Dates of the convention: This has been mentioned before, but I can reiterate it. The dates of the convention are influenced by a wide variety of factors, but the most important being the dates the convention center are actually available. Easter has three large events going on and due to religious considerations, we feel that it would not be a good time to hold Kawaii Kon. Golden Week is actually incredibly inconvenient for Japanese guests due to the mentality surrounding the holiday; most guests (and especially their agencies) hate doing any type of appearance during the week. I do not see us scheduling Kawaii Kon during Golden Week if at all possible. We will continue to monitor attendance and people's suggestions, but for right now, coinciding the kon with spring break is ideal.
Technical Issues: you are making an assumption that we do not already work with the staffers responsible for setup ahead of time. Unfortunately, we run on a comparatively small base of volunteers for as large of a setup/convention as Kawaii Kon, and we are already working on a new setup plan to alleviate the problems for next year. We do hire a few companies to help with the more complicated issues such as running our 100 amp power drop in main events, but the heart of the show is our staff.
Budgets: It is always amusing to see people comment about how much money the show brings in and how the show should spend its money. We feel that money is best spent into making the show better, so we invest our money into the venue, equipment, and guests. We have an amazing staff who go well above and beyond the call of duty to make this possible and allow for money to not be wasted on impersonal professional contractors. Our staff as a whole has always had the mentality of us putting in extra work in order to save money for adding in better events.
Schedule: I apologize for the last minute shuffling around of events, but again we had to make a decision. We chose to have a full schedule with something going on at all times rather than having large 2 hour gaps of no programming. Overall, I think a little bit of chaos is better than having "dead air," but you are free to think that having less programming is the ideal solution.
1. I am sorry that you are not able to understand our thought process, but you will have to wait and see. An obvious solution that you seem to have missed about adding events to Friday is simply adding an extra room to make this possible. I addressed your thoughts on preparation earlier, but you are inferring an "inside" view of a situation when you clearly do not know all the details.
2. We are always working on making things better, and our events/security are already working on new and innovative ways to efficiently manage autographs. The main thing that needs to be kept in mind is that Guests are human beings and have their own thoughts/desires. Some guests are willing to strictly follow our schedule, but other guests decide to throw us curve balls that we need to dynamically adapt to as best as possible.
3. I mentioned the financial argument earlier, but I think you are making assumptions about something when you do not even seem to know the basic pricing structure of the venue.
4. We were not in a position in years past to coincide with break, and we are taking into account everyone's concerns. Our goal is to provide the best experience to the most possible people, so we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust.
7. We are re-evaluating possible layouts for next year, and we will take this into consideration. We actually have seven different layouts that we are pricing out and looking at currently, and again we will attempt to maximize every dollar spent to make the best possible show.
9. Our events department is taking this seriously, and they will be very clear about the rules and procedures. As long as rules are promulgated and made clear to all involved, I do not think anyone can claim that it is unfair for people being disqualified for not following the rules. If you have questions once the new rules are posted, please ask, and we will make sure it is clarified in a manner that you understand.
I am surprised that someone who has volunteered for so many events has such a narrow minded observation of the show. It again sounds like you have someone giving you incorrect "inside" information or you feel that your experience has given you the ability to understand all shows. I am going out on a limb here, but I assume that you have never volunteered at an anime show held in Hawaii that has over 6000 attendees. Speaking as someone who has volunteered and run shows ranging from technical conferences at google to anime conventions on the mainland that have well over twenty thousand attendees, I can say that Kawaii Kon's structure has improved greatly from the past and that applying the same standard to each show will lead to an uneducated and slanted view.
I really do appreciate all of your feedback in this thread, but I think it is apparent that you have some fairly strong underlying issues and biases regarding the show. If you would like to email me directly about your concerns with the show, please send me a pm or email email@example.com
. Overall though, I think you have been greatly misinformed and have made assumptions that have clouded your view of the show, but you do seem to have some level of intelligence and if you are able to overcome your issues, you would be an asset as a volunteer to make Kawaii Kon even better next year.
Your comments and suggestions are incredibly helpful, and we literally discuss every single post and are making notes/working on implementation or addressing your concerns for future years.