Anime Evolution 2007
This year my participation in AE much like 2006. I have a dealer's table with a crap load of stuff from my own archives and from my old store Anime Jyanai. After the dealer's area closes, I have to rush over to do a panel and set up the Karaoke room for a night of singing. My karaoke server has been beefed up since last year with the aquisition of an official 400 disc set of Japanese Karaoke from a Japanese Karaoke box that closed down in Japan. So armed with almost 10000 songs in the database this year, I was ready.
This is my story.
|Thursday, August 16|
|Today is moving day. At 8:00am in the morning, I got confirmation of our Penske five ton truck rental. I had to work this day so I am unable to begin loading it until 5:00pm but that was ok, since the dealer's area wasn't ready until 8:00pm.
I got the truck at about 6:00pm and we begin loading. Wow, some 60 boxes later, the entire bed of the truck was filled two box layers high, at least, and we still had to load up the Para Para Machine.
We made it up the hill around 8:00pm and began unloading the Para Para Machine. In the admist of all this was the masquerade ball dance up in convo mall. An interesting twist to this year's convention, as it gives people that one extra thing they can do. I am sure happy to have a heavy hand cart this year because even when we got about 10 boxes on the cart, it still took 6+ trips back and forth to unload the truck. Anyway, we got off the hill around 11:00pm for a bite to eat at Boston Pizza. I got home at 1:00am to go to bed.
|Friday, August 17|
|First day of the con. The dealer's room is opened at 11:00am, but none of us were really ready for anything. DVDs were the best sellers as always, and the old VHS tapes were popular as people were able to grab classic animes like Kimba The White Lion for under a dollar.
I was also handing out for free, many of my VHS tapes. Some included my master subtitling tapes for the anime I fansubbed back in 90's; my linear editted AMVs collections, Japanese TV tapes from Iwase bookstore and Konbiniya, and stuff recorded off TV from the 80's. This was like getting something from a time capsule in history.
|It was a busy busy day. I didn't have much to eat except two bottles of Coke and a Snickers bar. I am just running on sugar and andrenaline from 8:00am to 8:00pm. I will end up getting some weird bowl of chilli and rice at about 11:00pm but otherwise, zero nutrition.|
|Karaoke started 8:00pm right after the Zillionaire game show. Again, they didn't give me a full hour to set up but I made do with what I had and actually got everything working without a sound check. The room closed at 12:00 (midnight) as SFU A/V services had to shut the projector down for a cooling period. We also were a bit constrained due to the fact that there was some kinda final exam in progress till 10:00pm nearby. Oh well, the show goes on.|
|Saturday, August 18|
|Waking up at 9:00pm to go back up the hill for a 10:00am open. Another good day at the Dealer's Room. This time I actually got a Chicken Wrap Snack in for a lunch and more pop again.
I did a panel of the history of anime in Vancouver. It was very educational and well received.
It was 8:00pm and I just finished my panel and I had to rush over to begin assembling the karaoke. It was a rough start as I ran into a technical issue with the microphones. But we got started.
|Well, it is a con after all. Still lots of running around, standing up all day in the dealers room, not much food, lots of sugared drinks, and running on adrenaline all day, and for 3 days! Thanks to my wife for the support, I actually got some food. For her to endure what an otaku goes through for these days is remarkable amount of commitment. The dealers room was a success for me. It made me enough to take care of a new bed, dishwasher, and a kitchen make over from IKEA.
There is still stuff for me to sell next year, and I will be finding new things to add. Likewise, I will be working all year to beef up the English song selection, and maybe even the Chinese side for the karaoke next year.