Hey Kickstarter! Welcome to the campaign for a certain Albuquerque convention: Con-Jikan!
Our event, held at the UNM Student Union (open to everyone!) will bring together anime, video games, and geeks of all stripes on the weekend of November 16-17. We couldn't be more pumped for it to finally be taking shape, but we need that last push from this fundraising campaign to ensure Con-Jikan Year-One goes off without a hitch!
Con-Jikan! began a couple years back as a brain-child between myself (Justin) and fellow con-goer Robert Doyle. We were on our way back from FanimeCon in San Jose, CA with the UNM Anime Club carpool and wondering out-loud why Albuquerque didn't have an anime convention of the 10k attendee caliber?
Fast-forward to about a year ago and we begin laying the groundwork for the project that was to become Con-Jikan... We've already done the bulk of set-up, from procuring the venue & guests to allying with local businesses. The convention is all set to go! We just need one, final backer push before we can say it's "in the bag."
You're Still Kickin'?
This is our second Kickstarter campaign, and you may notice some differences from our first one, namely that the goal has been lowered. Does this mean Con-Jikan will be any worse? Not at all.
Our original goal was based on the entire convention budget, which has not changed much. You can see it below.
The current Kickstarter goal is just a fraction of the amount needed to put on the convention. We're able to ask for less because of an increased level of personal contributions made by the staffers and the acquisition of several sponsors (including unmCBA, and Tsuki Mochi maid café).
The money we raise through this campaign will be used to pay our venue costs (security, A/V techs, insurance, contracting) and for Kickstarter rewards fulfillment (T-Shirts, Prints, etc). If we exceed the funding goal, additional donations will go towards strengthening the convention and guaranteeing Con-Jikan Year-Two!
What began as a brainstorm during a con field trip is now a huge project that we've poured hundreds of hours into. We're proud to have come this far, but without your help, Con-Jikan will never reach its full potential!
Con-Jikan welcomes Voice Acting talents Kyle Hebert & Cristina Vee, as well as cosplayers Kenya-Chan & Kyoka Ichinoya! Visit our website above to find out more about our first year invitees!
Con-Jikan will sport a large exhibitor hall with room for dozens of artists and dealers, who will offer a wide-range of gaming and anime-themed merchandise!
Local businesses Gamers Anonymous and Metalogic Computing will head up the Con-Jikan gaming room, which will also feature board games and cardplaying!
With a Masquerade (featuring several divisions and categories) as well as Hall Cosplay awards, Con-Jikan is encouraging of cosplayers of all fandoms to join in the festivities!
With up to four dedicated panel rooms, as well as screening space for anime, A/GMVs and much more, Con-Jikan is primed to give fans a greater understanding (and an even greater time!) of the fandom they are a part of!
Kickstarter Badge Ribbon
We love ribbons. And we love Kickstarter. Watch as we bring the two together in perfect unity! Every backer will get one of these ribbons for each badge included with your pledge reward
Available in two varieties: One depicting bluesy Sora, and the other featuring sparkling Mimi (they're both sparkly, really). Every backer tier gets their choice of one (sometimes both!) and whichever we give out more of will have an effect on this year's overarching theme and signage!
We wouldn't offer a T-Shirt as a reward if we wouldn't proudly display it upon our own sexy bodies. You, too, will look stunning in this minimalist design by our artist Tenmuki, printed on American Apparel 50/50 Poly-Cotton Ts, available in XS-XXL. Or, if you prefer, AA 100% Fine Jersey Cotton Jersey Ts, available in XS-XXXL.
Located just 2 miles from the University of New Mexico, the Eleganté is the official hotel for Con-Jikan Through this Kickstarter, you can get a double or king bedroom and the following amenities:
- Shuttle service to and from the convention
- Two lounge drink coupons for each night you stay
- A hot breakfast buffet for each morning you're a guest
Dinner with Guests
If you wanna be the very best (in our eyes), we will show our gratitude with this unique once-in-a-lifetime invitation for you (and a guest) to dine with the staff and featured guests of Con-Jikan Afterwards, we'll bestow you with a souvenir print featuring yourself and the guests of Con-Jikan Year-One!
$4000 - Ribbon Jikan! Do you know the joys of collecting ribbons? Get us to 4K and we will share them with you! [Badge] ribbons are like IRL Achievements... you could get one for rocking that hall cosplay, or for winning a game tournament, or for just asking the right person! Each ribbon's a souvenir, and you're gonna want to collect 'em all!
Thanks a ton for your support, and even if you can't donate... spread the word and let your friends know! We'll see you this November~
(all images used come from official sources or Wikimedia commons unless otherwise specified. Some cosplay photographs © Aaron Anglin)
Risks and challenges
This Kickstarter is the by-product of LOTS of already-done convention work! So you know we're already working hard to make Con-Jikan! happen, and happen good. But with an event like this, there's always a number of things that could go horribly, horribly wrong...
-Guests could go missing
-Staffers could go missing
-Sephiroth casts meteor
But we have taken measures to minimize the risks! Our guests--even the mysterious one--have already signed contracts, which are rarely broken! Our staffers, being local, are at the mercy of the Albuquerque community, which is notorious for its fake meth lords! And I - just yesterday - began my descent into the Northern Crater to defeat Sephiroth once and for all, so we'll be all set come November!
If anything does go wrong, we assure you that we will be do everything within our earthly power to fix it! Con-Jikan! is our dream project, and we want to make it yours' also!!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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