As much as it pains us to admit it, BlasterCON year 2 will have to be pushed to 2015.
Mr. & Mrs. Head Honcho had their first child on Memorial Day 2014, so not only was Baby Emily born on an anniversary of Star Wars, her birthday will just about always fall during FanimeCon, which has got to be auspicious in some way (we keep joking that she will turn out to be the legendary Kwisatz Stafferach, the ultimate convention staffer who will either save or destroy the con universe). As you might imagine, the shock of going from being a DINK geek couple to new parents hasn't been easy on us. Thus far, we've managed to keep the networking and promotion activities going, and are making slow progress on the paperwork and finance end of things.
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Well, we are just about done moving "Beta Test Con" out of the hotel. We would like to reassure everyone that this is not the end for our wacky idea, and we will be back next year.
Our first year has been a real nail-biter, ever since mid-March when we began to have one pre-con staffer after another taken out in rapid succession by either a family or health crisis (or both). Our convention chair pulled down double or triple pre-con duty for months, all on top of his usual day job, and only with the extraordinary support of our Guests and veteran staff was the convention able to avoid going under. With the exception of Exhibits and Panels/Video, nearly everything was ultimately ready to go on time, but that was small consolation as all the last minute activity was impossible to advertise effectively.
Financially, we were structured to survive even a disaster of this magnitude, although it really hurts a lot (especially the squashed pride part). Once it became clear that there would be no last minute stick-save of the attendance numbers our priorities immediately shifted towards laying the groundwork for year 2, which meant executing on everything that was already arranged and honoring all commitments that had been made. Dealers were excused from being expected to set up on Sunday, and we supported every presenter who followed through on their scheduled panel or video showing. All Guest, presenter, and Staff amenities were provided as originally agreed, and we had extensive discussions with many of them about what direction to go from here.
As a result the vast majority of our Guests, presenters, and Staff have already expressed an interest in returning for year 2. We have informed the hotel that we have a short list of critical concerns but are otherwise immediately interested in starting discussions on a contract for 2014. The weekend will be earlier in the year, probably late winter, as the entire month of May is now too full of conflicts, both expected and unexpected, for a unique and admittedly untested concept like ours.
Everyone who purchased paid attendance for this year will be automatically entered into the 2014 registration database, with a free full weekend badge as a thank-you for supporting us with your dollars in spite of the challenges. Once the venue and date for 2014 has been announced, full weekend badges will be available online at an early bird price of $20 each for a limited time (two months) so that everyone who wanted to attend this year, but didn't due to uncertainty, will have a chance to get in on the ground floor for "the real one" next year.
In conclusion, we want to thank everyone who supported us (attendees, guests, dealers, industry, press, the hotel, and last but certainly not least our staff) from the bottom of our hearts. Ultimately, there simply is no BlasterCON without you. Thank you.
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We are arranging more panels and have staffers to get the word out about new panels.
If you are interested in presenting, please contact the Programming department.
Due to a severe issue with the hotel internet, we are declaring Friday to be Badges Optional.
Please check out our trio of Trek panels from 5pm to 8pm!
Join us at 7pm on Thursday May 9th, for a special Red Carpet Preview Event introducing the newest fan convention in Los Angeles. Meet some of your favorite science fiction industry and Hollywood stars during this star-studded event!
BlasterCON is a three-day general SF/Fantasy convention in the Los Angeles area, with a late-70s/80s retro attitude and an emphasis on history, hardware, and practical effects: models, puppets, props, costumes and makeup. It will be held from Friday May 10th through Sunday May 12th, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills.
General hours for the convention are: Noon-10pm Friday, 10am-10pm Saturday, and 10am-7pm Sunday. (Some events run earlier and later.)
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Hosted parking will be provided on Thursday night only. Day event parking on May 10-12 is $7 with validation at the hotel's valet stand.
Convention — Location — Our Staff — Policies
When: May 10-12, 2013 — Where: Warner Center Marriott, Woodland Hills, CA
BlasterCON is a three-day general SF/Fantasy convention, with a late-70s/80s retro attitude and an emphasis on history, hardware, and practical effects: models, puppets, props, costumes and makeup. Register now — Discounts available
Hours for the convention in general are: Noon-10pm Friday, 10am-10pm Saturday, and 10am-7pm Sunday. (Some events run earlier and later.)
Daytime: Vendors, Panels, Workshops, Laser TagNighttime: Music, Game Grid Cafe24 Hours: Vintage Coin-Op Arcade Games, Gaming, Cosplay
2013 Guests of Honor: Makeup Guest of Honor Bill Blair — Practical FX Guest of Honor Cleve Hall — Special Guest of Honor Donald F. Glut — Historian Guest of Honor Larry Nemecek
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