NoBrandCon was this weekend, and it rocked. Rocked the friggin' house! I've posted my NoBrandCon Report, which gives you a good amount of highlights, and links to a decent photo gallery. Again, it was a ton of fun. I won't rehash the whole thing here, but I will provide you with the highlights:
Getting to hang out with Derek was awesome!
Seeing Cap'n Kellin & Taelic.
Seeing (and getting humped by) Damien, along with the little time I got to see June, the Joe, and the rest of the Genesis Mindworks crew.
Knowing Foam Swords will always be a part of No Brand Con
HANZO! And all of the people who made it through to Hanzo 3. Especially people who sit in the front row, and people who give me hats!
Every person who came to an event I was in!
Having people show up to my panel, which was weird.
Sweating my arse off during the dance!
Seeing some great guests!
POCKY! Mmmmm.... pocky. I lived on it for two of the three days - that's not healthy, but really... who cares?
A Hotel with a great layout - I mean, I officially love the Ramada. Everything was easy to find for our attendees for the most part.
Not having to run around like a chicken with my head cut off -- it was refreshing.
We had a record setting attendance of 605 this year, which is absolutely incredible. I once said "We'll never break 600 since we're in Eau Claire." I am more than happy to be forced to eat those words. That's not a bad place to be. Hehe, hopefully next time we'll be bigger. Yessss.... bigger. It also looks like we'll have a budget three times that of this year for next, so look out for us making NoBrandCon even better -- and it shows we'll be here for years go come.
It was weird having an actual budget this year. What's weirder is thinking that we'll have a DECENT budget for next. Yeah, trippy, ain't it?
Damn, I love this con. It's so weird to see this thing, this thing that has been my baby since day one, become something this big. I read things like this from my blog archives, and I just sit in amazement as to how things have changed so much - it really is absolutely incredible.
NINJA! I was in the front row and like people who host Hanzo the Razor. My livejournal is grissom500 btw. No Brand Con was my first anime con ever, and I will be coming back, if only to watch vinnk dance in a skirt again.
Good job to you and all your friends who run that monster.
And remember, I was born sometime between 1977-83, so I may have helped with Hanzo!
dude, 605 people! Good gods, what has this thing become? That's more than 5x our first year's attendance. Damn. I am one dumbfounded meep.
Meep (the dumbfounded)
PS somehow, my email and password were either changed or I screwed it up when I entered them. My password didn't work, and it says it's the wrong email addy for the account when I try to gett a reminder. it's user: meep and email: email@example.com