El Ken, on 15 February 2012 - 02:19 PM, said:
Well, that's the magic question. When I came into Guest Relations last year from my previous post in Hotel/Convention Site Relations, I was expecting there to be some sort of super committee or at least a group of con management that would discuss things like themes, events, and potential guests to tie all of the con activities together. There was no such formality. So, much of GR's decisions are based on what we deem to be popular with the fanbase(s) now. Much of that input comes from the forum suggestions; some of it is from how guests do at other cons. Some will be from hype around new releases or working directly with anime companies. There's really no set way to determine the invites right now, but I would prefer more oversight with this process in the future.
I really like the theme idea. I always thought it was cool for cons to have a theme, like it was really cool in 2010 for "the 13th" to have like a spooky/creepy theme like having Aural Vampire there and such. Because to an extent couldn't you say that "big fan base" would draw in a lot of main stream guests (nothing against main stream) but a lot of other guests that are awesome as well aren't picked because they animes they have been in aren't in the "big fanbase." Maybe like from series like Dennou Coil, Elfen Lied, Boogiepop phantom, Skip Beat!, and perhaps even Ghost in the Shell if you count it in that category too. But the theme idea would be really cool to maybe think about in the future? Like hey, next year is ACEN 16, sweet 16! :3
I like your approach for the future and I know good things will come. Thanks for your dedication to everything, and doing everything you can to make us con-goers happy with the guests and all.
I'll admit a huge reason why I go to cons is for guests--I like meeting and talking to the people that make anime possible whether it's a English dub voice actor, or a manga-ka they made the anime/manga possible.
edit: stupid typos.
This post has been edited by GITS SAC Motoko: 22 February 2012 - 11:27 PM