Sunday, August 15, 2010


We drove down to Columbus on Friday to check out MatsuriCon. This is the third Anime Con we've been to this summer (GarasuNoShiCon 2 & ColossalCon 9), so we've got some observations to share.

I'm not sure if it's a Con thing in general, but the registration line was a complete disaster -- I stood in the hot, crowded line for 90+ minutes. Pro Tip: you need more than two people running the reg table on the first day of a show this size. Alienation of your core audience to harvest e-mail & home addresses is a bad thing. Way too much friction.

Yes, I know, there's always Pre-Reg, but we didn't want to commit until we saw the schedule, which went up about a week ahead of time. We ended up coming a day earlier than we had planned because of that. So pre-reg wasn't an option.

I've been on both ends of this equation, having organized an all-day music workshop/festival and we tried to make entry as quick and painless as possible. Show ID, pay, get your Badge & Goodie Bag, and you were on your way. 30-40 seconds max. We had multiple people running the reg table and the line was always moving. It shouldn't be that difficult.

Anyway -- we had a nice time once the registration was over, visiting the dealer's room, artist alley & game room (although the video room was down, so no anime at the anime con?) and at the Hetalia voice actor panel with Eric Vale, Brina Palencia & Scott Freeman. I await the "pizza delivery horror stories involving thongs" panel next time. ;)

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