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South-East Alabama's First Gaming and Multi-Genre Convention! Brought to you by Dothan's premiere game shop: Fanatix.

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Director's Note: So we made our goal in 1 hour 58 minutes... we have some very generous local fans! BUT LISTEN UP!

We can still use YOUR help. All additional funds raised passed our goal is still a wonderful measure of your desire for a local convention. The higher we go the more prepared we will be for next year by having much needed technical and logistical funding taken care of... I wouldn't be a good event director if I wasn't already planning things for next year! Also some of the pledge levels COVER you for next year's event or...9001 Passes. Thank you all so much. 

Your pledges of 30$ or more now cover you for 2014, and will aid the development of next years convention. 

LL&P
-Phillip Chalker

Hello Con-Life, welcome to Dothan!

Fanaticon is Dothan, Alabama's first Multi-Genre and Hyperlocal Con focusing in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics, Anime and Gaming!  

Fanaticon is the direct result of my personal journey of being a Geek/Gamer in the south and the wonderful people I've met along the way.

How did we get here? Where are we going?

My answer to that question is in this letter to my friends, con-goers, customers and future Kickstarter supporters below.

This was an MS Paint picture I drew during my day job, circa 2005. A result of daydreaming of a better life, it serves as inspiration for the logo of Fanaticon.
This was an MS Paint picture I drew during my day job, circa 2005. A result of daydreaming of a better life, it serves as inspiration for the logo of Fanaticon.
Fanaticon Alpha!
Fanaticon Alpha!

This one is for you guys. Enjoy the read.

A few years back I was just a lonely geek/gamer in Dothan, AL. I had just moved into town from a small neighboring city (Daleville, Al) and was attending Troy University Dothan.  School was...well school. And needless to say I was ready to meet some like-minded individuals, Nerds.

Allons-y!

I gathered my Magic cards, inventoried my Anime, cataloged my Sci-Fi film collection, and got my dice out; I was ready to get my geek on! 

But that was when things took a turn for the worst... I started searching for the local game-shop and... No Dice (Pun Intended)

 I was informed by another local at the book store that the town had been without game store for years! I was heartbroken... not for me alone, but for the community.  

I was lucky enough to grow up in a time where comic book stores were in almost every town, some of you may remember those days. Heroes for Hire in Daleville was where I got my first comic book. Campaign Headquarters in Enterprise would be the place I saw my first game of Magic: The Gathering and miniature games. After that visit my imagination was captured from the start. Knights Vigil Comics in Dothan was where most of my customers got their start, and they still talk about those days with a glimmer in their eye! I played in my first booster draft at Empire Comics in Enterprise, AL (Who will be attending Fanaticon!) and most of all, I met folks who were into the same thing as I... all these wonderful memories were thanks to LOCAL businesses!

Flash forward to 2010 and the infrastructure of the "Nerdwork" was gone. Some of the shops I remembered from my childhood closed up and moved on. The southeast had a major crack in the ring of gaming and geekery and it had to be filled, although I prefer the term: reforged!

FANATIX was born.

I decided that it was time to retire from the world of gamer, and get behind the counter. I wanted to give folks a game store to believe in. Somewhere to meet new people, compete and play card games without heckling from the outside world...and even better a place to bring the outsiders.. IN. I needed to see kid's AND adult's eyes light up when they saw the brightly colored boxes of board games they had never heard of. I needed to see people come in and be surprised when their fellow shopper says, "Oh I love Doctor Who also!". I needed to see communities rise again, Video Game Communities, Anime Clubs, Magic Travel Teams, Pokemon Travel Teams, cosplay groups and most of all the Fanatix Family... 

Relationships have started in my store and lifetime friendships made. I've seen a kid go from learning Magic: The Gathering, a game he had never heard of, to competing not once, but twice, in the MTG Pro Tour and now i'm giving him and others a chance to qualify in their own hometown! In just over 3 years we have grown from 800 square feet to over 3000 square feet of store space with the help of our great friends at 1Up Games (who will be at Fanaticon as well). They also share our love of community and carry the torch for console gaming events! We have run numerous tournaments and have finally earned the privilege of hosting Dothan's first Pro Tour Qualifier for Magic: The Gathering. This premiere tournament will draw hundreds of Magic Players to the City of Dothan!  All of this was made possible by my hometown heroes, my customers...my friends. Fanaticon celebrates you and what you have built and it only gets better from here!

Thus, FANATICON was born.

This day is for you guys. All the folks I've met along the way. All the Fans of different games, movies, comics, shows, costumes, characters, and fandoms! This day is the one day where all of you geeks that I've met or haven't met (past, present, and future) will come together and converse about the nerd world we live in. Talk about your current interests, compete in trivia contests, learn about one another's interests by going to panels and discussions. See wonderful costumes made by locals. Meet artists, writers, and dreamers that all started from a place just like we did, the South. 

