It seems that an article myself and my writing partner Joey Snackpants penned for the pop culture website You Bent My Wookie has generated, strangely enough, a heated debate on my personal blog (www.tomcroom.com) involving a number of attendees from BotCon 2010.
While the initial review is written as an opinion of our experiences at the show you presented in Orlando, Florida – the ensuing commentary seems to have brought out some legitimate concerns. The most relevant of these are regarding the value of entertainment offered to general admission attendees (who do not get surveyed the way top tier ticket attendees do), the limited amount of available activities for said attendees, and full disclosure of pricing for an event prior to the show.
I encourage you to take the time to read the following posts (in the order below) with the sincere hopes that you strive to improve the BotCon experience for future shows.
- The article on You Bent My Wookie regarding BotCon 2010.
- My blog post “(BotCon) Bigger isn’t always better, kids!” – which was linked to AFTER BotCon 2010 by various TF fan forums – but was written before the show.
- My blog post “The BotCon Chronicles” – written July 11th.
- My blog post “The Battle of BotCon 2010 (Continued)” – written this morning.
Don’t just read my commentary; also take the time to read the thoughts of the attendees (and some BotCon staff) who have taken the effort to share their thoughts. I know that hearing negative feedback regarding hard work on an event isn’t what a convention promoter wants to hear, but myself and the team at Green Mustard Entertainment have learned to listen to it (for better or for worse) at events we do work for… especially for the sake of improving the fan experience. I can only assume you and your respective teams are in the business of working towards these same goals. Thank you for your time.