What is Hobby-Con?
Hobby-con is an opportunity for everyone to share and celebrate their passions and talents. Many of us have a hobby, a collection, or a skill that we pour our spare hours into, but these devotions tend to stay in a spare room or garage. In some cases, we even hide these things away for fear of people thinking of us as weird or nerdy or obsessed. Hobby-Con wants to change that, bringing all these amazing things out into the spotlight so the whole world can be awed and inspired by them. We want to glorify the do-ers of this world and motivate others to take up a hobby, craft, or past-time of their own!
Can't Make it to Hobby-Con?
We understand, travel is expensive! We hope you'll still consider contributing: A) Because a successful Hobby-Con in California means we can hopefully bring it to more locations in the future. So maybe it's Pasadena, CA in 2014, but it could be Yourtown, YourState in 2016! B) Because we have some great pledge-rewards that you don't need to attend to get, like Pixel Ponies, decals, gift bags (will be shipped if you can't attend :)), personally autographed photos and a signed copy of Genevieve's book that could be worth a lot some day if she ever makes the New York Times Bestseller's list or dies heroically saving scottish fold kittens from a fire.
How is it different than other conventions?
Though there are plenty of hobby conventions, most are focused on a single type of hobby or craft. I want to make a convention that specifically showcases the variety of hobbies out there: A place where anyone who has a deep love or skill for something can show off for the world. A place for toy collectors to get praise for having every edition of their chosen series, brand, or type. A place where doll makers can show off their custom dolls and costuming abilities. A place where world travelers can display and tell the stories of all their memorabilia from across the globe. A place where families can go a see all these wonderful things and be encouraged to start a new hobby of their own. I want to make a place where people are celebrated for the time, energy, and skill they put into their hobbies.
So what are the details?
Now as for the specifics. We think spring is the best time for this convention, but we need some time to get this all together. The plan is to have this take place Spring 2014 in Pasadena, California. The event will feature:
- A large floor exhibition showcasing a variety of collections, models, crafts, etc. of those who apply.
- Classes, workshops, and speakers for various hobbies and art projects.
- Vendors selling items for those looking to start or expand their hobby
- Contests, judging, and prizes for the submitted hobby displays.
- Convention games and events for both exhibitors and attendees.
If we reach our goal, our venue will be the beautiful Pasadena Convention Center: http://www.pasadenacenter.com/ Not only is it a great venue, but it is surrounded by lots of great shopping and attractions so it is a wonderful location for out-of-town visitors.
And what's in it for me?
So if you like what you've heard and want to help, check out the pledge rewards. They feature discounted advance tickets and other special gifts and thank you's for your generosity. (Even a LIFETIME PASS for those of you with deep pockets and gigantic hearts.)
This money will be used to book the venue, organize logistics, publicize the event, and pay for all that nitty-gritty stuff like insurance, event personnel, cleaning fees, security deposits, fire marshal inspections, etc.
Please consider contributing to help make this event happen. The more we receive, the bigger the event can be. Even if you can't make it to Pasadena next spring, the success of this event will allow us to have future conventions in other parts of the country.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to seeing you at the first Hobby-Con!
Orc collection photo from The Neighborhood Waagh: https://www.facebook.com/NeighborhoodWaagh?fref=pb
Risks and challenges
The primary risk and challenge for this event is getting people in the door. This is a first-time event so it is difficult to gauge at this time how many people will either want to exhibit their collections or attend the event. Upon booking the venue, our top priority will be marketing to current hobby enthusiasts. Our convention is dependent on great exhibits and hobbies to showcase so we need to get those people signed up first. From there we can start marketing to the public through local print and sign media, internet advertising, social media, and hobby networks. It will take work, but I believe we have given ourselves sufficient time and done enough research to bring this event together. This Kickstarter will be our first test for how much demand there is for an event like this and hopefully give us adequate means to put together a great experience for everyone.
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