View Full Version : Ochiba~Con - Sept 29-30, 2012!

02-07-2012, 12:38 PM
After months of waiting the time has finally arrived! OChiba~Con (formerly Northern Anime Festival) has a date and location to share!

Mark your calenders! Ochiba~Con is coming September 29-30, 2012 at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre in Oshawa, ON!

Website is still currently in the works, but there's still a bunch of places that you can follow to check for updates!

Website: http://www.ochibacon.ca/

FB Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ochibacon/

FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/Ochibacon

FB Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/165930676853948/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Ochiba_Con

02-07-2012, 07:26 PM
sweet... of course we wont need a hotel because we're from the region, but is there any guesses on how much entry will be and if like the former NAF, we can do panels to reduce the cost?

We probably wont pick our costumes until much later in the year but I look forward to it regardless! :)

02-07-2012, 08:13 PM
Pricewise it should be about the same as it was before ($25-30) but could be a $5+ increase because this venue is almost double what we paid to use the college and we're trying to be realisic with the number of attendees we expect to get.

We definitely will do our best to keep the cost low and affordable to our attendees, and we will do MORE than our best to make sure that any cost increase is justified and worthwhile. :)

And yes, things like volunteering and running panels will provide compensation/admission discounts. Full price of admission will most likely need to be paid up front though, and money will be returned after volunteer hours/panels are completed. All of those details will be coming as soon as we can get them.

02-09-2012, 04:22 PM
Looking forward to it!

02-13-2012, 04:58 PM
Hope I can make it out! It's really close to my birthday so maybe I can get my ticket to the con as a present :D!!

02-20-2012, 09:12 AM
I love the logo.

02-25-2012, 01:20 PM
Yikes! $25 to possible $35 for a one day? (Only interested in Sat). That's alittle extreme. Not sure if I can get behind that.

02-26-2012, 10:03 PM
Yikes! $25 to possible $35 for a one day? (Only interested in Sat). That's alittle extreme. Not sure if I can get behind that.

that's probably weekend rate as it was a response to my question, which was about weekend passes, there will most likely be a lower rate for single day passes as there is for most cons...

02-27-2012, 01:57 PM
Yes, there will be weekend (two days) passes as well as single day passes. :)

Actually, we'll be annoucing prices soon! But I'll be transparant and say that the prices may seem a little high, and that will be for a number of reasons. Mainly because JUST the venue is about double what we had been paying for at the college, and there's still all the additiona costs to have programming and all that. There's also that we're trying to be realistic with our numbers, and unforunately a lower attendance means that the cost of reg will be a bit higher per person in order for us to break even.

We are definitely doing everything that we can to cut costs and make registration as low as possible. One of the things is that we're going to have an early bird pre-reg with the cheapest price we can afford to have it, and possibly group registration as well. And there is always volunteering and running events/panels for reimbursement.

03-07-2012, 02:43 PM
Seeing as I live in Oshawa I'll likely try and make it out to the Con. If there is a Artist Alley I wouldn't mind trying my hand at selling stuff there for my first time. C:

04-16-2012, 10:49 PM
Good news, everyone!

Registration will officially open up by the end of the week, but RIGHT NOW we can tell you that initial pre-reg for the con will be only $25!! (This will increase to $30 mid June). Full details on prices will be available when pre-reg officially opens.

04-24-2012, 11:50 AM
Pre-registration is now officially open! http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/3412919133

05-02-2012, 07:35 PM
Artist and Vendor registration is now open too! Please see our FB page for the details. http://www.facebook.com/Ochibacon

05-14-2012, 03:32 PM
A few things:

1. Our website is finally up! http://www.ochibacon.ca
2. We've got two confirmed guests to announce. Voice actor and directior John Stocker, and local band Hoshi*Furu!
3. We'll have a table at Anime North 2012 where you can pre-reg for only $25! Come swing by and check us out. :D

05-24-2012, 10:44 AM
Kool. Maybe a new convention for me to check out. I live near Ottawa so I will see if I can make travel plans. :D

05-28-2012, 11:14 AM
I'm planning to check this one out. Looking forward to it!

05-28-2012, 12:54 PM
bought my ticket at AN... I know it was really late in the day on Sunday but I was sort of unimpressed when they didn't have change to give us because they didn't have the key to the cash box... :S that wasn't thought through well...

05-28-2012, 01:22 PM
Rainbowgasm - You happened to come when the person with the key was away for 15 mins. I'm sorry how that was but it was really just a matter of timing on that one.

05-28-2012, 04:31 PM
Rainbowgasm - You happened to come when the person with the key was away for 15 mins. I'm sorry how that was but it was really just a matter of timing on that one.

I understand that, but it really should have been better thought out and the key given to someone else to deal with... its not a big deal, we got our tickets, but just for future reference! :)

05-28-2012, 05:53 PM
Totally understandable. I was't there, but I think it was one of those 'I shouldn't be gone long enough to need to leave the key at the table things. I will definitely make a mention of it though for the next time.

In any case, thank you for coming by and supporting us! :) (Thank you everyone who came by our table at Anime North!)

05-28-2012, 10:05 PM
I've never been to NAF before, which is a shame because I live about 30min away and I would like to come out to this and maybe get a table at artist alley for the first time. It certainly would give me an opportunity to test the waters and see what sells before jumping into the more expensive conventions.

05-28-2012, 11:04 PM
For sure! We'd love to have you. :) We recently got a new staff member to handle artists (so the Liaison Director doesn't have to deal with /everything/). I'm not sure of her e-mail but one is being set up and I will let you know as soon as I know what it is!

05-30-2012, 10:52 PM
I sent an email to the one listed on the website. Here's hoping all goes well!

05-31-2012, 01:59 AM
I sent an email to the artist alley contact info on the website too! I haven't heard anything back yet but here's hoping we both get in :)!!

06-05-2012, 12:27 PM
I do hope they get back to us soon. I need to make sure I get that weekend off and figure out transportation and such.

06-05-2012, 03:33 PM
I might be there.. sounds very very interesting! :razz:

06-08-2012, 03:28 PM
The Cosplay Department is looking for volunteers!

Currently in need of helpers for: Sign-Up Desk, Green Room, Stage. Potentially looking for judges and an MC too. If you'd like to help contact AshleyS@northernanime.ca!

06-08-2012, 11:19 PM
Attention Artists!: We apologize profusely, but there still seems to be some issues with the new Artist/Dealer Liaison accessing her convention email account. For the time being I (Ashley) will handle Artist matters. Message me here with your e-mail and forms and info will be sent immediately!

06-12-2012, 10:15 PM
Exciting! I go to Durham College and am from whitby. Can't wait for this.

06-24-2012, 05:23 PM
Happy to announce that the Ochiba~Con Masquerade has its first prize sponsor! Arda Wigs has graciously donated over $150 gift certificates for the winners of Best Of Class, Best In Show, and a special Best Wig award in honour of Arda Wigs. :D

07-27-2012, 02:04 AM
We got to over 400 likes in just a day. WOW! As promised we've re-opened the $25 pre-reg, but hurry because it goes back up for good on August 3rd!


08-07-2012, 06:17 PM
Is pre-reg price still available? D: I was in Florida for weeks and no access to the internet/ booo

08-07-2012, 07:06 PM
Pre-reg is still available, but at the regular pre-reg price. :D Hope Florida was fun, despite being internetless.

09-04-2012, 01:28 AM
just found out i can only go sunday. i have work.