybe not Dave
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After a brief nap on Saturday night I head back out for a little more fun in my snazzy new hoodie
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Cosplayers don't sleep
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Topaz got stuck on "door ops" for hours. Keeping the lines in.. line.
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This sign was outside our room for much of the weekend. Which is awesome but also unfortunate for the attendees.
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The room got pretttty packed
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We shared our usual AMV Ops room with some other department this year
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Erika's awesome Ezio cosplay!
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Very impressive
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What kind of videos do we play at 1am in the AMV Theater? ..don't worry about it
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OK. We're officially tired now. Photo timestamp: 2:22am
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This guy spent much of the weekend working on an enormous chalk version of the program guide cover
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Josh came to help his friends in the Dealer's Room!
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So did Goran!
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Neat Twilight Sparkle cosplay
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Great costumes, and a solid party in the game!
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I'm not sure.. what this is all about
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Heading outside for the first time in a while
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Ice Cold Water Man! I'm not actually hoverhanding him, my arm is going across his sweaty sweaty shoulder
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Conrad, the guy from NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center!! He threw up the peace sign first so I did and then he put it down before the photo!
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Tearing down the screen in Video 1
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It's a big screen
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This is the camera that Vic barely got to use this weekend
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Goodbye attendees! See you next year!
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We took a time lapse of AMV Theater teardown and when we were done we slowly approached the camera..
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Amanda really classed up this photo
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The Otakon AMV Department, folks
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Be afraid
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Be very afraid
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Let's go to the Dead Dog
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Apparently goofy face time is not over
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Just look at Vic!
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This photo is already hilarious... and then you see Amanda's face
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I jumped too.. by myself :(
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This year they rounded up a bunch of food trucks and gave us a few vouchers. Not a bad idea!
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Which food truck to pillage..
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Finally getting a meal ticket out of Otakon. The aspect ratio on the fan logo made Omar twitch
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It's time for stories of conventions past
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Crabbie! Or Harold! Whatever!
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Story time with Alan
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Everybody sign the awesome banner art!
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Dave demonstrates his revolving door technique from Anime Boston 2005
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The last breakfast?
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This place was great. They made me sandwiches in a bowl
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Aaaand the van's battery is dead
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Luckily Omar had jumper cables
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It took us a while to figure out how to do it...
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Bye Omar!
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Amanda got me a very cool yellow Tachikoma in this year's $20 game
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Showing off my awesome new Otakon hoodie
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Check out that artwork!
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Space wings!
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Topaz tries to figure out my giant phone
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I love the art on my Otakon long sleeved tee
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Topaz didn't like the long sleeves
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Bye Topaz!
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