Sunday, June 17, 2012
Requests From Me to AniMiniCon Soho 2012
Let’s begin by comparing the first convention, AniMiniCon Soho 2010 to AniMiniCon Soho 2011 followed by thoughts and comments on AniMiniCon Soho 2012 and the convention's future.
From 2010 to 2011, there was a visible increase in attendance at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art, which is always desired. The price for admission increased for 1-day passes and 3-day passes, which is a common practice; from $12 1-day passes to $15 and $30 weekend passes to $35. I do not recall it having online registration for the first convention. However, the second one did; a 3-day pass online was $30, while at the door 3-day passes were $35.
Looking at this year's prices, each pass is increased by a dollar, which makes a 1-day pass $16 and the 3-day pass at most $36. This is not a terrible increase in price, especially when one can save by doing the “SUPER-EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!” pre-registration. It happens to be cheaper than last year's online registration price by $4, which makes that $26. However, if one decides to register between June 16 and August 9, the 3-day pass will be $33, while the door price is $36, which is only sold on Friday, August 10. I am definitely fond of the super early bird bargain price, which is a change that I welcome with open arms. Unless there is not that much interest, I am confident that this will assist in bringing in more attendees. I hope this super early bird discount will be available for future AniMiniCons.
For this year, I would like to see a manga or anime dealer(s), meaning someone who specifically sells manga and/or anime: graphic novels, vintage issues and DVDs. So far, the convention has had handmade products, jewelry and other accessories, lolita fashion clothing, cosplay items, artists' print and original creations, and anime and manga series merchandise for purchase. To have a complete packaged dealer's room, it would need to have a dealer(s) that sells manga and anime series. That is basically the dealer that the convention is missing. However, this all depends on whether or not such a dealer has an interest in having a space at the convention.
In regards to guest appearances, I thoroughly admire their ability to obtain a different variety of guests and rock bands. I do hope that they would continue to do that in the future. However, I do have one request. Instead of having a solo violist with a music recording playing, it would make the classical style more enchanting if we have a string quartet: two violinists, a violist and a cellist. It would be nice to bring in a more fuller live classical feel to the pop/rock music culture environment. Similar to a dealer, it all depends on a musician’s interest and availability.
Lastly, if this event continues to have a growing number of attendees that goes passed the combined maximum capacity of the Soho Gallery for Digital Art, they might want to consider finding another digital art gallery to hold their events. Yes, a digital art gallery, not another usual event space rental or something similar. It is because the digital art feature is what makes AniMiniCon Soho unique compared to other conventions in NYC. We are in the digital era, so might as well continue to embrace it.
So I welcome AniMiniCon Soho 2012 and I wish it much success!
© 2012 Linda Thai
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