In August I went to Costume College, we tried running a Peanut Butter and Jelly Oasis. See my write-up to read more about it and learn why the Costume Exhibit should be moved to rooms 120/122. In these two photos you can see most of the food and a goodly number of fans enjoying the hospitality.
Costume College could use a place for people to grab a snack or stop and catch their breath mid-day. I've heard back that they're not interested in having their hospitality open by day, although they'd have no objections if animelosangeles wanted to do this again. I think that means that we wouldn't get volunteer hours credit for running it.
( A week later I organized a potluck cosplay picnic at Mason Regional Park, near U.C. Irvine. (more...)Collapse ) ala_mokita has joked that we should chuck this convention-running habit of ours and just organize potluck picnics. Days like that make me think there's a kernel of worth in the jest... And with running it on a potluck basis, it means there will be a lot of variety. People come through with what they can contribute. The trick is just to make sure that the minimum picnic fare is covered.
Current events: We went to Autumn Dream 1 last weekend. Ani-Magic is dead, having run 2000-2007. The new event is completely different, although a significant number of the staff are the same and there's still an ever-smaller number of regular attendees who keep coming back. I'll have more thoughts about that later, as well as my reports on Tiki Oasis, Anime Vegas and other recent adventures.