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  1. How can we save acen?

    I have a plan. I will share it in the forthcoming weeks :).
  2. Suggestions for ACen 2013

    We've been doing multiple VAs/Guests at once for an autograph session for years... I'm not sure why there was a departure from that this year.
  3. 2012 Gripes thread

    I will say one thing about this trend, mainly because it's something I've noticed since I entered the anime con scene over 10 years ago. The biggest difference is the fact that back in the day, the fandom consisted of people who were more socially outcast and they came to cons to find people who they could get along with and share common interests. In the last decade anime/manga has become more mainstream, and more accepted. Those who were "outcast" found themselves amongst like minded individuals in their everyday lives. This evolves the social aspect of the traditional congoer into a someone who isn't an outcast, and the social cliques and hierarchies that many people were excluded from to begin with. I will say that I have changed a lot since high school. ACen was a huge part of it. But I've had to adapt my social constructs to something different then what I had adapted 8 years ago. The fandom has changed and it's hard to say whether it's better or not. It used to be that you could connect just on the geekiness alone, now when you're at the con, geekiness is implied, now you need to show what else you've got. So the real question is, what's next? Maybe this social evolution is cyclical... Maybe people will once again connect on what we have in common instead of shunning what we don't have in common.
  4. The pizza place thats in the acen panel book.

    As an established convention, we have the benefit of different organizations that come to us and ask for advertising. Sometimes we'll take it in the form of trade (a place in someone else's book) or in ad revenue. Most businesses would rather just advertise by paying for it rather than do a reciprocal agreement, however sometimes smaller businesses find it easier/cheaper to do it via trade. Local card/gaming shops are especially open to it, especially because they'd probably give you advertising if you gave them badges. But either way, it starts with you approaching them and asking. No need to approach it with a high pressure sales tactic, just say, "Hey, I'm ______ with _____ convention, and this is our first year and we were wondering if you'd be interested in advertising with us." When they ask about rates and such, then you can go into a pitch that offers alternatives to simply paying for the space.
  5. New Department Head

    Love to chat about it Chelsea, we'll figure this out, or at least have a lot of fun trying :)
  6. New Department Head

    I'll be more than happy to host speed dating again (hosting as in the person who stands up there and enforces the rules). That was the most fun I had in years :)
  7. Suggestions for ACen 2012

    Personally, the idea of having a special VIP pass to get you seating or into events has been done at any number of different events. Most of which are using it to get a quick buck out of it. While making money may be great, I'd much rather try and give everyone a fair chance to see what they came to see. If you saved up all year for your ACen badge and hotel, would you really want to get there and realize you need to throw down another 20$ to see what you want to see? That's my two cents. I'd much rather give people special chances to win premium seating (for free). :)
  8. Why so early next year?

    Others have hit it right on the mark. Certain conventions/conferences have booked the venue further out that we have. Our usual contract length is 2-3 years out.
  9. ACen......there should be an app for that!~

    FYI we are currently discussing the possibility of either developing an app or working with a third party to get a functional app for next year. Thanks for the input guys, keep it coming!
  10. Groped and Offended

    Just so you guys know, the color coded badge idea has come up very frequently. While a good idea on the surface, it has potentially bad consequences when implemented. First off, there's really no guarantee that someone won't try to share a badge with a friend, given that fact, the only responsible thing is to card everyone anyways. Secondly, and possibly more importantly, it labels certain individuals as a target. Unfortunately, there are individuals in the world who would target someone because they're a minor, and it doesn't make sense to make that visible to all individuals. In fact, it makes it more likely that someone would do the first thing because of the second thing.
  11. Contest to go to Japan?

    You know... when you keep posting ideas like this... When I actually announce a contest like this, it will seem like we didn't come up with it on our own :)
  12. Where do I go at ACen? *** READ ME ***

    If you want to meet Jared, I only charge 250$ for a glimpse and 500$ for an autograph. I may even throw in an appearance by the Vice Chair :)
  13. MTG EDH/Commander 2011?

    Luck would have it, EDH is the only thing I brought with me. So if anyone wants to throw down I'm all for it. :)
  14. ACen Surveys

    ACen 14 is right around the corner and while we've got a lot of work to do for the convention, some of us are already starting the ball rolling on ACen's 15th Anniversary Bash! The most important thing to us, as staff, is making you, the attendee, have a great Anime Central experience, and we need to know what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong, and what we could be doing that we just haven't thought up of yet. It is in that spirit that we will be hitting ACen 14 full force with surveys. I know we've tried it in the past, and we've gotten a lot of feedback about how they didn't like how we did surveys. They picked on our volunteers, they threw the surveys away, and we just didn't get anything useful from doing it that way. So this year, in partnership with some individuals who work for big companies in the area of business intelligence, we're going to switch gears and dedicate to live surveys! That's right, this year we will have volunteers manning clipboards with different surveys asking you to step aside and take a quick survey. They will be worded very specifically and we will be asking a variety of questions, from demographic information to satisfaction, all of which will help us understand what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong, and what we could be doing. So what's in it for you other than helping us out? Something! Ok we don't know what the prize we're going to give away is yet, it could be a badge, it could be merchandise, it could be something so unique we haven't come up with yet! Why? Well, it's one of the questions we want to ask you! We want to know what kind of giveaways and prizes get you excited about the contest. Ok, so you're all excited, you want to be surveyed and entered into a contest to win something cool, what do you need to do? Well, this year we're going to go around to different areas and just survey people. We're not going to try and find you in a line, we're targeting places where you've just came from, so outside events, outside programming areas, probably even outside of the exhibit hall. We'll have our volunteers there, with clipboards, asking you if you'd like to step aside and take a short survey (these are being written in such a way where we are targeting no more than a 5 minute survey.) And by doing a survey, you're automatically entered in the contest/raffle to win something cool.
  15. Big Musical Guest?!

