Posts tagged BotCon
Since you’re writing from a business email address I assumed it was public knowledge. That said, contrary to the negative image your convention works to paint of me – I’m not a dick. Per your request, I’ve removed the address from my previous blog post.
That said, Botcon put on a dreadful show in Orlando. I called them out on a poor presentation in a review online and even brought to light their failure to disclose all ticket prices… a mistake that can understandably be made by a freshman or even sophomore year convention.
You have pointed out, though, that Fun Publications has been doing Botcon since 2005. The ticket issue alone makes the failures in Orlando even worse. You realize that, right?
You can claim that your customer base’s requests drove the selection of the location for Botcon 2012. I can also state that (by strange coincidence) I predicted the Botcon 2011 and 2012 locations in 2010 based on the need for Fun Publications to do easier shows after the Orlando catastrophe.
I (along with my friend Joey Snackpants) have been promoting a love for the Transformers franchise at panels in front of (literally) thousands of fans at conventions in Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Indianapolis and other smaller towns here and there since 2002. We came to Botcon with high hopes for a Transformers celebration that creates excitement about the fandom.
Instead, we were lied to about ticket fees and offered an average trade show.
All I’ve done is call out your convention to step up their game. Botcon, though, seems to have trouble with feedback that critiques them. Instead of working to improve – well, your PR team flippantly tries to pick fights with me on Twitter and you’re emailing me about posts on my personal blog. Hasbro must be proud.
For claiming not to pay attention to me (http://twitter.com/#!/BotCon/status/141892993228611584) you all sure seem to pay a lot of attention to me.
Best luck with Dallas. I guess we’ll wait to see how 2013 fares in one of the two locations I didn’t predict.
From: Pete Sinclair [mailto:pete@[FROM FUN PUBLICATIONS].com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 9:07 PM
Subject: Fwd: RE: Misinformed
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Subject: RE: Misinformed
Date Sent: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 8:32 PM
From: Tom Croom
To: ‘Pete Sinclair’
I will be happy to clarify and state again.
* BotCon has been held in several different cities, no where near Ft. Worth. BotCon was around for a long time before you made your first visit in 2010. Please reference the list in the prior email.
* The way we approach each show is the same, whether it is an hour away or 18 hours away.
* I work out of state and handle most of the things you stated would be to our advantage by being so close. So again, not really an advantage.
Finally, why would it matter if it is? In this competitive con market, why would you blame any business for working the best advantages for themselves, which in return, only benefits the consumer.
However, and please do not gloss over this point, our customer base really wanted a central location this year, and Dallas had an amazing offer and location for us. We would have chosen it if we were based out of South Dakota.
BotCon has grown by leaps and bounds since Fun Pub acquired the license, and judging by the number of hotel rooms we have already booked and how quickly we sell out of Primus packages every year, no reason to think that fans won’t once again be thrilled with BotCon. We put everything we have in to each show, and that can be seen each year.
Thanks again for your interest in our convention. Hope you can join the thousands of other Transformers fans at BotCon 2012!
Thanks for writing! I’m confused at what facts are in question. (In my best impersonation of the narrator from Pushing Daisies)
The facts were these…
- I have been attending fan conventions across the United States since 1991. I’ve visited events like yours of almost every shape and size from Los Angeles to Miami.
- In 2010, I went to Botcon in Orlando, Florida. My friend Joey Snackpants and I had been anticipating attending the event for years.
- I was tragically disappointed in Botcon’s presentation. (See this review online.) NOTE: My disappointment is a fact; my opinion of the event is… well… my opinion.
- I stated, during the ongoing online arguments that ensued on my blog, that the only way to see if Botcon had learned anything from their (in my opinion) failure in Orlando was to see the show at a location that wasn’t near Los Angeles (which resulted in 2011) or near Fun Publication’s headquarters in Texas.
- Botcon 2012 will take place less than 50 miles from Fun Publications in Texas.
Thus my argument holds plenty of water: 2010 was weak. 2011 was well attended based on location and proximity to the Transformers movie release. 2012 is less than an hour’s drive from Fun Publication’s headquarters.
Having run events across the United States, I can say that any promoter I know will tell you it is ALWAYS much easier running a convention local to your core staff.
FUN FACT: The movie Glitter has a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. That means SOMEONE liked it; that doesn’t, though, make it a good movie: (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/glitter/) Think about that as you look at your convention. Instead of pissy Twitter replies (making your convention look unprofessional) try listening to the feedback and look to improve your show.
Also, I am (of course) posting this email on my blog.
Thanks again for writing,
From: Pete Sinclair [mailto:pete@[FROM FUN PUBLICATIONS].com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 7:00 PM
Just an FYI… BotCon has been held, since FP started in 2005, in Frisco, Lexington, Rhode Island, Cincinnati, Pasadena, Orlando and then back to Pasadena.
