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When Cons Collide

Diversicon meeting tonight after work - much discussion of a tentative one-shot merger between Diversicon and Consume in 2005, which I'm not personally in favor of since it would mean one less convention in the Twin Cities and might conflict with Anime Iowa if AI stays in September, since the proposed convention would take place in September instead of the usual August. Maybe we'll just have to throw an August Party Northwest instead.

Odd gossip - apparently Greg Ketter of Dreamhaven is putting in a bid to run Minicon 40 and has talked of "retaliation" against any fan group that decides to move in on Easter weekend. This piqued my interest, since AD has talked about doing that very thing and we don't see ourselves as drawing from the same fan base as Minicon. (Well, there was that one guy who complained about anime music at the dance Saturday night, but he was definitely in the minority.) In addition, how exactly does he plan to "retaliate" against a bunch of neos who wouldn't be going to any conventions if we hadn't introduced them to such things by throwing AD? Is he not going to sell manga to our members? Refuse to accept flyers for next year's Anime Detour? Silly, but not too amusing. I'll have to ask him about it the next time I see him.

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minionofamiee
Apr. 6th, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC)
What I want to know is what kind of retaliation would come up... especially from what I've heard...

That person complaining about the music was probably the same person that complained about the flashing lights and the loud music coming from Mainstage at 11:00 both nights... >_
wombat_socho
Apr. 6th, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)
Well, that's what puzzles me. What could he really do? Refuse to sell me manga? I look at it this way - we're not looking to cause trouble for anyone, but if Minicon owns Easter, they kinda forgot to cover that when I was going to Sunday School/CCD way back when. I think his comment was intended more for Marscon's benefit than ours, but I do wonder.

I doubt if I'd recognize the name of the complainer, but I have a strong suspicion it was the guy who showed up in the bridge complaining about the DJ playing anime music. Imagine that, anime music at an anime convention's dance. >_
tokenfanboy
Apr. 7th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC)
I don't know who was complaining about the anime music, but a friend of mine (who loves anime music BTW) said the strobe was aggravating an epiletic (sp?) condition of hers. Having gone through that myself as a child, I requested that just the strobe be turned off at one point Saturday night which the DJ readily complied with. The rest of the lights were fine for her.
wombat_socho
Apr. 7th, 2004 07:26 pm (UTC)
Dance post-mortem starts here?
Epileptic, yeah. Makes sense for them to want the strobe off. It was just the one guy - I'd recognize him if I saw him again, but if we move to Easter weekend/opposite Minicon (which I'm now tempted to suggest out of pure spite) we wouldn't see him again. Hm...
tokenfanboy
Apr. 8th, 2004 07:51 am (UTC)
Re: Dance post-mortem starts here?
Technically we wouldn't be actually moving it to Easter. Easter next year just happens to fall on the same weekend as we had it this year. Personally I have no problem with Easter. Apart from the MarsCon and CONvergence room parties I didn't see very many familiar faces from those cons, exlcuding TCAAMS and MinneTokyo members of course. They are two toally different fanbases.
wombat_socho
Apr. 8th, 2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Dance post-mortem starts here?
Unfortunately it looks like a couple of our most favorite guests won't be able to make it if we keep it on the same weekend since they already have prior commitments to other conventions, so we'll have to find another weekend to have AD2k5 on next year...

As far as the fan base goes, I agree with you completely. Except for the handful of us who attend Marscon and CONvergence, there's not much crossover between the AD fan base and the local SF/fantasy fan population.
tokenfanboy
Apr. 9th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
Re: Dance post-mortem starts here?
Keeping the guests is a good thing. We really need to have a special screening of Puni Puni Poemi with Monica. ;) If you thought episode 26 of Excel Saga was out there, you ain't seen nothing yet. I might have to show both that and the commentary at the next MinneTokyo. Does April 24th work for you?
wombat_socho
Apr. 9th, 2004 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Dance post-mortem starts here?
April 24th is good. If her commentary on that is much funnier than what she did on Steel Angel Kurumi Encore, it's going to hurt - but it'll be a good kind of hurt. ^__^
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