Ok so most of us haven't grown up on dirt roads... but it sure does feel like it.
Ok so most of us haven't grown up on dirt roads... but it sure does feel like it.

This convention is your convention and you alone can make it great. 

To quote Mikey from the Goonies.."Come on guys, this is our time."

I hope you didn't TL;DR, but if you did, just know this. 

Fanatix and Fanaticon were born from love of all things creative and geek. We want you to have the same opportunities and experiences as anyone in the world. That's our mission; always has been, always will be.

Admittedly due to limited time and size of venue, Fanaticon Alpha has a chance to be somewhat exclusive. Pledge early to guarantee your attendance... Kickstarter Membership levels are used for priority in case of overcrowding. Think of it as the difference between 50 yard line tickets and the nosebleed section.

Funds raised will be properly invested back into Fanaticon just as I have properly invested and grown your game shop. 

Imagine where Fanaticon will be in 3 years...heck wait til' next year... i've already started working on it.

Humbly and sincerely yours,
Phillip Chalker - Owner/Director 

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FLiPZ is a registered trademark.

Currently planned events and guests:

  • To read more please visit:

www.dothanfanatix.com/fanaticon 

www.facebook.com/dothanfanaticon

To read more about our store Fanatix visit:

www.dothanfanatix.com

www.facebook.com/DothanFanatix

  • Local Art Gallery and Vendors
  • Dothan's FIRST Magic Pro Tour Qualifier!!
    Costume/Cosplay Contest!
    Costume Workshop Panel
    Anime and MLP Panel 
    Alabama Ghost Busters
    Brett Brooks Author of Dust Bunny Comics!
    Square Peg Projekts creator Daniel Alexander
    Settlers of Catan Tournament
    X-Wing and Attack Wing Miniatures game demos and events
    Netrunner Event
    Free Board Game tables, demos and TCG events.
  • And more!
Dothan local author: Jason Woodham added to the guest list!
Dothan local author: Jason Woodham added to the guest list!
Southern Comic artist Timothy and Alorian Haire added to the guest list! They are the minds behind The Fog Walkers!
Southern Comic artist Timothy and Alorian Haire added to the guest list! They are the minds behind The Fog Walkers!
Local Artist: Miguel Fernandez AKA: TwoExSmiley
Local Artist: Miguel Fernandez AKA: TwoExSmiley

Stretch goals and rewards!

SUCCESS - 1001$ = A premium prize package will be added to the Costume Contest! Start working on that outfit!

SUCCESS - 1200$ = Custom Back Drop and Set design for the costume contest and photo ops.

SUCCESS - 1500$ A professional photographer will be hired to document all of your wonderful costumes to guarantee a good print of your hard work!

SUCCESS -1600$= Cash prize added to Trivia Contest!

SUCCESS - 1800$= Live stream and recording of the costume contest and trivia contest! Be able to relive the moments from the con!

SUCCESS - 2000$ = Memberships of level 6 or higher last through Beta (2014) con signup for this promotion will be at Fanaticon 2013. 

PLEDGE LEVELS OF 30$ and HIGHER NOW LAST UNTIL 2014!

Also unlocked at 2000$:

Boss level memberships are over 9000!!! That is right, your metal badge of honor covers your entrance for 9001 future Fanaticons. Thank you for believing in us. 

More stretch goals to come! Please message us or comment if you would like to make a suggestion! Remember this is YOUR con, don't feel left out of the process all my backers have a chance to voice their opinion!

Risks and challenges

Fanaticon's first year presents a chance to start this annual event out with a solid foundation. A core group of followers to help make next year, and each year after that better and better.

It all starts here!

A major challenge for us is preparing the venue space properly, having funds means better event equipment, games, guests, and opportunities for next year.

Having a great first year makes talking to future guests so much easier guys!

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    *Level 1* Thank you for your contribution! Your name will be listed in the sponsors section of the program for all to see! :)

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    *Level 2* I wish I could come, but I can't Make it :(... I would love to be sent some sort of memento for supporting your efforts! This level pledge will receive a collectible "Wish you were here" Art Postcard and Sticker featuring the Fanaticon Logo! + listed in the "Alpha Members" section of the program.

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    *Level 3* 1-Day Pass. Thank you for coming to the first ever Fanaticon! You will be listed in the program as "Alpha Members" and added to the guest list. Simply show up at the con with some form of ID or receipt and you are good to go!

