Oni-Con 2006 final impressions
<![CDATA[Now that I've had a week to reflect about Oni-con and get caught up with all the stuff that I ignored during that weekend, there are a few comments I can make. Attendance was 4000-4500; about 1000 more than last year. The ‘con was short-staffed. Really. Could have used more security, more registation personnel. There needed to be actual communication between Con Ops, Security headquarters, Registration and the Green Room. Even designated runners would have helped if phone or radio wasn’t an option (but see above, not enough staff). There needed to be better communication with potential staff and tentative staff schedules ready at least a month before the ‘con. Security didn’t get an email until about a week before, and there were no schedules for where and when security would be needed that I’m aware of. After-hours registration was a mess. Security had a box of pre-reg badges sent up when the registration tables closed, but the badges were sorted in order by confirmation number. Nobody HAD their confirmation number. We spent about ten minutes per person sorting through badges to find them for the people who came late; we had nothing to correlate names with confirmation numbers to find them easier. Con Ops being in a separate building from the convention was confusing, at best, and potentially disasterous at worst. Registration had people coming to get volunteer, press, and industry badges and most of registration staff had no clue about these “special” circumstances, all of which should have been handled by Con Ops. The dealer’s room seemed to be a bit…limited… in selections, and short a few vendors. I think the food situation with the George R. Brown and Aramark may have had a little something to do with that, though. The stage lighting in Main Programming left a LOT to be desired, and at times make seeing presenters and cosplayers difficult, as well as making photography…well…interesting. Granted, it wasn’t all negative. I was able to attend several Voice Actor panels, and had a great time listening to the actors and actresses answering questions in their own spectacular ways. What I watched of the walkon Cosplay was mostly excellent. From a security op’s standpoint, congoers were mostly cooperative and usually willing to comply with requests from staff. Most people put up with scheduling snafus and delays with little outward complaining, and appeared to leave the convention center in clean condition, picking up after themselves and not leaving trash around. I also have to give thanks to the George R. Brown staff, who was attentative to not just trash pickup, but providing water coolers to the staff rooms and generally showing a pride in their facility that just wasn’t there at Park/Grand Plaza last year. All in all, I think that Oni-Con 2006 went off well. The band, 12012, was well received (although not my kind of music), the guests were great, and the congoers generally seemed to enjoy themselves. Many thanks and applause for the ‘con adminstration, especially Lee, for their hard work. Next year will be even better — If you’re reading this, bring a friend or two or three, and introduce them to the wonders of Anime!]]>
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