Beef, it's what's for dinner.

So for a moment I'll stop talking about con preps and address something I said months ago that apparently causing some problems for some friends. Apparently I said some hurtful things about Fannatiku. Now seeing as this is mine and my groups personal blog, I think I have every right to say what I will. Hopefully any person who reads this blog is interested in us and our art and maybe a smidge into our own opinions and personal insights, but quite franky I did have animosity towards them for multiple reasons. Now Im sure some people from Fannatiku are reading this so I think since this is my personal space I have every right to explain.

The first year I attended the con I went to the meet and greet and felt completely secluded. Very few people even acknowledged that I was there, until I stared drawing, then one person who was apparently feeling just as left out as myself saw me drawing and we started to have a conversation. This sort of threw me off because we were all like-minded people and fans can always start a conversation out of the randomness of it all. Happens all the time. I got the feeling this was a club I was not invited to.The con I felt the same way. =^= I realize that the con was only in its second year and was based off a club that I did not regularly attend, but the cliquey-ness was unbearable, and some things that I saw go on were very much so reminders of how unprofessional they were being.

I decided after taking a break that I might try to go to the con again to see if things had gotten any better. Might be bigger, more people to have fun and talk and party with was even considering a artist table. I was met with very little information for for a con that was supposed to take place in six months. >,< Not even info on art tables, guests, dealers. Like the thing wasn't even going to take place. I just knew they were taking pre-registration. >,> And I was like "for what?" I tried my best to explain my grievances with this, but apparently I fail with my words or I was met with closed minds. I'm not the most business savy person in the world, but I spent 4 years working with advertising, helping with "What Women Want" at the newspaper, and helped my Dad with events at the Dixie Center. I know events like these take almost a full year of planning, and need lots of communication with their consumer base. I admit, I was mad. I was a consumer with ideas to help the con, the know-how to help, but was seemingly shut down.

In between all that I decided to try to go to Anime SG. I was determined that if Fannatiku wasn't going to let me be an asset to them I would be an asset to SG, so I kept pretty close tabs on the blog. I was actually shocked at the behavior of some of the people. I even saw some of the outlash and childish behavior at bowing out of their main guest not coming. Admittedly I was sad they lost both their guests, but agreed with their decision to ask her not to attend. These were comments from people I knew were on Fannatiku's staff or close to them. It looked like a giant smear campaign.

After all that happened I went to Anime SG. It was so much fun. No one was cliquey, we all had fun talking, taking photos. It was even more fun then some of the larger cons I've attended. ^^ I made friends with Karson and Lisa there over one crazy trip to Dennys. It was fun! I was hearing some of the troubles they were having outside of the sites I regularly visited. Sounded like smearing to me.

I decided I hated how Fannatiku did business. They were closed to new ideas, and new people.. I hated that and didn't want any part of that. Thus I made that post, that apparently causing issues.

Now I know Nat the Head of Fannatiku posted explaining that the differences between the two cons had been resolved and that they were making changes to make things better. So I figured I should take that at face value. :3 Its not really worth holding grudges, it cuts into the fun that could be had. So long as they were being nice to my new friends. I still didn't agree with how they handled business so my decision still stood on doing my booth with them, I was still considering attending.

^^; I sort of attended. Fundage would only allow one day, so I planned on hanging in the lobby day one and going day two, but that didn't happen due to a family emergency.

Anyways, I have been regularly on the fannatiku forums, I wanted to become a part of that community. Nat seems like she is trying to make good on what she has said to me, and has nothing but gracious to me even knowing the opinion I held of how her con was run. I've been having fun talking to everyone there, but apparently everyone seems to have a pretty low opinion of me.

Apparently my opinion is coming up in arguments against the SG staff. Let me make it perfectly clear. Opinions are like buttholes, everyone has them, but they do not always represent the ideas of a whole group. I am disappointed in SOMEONE in the Fannatiku community in making people feel like they HAVE to choose a side, effectively dividing the local anime community and doubling the drama. I don't want to choose sides, that's not fun, but unfortunately once one side decides a line needs to be drawn you either choose one or you you get persecuted for being a fence sitter. I don't know who decided the line needed to be drawn, I have seen no evidence that even Nat decided that it needed to be there, but SOMEONE on their side did and I for one think it needs to be deleted. I think its best to work together to have two enjoyable cons in this town. Double the fun, ya know.

Anyways, that's my story and I'm stickin to it. I hope someone at least understands my babbling. I really don't hold any ill will towards anyone, well not for much more then a day at least >,>, and as long as people are willing to change I seen no need to hold anything against anyone, but I am at least allowed to make discerning decisions about where I conduct my business. I'm allowed at least this right.

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[C13] Re: ASG Headmaster

4 chan is to blame for that one. XD

I guess its human nature really. People want to protect what they see is theirs, but it causes problems for people who would really just rather please both sides. I'm pretty sure neither you or Karson meant anything by creating a second con in town. I never got that vibe from you guys from the get go. It felt more like a form of personal enjoyment from organizing something that suited your interests.

I want to be able to do something like that too. Someday I wanna be able to open a shop here to sell anime, figures and cosplay supplies. I'm almost afraid now that even though I've wanted to do something like this for a long time someone will get to it first and I'll be shunned for it.

I'm far to laid back and would prolly just take the beating and disappear.
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Very well said, Shiro dear. I really don't understand all the reason for the drama or the reason for them to draw lines in the sand. We had no problem trying to be friends from the beginning but apparently people wanted to take sides anyways sadly enough. More then enough I've had people come up to me and say "You do know there is already an Anime Con here right?" It is just so sad to see and the drama-lama really isn't needed.

I'm sorry that you ended up getting dragged into the middle of it *huggles* but your blog is your own place to write what you will. If people get pissy about it, then that is there problem. Freedom of Speech.

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