Lots of natter about Anime Detour, not all of it self-congratulating, follows.
Among the Good Things which has been happening is that we finally got somebody from Geneon to contact us with permission to screen various of their anime series, including a couple featuring some of our guests which we weren't able to show last year since nobody at Geneon called or wrote us back after we contacted them. This year we applied the full court press, using all the producers, voice actresses, and VPs that we could get hold of, and what do you know, it worked. We even got a really submissive e-mail full of groveling from the marketing guy who had sitting on our requests for no particularly good reason.
Registration is running ahead of last year, and it's quite possible that we might wrap up the pre-registrations at 700, depending on whether we get some more groups -or clumps, which is what we've taken to calling groups that aren't quite large enough to qualify for the group discount but sent their registrations in together anyway- before the 2/11 postmark cutoff goes into effect. We're planning for 2500, but we won't be disappointed if only 1400 people show up. drunkenphlower and her band of Flying Registration Monkeys have done a very good job whipping up a membership database and extracting information on volunteers, T-shirt orders, and suchlike things . The process looks smoother and cooler than last year's Goat Rope at the Yalu River Corral, for which I am enormously grateful.
The Dealer's Room has grown a lot. Last year at the Marriott, we had nineteen tables and empty space left over; this year, we have sold out the Miami Room (33 tables) and are working on the overflow space that we carved out of the art show. We also expanded the video rooms from 2 1/2 to five, and have (I think) more space for gaming, including a larger space for the Bemani group as well as space dedicated to Pump.
We also have a lot more volunteers signed up in advance of the convention. With any luck, some of them will prove to be mature (but not excessively so), responsible, and willing to step up and join the staff for AD 2006. That's only about four hundred days off...never too early to start thinking about it.