*taps mic* Is this thing on?
Ahem. Well, this is my first LJ entry of 2014. Oops? Whatever, you guys know I live on tumblr now. And in case you didn't --> MY TUMBLR
But hey ... who's still hanging out on ye olde LJ? Anyone? Bueller?
WELL. If anybody is still here you've heard me talk about wincon before. I've been going to Wincon since 2007 and it is hands down the best part of my year every year. Because I stuck around long enough and they decided they might as well make use of me if they couldn't get rid of me, I'm now PR chair on the con committee. So sit yourself down while I do some relating to the public. i.e. you lovely people.
Wincon is a 100% volunteer-run con. All of us on the con comm pay for our own registration. All the money taken in goes straight into making an awesome con - hotel fees, swag bags, A/V equipment, etc etc ad nauseum. And up through 2014 we've been pretty self sustaining. Each year's registrations pretty much pay for the con with maybe a few dollars left over to replenish some supplies for the next go round. Or not. Depends on the year really.
But that is coming to an end. With about 100 people, the con is just too expensive to sustain itself. It's too expensive for registration, meaning attendance is dropping. And that's because it costs more per person to run a smaller con than a (slightly) larger one. So, good news! We're growing! To make registration cheaper for everyone and to be able to offer more awesome con fun all at the same time, Wincon needs to grow to about 250-300 people. That's not a huge leap, but it does mean we need a lot of new blood.
To make sure that we have the interest and the funding for a larger con, we're running registration through Indiegogo this year. If we reach our funding goal, Wincon is on! Happy fun times for everyone! If we don't, well, Wincon will be but a fond memory and I will be a very sad internet kitty. I think Wincon deserves to live on, and I'm asking you all to help me out with making that dream a reality.
Why do I believe Wincon deserves to live on? Because there's almost nothing else like it out there. It's a giant fan slumber party. It's a chance to talk meta and squee and porn and whatever your geeky little heart fancies for a whole weekend. It's the internet in real life. It's where I've made some of my very best friends in fandom, and I know I'm not alone in that. I love Wincon precisely because it's not celebrity/creator focused like the bigger cons. You won't run into any celebrities or showrunners here, but you might meet some of your favorite fic authors and fan artists. Wincon is, quite simply, all about fans and fandom. And that's all fandoms. Wincon has been multi-fandom since 2010 and we've never looked back. Whatever it is you love, someone else does too.
Okay, that's my soapbox on why Wincon is great. So how can you help?
Well, money would be nice. The most obvious thing is that you can buy your registration for 2015. Registration this year is just $55! What a steal! You can also add on your prom tickets and/or awesome swag. And boy do we have some awesome swag. Daunt, Cathybites, Spaggel, Ordinaryink, and Aggybird have all created custom, limited edition Wincon Heroes. You can only get your hands on their amazing art through our Indiegogo campaign. It comes on buttons, post cards, and all together on a poster created by ignited. Here's a sneak peek!
But the fun doesn't stop there! If you can't join us and the heroes aren't your thing (but let's be serious, they're everyone's thing) we also have some fantastic artists offering commissions and a bunch of custom made fan crafts. Come by the campaign to check them out!
Okay, guys. That's pretty much my spiel. Wincon is great. I want it to keep being a thing that happens. Help me out? And if you're super broke like me, can you at least spread the word?
OKAY LOVE YOU ALL MWAH!
*dissapears back into the mists of the tumblrsphere*
- SAVE WINCON 2015