Regardless as to whether the show is an hour a way or 16 hours away makes zero difference from a logistics standpoint. All shipments, guests and planning (and so much more) are done the same way. Same number of site visits are made as well. ONLY thing that changes is office staff will drive as opposed to fly. Out of state staff, like myself, actually handles the advertising we do for the show, so even that part of your argument holds no water I am afraid.
Please make the effort to ask before reporting the “facts” next time
So last week I posted about how BotCon 2011 was destined to be well attended based on location and timing and NOT the work of the convention promotions company. Here’s the post: http://www.tomcroom.com/?p=8485
I don’t plan on digging through the sea of past posts, but I know that during the Great BotFAIL Online War of 2010, I mentioned that there was one other location that they could host BotCon that would be considered “phoning it in.” That place? Near Fun Publications, Inc. in Texas. There’s no challenge in promoting a show in your backyard if said show has been on the grid for a number of years.
AND SO, since the debacle of BotCon in Orlando (when they weren’t playing in their own sandbox) it looks like they’re keeping it safe by running the event in their backyard… just as I predicted. As a matter of fact, the new BotCon location is less than an hour’s drive from Fun Publication’s offices.
Nice to know that (if nothing else) BotCon will remain a predictable trade show. Looks like I’ll have to wait until 2013 to see if they can build a better BotCon instead of taking the easy route over and over again.
So BotCon’s Twitter replied to me today to inform me about how they are working on the “amazing Botcon 2012″ event.
Check it out: http://twitter.com/#!/BotCon/status/141892993228611584
Instead of a long series of tweets, I’ll remind the folks at BotCon what I pointed out back in 2010 with this short blog post:
1. BotCon in 2010 was abysmal. The event was a good “trade show,” but an extremely weak convention.
2. BotCon 2011 was set to be a success regardless of the quality of the show. It took place in southern California (with ten million people living in Los Angeles County alone) AND it was the same year of a Transformers movie release. You’d have to actually purposely try to fail at getting folks not to attend a convention with that “perfect storm” in place.
3. BotCon 2012 will be the true test of seeing if they can put on a real show again (that’s assuming that any of the BotCons before 2010 were any better) as long as it’s outside of Los Angeles.
Depending on the location, maybe I will do a follow up story from our bit back in 2010.
Everyone makes mistakes.
Wasabi Anime (Green Mustard Entertainment) has been designing and hosting conventions and events since 2001. In that time we’ve had our fair share of “oops” moments. You’d think, though, that the “professionals” would be a little more polished than us at this point. You see, when you run a fan convention, there are three things you should always spell correctly:
- Your convention’s name.
- Your convention’s website (URL).
- Your convention’s guests’ names.
SO – Botcon showed up today on my Twitter to try and counter mine and Joey Snackpants “Beast Wars Sucks” mantra. (You can see it on my Twitter feed today starting at this tweet.) You know me – I LOVE arguing folks into a “fanboy rage” on the Internet… especially when it’s coming from an “official” business Social Media source.
So the BotCon Twitter led me over to the BotCon website where I saw this:
(click the image for a larger version.)
That’s right folks… They spelled Gregg’s name wrong on the website. They got his name right in the rest of the bio (which, I assume, is from text submitted by his representation that they copy/pasted) but not at the top. It seems this error has gone unchecked for almost two weeks.
Gregg’s a great guy deserving of a little more respect that this IMO.
Oh well… BotCon continues to perform to the level we have come to expect after visiting last year. So it goes.
So the official BotCon Twitter replied to this blog post’s title appearing in my Twitter feed by saying I “don’t show up on their radar.” I’ll let the failure of logic in that statement speak for itself.
That said… as of this writing, they’ve had time to post snarky replies on Twitter – but not time to fix the name spelling issue. Hasbro must be DAMN PROUD of the professional social media and web campaign that the folks at BotCon put on in their name. WINNING!
- Ate a giant burger at The Vortex in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the beginning of my Man v. Food pilgrimage that would take me to eight different restaurants!
- Saw snow again for the first time in years.
- Blogged about bad service and got the attention of Ford Motor Company.
- Showed up on Fox 35 News in Orlando, Florida.
- Started watching Doctor Who for the first time in my life. (I figured I should go in order and should be “current” by 2014 at this rate!)
- Pissed off a bunch of BotCon (aka “BotFAIL”) fans.
- Saw a giant pyramid in Cancun, Mexico.
- Visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (before the grand opening.)
- Met Peter Cullen – the voice of Optimus Prime.
- Pissed off a bunch of BotCon (aka “BotFAIL”) fans… again.
- Made it to the top of Mount Evans in Colorado.
- Showed up in a silly webcomic.
- Saw Weird Al Yankovic in concert.
- Attended Gen Con and visited Indianapolis, Indiana for the first time.
- Got the greatest Battlestar Galactica dinner story of all time at Dragon*Con.
