Gateway Comic Con
Gateway Comic Con
The team from Anime St. Louis wishes to throw a second event to further celebrate nerdy interests and bring more guests to the STL area
The team from Anime St. Louis wishes to throw a second event to further celebrate nerdy interests and bring more guests to the STL area Read more
Who We Are
We are the team behind Anime St. Louis, and we wish to throw a second event because one convention a year just isn’t enough.
Our Second Con
Gateway Comic Con will be a locally based, pop culture convention event. Our goal is to bring the values we use for our first show, Anime St. Louis, and apply them to a comic book convention. We want to offer a comic con with more programming, socialization, and is easier to attend than something in a large city. St. Louis, MO has a thriving geeky community that we wish to keep supporting.
Mission Statement and Goals
Comic cons are known for their expo shopping halls and huge guest lineups for signings. Like Anime St. Louis, we want to offer a hand selected lineup of vendors and artists to ensure our attendees are getting the cream of the crop. This means we want vendors who carry quality or harder-to-find items, not bootleg merchandise; artists of all kinds who create fantastic and diverse works, both original and that pay homage to their favorite stories; and booths with activities for attendees to play at and interact with. We want to bring in programming that we’re known for that generally isn’t the main focus at comic con events. We believe programming is a core part of socialization and entertainment at conventions, and we want to bring the geeky community out to have an experience they won’t forget. Programming like speed socialization (both for friends or dating), dances, concerts, a wide range of panels and more! This second event will also allow us to also do things we can’t normally do with Anime St. Louis. We’ll be able to bring in guests who don’t fit the genre(s) of our other show, such as those from more American shows or comics. We’ll also be able to include more vendors & artists, and more activities or exhibits that are better for an expo hall as opposed to closed off in a ballroom.
Year 1 Plan
We’ll be utilizing a familiar venue for our audience and staff, the Gateway Center in Collinsville, IL. We were able to grow Anime St. Louis there, and we know we can grow this event there too. We will be utilizing a part of the Center Hall exhibit space (Dealers & Artists), the LaSalle Ballroom (Special Events), and Conference Wing (Panels & Presentations). By using these spaces, we’ll be able to centralize everything and avoid having a confusing layout for our first year. The event will also be two days to start in order to keep the budget within reason. Our stretch goals will allow our backers to determine if the event will have more space for more content, as well as a potential third day.
Rewards & Reaching Our Goal
The $5,000 from this campaign will do towards the start-up costs for the event, namely venue deposits and initial marketing. We are being realistic and aren’t aiming to make promises we can’t keep in terms of guests, attractions, and physical rewards. With over 12 years of convention running experience, we’ve seen our share of bumps and bruises for promises and realistic goals. We know our limits and what our team is able to do already from our other con.
We're keeping the rewards at mainly just event passes so that the money raised will go solely back into the event's production (save for the Guest Experience Reward, where part of that goes towards our wonderful guest, Kyle Hebert). Cons rely on great attendance to produce great content, and we do not wish to let you guys down!
This campaign isn't just about rising money, it's also seeing how many are interested in seeing this produced. If we're able to go beyond our initial startup funding, then we will know we need to add-on more than initially planned. So for our first stretch goals, we are looking at the following:
$10,000 - Double the Expo Hall space to allow more vendors, artists, and attractions at the show.
$15,000 and over - Add-on additional time to the show itself. This may be as minimal as add-in a day for move-in so we can have more time in the two days planned, or add a whole third day of programming.
Where We See Ourselves in 5 Years
We want this con to grow, just like any other event. Depending on growth, we want to book the entire Gateway Center by year 2 or 3, and then the meeting spaces in the Doubletree by year 3 or 4. We also want to keep the event at this venue; we currently have no plans to move it even if attendance hits a certain point. Would this mean an attendance cap? Hard to say, but we hope not. We’d monitor how the attendance flows and make sure to accommodate as many folks as possible. Admission and booth price would also be kept within reason. We want this to be an affordable convention. We may also move outside of the fall time frame rather than stay there depending on other factors. We aren’t out to be the biggest convention in the country, just a fun outlet for folks to celebrate their nerdy interests at.
Risks and challenges
The show will be produced whether this campaign succeeds or not, but the start-up funding helps us secure resources right at the start rather than having to wait for other income sources. As all the rewards are passes to events, everyone will receive their items in a very timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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