SizeCon is a convention for anyone who yearns to explore and share their size fascination with other like minds.
SizeCon is a convention for anyone who yearns to explore and share their size fascination with other like minds. Read more
About this project
SizeCon is the first of its kind. It's a convention for size-fascinated people to share their passion, in person, in a welcoming and accepting environment. For us, "size fascinated" is a broad term — everyone is invited, whether you're a fetishist, or an enthusiast, or a friend or partner of one, or simply someone who wants to come check out SizeCon.
The convention has two primary missions: to provide a space for the size community to congregate — whether you're into giants, and/or tinies, or anything in-between, we want you! — and to deliver an engaging convention experience focused on size. That means a place for size lovers to come and totally geek out, get to know each other, participate in discussion groups, and interact with artists from across the size spectrum.
SizeCon was conceived of at the Macro/Micro Meetup started by Jitensha, known especially for her shrunken woman artwork. The Meetup in New York City attracts many different kinds of people, all united by a common passion for size-related topics. The Meetup is a helpful space: where you are surrounded by others who share your fascination, and are able to discuss your life experiences related to size, and thoughts and fantasies. The Meetup has also proven an incredibly fun and enjoyable experience, and we want to share that with as many size-enthusiasts as possible!
So, with all that said...
Welcome to SizeCon!
Even though SizeCon will be a smaller convention, we have big plans.
Our dream is to host 150 to 200 size-fascinated attendees in New York City for a one-day convention packed full of fun. We have several attractions planned focusing on community interaction, and presenting artwork produced by professional and amateur size artists alike across a variety of mediums.
In terms of community, SizeCon will feature the Wonderland Room, a size-themed space where attendees can talk in a relaxed environment. Discussion groups and panels will run all day long — with a dance party to end the evening.
SizeCon will also feature a robust Artists' Alley, with booths for artists from all corners of the size landscape to showcase and sell their creations. We'll also be experimenting with technology that allows us to bring the fetish to life in person. This will include interactive kiosks in the Alley that, for a small fee, will let attendees see themselves inserted via green screen into a video or a collage that they'll get to keep.
Do you enjoy expressing your size fascination with art of your own? SizeCon will also include a space where attendees can gather, brandish their nibs, typewriters, paints, and laptops, and create art, together.
Is SizeCon for fans of size, or size kinksters?
Because the discussion of size is often sexual or graphic in nature, SizeCon will be strictly an 18+ only event. However, anyone of age into size, in any way, for any reason, is welcome to come and share that love.
And SizeCon isn't just for people who love size, either! We welcome anyone who thinks SizeCon sounds like fun, even if you don't consider yourself size fascinated. Conventions for kindred communities such as FurryCon serve as valuable meeting spaces for our community, and we want to foster that same spirit of inclusion at SizeCon. The size community itself, after all, is comprised of individuals who fly more than one flag: we are LGBTQ, furry, anthro, lovers of expansion and inflation, transformation, BDSM, and so much more.
Conversation is an integral part of the convention. To help facilitate discussion, and keep talks knowing and positive, attendees will be able to personalize their badges with free stickers, and flair bought at SizeCon. This completely optional system enables you to show what size dynamics you do want to discuss with other con-goers, while establishing what subject matter you'd rather avoid. A woman without a giant symbol on her badge, for instance, may not want to discuss anything relating to giant women. Similarly, another attendee could wear a sticker that notes that they do not want to discuss size in a sexual context.
With this system, we want people to be able to quickly find common ground with one another, while promoting a comfortable environment to talk.
Why A Convention?
The simple answer is, because many of us who attend the Macro/Micro NYC Meetup really love conventions!
What's more, thinking how to expand the concept of the Meetup, the idea of turning it into a convention — something the size community doesn't have — made a lot of sense. Rather than just a larger size gathering, SizeCon is meant to be a place where the meaningful conversations that happen at the Meetup can still take place, while also providing a brand new opportunity for a whole lot of unique, size-focused fun.
Getting size artists from the community together for a showcase, wrangling technology (like our green screens and tricaster) to enable size art to be created on the fly, planning discussion groups that would keep a larger group than the Meetup talking — all of these ambitions seem best suited to a convention.
Risks and challenges
SizeCon faces the trials awaiting any small convention just starting out. There is also the significant challenge of bringing together a diverse community that exists primarily on the Internet for the first time, in this way. To get this done, we're pulling from a passionate group with a variety of talents, including professional artists and writers, small business owners, and convention organizers.
