Imagine Con is a nonprofit multi-fandom convention planned for October 3-5, 2014 at the Spartanburg (SC) Expo Center. Read more
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About this project
What is Imagine Con?
Imagine Con is a family-friendly, multi-fandom (comics, science and science fiction, fantasy, horror, anime, literature, cosplay, steampunk...) convention planned for the first weekend of October 2014 in Spartanburg, SC. We are a SC nonprofit corporation founded to promote education around science fiction and fantasy as portrayed in the media arts, and we want to use this convention as the primary means to accomplish that goal while also supporting the community and creating a great event that will establish Spartanburg as a viable market for similar conventions.
By donating to our Kickstarter, you are supporting this goal and getting some great items in the process!
What makes Imagine Con different from other conventions?
Imagine Con will not only be the first large-scale convention of this type in Spartanburg, but will have many other features that set it apart from other cons. Being a nonprofit chartered for educational purposes, Imagine Con will try to bring in guests that educate as well as entertain. In addition to standard discussion panels, we want to have panels geared toward hands-on experiences that let you learn valuable skills. Of course, all the standard convention elements will be there- vendors, costumes, great guests, and an awesome atmosphere.
Imagine Con is being built from the ground up to incorporate the best aspects of other cons while avoiding their mistakes. We have been going to cons for 25+ years, and there are certain things we have run across that we feel detract from the con experience such as long lines, terrible food, poorly planned venue space, expensive parking and hotels, etc. that we feel are absolutely avoidable with the right planning. Because of this, we have selected a great venue in the Spartanburg Expo Center with free parking, lots of local dining and hotel options, and room to grow with us.
Our goal is to make Imagine Con an awesome experience from start to finish so you will leave with great stories and plans to come back every year.
We also want to give you a voice in shaping the convention. Through social media such as Facebook and Twitter, we will be getting input on all aspects of the convention, including guests, activities, contests, etc.
We also are very passionate about giving back to the community, as our partnerships with local organizations will show. We think having a convention of this type is awesome for the community, and we have seen firsthand the impact it can have from a financial and social perspective. It might seem silly, but we want to make sure that after the con is over, Spartanburg is a better place.
What's in it for me?
We are offering great discounts for both attendees and sponsors for believing in us early and committing to be a part of Imagine Con.
- You have been to other cons and enjoyed them but wished some things were handled better--
- This is your first con and you want a great experience--
- You are a vendor and are looking for the perfect location to connect with your target audience at an awesome price--
- You are a business looking to get your name out there to a great demographic who are passionate about fun--
- You are anywhere in the Southeast and are looking for a something unique to do for a weekend--
Imagine Con is for you!
Please support us in reaching our goal of bringing a great convention to Spartanburg!
WEEK 1 UPDATE:
We have been working really hard the past week to promote Imagine Con and the Kickstarter.
We have not had any response to date from local media outlets, which has been disappointing, but we are in the middle of several "grass roots" efforts to get the word out to online media and high profile fans in the hopes we will gain more momentum. We are also engaging some vendors that we have seen at other cons (collecting all those business cards finally paid off!) in the hopes we can get some of them on board.
We also wanted to add some information around the finances of the convention. Here is a high level breakdown of how the costs stack up:
You will notice there is no breakout for salaries. That is because there are none. None of the staff, including the Directors, are making ANY money from the con. We are only looking to cover expenses, and ALL of the money we make over and above that will go to future cons.
This is a labor of love, both for our community and the convention experience.
SPONSORSHIP PRICE DROP!
We have lowered the prices on our Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Sponsorships in an effort to make them more accessible to small business who want to take part.
Sponsorships now start at just $250 and at the highest level are only $750, which is a HUGE bang for your advertising buck.
We have been hard at work this week based on response and feedback, and we have been able to have some services donated and negotiate some costs for Imagine Con. Because of this, we will be able to make Imagine Con a 3-DAY convention if we meet our $35,000 original goal! That means everyone who buys a ticket and every vendor will get the benefit of a Friday-Sunday convention running October 3-5, 2014.
Because of this, we have removed our previously-stated stretch goals, although we will re-establish some if we trend toward exceeding our goal.
Thanks to all who have made this possible, but make no mistake, the time to act is NOW! If you want to support us and get tickets at CRAZY prices, select your reward level TODAY. If you have already gotten your tickets and want to make sure we can have Imagine Con in Spartanburg, we need your help in spreading the word!
Risks and challenges
Putting on a convention is a daunting challenge, primarily from a financing perspective. There are literally dozens of conventions who have fallen apart due to lack of funding, some at the last minute, many leaving the planned attendees and vendors fighting to get their money back. This obstacle is why we established a Kickstarter, so we are held accountable to deliver what we say and you know that the funds are there to ensure our success.
