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July 20, 2007

Otakon policies

If you're not familiar with Otakon, the three-day Anime fest going on right now at the convention center, it tends to draw an ... interesting ... crowd of very ... enthusiastic fans.

If you're downtown today, tomorrow or Sunday, I'm sure you'll see them (pink hair, leather and various other costumes are dead giveaways). In fact, these fans are so enthusiastic that the festival had to set some rules on its Web site. Here's a sampling:

"NO LIVE STEEL at all will be permitted on the premises of the BCC. Live steel is defined as swords, knives, bayonets, and/or other objects made of metal, which can take an edge. This holds true regardless of whether the object is actually sharp. This includes star knives/shurikens. A sheathed sword is still live steel."

However, "Staves, bo sticks, boken, shinai, and wooden swords will be permitted."

Then there's the whole public display of affection policy:

"Those members wishing to post notices or find other people should use the bulletin boards provided. Please note that signs asking for food, money, hugs, etc. are considered panhandling by the Baltimore Police department, and signs offering to exchange any sort of sexual favor (kisses, hugs, glomps, etc.) are considered solicitation. Signs with offensive content are not allowed regardless of whether they are 'in character.'"

Hope this helps clear up any questions you might have. Have a great weekend! 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:07 PM | | Comments (3)


The police don't have better things to do?

Have you seen the homicide rate lately? perhaps this is the best they CAN do

I read in the OTHER paper that a character from Hot Five Police Force Hakari was arrested for glomping a women from the show School Girl Promise MIkado Huki
is this true?

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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