Notice to anyone interested in large men's shirts: I've got about half a dozen of my father's old shirts that are on their way to be donated to a local thrift store, Bargain Box in Fullerton. (Their "Operation New Start provides clothing and household items for women and children leaving an abusive environment as they embark on a new life.") If you'd like a chance to pick through them, come to Coral Cafe in Burbank tomorrow night. I hope to be there from about 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Winter recap, we're up to January now. Our animelosangeles closing ceremonies ran far too long. We need to split off the Feedback (Gripe Session, Hiss 'n Purr, whatever) panel to the hour before closing ceremonies. Get all that out of the way, then close it all up. I need to script out my remarks better, and I'm thinking I might have ala_mokita preside over it if he thinks he can keep it on track better.
I've mentioned that Animé Los Angeles was a success. Our cap was 2400, and we bumped into that Saturday night, and turned a handful of people away. (Arguably we should have had a lower cap, given that the masquerade simulcast didn't work as well we'd like.) Anyhow some people came back on Sunday, so our final membership was 2509. For those who're interested, this was our 4th year; our previous numbers were 616, 1346, and 1875. We're still growing. We had lots of members from out of state, both pre-registered and at-the-door, including: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virgina, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming; from Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario; and one from England.
Most recent numbers available:
- Animation On Display (Aug. 2007, 782)
- Mikomicon (Oct. 2006, 950)
- Sac-Anime (July 2006, 2000)
- Animé Los Angeles (Jan. 2008, 2509)
- FanimeCon (May 2007, 12000)
- Anime Expo (July 2007, 44000)
- Comic-Con San Diego (July 2007, 125000)
We are the median-sized convention! We're right smack in the middle: Animé Los Angeles is the 4th smallest, and also the 4th largest. (I've got a hunch that if I say median-sized people will hear what they're expecting, medium-sized.) We can also say that we're the second-smallest anime convention in Southern California, according to anime-cons.com.
Continued next time, when I talk about what happened after closing ceremonies.
(And anyone who's a friend of rivka but hasn't read her LJ recently, go take a look. Her R21 grant got funded!)