The meeting aside, it looks like things are on track for what could be a small but moderately successful convention. The programming schedule is ready in rough draft form (all praise to Eric and Rebecca Marjesdatter) and looks busy as usual; it features a lot of local pros as well as heavy involvement by the Guests of Honor, Sheree Thomas and Minister Faust, one of the best Deep Space Nine episodes ever, as well as a Stipple-APA collation. PMF Johnson has apparently been working hard on publiicity, sending out press releases, working with publishers' publicity people to get some mention of D13 on local radio, and cranking out a thousand postcards featuring some really cool imagery from Minister Faust's website in order to attract attention to the convention. As he said at the meeting, "If we get two walk-up memberships from this it'll have paid for itself." Very true, and more than has been done these last few years.
I'll be penciled in on a couple of the anime panels; the other panels that I might have been interested in already have four or five panelists, and I'd be happy to hang out in the audience for those. Anna Waltz wants to do an "Anime 101" party to introduce people to anime without having to go through the headaches of getting permissions, which we'd have to do if we made it part of the convention programming, and we'll have to talk about that.
There's still time to register at the reduced rate - if you get your registration in the mail today (Bastille Day, July 14) it's $30 for adults and $20 for students; at the door prices are $40 and $30, respectively.