Woo, a few things here.. Guess I'll throw in some thoughts.
First up, thanks go to Ilpala, Granny Gertrude, Ailsa-chan, and all the helpers we had at the cosplay desk! I'm always in awe of being part of such a team.
Thanks to all the exquisite cosplayers over the weekend, for keeping my camera very, very busy. For that matter, further thanks to all of you who let me take pictures and didn't pass me off as some creepy guy. or did but not until, you know, I'd gone away and stuff.
On that note..
1. Creepy people
Seriously, tell us. Tell *someone*, even if just a helper-outer. Most of the community are pretty close-knit, word will get round. You can guarantee I'll be passing through the backstage cosplay area with a camera every so often so flag me down or something.. As a photographer it sickens me -_-;
That's weird, I *tried* to get one of the 20thCB stickers and couldn't T_T for the movie is awesome. Putting stickers randomly on people without permission is, however, not. Usually it's congoers more than dealers o.O Bizarre.
The queues are always mad.. not much consolation but that's a hell of a lot of people who'll start queuing way before any of the stewards can be expected to be there and sorting it all out.. They're stretched pretty thin so information takes a long time to get around, and how the queues work seems to go in stages which seems to have created the mess of people getting in without queuing.. It's not much of an excuse overall but just be sure not to take it out on the nearest unpaid helper!
4. Ninja photography
I can't speak in general, but personally I always make an effort to ask permission first, the only exceptions being if they're already posing for someone who doesn't look like a personal friend (and even then at first sign of an uncomfortable glance I back off), or if it's just one of those priceless moments -- and in those cases I'll flip the camera round afterwards and show them the photo with offers of deletion, rather running off into the night cackling. Although the latter is often tempting. I just figure it's common courtesy, and usually means I get to ask about the costume too, added bonus.
Despite my efforts, when I left the days photos running on the cosplay displays, apparently many people don't remember having those shots taken o.O Ninja photography indeed. ...with a flash.
4. Take photo first, ask questions later
This isn't that uncommon.. Some probably are only in it for photos of pretty people, sure, but it's not unusual for the majority of congoers to want photos of impressive costumes without knowing exactly where they hark from.. Think of it more of "at least they asked and were interested" XD
That backstage area was lovely, much less cramped than the usual shaky corridor. Looked like a lot more socialising was going on too, always a plus. The events ran as long as they did, I know full well there wasn't much that could be done about it, everyone was trying to make things as quick as possible.. I'm just glad it was noted this time and we weren't all hauled out of the hall!
6. Cosplay Desk
We had a wonderful set of staff and helpers again! Everyone worked really hard and the atmosphere around the area on the whole reminds me why we do this XD I've heard a lot of positive comments about the desk and everyone I dealt with was perfectly polite and understanding, even when we ran out of tickets or had to ask people hold onto their own tickets not charge in as a group!
7. Cosplay repairs
Were the repair kits helpful? I noticed the impact glue was in use within the first 30 minutes of the day, and I'm curious as to what happened to the cordless gluegun's drip tray and why the nib is now at a 20 degree angle XD but it seems that little beauty was worth every penny.. I get a lot of joshing for the sheer amount of junk I lug down to every expo but it all gets used somehow or another. I'm starting to think we need a sign pointing out we do repairs XD
Yes, we are indeed cursed. Hopefully one day all the lines will be working on an expo weekend, but who knows? I was impressed at the sheer effort it took just to find a way to the Premiere Inn, every route was closed off -_-
right, I'm run out of responses and am rambling. enough of that!