View Full Version : Make my own convention........good idea?

08-04-2002, 12:36 AM
I'm thinking of buying or renting property and making my own convention....is it a good idea? Because I was gonna let the people who are gonna come make it into what they want:confused:

08-04-2002, 01:12 AM
Isn't that kinda what Otakon is?

It's sounds a little iffy...

08-04-2002, 01:26 AM
hmm well Otakon is good, but still there are a few flaws in security. I'd gladly mention then, but what fun would that be? When you can see for yourself, but if you want to know then ask me. Also I just thought of this as an idea ya know, probably one of the reasons how otakon got started

Yggdrasil Pie
08-04-2002, 01:36 AM
Making your own convention...? That's interesting...But I'm just wondering...it would probably be very expensive wouldn't it?

08-04-2002, 01:41 AM
well I would think so, so this project won't lift off until maybe a year or so........buy some government seized property you know? For a cheap price, then turn it into a convention center....and wallah do some adjustments along the way and such

08-04-2002, 07:51 AM
It would be very hard to start one on your own. I know that Tako Con got canceled due to booking conflicts (the hotel screwed up).

You would have to find a location and rent it (you need money), find anime to show, get dealers to come and sell their stuff, and make up some panels and workshops. And those are the easier aspects. I think the toughest ones would be finding guests.

08-04-2002, 09:24 AM
I don't think you'd have to go as far as booking your own area at a local convention center to host any type of event. You could actually just ask a local recreational facility (like a park, nature trail, etc) or even a local school for some kind of 'small, civil event' for cosplay means. A lot of cosplay groups, especially those here in Florida, do that all the time. It's worth a shot!

08-04-2002, 12:41 PM
well, the anime club I go to wants to do a community thing like you suggested MakioTwist and I want something like otakon. This plan won't be accomplished until maybe when I graduate High School (2005) but I'm sure I can get a few friends as sponsors and as for booking a guest, I can try but no gaurantees (sorry) but I know a few dealers that can come and bring some other stores with them too

08-04-2002, 01:03 PM
if this can work then I'm gonna be one happy customer, still gotta save up my money too

Ranma Saotome
08-04-2002, 01:21 PM
A bunch of my friends thought about doing a DDR convention.

Mei Lan Chang
08-04-2002, 02:54 PM
Well, if it was cheap...and it looked like it was going to be an event that lots of other cosplayers are going to (meaning lots of publicity, a promise no one is going to mug me as soon as I get there and other stuff like that) I would consider it. Most of the time I don't go to cons because I am dirt poor, so you would have to pull off a really good looking con, or be very close.

08-04-2002, 10:48 PM
Find someone else in the industry who's run a con before-trust me it's no way shape or form as easy as it may sound. My dad's friend runs a sci-fi con-which is this weekend to be precise-and practically there entire life revolves around it. It's that encompassing.

Also, if you don't know anyone in the anime industry then it makes it even harder-because dealers don't want to go to a con where there won't be any customers.

Then, you have to find guests, which means mega dollar signs. Giles from Buffy reportedly wanted $20 gees just for one con schedualing-which doesn't include transportation, housing, and spending money.

There's also renting a facility to house your con-which most of the time the facility owners (hotels especially) can cancel your reservation at a moments notice. The Hilton in New Orleans actually did this to Big Easy Con a few years ago 3 months before the con was to start, and because the con's manager was from Ohio, he simply quit doing the con down here to save him the trouble of another such incident.

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot to mention. You'll need staff and volunteers for your con. Which means you'll have to screen hundreds of people before you can really even begin the above.

Now, we have PROMOTION. If it wasn't enough you have to try and convince people why your con is soooo spectacular and why people should dump tons of money there. Because for a $40 3 day pass people want to know their getting their money's worth.

In short, I don't want to be the sour apple of the bunch, but I'm speaking the plain truth-I don't want anyone to get into something and then realize that it wasn't what they'd thought it'd be and can't bail themselves out. And, most certainly, if you're going to actually do this, wait until after college or atleast 2 yrs. after high school-trust me you'll want the perspective.

08-04-2002, 10:51 PM
hmm so battle plan: start off small with help and work my way up as I gain experience and money, good enough for a rookie?

08-04-2002, 11:54 PM
HarleyQuinn has definatly got it right. Putting on conventions are a TON of work, it's like having another full time job on top of anything else you might be doing. Promotion, connections (to those in the biz) and logisitcs are key. I would suggest voluntering or getting on staff at a convention near you and see how things are run behind the scenes. If you are the head of a convention you HAVE TO KNOW EVERY DETAIL, from guests to video programming, to catering costs (some hotels require it), why becuse it's you job. Putting on a convention also costs a lot of $$, the convention I work for was in debt for many years, money is still tight even though we are growing. Please get some experiance, talk to other con chairs they'll tell what it's like, just know what your getting yourself into. ^_^

08-05-2002, 12:00 AM
hmm I guess so.....*sigh* need a pot of coffee to make alot of emails

08-05-2002, 12:14 AM
If you do try to start one More power to ya. just dont over whelm yourself. Good luck

08-05-2002, 10:23 AM
Definitely start out small, maybe even as a 1 day event to see if enough people interested. I am on the Board of Directors of an anime con, and its not as easy as looks from outside. Like someone suggested, try volunteering/staffing for other cons so you can get a feel for things and some insight into the workings.
Even for a one day event, renting a place could well be over a thousand dollars. Most dealers unless they are close will not be interested in coming to a one day event. If a guest lives close to you they might come in exchange for a hotel room and meals. Most likely a 1 day event would be video rooms & games, cosplay, art show, and small dealers room. Don't forgot equipment rental, if you want to have nice projectors for video room.
Even with that, you will need to find reliable staff. That was one of our major issues besides money - we didn't have enough people to share the work which lead to high stress. High stress can lead to burnout, which is not good. So, have a plan for people to volunteer and possibly get an admission discount if they put in so many hours of work to help the staff.
Money will be extremely tight first couple of years, may even loose money. Need to be prepared for that.

08-05-2002, 12:14 PM
ok thanks

08-06-2002, 02:31 AM
*hands neo a biiig cup of coffee* either way, good luck! anyone who takes on the hard work of putting a con together deserves it.

08-06-2002, 11:40 AM
hmm..............hard work, volunteers, and lots of other stuff..........I can handle it..........have some anime stores around here, I know the owners, I'm sure they could help out.......other equipment......karaoke box and amp, subwoofers, speakers I can make these, and also a small Initial D re-enactment made by the volunteers (I like cars). I can get this to happen