elessa: (cci)
i learned today that something i tried to have implemented for nearly ten years is finally going to occur at the comic-con this year. i have always felt it unfair that people could park their butts in a chair in a program room when it opened in order to guarantee themselves a seat for a panel occurring later in the day.

what happens is there are people filling seats in panels they couldn't give a rat's ass about seeing. they tend to talk with their friends through the panel, read, sleep and generally not participate. they are disrespectful of the panel members in a sense they aren't there to support the purpose of the program. in the meantime there will be a line outside of people waiting who would like to be in the panel, but can't be because the room is full... ofttimes with those who only want to be in the room for a later program. people will rush to find a seat at 11:00 a.m. for a panel they want to see at 4:00 p.m.

each year i would ask at executive meetings why couldn't the panels in the "big" rooms, i.e. the 6 quad (6ABCD), 20 and hall H be cleared between panels. i was told it wasn't possible. there were too many people to try to turn a room around for another panel. excuse me? i was responsible for clearing a 462,000 sq ft room holding over 30K people each night and getting it completely empty in fifteen minutes or less. so i didn't buy the argument i was given.

well, this year things are going to be different.

there will be a fifteen minute break between programs in those rooms in order to clear them for the line outside to enter to fill for the next panel.

it is about freaking time.

i hope they get it right.
elessa: (wyveri)
for the last two weeks i have been trying to make at least one, if not two trips to my storage unit in order to empty it. the costs per month are beyond reasonable any longer. i am to the point i need to hijack someone with a truck as the items remaining are too large to fit into my vehicle.

as i bring home boxes of miscellany i have been opening each, sorting, organizing and consolidating contents, then resealing the boxes.

in one of the boxes i opened tonight were a variety of trophies for costume masquerades i have competed in. i want to document what they were before i place them into the dumpster. this place is as good as any!

1989 - Comic Con International: San Diego - Best in Show
1993 - ConDor: San Diego - Best in Show
1995 - Comic Con International: San Diego - Judge's Choice
1996 - ConDor: San Diego - Best ReCreation
1997 - Comic Con International: San Diego - Best Original Design
1997 - ConDor: San Diego - Best in Show
1998 - WesterCon 61: San Diego - Best in Show
1998 - ConDor: San Diego - Best Presentation
1999 - NASFIC: Los Angeles - Best in Show
2000 - ConDor: San Diego - Judges' Choice
2002 - ConDor: San Diego - Best Presentation

i could have sworn there was another Best in Show for comic con, but if there wasn't a duplicate trophy made i can't remember when it was for the life of me.

hadn't realised i haven't competed since 2002 when i last entered comic con's masquerade. sadly, no trophy was awarded for the presentation that year.
elessa: (bats)
every year with regard to the comic-con, i hear a litany of complaints about it not being a comicbook convention.

i try to explain every year that it isn't solely a comicbook convention, nor has it ever been since the very first.

here is a quote from bill lund, one of the founders of the san diego comic-con thirty eight years ago.

Regarding mention of the con being too big and not concentrating solely on comics, well, I had this very discussion with several con attendees last week. From its inception, the con had always focused on comics, science fiction and films. In fact, if anyone has the earlier program books — which, sadly, I no longer have, myself — when the con was known as Golden State Comic Con or West Coast Comic Con, there were three circles in the logo that featured each subject as mentioned. Our featured guests in those earlier years, besides such luminaries from the comics world like Jack Kirby, Mike Royer, Russell Myers, Russ Manning, and Neal Adams, included Ray Bradbury, A.E. van Vogt, Forry Ackerman, Kirk Alyn, George Pal, Bob Clampett, June Foray, Edmund Hamilton, Leigh Brackett, and Frank Capra. We even had Chuck Norris demonstrating martial arts. Therefore, San Diego's convention, under whatever name it used at the time, featured various artists from each field of interest.

It was George Lucas and Charles Lipincott who had the foresight to showcase Star Wars at the con that showed the rest of Hollywood — eventually — how important the Comic Con could be to their films and tv shows.


the mission statement for the convention is as follows:

MISSION STATEMENT:
Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.


doesn't say that the convention is solely for comicbooks... but rather it is for the promotion of the popular arts as influenced by comics.
elessa: (wyveri)
hmmmm... in an hour it will be february. damn, but time moves quickly. calendar says it is less than six months until, ack! a little convention in san diego for the popular arts aka san diego comic-con.

comic-con needs you! )
the work is hard. oh man, it is hard... but, it is very rewarding too. heh, hence why i keep coming back for more. you would think i would have learned by now.

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