Katsucon: Upsetting Attendees Even Before the Con Begins
Posted 02-14-2011 at 11:46 PM by TnAdct1
Updated 02-14-2011 at 11:48 PM by TnAdct1
Katsucon wonít be starting for another few days. However, that doesnít mean the convention canít begin to screw things up big time in the form of something that has been a problem for me in Katsucons past: the policy when it comes to bags in the Dealersí Room.
During my early years of Katsucon, the conventions bag policy has been somewhat of a problem to me. The first year I attended the convention, I nearly didnít even attend it at all, with one of the big reasons for it being the conís policy for not allowing most bags in the Dealersí Room. While these bags didnít include camera bags and con bags (the only two bags that Iíd bring into the Dealersí Room in the first place), it still bothered me as Iím usually a person who gets dropped off and picked up at these events. Two years later, Katsucon staff refused to allow the con bags given out on Friday to be brought into the Dealersí Room. As a result, if I wanted to enter the room on Friday, Iíd had to empty the con bag, put it in my pocket, and carry everything in my hands. However, these problems are nothing compared to the policy that the con is doing for the Dealersí Room this year.
Camera bags? Not allowed. Con bags? Not allowed. Items you bought from an earlier go-round of the Dealersí Room? Not allowed. Coats that are part of the a cosplay outfit? Not allowed. Long story short, no bags or coats of any fashion will be allowed in the Dealersí Room at all this year, and people are forced to either return these items to their hotel rooms/cars or check them in the coat check area thatís next to the Dealersí Room.
So far, Iím not dropping my plans to attend the convention just yet (as Iím willing to heed their rules for the moment), as Iím not giving up my con trip over this crap. However, for a convention that has been filled with problems in the past, the very strict ďno bagĒ policy for the Dealersí Room is hands down a Dethroning Moment of Suck in my book. Among the reasons for it:
-Katsucon doesnít seem to realize that a number of female attendees donít have pockets in their clothes and instead need to carry around purses, which the con will only allow in the Dealersí Room if theyíre the size of a CD case.
-Itís common knowledge that a number of people will line up early for the Dealersí Room, with them usually bringing along something to keep them entertained as they wait for the room to open. Unless the con staff will allow people to get out of line temporarily (and return to their spot in line) to check their objects in about a half hour before the room opens, itís going to be a very boring time unless you have a lot of pockets (which will be the way to go for me, as I can put my camera in my pocket so I can still take cosplay photos while I wait in line).
-Let me tell you something: depending on whoís currently running it (and how many people have items checked in), itís going to be a huge problem when it comes to finding the bags when you come to claim them. At Katsucon 2008, I had to check my stuff in the video game room, and in the end it took forever for the people running to coat check area to find it due to it being buried among other items that are being checked in. Thankfully, itís going to be warm enough this weekend that I donít need a coat, but still, the idea of everyone needing to check their bags before they enter the Dealersí Room concerns me when it comes to the time it takes to retrieve my stuff.
-Right now, Iím still uncertain that I can do the following plan when it comes to checking and claiming my bags.
Step 1: Before I line up for the Dealersí Room, check my camera and con bag.
Step 2: After Iím done in the Dealersí Room, I make a switch in which I check in my Dealersí Room purchases and claim my camera and con bags.
Step 3: The next time I go to the Dealersí Room, I drop my camera and con bags again (with them with my purchases from the previous go-rounds of the room).
Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3
Step 5: Once Iím done going into the Dealersí Room for the day (which will likely be before I line up for either the AMV Contest or the Funimation Panel), return to the bag check area to claim all the stuff I bought at the convention that day.
Iím really hoping that Katsucon will re-evaluate the bag policy when it comes to next yearís convention, because I really feel that the convention is dropping the ball with the strict rules in place for this year.