I have had such a busy few months! I think most of my time is spent on the phone with companies, going to other cons, or coordinating on-site activities.
We are forming a con-staffer MAFIA that spans most of the northeast and generally raising the bar all over. Being able to have a friendly relationship with most other events is really exciting because you teach each other different ways of thinking. THIS RIGHT HERE is how the scene gets better. This here is how we put GOOD THING back into our lives!
I never complain unless I am prepared to do something about it. Well here it is and there i be. I’m LIKE POPEYE WITH A CHAINSAW OH BOY YEAH!
The fans are strong! The scene has indeed been hit by the economic downturn, but the fans still organize these great shows – which BTW, if you care about fandom and the arts, you should be supporting your local independently run convention verbally if you can’t support them financially. Can’t afford to go? Bargain admission cost with them if you volunteer to staff in return. There are so many great way to make your mark.
These events are all started by people like you and me – now that I have my own convention I understand very clearly all of the logistics that go into them and how hard all of the staff of each event works to make it happen. Just as I was and still am a vocal advocate of cons treating webcomics and artists better, I am now also an advocate of artists realizing how hard these con staffers work. It surely give you a great perspective when you have worked on both sides. I HIGHLY recommend every artist volunteer as staff at least once and every staff member work a table at least once at an event.
Things with Intervention are smoking along nicely. Each week there are more big things popping up. I spend a large amount of time on telecons with companies figuring out how I can best help them reach their goals. That’s why I’m so good at the sponsorship thing- I really get in there and work my butt off for them.
Foam Brain Games, 4Imprint, Think Geek, Squishable, LH Productions, and Toy Vault have returned. Newcomers for this year are WACOM, who is giving me Intuous4 tablets and iPad styluses (styli?) to give away at Intervention and Smith Micro who is giving me a bunch of copies of Manga Studio Debut and EX and Anime Studio Debut and Pro to give away at the con.
This is just the start. I am already working with companies to get feedback from them to figure out how I can improve and serve their goals better.
My end goal isn’t me getting a jaunty yacht covered in diamonds or a Flaming Crown of Awesome. The way I stay focused is envisioning being able to hook up my staff and supporters and help other cons where possible. The people backing me up are really the investors in the idea. These are the people who look at me and said, “Hey this is crazy, but Oni might just pull this off.” These are the people who stood the hell up when I truly needed it.
There are 2 kinds of people on the planet. There are people who will stand up when you need it and people who will flap their gums at you and sit down. I cannot wait until I can make this the best that it can be so that the former knows how much I appreciate them.
P.S. REGISTER NOW for my awesome con. Because holy moly, it’s going to take EPIC up to another notch this year. And by the by – if you are attending, you have the power to shape our programming. Suggest your panel ideas here.
Oni Harstein is an New Jersey-based entrepreneur that is obsessed with Marketing, Art, and Technology. Please direct all business inquiries or technology review requests to the "Contact" tab on the top nav bar.
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