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20
Aug

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 Tom Baker joins (Re)Generation Who Doctor Who Convention’s guest lineup via Skype

Today was a big news day for Onezumi Events. For over 5 years now I have been supporting and running cons that help the community. I’ve done it often at my own expense if I feel that is the right thing to do. It is not easy. I am happy to say that all of these years of being nice no matter what are starting to pay off. Our reputation precedes us and allows us to continue to be the Innovators we are in every aspect of our events.

First and foremost, it’s all based in love. Love of fandom and love of community. Nothing is worth doing unless it brings people together and can help people in some way. Our charitable efforts alone show that. I hope to make that even bigger in the coming years.

Tom Baker has not done a con in the USA since I can remember but he will be joining us FROM THE FUTURE on Skype at (Re)Generation Who Sat, Mar 28 from noon-1:30.

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This panel and all of our main panels are available to all who register for the con. We do not upcharge for panel programming. However pre-registered attendees ONLY can buy a LIMITED NUMBER of Mr. Baker’s autographed (Re)Generation Who commemorative photos @ $80. This is a ReGen-EXCLUSIVE photo and design that you can’t get anywhere else.

If you already pre-registered you can upgrade and add this option here.

If you haven’t pre-registered yet, I advise you do so immediately and add this option because they are already selling fast.

Mr. Baker’s photos will not be for purchase at the con as they are made on demand by him and shipped to us before the con. Sales of photos will end by Feb. 15th if they do not sell out before then. There are no refunds on autographed photos,

all caps, guys – THIS MAY SELL OUT. THE PHOTOS MAY SELL OUT. THE ROOM BLOCK IS OVER HALF SOLD OUT IN JUST A MONTH OF BEING LIVE. GET IT NOW.


19
Aug

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 Meet me at Intervention 5 in Rockville, MD this Fri – Sun!

If you are a fan of what I do in any way, shape, or form, you’d best get to Intervention in Rockville, MD this Fri – Sun for Intervention. Internet + Convention. It’s here to Intervene and Inspire. This is my convention that I created, The idea was to be like an SXSW experience but for people of all tax brackets.

Intervention is a 3 day art festival mixed with video gaming, board gaming, costuming, networking, and knowledge sharing. We also have an amazing Children’s Program where parents can learn with their kids.

If you just love cool stuff, come and experience the art festival and play some video games or humans vs zombies LARP. You won’t find a more welcoming community.

If you want to learn how to blog, make art, or use emerging tech there is no better place. We have over 72 hours of education taught by people who are actually doing these things. You can just walk up to people like myself and ask questions. We are here specifically to help you. I am available all weekend to hang out with anyone at the event but I also have these talks scheduled:

6PM Friday: Panel Room 1:
It Needs To Be Discussed: Harassment, Drama, and Fandom Failures–We Can Do Better
Panelists: Harknell, Gil Cnaan, Oni Hartstein, Dave Ghoul

7PM Friday: Large Panel Room:
COMICS REHAB: Overcoming Creative Depression
Panelists: Liz Staley, Oni Hartstein

10AM Saturday: Large Panel Room:
Real Talk: Oni’s Marketing Secrets
Panelists: Oni Hartstein

1PM Sunday: Large Panel Room:
Blogging For Fun and Profit
Panelists: Matt Blum, Oni Hartstein, Nicole Dieker, David Pescovitz

If you can’t go, please donate. It does a lot to help me do this at such an accessible cost.


21
Jul

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 Success means you are going to be called a “pompous jerk” and that’s OK

For my entire life I’ve been the person who would politely deny every comment given to me. I was painfully shy because the second I said anything someone was always there to tell me to be quiet.

Everyone encounters this but traditionally women are usually hit harder by this. Hey, I was raised Catholic. It’s practically built into the curriculum.

I remember the first year of Intervention. I walked into the large panel room and about 100-200 people erupted into applause. I had done it. I had made an event that no one thought would work into something that everyone there loved – both the attendees and the staff. Someone called out for everyone to applaud me. The sound was thunderous.

I made an awkward face, ducked my head, and slinked out of the room as if I had just committed the worst failure of my life.

Sometime later in the year I broke down into tears and wailed for hours non-stop. Hours. I was inconsolable. Why? Because I was convinced that I was a loser. All Harknell could do was hold me until I finally had no energy left to make another anguished squeak. My entire torso hurt for days.

But still.

Against opposition and personal financial hardship and everything else – we still made it happen again. And again. Most events don’t get more than 1 year. This year is our 5th anniversary. We are already planning Intervention 6 and I just started my second event – (Re)Generation Who: The Doctor Who Convention for Every Generation.

For my entire life I’ve been told to minimize my accomplishments. That’s why I still walk around feeling like a loser. I know it’s wildly insane, but there it is.