- Got heavily involved in social media and wound up the local newspaper.
- Attended Anime Weekend Atlanta again. Zaniness ensued.
- Started to digitally archive a bunch of old photos which (thus far) have resulted in some classic geek photos and some very Presidential ones.
- Attended NeonCon in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Saw the Grand Canyon… and almost died.
- Went to Dinosaur World. EPIC.
I read a lot of books, went a lot of places, and did a lot of things. Life, in my humble opinion, is meant to be lived like a video game. Each level should be more exciting than the last – so I’m looking forward to what crazy shit I pull off in 2011. InvaderCON is already going to be amazing. The Florida Anime Experience is already on deck to be epic (keep watching; we’re still making stuff “official”). Shannon and I are already discussing where to go for our annual anniversary trip in November.
My geek life will hopefully cart me off to some pretty amazing locales for some blog-worthy experiences.
This will be my ninth year writing about my life online for the world to read about me. If you’re still with me, thanks for taking the time to read about my boring ass life. I write to stay sane and to maek sure my grammmar skills stai intact. Hopefully the writing is entertaining enough to keep all five (ten?) of you still reading.
Have a wonderful and eventful 2011!
Believe it or not, I normally don’t plan to go to Dragon*Con each year. When I do go, I’m usually only there for a day or two at the most. This year, though, I did the “full” Dragon*Con weekend experience by showing up on on the first day of the event and leaving on the last.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ANY LURKING BOT-TARDS: A few years back, Wasabi Anime talked to Dragon*Con about having DARE! The Transformers Panel Ultimate make an appearance and we were turned down. Strangely enough, I still think Dragon*Con is a great convention… which must mean only one thing: That’s right, BotCon was a weak convention on it’s own.
Moving on… I’ve broken my Dragon*Con report into three parts: the good, the bad and the ugly. Here’s a breakdown of the good stuff that happened last weekend.
- While in Atlanta, Georgia I took the time to eat at Gladys and Ron’s Chicken & Waffles. (Post regarding this coming next week.)
- I ran into LeVar Burton in the elevator our first night at the Hilton and we talked Twitter while a somewhat intoxicated Joey Snackpants proclaimed in a less than subtle fashion “OH MY GOD IT’S LEVAR BURTON!”
- That same night, I bought Edward James Olmos dinner at Trader Vic’s and Mr. Olmos then convinced Joey Snackpants to watch the new Battlestar Galactica. Read that story here.
- My Favorite DC Tweet: @TomCroom thinks nothing says #fail more than a Power Girl cosplay with less than a B cup. #DragonCon
- We went to a great Stargate panel… and (it seemed) that I pissed of John de Lancie with my question. Read this and then watch this. That aside, Christopher Judge is a RIOT and needs his own panel next year.
- I spent an evening walking around with a bunch of Stargate cosplayers (including Shannon, Katie McAwesome and Joey Snackpants) and wound up at the Stargate Charity Party. While going from hotel to hotel that night, I had someone recognize me from events I host at Florida SuperCon.
- We ate chicken nachos not once, but TWICE! at the Metro Café Diner.
- I had my photo taken with Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell. QUANTUM LEAP AWESOMENESS.
- I tracked down Paul Dini via his Twitter posts so Shannon could have him sign her Harley Quinn books. Social Networking WIN.
- We went to a second Stargate panel. Going to more than one panel at Dragon*Con is extremely rare with my group… crazy!
- I met Drew Curtis from FARK. I bought a book from him, he signed it, and we made fun of Florida together. Good times.
- I got to see a couple of friends around the convention including “Uncle” George Lowe and Erin Gray… both great people.
- After being friends with my wife and a number of the Wasabi Anime staff AND being on my Facebook, I met Brian from Making Mischief for the first time (in person) in five years.
- After about two years of talking online, I met Kelly from Convention Fans in person for the first time.
- I also met fellow Twitter users @SarahNFisk and @EricaDodd at the convention in person. It’s fun using the Interwebz to meet get to know new people. Even more interesting: Sarah had a a friend she was meeting in one of the hotels that night… and her friend’s roommates in the hotel were my friends Angie and Tentacle Chris. (insert It’s a Small World theme here.)
- My other favorite Dragon*Con tweet: @thatDJSpider: ‘steampunk: when goths discovered brown’ #dragoncon
- A record THREE panels! We went to the Battlestar Galactica one, too.
- We went to the Stargate Charity Auction and Joey Snackpants scored an actual prop from Stargate SG-1.
- I met and got autographs from Michael Shanks and Ben Browder. Michael and I discussed our successful marriages while Ben and I discussed the fact that John de Lancie is a “serious” man who doesn’t answer questions about fast food restaurants.
- Before leaving town… we had dinner at a Zaxby’s. (I love that place.)
As you can see, it was a busy weekend at Dragon*Con 2010. Tomorrow’s post… The Masquerade.