Obsessed with robots
02-09-12 01:08 AM - Post#10225
I saw this on ANN and as someone who works at a larger convention, it's got me curious.
"Project Anime," a new two-day conference aimed at convention organizers and vendors, will be held on June 27 and 28 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles LIVE hotel, just before this year's Anime Expo (AX). Co-produced by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) and production company Green Mustard Entertainment (formerly Wasabi Anime), the event will have roundtable discussions, panels, and presentations involving conventions and the vendors that support them.
The Project Anime event is intended to bridge the gap between the staff members of different conventions, and to share ideas that might boost both convention attendance and the industry in general. The event's organizers say that the idea was spurred by the decreasing number of anime and manga publishers over the last several years.
The current schedule includes panels on industry, advertising and social media, operations, security, programming, and guest relations. Additionally, five hours of programming are designated as "sponsor panels." The event will focus on bringing in sponsors related to convention services (such as printing, logistics, and ticketing systems) and plans to use sponsorship revenue to subsidize attendance for organizers of the 10 largest anime conventions in North America.
Attendance is priced at US$45, and a package deal, which includes six meals, a reception, and an all-inclusive four-day pass to AX, is priced at US$350 per person. A complete conference package, which adds round-trip airfare (from anywhere in the continental United States), five nights at the JW Marriott, and airport transportation, is priced at US$1,750 per person.
I'd love to go to this, but that's a blackout period for days off at work. I'd like to see a lot of good come out of this, especially getting cons to help each other grow, and generate ideas that work for everyone.
| -Doug Wilder|
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02-09-12 11:27 AM - Post#10233
In response to EllyStar
...and I have to agree with what a lot of people on ACML are posting about how there doesn't seem to be any justification for the exorbitant cost. A small convention would have to pay over $1000 to attend...but if you have over 10,000 attendees, you get in free? Seems backwards. ...and with just one panel track which is likely to have a large portion of information that is already freely available or suggestions that are preaching to the choir, I really can't see how any convention could justify it...or the required AX badge at 500% markup.
He also said they want to give an inside look into how AX operates. I'm not sure AX is the best example to follow...and even if it is, a lot of what a large con like that does will not apply to small conventions.