Gobble-con was painfully bitter-sweet this year. I had fun, but the turnout was awful. So much so that Gobble-con is now in dire financial trouble. It looks doubtful there will be a third convention… unless something awesome happens soon.
So we have set up a cafepress, full of awesome Gobble-con swag: http://www.cafepress.com/gobblecon
At least have a look, and see how you can get in on being a part of saving this convention. I figure almost all of my readers have at least attended a con, and that’s all well and awesome, but it is entirely different feeling knowing that you have actively taken part in your fandom by proactively supporting a local convention.Local cons, like Gobble-con, are the answer to the increasingly corporate nature of bigger cons, and if you’re like me and gag at the mere site of MTV at conventions, then you owe it to yourself to take part in this.
I really WANT this con to come back, and want it to be bigger and better than before. There is an almost tangible “familial” aura to it that is simply not possible with bigger anime cons. It’s nice knowing the staff by name, and knowing they are doing it for the right reasons. They all have worked tirelessly to make fellow fans feel welcome, but their defeated expressions on Sunday evening were truly heart-wrenching. The issues caused by the poor turnout has drastically affected the staff both financially and personally.
If you’ve enjoyed Gobblecon either last year or this year, then please give back. Or if you simply like attending cons run purely (emphasis on PURELY, not a Gamestop/MTV/HBO/etc logo in sight) by fans for fans, then please help out.
Oh and btw….
If it does come back, please please please NOT in f’n Stamford. My GPS had a really difficult time locating the hotel, and Sunday I almost rage-quitted on going as I got hopelessly lost, struggling to manuver around roadblock after roadblock because of some silly parade and the construction being done in the area.
Again, link is here: http://www.cafepress.com/gobblecon
Let’s keep this great con alive.
– Furry Senpai Mikekun
Recently I lamented about my experience at NY Comic Con. Again, to briefly reiterate, it wasn’t that it was a bad con, far from it. It was the epitome of what a “mega-con” should look like, which is all well and good, but for claustrophobic shy people like yours truly, it simply isn’t for them.
Instead I prefer smaller cons with staff that actually give a shit. For their second year, the Gobble-con staff has pulled it together to provide people with a con that has that “communal” spirit that’s so woefully lacking with the big boys. I just got back from day two, and really enjoyed myself thus far. Everything I wanted to do/see, I was able to do, and staff frequently circulated to help out us vendors/press/artists. I am especially grateful for the opportunity I had today to interview Tiffany Grant, the voice of Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion. This was indeed a dream, if I were to go back in time and tell my teenage self that I’d someday sit and chat, in person, with Asuka’s English voiceactor, I wouldn’t have believed it. She was a spectacular interview, and we discussed a number of Eva related things, while touching on some other areas of her lengthy professional resume, from other voice acting roles, script writing, and recent independent film projects. Be sure to look for it in our Spring Issue.
Now I really wish that I could say that everything is going well for the staff of Gobble-con… oh how I wish I could honestly say that. I remember the heartfelt ending ceremony of last year, and how thrilled the Gobblecon staff was at the sterling turnout for their first year. This year, anticipating an even higher turnout, they moved from Milford to Stamford, into a location more suitable for their estimated attendance.
Sadly, the attendance this year has not been nearly as great as last year. Matters have been made worse by the douche-baggery of the hotel in charging the Gobble-con staff with extraordinary fees that were not made contractually explicit This means… that this could be Gobble-con’s final year. Everyone here at Senpai hopes that this isn’t so. We began our revolution at Gobble-con last year, as it was our very first con as a company. They gave us a shot when no other con would, and we’ve been extremely grateful to this day.
So how can you help? Simple. Hopefully you see this sometime Sunday morning, and are up for some fun at a relatively local con. You can register at the hotel and have an awesome Sunday, Granted, registering at a con can be a pain due to lines, but I can assure you that there will NOT be a line at all… sadly.
The address: 2701 Summer St. Stramford CT. Go there, play some games (MK, Call of Duty, UMvC3, and more) for prizes, play pachinko, check out a panel or two from Tiffany Grant or Rob Axelrod (voice of THE Lord Zedd of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and troll us ^^
If nothing else, check out their site: http://www.gobble-con.org, and contact them directly with what you’d like to see in your ideal con. They read all of their email and are extremely attentive to the fanbase. Or, if you were at the first gobble-con, post in your facebook/twitter your favorite gobble-con memory.
Gobble-con is a very rare type of con. It is limited in its size and resources, but has plenty of heart. Unfortunately, it may be dying before it ever really got going. As fans, we simply cannot allow this to happen. I apologize for the rambling nature of this post, it’s 1:30 am, im really really tired, but needed to rant some before bed.
– Furry Senpai Mikekun
Just a quick note. I’ve been really busy lately, three jobs plus this magazine so I havent been able to update as much as I’d like.
Going to Gobble-con now! Will have a post-con update when it’s over.
Furry Senpai Mikekun