    Hey Guys, As you know, we're looking year round for guests to bring to ACen that everyone can enjoy. Obviously, we're coming up to the 15th Anniversary Show and I'm thinking about getting a BIG musical act for the con. Here's the issue, not only are big guests expensive... but a lot of them will only play at a bigger venue... So bear with me and tell me what you think of my plan... We rent out the Rosemont Theater (about 1 mile from ACen... honestly probably less than a mile, more like half) for Saturday. We bring in a great musical guest and put on a really great concert. In order to cover some of the costs, we add an extra cost to attendees (something like 5$, no more than 10$), and we make an option available to those who don't want to buy a badge to the con, so something like 25$-30$ if you haven't bought a weekend badge. I don't think it's too far away to just walk if we work with local PD so it's coordinated and safe for everyone, possibly have some bus/shuttle plan in case of inclement weather. What do you guys think? Don't just say "depends on the musical act," tell me which musical guest you WOULD do this for. Thanks, Sam
  16. Forum Clean Up Time

    I've always wondered if we can do something about the 30 page stickies on certain topics... I understand they're still germane to the con (at least some parts of it) but do people really join the forums and read all of that?
  17. Tickets For Concerts - Time And Location

    I'm not 100% sure on the ticket policy for Aural Vampire (if there's even going to be one)... But I'd like to point out there will be 2 concerts :)
  18. Seiyuu And Japanese Going To Nc But Not Acen...

    Alright here I go! I'm going to break through the veil a little bit and just give you guys a little bit of information and help you understand what's been going on. First of all, I'll say it right now, we were working on getting Kappei Yamaguchi this year. This didn't fall into line and we ended up not being able to get him. Alright so what's a fair comparison for ACen and ACen guests? There really isn't one. Bigger cons really don't always mean bigger guests. 95% of the time they do, I will give you that, but there are times guests prefer smaller cons. Besides all of that, each con runs things very differently, and values different aspects of the convention very differently. I've been a DH at ACen for quite some time now, and I also had a stint as a DH at Otakon, and let me tell you they are completely different worlds. And no, contrary to popular belief, one isn't flat out better than the other. Does that help assuage your feelings about ACen and our recent track record with guests? No, I don't expect it to. Here's what I will give you though. We are absolutely turning a bigger focus to guests in the coming years. As someone who's been intimately involved with our strategy and planning going forward to our 15th Anniversary, I can tell you my plan for guests is to absolutely blow your minds consistently year after year. I want to bring the best guests from around the world, local and far away, I want to have guests ask to come to ACen in the future because they love how we as a staff take care of them and how you as fans take care of them while they're here. Best part? I think this is a completely attainable goal. There are a lot of expectations guests have when they deal with bigger conventions, just like you guys have when you travel to a bigger convention, and it's a very tough balancing act to take those expectations and turn them into reality. Let me tell you guys, guest acquisitions is a tough job. You get a guest who's interested and that's only the beginning of your work. And for those of you who have the passion and the business sense and communication skills, please let me know if you want a chance at it. Dead serious, I'm not going to talk about how hard it is for us, and get you to understand why we can't get someone, I'm going to leave it at, "It's a tough job, we're getting better at it, and we're going to be great at it. If you think you can handle it, let me know because I want to let you." Alright, so what does this mean to the rest of you? Hold us to this promise. That's what I want you guys to do, push us year after year to be better, and not just better, to be great. I have faith in our team that we will get there. We're going to get musical guests that are great, we'll get seiyuu that are amazing, we'll get manga-ka that delight you, and we'll even throw some surprises your way. On a personal note, there is no one who pushes ACen GR staff harder than ACen GR staff. When a big guest falls through, we're so disappointed. We all love this con and are all a part of GR to make it better. A list of who we went after isn't going to make you feel better about it. I could tell you we go after Miyazaki every year, but it doesn't matter at some point if we never get him.
  19. Denied Panelists Venting

    Kyr Krystal, I think you and I both know you'll be voting for my panel, so this is pointless :). As a former panel head, I would like to say, there is no perfect solution to the panel process, and saying no to a panelist is the hardest thing ever. Especially if a panelist has done this panel before either here or at other cons. There is no perfect solution and our forum attendees are great, but they are a small set of very committed people. I mean... you guys remember your favorite anime sucks? I totally was going to cut it the first year. My ADH came to me and was like... try it, it might surprise us. And it easily became one of the most popular panels at ACen. I've put wildly popular new panels in a small room because it's been untested... and even the panelist estimated the attendance low... And at con people are overflowing from the room. I think there are lots of lessons to be learned from this year and I think we are going to take great strides in the future. And again... Krystal, vote for me :)
  20. Announcing Aural Vampire!

    Hey Everyone, Happy New Year! and Happy New Decade (if you're not counting, if you are then stop ruining my fun) Anyways, we're proud to announce our headlining musical guest for this year! AURAL VAMPIRE!!! http://www.ACen.org/aural-vampire The bio isn't up yet, and we'll be getting to that very soon but we wanted to share the information with you as soon as we could! Until then you should definitely visit their MySpace page where you can listen to some of their music: http://www.myspace.com/auralvampire Hope you're as excited as we are! More to come soon :)
  21. Magic The Gathering Players

    8 man pods, 8 rounds of swiss, top 8 redraft on day two :)