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06 September 2011 @ 10:25 pm
quick question...  
3 Oct 11 is coming up soon. Does anyone have anything in mind that we as a fandom can, could, or even should do to celebrate this most august occasion?
 
 
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Rainy with a Chance of Mudslides...randomdiversion on September 9th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Uh oh. Now maybe I *do* want to draw a transmutation circle on the floor.

It might be amusing to do if someone could organize the effort to make a *lot* of them appear worldwide on Oct. 3 at conspicuous spots around the globe, using a harmless medium such as sidewalk chalk. Proper diagrams would have to be distributed.

Probably freak out the paranoid thinking it's some kind of witchcraft or terrorism thing...when it's really just a sort of world-wide flash-mob. Then use twitter or something to tip off the local media to the anime reference if the circles succeed in drawing their attention.

I imagine in the US, Cartoon Network (airing FMAB) wouldn't mind the free publicity.
amethyst_konekoamethyst_koneko on September 9th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
:) I don't know how you'd organize something like this on a worldwide scale but it would be awesome if we could! ^_^ Cartoon Network would LOVE the publicity. They might even give us our own commercial bumper/eyecatcher during an airing of FMAB! XD
Rainy with a Chance of Mudslides...randomdiversion on September 9th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
It would have to be organized by someone with lots of friends throughout the fandom.

That person would have to find which fans in major cities are willing to go draw the circles (probably quickly, in the early morning before people are out and about), and identify places to do so that are conspicuous won't get anyone arrested. Locals might check with their police forces in advance to find out what rules apply about sidewalk chalk art. I imagine it might be entirely illegal in, say, Singapore--don't want anyone to get in trouble for a harmless prank.

Participants would need to buy sidewalk chalk in advance and practice in private so they could do it quickly with minimal props (eg: maybe a string to use so the outer circle stays round, and a yardstick for the straight lines).

Then they'd have to standardize on one particular alchemy circle or a set of them that actually appear in the anime or manga, and also a size or sizes to do them in, so that media can recognize that it is a coordinated effort and so that it ties directly to FMA rather than being attributed to some other source or random weirdness.

Lastly the various culprits and their friends should find out what the twitter or email contacts are for any media likely to cover the mystery, so that if the media gets it wrong then social media can tip them to the source.

Anyhow--I watched FMAB on netflix (what they have of it) about 3 weeks ago and joined here about 3 days ago, so I'm NOT the one to organize this since I don't know the fandom well enough. I'm just tossing out ideas if someone else *does* want to do it.
sparkyqueen: slappedsparkyqueen on September 10th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
Do it.
Rainy with a Chance of Mudslides...randomdiversion on September 10th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
Jeez, I only started watching FMAB 3 weeks ago and that's really my only exposure to FMA.

This sort of thing should be someone who knows the manga well and has a lot of (online) FMA-related friends around the world. I can suggest what might work but it has to be organized by someone with extensive fandom connections.
amethyst_konekoamethyst_koneko on September 11th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
It's a lovely idea but neither randomdiversion or I have the necessary connections to pull this off. Also it seems that since the fervor of the fandom is dying down, there's not a lot of interest in doing something of this scale. Sad but true. I guess at this point we'll all be celebrating in our own individual ways to offer a toast to FMA. :)