I have been trained to set goals that make no sense and always equal failure because I never accept the success. It’s impolite. Of course I was also trained to never accept a compliment and always minimize anything that I do.

This is over.

I am not doing it anymore.

At this point in my life I would rather be up front with everyone about who I am and what I do than take one more step toward belittling myself at my own expense. It’s old.

I’ve beaten myself until bloody. I’ve been harder on myself than any person has a right to ever be to anyone. I’ve literally injured myself and pushed myself into debilitating depression over it.

I am going to relax and be a confident, successful business owner. This means that inevitably people will come out of the woodwork trying to cut me down. Women aren’t supposed to be confident or accomplished. I can actually tell you that the first day I tried this it happened within hours.

I didn’t give a fuck.

My response is simple – tough shit. I refuse to beat myself up anymore. I will not let anyone convince me otherwise. I am going to try and take compliments correctly and own the success that I have earned.

Not bought. Not given. EARNED.

It’s about being able to say, “I did this. I’m proud of it. Thank you.”

That’s hard for me.


16
Jul

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 Bad times mean that you just have to work harder but it’s worth it

Geez. I’ve had 3+ weeks of awful. First I got informed that I had something growing inside my thyroid. Then Harknell was in the ER, then his Mom was in critical condition in the hospital and then his best friend was in the ER. I finish what is hopefully the last of my tests tomorrow to find out WTF is up with me. During all of this and while working full time jobs we still managed to launch a big Doctor Who convention in Maryland with Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. Thanks to Harknell for doing some of this work from the god damn ER!! Geez.

I am sorry that I have been making less blog/art stuff for a few weeks. It’s been…a time.

We also brought home a lot of loose ends for the planning of Intervention: The Premier Showcase of Online Creativity. That’s my first convention which takes place for the 5th time this Aug. 22-24 in Rockville, MD. We still need your help with registrations and donations to fund us. We are not a big company. We are just a husband and a wife with lots of great volunteers hwo believe in the idea.

We need you to check it out and/or donate and let us send you swag, it would go a long way to helping us bring knowledge to everyone. Your contributions directly help. For example, we just sold 2 ads for our con book that decrease the amount I personally have to pay to get the con books printed.

(Want an ad? Hook it up here. Now. Publication deadline is soon.)

I plan to do at least 1 major talk on marketing for indie artists/authors/artists.

This is NOT a final draft because idk how many Q&As I can do in one weekend while running the con, but it will go something like this:

Oni’s Secrets to Real Marketing for Real People:

Oni Hartstein has been making art since 2003 and blogging since 2006. Her blog has over 6000 unique readers per day and is well-known for it’s excellent coverage of haunted attractions. From this platform she designed, built, and manages both InterventionCon and (Re)Generation Who from the ground up. She’s been featured on Wired, The Washington Post, CNN, and a ton of other places. During the day she manages over 3 million dollars in marketing campaigns – a job she got because of the first part of this paragraph.

This is an informal discussion where she talks about everything she did to get to where she is and how you can use the same techniques on your own business. There will be no buzzwords or scenarios that you have to be a lucky fairy princess to achieve. Real Talk. Nothing is held back. Attendees OF THIS PANEL ONLY can book a 10 minute Q&A to get feedback and pointers about your specific small business needs at any time by signing up at con ops. Spaces are limited. Yes it’s free because you already paid to get into the con. Thank you for that. You rock. You are why we can offer this.

Intervention is all about Intervening and Inspiring everyoen who attends. A fun weekend where you can learn or share what you love with the community. So many great projects came out of it – one of which is my Doctor Who convention, but there are hundreds more.

I’d by lying if I said things were easy, but that means that I have to just work harder to make things the best. Too many people get frustrated and get bitter over setbacks. That’s some weak shit.

My experiment about just doing the right thing even at my own expense seems to be working. Someone could kick me in the vagina and I would still be fair about hitting them over the head with a chair.

And soon, it will be Haunted Attraction Review season. Yeaaaaa.


07
Jul

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 MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: I just started my second convention, (Re)Generation Who: The Doctor Who Celebration for Every Generation in Cockeysville, MD this Mar. 27-29, 2015

I love how when I started Intervention in 2010 people thought I was crazy and told me so. We do such an awesome job on Intervention that literally no one is verbalizing that this time. We bring it.

I am honored to be working with the 6th Doctor, Colin Baker and many more Doctor Who celebrities TBA on the Mid-Atlantic’s major Doctor Who convention, (Re)Generation Who this March 27-29, 2015!.

Please share this news now, because even over the holiday our website was being hammered. We already have many VIP levels sold INCLUDING the Time Lord level.

We expect this event to sell out.

The staff that raised the bar on cons with Intervention is now bringing that same love and level of quality and community to the DW Fandom! Artist and vendor applications are live NOW.

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