Another obstacle is getting celebrity guests to a convention. This is especially hard in locations that are not big cities with direct flights from the major entertainment centers. It is a Catch 22--you can't land celebrity guests until they know you are solid and well attended, you can't get attendees until you start advertising guests. By contributing to the Kickstarter and planning to attend, you establish that we have the funding and the interest and we can leverage that to bring major celebrities to the area.
We will also mix that up with quality guests who are NOT as well known, but who we know from experience have established fan-bases and great fan interactions. Round that out with fan groups that give their all to their respective fandoms, and you have a great experience!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
SUPPORTER--Those who give at this level, besides the satisfaction of knowing that you helped bring Imagine Con to Spartanburg, will have a voice in shaping the convention and will be listed as Supporter on our website.Estimated delivery:
GOLD SUPPORTER--Those giving at this level will be will have a voice in shaping the convention and will be listed as Gold Supporter on our website AND in the Imagine Con printed program!Estimated delivery:
7 backers Limited (243 left of 250)
EARLY BIRD--LIMITED TO THE FIRST 250! Those who are "quick on the draw" and contribute at this level will get admission to Imagine Con FOR THE DURATION OF THE 2014 CON! This is already a great deal, but if we meet our stretch goals and become a 3-day convention, this will be the DEAL OF THE CENTURY! In addition, you will be processed in a special EARLY BIRD line at Imagine Con to minimize your wait.Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (2500 left of 2500)
CON SOLO--Those who give at this level get admission to Imagine Con FOR THE DURATION OF THE 2014 CON! Again, this could turn into a 3-DAY pass if we meet our stretch goals, but is a great deal regardless. You will also get to be in the preregistration line.Estimated delivery:
3 backers Limited (997 left of 1000)
DYNAMIC DUO--Donate at this level and get admission for you AND a friend to Imagine Con FOR THE DURATION OF THE 2014 CON! For being willing to bring a pal, we will also throw in Imagine Con lanyards for you both and you get to be in the preregistered line as well.Estimated delivery:
1 backer Limited (99 left of 100)
FANTASTIC 4-PACK--This is a GREAT deal! FOUR admissions for you AND three friends to Imagine Con FOR THE DURATION OF THE 2014 CON! Bring the entire family, you and three buddies, whomever you want. You will also all get lanyards and get to be in the preregistered line too!Estimated delivery:
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GOLD SPONSOR--Those who give at this level get a quarter-page ad in the Imagine Con program PLUS listing as a sponsor in the program and website! You also get TWO tickets to use as promotional giveaways!Estimated delivery:
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VENDOR TABLE--Got cool stuff to sell? Imagine Con is the place! Donate at this level and get a vendor table and two chairs and a 10- by 10-foot area to display your wares PLUS TWO Vendor admissions FOR THE DURATION OF THE 2014 CON! You must have a valid SC Business License and all vendors are subject to approval and must sign a vendor agreement. Electrical drops available for an extra $25 and must be arranged in advance.Estimated delivery:
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TWO VENDOR TABLES--These are for people with a LOT of cool stuff to sell! Donate at this level and get two vendor tables and four chairs and a 10- by 20-foot area to display your wares PLUS four Vendor admissions FOR THE DURATION OF THE 2014 CON! All vendor terms above apply.Estimated delivery:
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GOLD VENDOR--Those who give at this level get everything included with the Two Vendor Tables package PLUS a quarter-page ad in the Imagine Con program PLUS listing as a sponsor in the program and website! All vendor terms above apply.Estimated delivery:
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PLATINUM SPONSOR--Those who give at this level get a HALF-page ad in the Imagine Con program PLUS listing as a sponsor in the program and website AND your image on other print materials (posters, shirts, etc.)! ! You also get FOUR tickets to use as promotional giveaways!Estimated delivery:
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DIAMOND SPONSOR--Those who give at this level get a FULL-page ad in the Imagine Con program PLUS listing as a sponsor in the program and website AND your image on other print materials (posters, shirts, etc.)! ! You also get SIX tickets to use as promotional giveaways!Estimated delivery:
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PLATINUM VENDOR--LIMITED TO JUST SIX! Give at this level and you get a HALF-PAGE ad in the Imagine Con program, three vendor tables in a 10- by 30-foot area, six chairs and six vendor admissions, AND your image on other print materials (posters, shirts, etc.)! All vendor terms above apply.Estimated delivery:
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DIAMOND VENDOR--ONLY TWO OPPORTUNITES! Give at this level and you get a FULL-PAGE ad in the Imagine Con program, four vendor tables in a PRIME 10- by 30-foot or 20- by 20-foot area, eight chairs and eight vendor admissions, AND a LARGE image on the website other print materials (posters, shirts, etc.)! All vendor terms above apply.Estimated delivery:
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