Some challenges we face include creating a budget that is realistic, and as lean as we can manage. There are already many producers and artists pledging their time and labor to SizeCon for free, which is amazing, and helps us keep our costs down. We have a passionate serial organizer who has an MBA from one of the top five business schools in the U.S. crunching our numbers. Just to make sure we're getting as much organizational perspective as we can, we've also enlisted the help of an experienced convention organizer who provides us with invaluable guidance for making SizeCon a reality.
The presentation, aesthetics, and atmosphere of the convention are also very important to us. We have multiple professional video editors, artists, and writers that will make SizeCon look amazing. We're really going for an atmosphere that will help you engage your size fascination. So expect anything from a diorama of a tiny city, to a forced-perspective doorway that will serve as the entrance to the convention. Our aim is for this setting, and our badge system, to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment.
Convention know-how is key, especially in choosing the right venue. We've done our own research and selected what we feel would make a fine location for the convention: a Marriott hotel conveniently located near La Guardia airport in New York City. In the event that our convention is too small (or too big!), we've also enlisted the help of a specialist from the HelmsBriscoe agency -- someone who has worked with our friends in the furry community to plan conventions for them. The agency itself is paid for by the hotel, not SizeCon. This would mean the final venue for the convention would be subject to change until the end of the year, after this campaign.
We truly believe in the size community. Our meetups have been fantastic, and we've been blown away by how spontaneously friendly and fun the environment has been. Our fascination with size is something that can unite us. We know it can, because we've seen it happen at the Meetup. If you are passionate in your interest for size, and if you want to share that love with others, then we can't wait to meet you at SizeCon!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We chose New York for mainly one reason: we all live here! While it might be relatively cheaper in other cities, it would be a logistical nightmare for us to run a convention somewhere else. We would also add that New York has direct flights from many cities both here in the U.S. and internationally, cutting down on both travel time and travel costs for those traveling by plane.
Speaking of cost, it is obviously an important factor to consider when organizing a convention, and we are hoping to mitigate some of New York's famously high prices for our attendees through the services of HelmsBriscoe, an international venue-sourcing organization that is zero cost to us (they are paid by the hotels). This company has decades of experience negotiating prices and securing excellent group rates. In speaking with our agent (who has actually performed venue-sourcing for multiple furry-cons!), we are optimistic that if we can get 100 of our attendees to stay at the host hotel, we can get a significantly reduced rate for our visitors! Plus, we are planning to have a room-sharing mechanism in place so that attendees can split costs; a survey will be sent out a few months ahead of the convention to match people up in a way that maximizes comfort.
Conventions for kindred communities such as FurryCon serve as valuable meeting spaces for our community, and we want to foster that same spirit of inclusion at SizeCon. The size community itself, after all, is comprised of individuals who fly more than one flag: we are LGBTQ, furry, anthro, lovers of expansion and inflation, transformation, BDSM, and so much more. So if you have any interest in size-related things, you're definitely welcome!
Absolutely! Any friend of a size-lover is a friend of ours.
Convention security will be ready to help resolve an issue if you feel your privacy is jeopardized. We encourage convention goers to ask permission before including someone else in a photo. We also encourage cosplay, especially if it makes you feel comfortable hiding behind a mask, prosthetics or makeup.
That's a good thing: you found a fellow Size-Lover! High-five!
Don’t worry, this is the first con ever: most people will be strangers to each other. Luckily, for those nervous about finding a friend to hang out with, we will be starting a buddy system ahead of the convention to group people in threes or more, based off which discussion groups or interest you like. We are also using this system to group people in hotel rooms, if they want to find room buddies, as well.
The convention will be in a large ballroom and a few other rooms, segmented into different areas. There will be plenty of room to spread out. There will also be plenty of other potential new friends to meet and hangout with!
Is one month enough time to raise the Kickstarter money? Is six months enough time to make the convention happen?
We chose one month based on the Kickstarter guidelines: while the maximum time is 60 days, the recommended time is 30 days, and actually campaigns that run shorter tend to be more successful because the time limit compels potential backers to act sooner rather than later, building momentum. We decided not to go shorter than 30 days because we realized that the size community is spread out among a number of forums, blogs, and websites, so we wanted enough time to spread the word. That being said, please don't wait to buy your tickets -- you won't get charged until the official January 1st end date, and that's only if we are successful!
To answer the other question, one of our co-founders has this to say:
"I personally have organized many events, some with budgets in the low six figures with 1000+ people attending. While this space is completely different from any space that I've worked in (very difficult to gauge market size, impossible to attract sponsors, and plus the size demographic is skittish), my experience leads me to believe that we have given ourselves a reasonable timeframe to do this right."
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