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    *Bonus Round* Get a limited release CD from DJ Everfly. He'll be there to end the night with a great dance mix! You can also add 13$ to any pledge level to receive this! (Local Pick UP Only)

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    *Level 4* I wish I could come, but I can't make it :(... I would love to support your efforts and get a shirt and shout-out in the program though!! Limited Kickstarter Shirt + Thank you in the "Alpha Members" section showing your support for the con even though you couldn't make it! :)

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    *Level 5* Sponsorship Level - (Business, Club, or Personal) A quarter page advertisement in the program, and a special thanks in the "Alpha Members" section of the program. Artwork/Advertisement must be approved by Fanaticon and is due by October 15th.

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    *Level 6* 1-Day Pass + Kickstarter Exclusive Tshirt showing the glorious FANATICON logo and a reminder to all those who see it that you were among the first contributors to make Fanaticon a success! You will also be listed as an "Alpha Member" in the program! (Artwork under construction!) S, M, L, XL, 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, available. T-Shirt and Passes are available for pick-up only at Fanatix or Fanaticon add 4$ for shipping :)

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    *Level 8* MTG: PTQ Participant Level - Pre-register for the PTQ to skip the registration lines for the tournament! Be listed as a supporter in the "Alpha Members" section of the program. You also will receive free access to the con, without our players, we would not have made it this far! (add 15$ for a T-Shirt, +3$ for shipping to the US)

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    *Level 7* Everything from level 6 + Poster and Art Card. (Add 4$ for shipping)

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    *Level 9* Premium Sponsorship Level -(Business, Club, or Personal) Half Page Advertisement in the Program. A big Thanks from Fanaticon in the "Alpha Members" section of the program showing that your Group, Club or Business were premium supporters of the first ever Fanaticon! (Sponsors add 5$ to your pledge for Guest pass, Maximum of 4 and add 20$ per Tshirt local Pickup or add 3$ for shipping) Artwork/Advertisement must be approved by Fanaticon and is due by October 15th.

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    *Level 10* Premium Sponsorship Level - Everything from level 9 Plus upgraded to a FULL page of promotional space! Artwork/Advertisement must be approved by Fanaticon and is due by October 15th.

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    15 backers All gone!

    *Boss Level* Major Supporter - THANK YOU! Your contribution is legendary! Your contribution will be directly added to the funds used for guests, multimedia, Costume Contest, Venue or Door Prizes at your discretion towards Alpha and Beta(2014) events.- You get a quarter page in the "Alpha Members" section of the program where your picture or club logo will be shown for all to see those who were a major supporter of FANATICON! You will also get everything listed in level #6 if requested for no extra charge. (add 5$ for additional guest passes Maximum of 4; local pickup or add 3$ for shipping) If you attend, you and a friend will receive premium seating to the costume contest and closing ceremonies as honored attendees.You will receive one 11x17 high gloss *Boss Level* exclusive poster, art card, and limited sketch by guest artist Brett Brooks exclusive ONLY to *Boss Level* pledges! Finally a limited edition metal Con Badge that has the Fanaticon and *Boss Level* logos beautifully laser engraved. The badge is durable enough that it will last through the apocalypse! Strap it to a stick and zombies will be no match for YOUR Fanaticon Spear! (Program Blurbs subject to approval and due by October 15th!) *Boss Level* Supporters will also be invited to an invitation only dinner at a local restaurant that is to be determined.

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    Everything from *Boss level* + Your very own custom made prop by Fanatix Cosplay, Garb and Gear! Presented to you at the con! You will also receive a certificate of thanks and special mention in the program! Phillip will work directly with you on your prop of choice, prop must be approved and within reason of the amount pledged. It can be arranged to receive prop prior to the event so that you can use your new item at the Con!

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    *Boss Level Sponsorship* Are you a local business or organisation that wants to be listed as a major sponsor of the area's first convention? Help bring notoriety to Dothan and your company by providing a solid foundation to work from this year and provide a head start in funding for 2014. I've already began work on next years event, contacting guests and venue providers and it will only get better with the support of community businesses like yours. You will receive everything from the *boss level* for one person + 3 tickets. You will be featured on any major art work or media publication promoting and reporting about Fanaticon. This includes "Brought to you by" taglines in radio, facebook, or cable ads as well as print media for years 2013 and 2014 of Fanaticon. Your logo will be visible in the grand--ball room of this years venue and artist alley. Everything from *level 10* and a chance to speak (If desired) at the opening or closing ceremonies of Fanaticon 2013! You will also get a chance to develop your very own track, panel, event or prize in your honor at no extra charge! If desired you will also receive a complimentary promotional space in the grand ball room! (Sponsor subject to approval, please contact us prior to pledging. this is not a binding contract, you may remain anonymous if desired and you may cancel your affiliation with Fanaticon at your discretion.)

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