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Minnesota's first Baptist Anime convention


Went over to the Thunderbird and talked about rooms with Kendra, who is filling in for Bev while the latter is on enforced medical leave. As it happens, we had more requests for suites than we had actual suites to hand out, so some people are going to be disappointed. We gave priority to people who wanted to throw room parties, since the remaining suites were in the Non-Detachable Party Saucer Section, and that made the decision about who got short-sheeted a lot easier. We also made some decisions regarding the programming spaces - basically, the three rooms that were going to be programming venues during the day and gaming venues at night have been redesignated as one programming venue and two gaming venues.

We also did away with the dance. This was partially due to the fact that we were looking at a lot of setup/teardown work late on Friday and Saturday night and more of the same in the morning on Saturday and Sunday, but mainly due to the fact that despite being approached by several aspiring DJs, NONE of them ever sent in a bid or proposal, and at this point I'm saying the hell with it. Next year, people, don't wait until the end of February to get your proposals in - send me a damn e-mail in August, okay? Go dance in the DDR party, people.

Aside from making decisions like that, it went pretty well. I'll post my notes on the AD forum later for the benefit of staff, and the meeting this weekend should be interesting as a result. Tonight, finishing the program book and the programming grid. Whee.


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Feb. 25th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
Maybe you should talk to some of the DJs that do CONvergence's dance - Skaht Hansen specifically. He may be moving out west, but he's one of the best DJs out there, able to DJ in any music genre, even mixing them - he's done a couple weddings I've attended.

Or is this a specifically anime-music dance? I must have missed it last year.
Feb. 25th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
Maybe for next year. This year, I've just had it with the whole issue.

Had we had at least one DJ to come back to us with an offer, it would have been a combination of anime music, J-pop, some trance, techno & house. Last year's DJ managed to offend both the dance music fans and the anime music fansby playing enough of each genre to irritate the fans of the other genre, so we figure he was probably in the right ballpark. :S
Feb. 25th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
Is there any contact information for the DJs? If you want I can make some phone calls and kick some asses. I may also know a guy who knows a guy. A convention without a dance doesn't seem right, although it'd free up a lot of extra time for the masquerade.
Feb. 25th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
That's part of what's got me so angry about this. I did call DJs who left their number with me to follow up, and never heard back from them. Like I said, at this point I'm saying the hell with it. By all means, get together with Laura and whoever and see if you can round someone up for next year. I'm becoming convinced there's no such thing as planning too early for the next convention.
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