You know... Once upon a time, there was a convention called Otakon and it was a happy place. Full of wonderment and amusement, and a place where anime fans would come to have a good time, watch anime, walk mindlessly around the dealers room, and just... I don't know have a relatively good time. But what the shit is up with them and canceling one of their biggest and most popular events, the Lolita/ J-Fashion show?! Oh and not only have they canceled that, but they have an active ban on selling Lolita items?! What sense does that even make?! What is there a fear that a Lolita fist fight may break out or something? Lace and head-bows flying through the air?
Like... I don't even know...?!
Man, every time they do something good, like actually pull out some pretty decent guests, they turn around and fuck it up, by doing something stupid like, "Oh let's cancel one of our most popular events! That will be awesome! That will endear everyone to us!"
Why?! Why are we doing this?! What purpose could this possibly serve?
I really don't know. And damn it I would have loved to have gone and stirred the pot, but this is the weekend my brother is getting married so I'm not going to be able to go even if it was for 1 day.
On egl, someone made the argument that Otakon is supposed to a convention by the fan and for the fans, and really it hasn't been "By the fan/ for the fans" in many MANY years, probably since about maybe maybe 2002 and that's stretching it. This con in particular is a multi-million dollar con, so it's all about how much cash-ola they can get in four days and as a former business major I can understand you have to do what is in the best interest of your business and the fans pretty much have to take a backseat to that. Yeah it blows, but it is what it is.
I just don't see the point in arbitrarily cutting out a really popular event. It's just weird...