Thread to discuss the happenings of AVCon.
I arrive at 11.30am off of only 2 hours sleep to start talking with all the various people I need to speak to. Peter's moe panel is all ready to go and looks solid. Put the finishing touches on mine. However, there were already visible signs of strain this early in the day on the staff. Even though they had started on the Thursday to get the setup done - and they semed to be doing that better that last year's lot did - they were behind in other ways.
2pm - Simeon goes over things with me and things on our side are ready. Convert text slides into a printout and the panel is now mainly pictures with the minimum essential text.
5pm - Barron gets me club flyers. Various people with Crispin knowledge look potential questions over and think it will work. Trade room becaomes really annoying with how often all the doors are locked and only Convention Centre staff can open them. Sam arrives to get his pass. Final panel review and all is fine and well ahead of last year. Hopefully no issues will arise on Sunday.
7pm - Opening Ceremony is in full swing. Crispin and Cassandra do their thing. AVCon staff dress as K-ON characters (supposedly was going to be the Auction's prime bidding item but clearly not now) and doa makeshift jam to Don't Say Lazy with Cassandra MCing. Cassandra has a lot of genki-style energy, I'll give her that.
8pm - I get informed that the interview I'm doing with Crispin Freeman will now also have Cassandra Lee...With very short notice...I have to rethink my questions.
8.30pm - It happens. I meet Crispin and Cassandra. Crispin in person is quite a sight to behold. The guy speaks well and has an aura about him that is quite enchanting. This is a guy who is a genuine fan and has knowledge to back it up. Cassandra is a cutie but yikes, is she alarmingly small in size - shaking her hand when we met, I had to be incredibly gentle since she seemed so fragile. Crispin was certainly taking the lead here. Again, I sense that Crispin's knowledge and confidence in material well outweighs Cassandra's. In my mind, I'm already pruning out questions and thinking of how I can pitch to Crispin's experience and passion while allowing Cassandra to feel relevant. This wasn't going to be easy...
8.45pm - And it is done. Somehow...I found a balance. I get an amusing reaction from Crispin when he discusses his most difficult role ever (from Photon). It was quite insightful to hear how a VA learns how to manage their voice in the long term and how to handle variations in voice tonalities - covered a couple of questions I knew I didn't have time to ask. I threw out a question specifically designed for Crispin - how he felt about where anime has gone in the last decade. His answer was honest, bold and had a fair bit of truth to it. Those present recording/watching definitely felt compelled by his reply. I then try to balance things out to finish by letting them both give replies. Crispin's answer to how he approached recommending titles to other people was refreshing while Cassandra used what she was familiar with - fair enough for someone that early in their career. Crispin's approach is one I wish I saw more in the modern fandom. Despite the chaos of getting this organised with little notice, it ended up being a fulfilling experience. Makes me look forward to his Mythology panel that much more. And with that done, I head home. By now, several AVCon staff members look like they were on the verge of a meltdown worse than what the AVCon Plague instills. Somehow, I no longer envy Dazza getting Screenings Coordinator. Hopefully none of their wear and tear translates into issues at main events this weekend. So far, so good, but some people look unusually stressed, even by AVCon standards. Hours later, despite the short notice, speaking to Crispin and Cassandra was undeniably great.
And onto Day 2 things will go - Cripsin's Mythology Panel and the Quiz Night await. Hopefully the hosts won't mangle my material and myself, Sam and Greg will have marking run on time for once.