More stuff about Minicon 40 follows...
So...announced attendance was ~560, which is up from last year. Minicon apparently did day passes this year (another innovation) and I'm sure having Terry Pratchett as GoH helped some. Greg said that financially Minicon was a success, which is good.
As for me, it was an okay convention. I didn't get to see that much of it, since most of my time there was spent spinning AMV, playing DVDs, or fighting with the equipment. Thanks are due to Lauren and stuckintraffik for swinging by on Saturday morning with the Room Party Kit after miscommunication put me in the unequipped and half-empty Atrium 4 instead of the largely ready Plaza 4. The sound box came in handy since otherwise doing sound for the AMVs off the laptop would have been a no-go. Aside from the video room and the two panels I was on, I spent most of my time Saturday night hanging out at the consuite until phoenixalpha started whimpering about wanting to go home and sleep. Kids these days. They're all worthless and weak. Obviously I have failed to train her properly in the ways of our ancestors. ^_^
Closing ceremonies were Sunday at 3, very well attended, much thanking of volunteers by name, random silliness (some of it amusing, some not) including Geri Sullivan doing a rain of small plastic frogs, at which point I muttered to Scott, "If she starts throwing little bags of blood around, knives out and follow me." We left for home, and I went back around 10 PM to check out the dead dog. Didn't find Ken Fletcher, and the consuite was infested with folk musicians including my ex, so I hung out in Krushenko's with Eric Heideman and Dave Christensen and qob and Erica (Stark?) and some dude whose name I still haven't gotten who is apparently Erica's husband or boyfriend (whatever) watching Dr. Mordrid and The Killer Elite, the latter of which I'd been wanting to see for about 25 years. That kept me up past 3 AM, at which point I decided it was time to leave since Eric had fallen asleep and Dave looked ready to. So I motored home, having resigned myself to getting a short nap instead of a decent night's sleep on account of wanting to crank this out.
So was it worth the $35? Yeah, probably, if for no other reason than seeing the handful of MNSTF members I actually don't mind seeing, plus the added benefit of being able to hang out and watch a buttload of anime on a big screen. I might do it again next year if Greg asks. We'll see.
Addendum: This is also worth looking at. Many pictures.
*Some idea of the impact of the HRMP on Minneapolis fandom can be found here.