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Kumo

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  1. Good on you. You'll have a lot of fun, and restored insanity is indeed welcome. I'm a member of Bree, the Copenhagen TS, and my wife is member in both that and a Swedish TS. As long as you're a member of one you're welcome to parties in them all. And I'm not an intellectual either - I just love the stories, the films, the parties, the songs (oh man, the songs are a hoot: just wait till your first go at "High flies the Nazgul, O'"). You're welcome to write us at ethuil @ bree.dk if you want to know more about what goes on in our neck of middle-earth. Welcome to a guaranteed g
  2. Jo, and everyone else: There IS a LOTR party going on all the time. It's in the various Tolkien Societys of the world. TS's are not a bunch of dusty academics sitting around discussing whether balrogs had wings or not, refusing to see beyond the books. They've seen the films, they attend cons, they know how to party like you wouldn't belive it. And the thread holding it all together is the professor's wonderful work. And it's open for everyone to join. There's a TS in nearly every country, and in some countries in every major town. They visit each other for huge banquets/themed p
  3. From what I have heard from some people behind RC Germany, it was mostly the named that was lent to RC UK, not much else. It was supposed to be SM's event to run.
  4. I think one of the problems here might be that SM are used to running signing events, not cons. A signing event is relatively easy to put up (to be very basic, you need names, a room and some tables!), whereas a con takes months and months of everyday planning; putting a schedule together, which alone is h***, and all those other things that you don't really need to have signings.
  5. *sigh* That is what I'm saying... well, not that it's scandalous as there's not much you can do when you simply don't get enough money to cover your expenses, let alone pay anyone. I have said as much all the time; it's a shame, it's horrible, but what could have been done? Yes, there could have been hoensty about it instead of the complete disappearance of some people. But I can't do much about that. How is that disingenious? I've had the same opinion all the time; you're the one who keeps claiming I don't care that people didn't get paid.
  6. ROFL I'm bashing Showmasters? As opposed to all the people in this thread who have said they regret bying their tickets etc.? Perhaps you need to look up the word "bash". I merely pointed out there was no point in blaming the fans for lack of guests and information. The attitude of the fans has absolutely nothing to do with a show's ability to get good guests and advertise properly, and it is ridiculous to claim as much. I don't know if you saw my post in which I wrote the following: Apparently, I do. The show went bankrupt; that should have been made very clear. Apologies s
  7. Ehm, I haven't said a word about your particular spelling. All I said was that, ironically, there is someone on this board with the exact same pattern of "speech" and the exact same spelling mistakes as the person who went on and posted some rather untrue things about TFF. Unless that is you, you shouldn't have to feel particularly touched by that. I wasn't in the financial team, thank God. But I was very much involved, and so I think you can take it from me that what you call "misinformation" is, actually, the truth. I know exactly what went on "behind" the even and what d
  8. Oh, you mean someone here actually thought so? Can you quote that part for me (I can't find it - neither the figures you mention nor the post saying that finances doesn't matter at all.)
  9. Err, no. A ripoff is deliberate. A bankrupcy is not. I think any good dictionary would tell you as much... Oh, you mean they won't actually try to lose money? Dang... so that's where TFF went wrong!
  10. Yes, obviously people sign up at the forum, pay for tickets, and spend night after night here debating simply to put some blame on some people they've never met. That's some nice view you have of your fans, there. Ah, nevermind that people had a good time while being there? Good idea; people going to a con really only go there because they're interested in the financial reports, not for the fun... Second, funny though how that con got so many good reviews (here, as well) even though there was someone - interestingly enough with the same horrid spelling as I've seen in some pos
  11. Can I just ask why you expected there to be that many guests? I'm not quite sure what you're basing that expectation on? Well, both another show (the original...) and TFF (hurray for freedom of speech!) had around that number, so that might be where it comes from.
  12. *shrugs* Depends what you're interested in. I think it needs the film actors and the costume makers and the language experts and the book experts and the make-up people, etc. Something for everyone! I'm sorry, but I wouldn't attend if it was just the things you listed because I don't have a lot of disposable income and it wouldn't be something I'd be interested in. Same here - it needs to be a very diverse range of events to appeal to the wide range of people who may well be attending. Exactly what I'm saying. Actors alone don't cut it for an event like this. A bit
  13. Davi...err, Daisy. Sure, very nice. Would like to meet him but would not buy a flight to London, hotel room and con tickets for him alone. Particularly not if JRD is the other "main" guest. I had the displeasure of hearing him talk at the original another show in Germany, and a big part of his speach was so out of order; If people don't like muslims it's sorta their own problem, and I have no beef with it if they wail about it in private - or in public if they are politicians. But to use your platform as an actor, at a Lord of the Rings event, to complain that your granddaughters - who
  14. But how can you even begin to compare a "collectormania" to a convention where you should ideally fill several stages with simultaneous events that'll cater to every craving of Tolkien fans, be they book or film buffs? It's one thing to go to a show to get an autograph and perhaps a photo op, but it's not even close to the ballpark to compare it to a real another show. I'm not even looking into flights or trains to London till I see some indication that this event will even try to pretend to have anything to do with the original another show. Film-guests are only one ingredient of man
  15. Hobbit dancing - make up demo - costume parade - team competition... copy of TFF much?
  16. Actually, I think that this is a very strong point. I'm also pondering whether or not that difference in attitude has an impact on the fanbase, making adults in general disinterested because they really do believe anime's only for kids. In general, I have cosplaying friends who happily take holidays to travel around, whereas people in Sweden (where I'm from), for instance, complain when there's two cons a year because due to financial reasons, they have to choose between them, clearly showing how young they are. I guess my second question would be if there is any way to actively do somet
  17. I was just browsing one of my reguar cosplay haunts, one of which as a list of many of the cons going on around the world. I couldn't help but notice, though, that a vast majority of the anime cons held are in - surprise - the U.S. Why is that? Now, I'm aware that USA is biiiiiig and that there are, accordingly, looooots of people living there, so yes, the market would obviously be bigger. But still, I get the feeling that even proporotionally, the market is bigger in the US than in Europe in general. Cons here struggle to survive - just look at the recent cancellation of AnikiCon,
  18. And since Mark Fergusson had 2 seconds in LOTR and several seasons in Big Brother.... Orlando Bloom really being the pirate guy..., Viggo Mortensen outstanding in Hidalgo and nearly got an oscar nomination for his violence film..., Billy Boyd was soooo cute in Master and Commander ..., Lawrence Makoare was scary in James Bond..., Marton Szorkas smoked in Kingdom of Heaven..., Hugo Weawing rocked as V ... Craig is ...well really primarily a superb stage actor..., most of the extras appeared in King Kong... Sean Bean is better known for Sharpe..., Sean Astin more into writing books than telling
  19. Stuart, thanks for answering, but have you actually ever attended a another show? It doesn't seem that you know what the question about mealtickets are about. I'm sure Dirk can tell you more about the admirable arrangement he's made with his hotels. It really works for us as congoers; That you can attend to the schedule of the many Tolkien events ongoing during such a day/night, and not have to worry about meals. (edited because I... duh! mispelled another show! *lol* )
  20. It's no wonder you weren't impressed with him, GondorGirl, given the fact that he has never been a guest at the FF...
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