1. Joey Snackpants
    February 7, 2013 @ 12:12 PM

    Whoa… calling an event a ‘blemish’ on Florida anime fandom is a pretty low blow. Knowing how low the bar is for Florida. 🙂

  2. Irony
    February 8, 2013 @ 7:14 PM

    So let me get this straight, you are calling an event a “blemish” on the Florida Anime scene for having ended up scheduling on the same day as another event? So does this mean I get call Wasabi Anime a blemish also for their very professional advertising for Wasabi Con in Jacksonville on the premise of bashing EXPcon with the whole “Tired of the same old EXPerience” or should we touch note on the fact that you charged weekend fare to attendees for what turned into a one day event? Yes I can see who the blemish is now.

  3. Tom
    February 8, 2013 @ 8:45 PM

    Hey Irony! I love folks who sling opinions from the safety of anonymity. It adds SO much validity to your thoughts.

    (That last part was sarcasm, in case you missed it.)

    To address your two alleged “blemishes.”

    1. The promotors of EXPCon had recently gotten a bug up their ass to bring their convention to the already event rich region of Orlando, Florida. We regularly conveyed that doing so was disrespectful to the already successful events in Orlando.

    Now to emphasize that point, Wasabi Anime was offered MONEY by private investors to BRING a new event to the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area. They declined and told the folks offering to support their local show: EXPCon.

    Then EXPCon decided to ignore the advice of Wasabi Anime (and other convention promoters) and saturate Orlando’s already crowded convention market: https://www.facebook.com/EXPConventions/posts/10150876963849746

    Then they promised fans a *couple of events.* Then they stopped talking to their fans.

    Then they just disappeared. (Have you looked at their website lately?)

    So they were disrespectful to Wasabi Anime, Orlando convention promotors, and their own fans… and yes, fun was had by making jokes in some of the advertising.

    Sarcasm? Yes. Blemish? Not by a long shot.

    2. We shortened WasabiCon instead of canceling it to offset the potential costs involved. We didn’t charge weekend fares for the event. Those who bought tickets in advance? They got refunds offset the cost of their tickets before they event walked into the door.

    Many attendees who bought EARLY early bird tickets paid less than five dollars to get into the convention.

    BUT – the show happened as promised; guests were brought in; and hundreds of fans had a great experience.

    Why? Because we respect our fans and the community at large.

    Thanks for opportunity to share that with everyone reading this. 🙂

  4. Amber
    February 12, 2013 @ 6:19 PM

    When I read this I just had to agree with your harsh rationality. I was going to attend Chibi-pa in 2012. Circumstances that were out of my control kept me from going. When I read the after reviews from the runners themselves, I was glad I stayed home. Plus… who makes an anime con based around an American rap group and partying? I have kids ( that come with me to every con I attend ) and that would not be suitable for them. I attended Florida Anime Experience in 2012 and enjoyed the hell outta myself ( my two year old and husband had a blast ) … that’s what we need in conventions. Family oriented all the way. Chibi-pa is not that. And its also not focused in Japanese culture (obviously, since the last I checked ain’t no one in LMFAO from or about Japan) so that’s a big disappointment for someone like me, looking for just Japanese related fun!

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