duncandahusky: (huskypuppy)
Let's pick up with Friday... )
Saturday...and fireworks! )
Sunday )

Still to come: The trip home, thanks, and final thoughts.
duncandahusky: (huskyface)
I've mentioned this before, but some folks have asked why I write up such long and detailed convention reports. The biggest reason is so that I have something to look back on in future years to remind me of what went wrong, what went right, and how to make each year better than the last. Granted, as some might have gathered this year's Anthrocon wasn't as great for me as past years have been. I'll come to that in a bit, but let's start with:

Monday )
Tuesday )
Wednesday )
Thursday )
Still to come: The convention starts! Sushi, fireworks, and exhaustion.
duncandahusky: (Bruno)
Alas, all good things must come to an end.
Sunday: Last day of the con )
Monday: Meetings and the drive home )
The Wrapup: Final thoughts )
So this wraps up Anthrocon stuff for me. Now it's time to start thinking about plans for Midwest FurFest...
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
So, it's been one day since the convention "officially" started. Picking up on Saturday morning...
Saturday: Alley and Party! )
duncandahusky: (WTF?)
Friday: It's Showtime! )
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
So let's pick up with the Anthrocon report where we left off, on Thursday morning.
Thursday - Set-Up Day! )
duncandahusky: (License)
Yes, it's time for another one of Duncan's exhaustive, verbose Anthrocon reports! This is the personal report; I have the "official" department report outlined. I'll get that written up and posted by the end of the week.

I'll preface this by saying that my Anthrocon reports (both personal and departmental) are long and detailed. This is mainly for my own benefit, as it's very handy to look back just before the convention at past reports for reminders of what we did in prior years, what worked, what didn't, and handy things like which pizza joints were good and which were not. Feel free to read along, though!
Preparations and Tuesday - The Drive Out )
Wednesday - Candy! And Arriving in Pittsburgh )
Next...Thursday - Convention set-up and a tasty dinner!
duncandahusky: (Me- Jacket)
And now it's come to this: After seven years, my final Midwest FurFest Registration Report.

Executive Summary: Proper Prior Planning Prevents P*ss-Poor Performance.

In hindsight, I can see that it is a good thing that this was my last year as Registration Director for Midwest FurFest. A whole lot of the planning that went into this year fell into the category of "let's do it like we did last year", which is great for maintaining the status quo but also stifles creativity and innovation. If you don't change, you don't improve. So while everything went well this year and there were no complaints, I'm still leaving somewhat dissatisfied, but glad things are being turned over into good hands.

Pre-Convention Planning )

At the Convention )

Traffic Analysis )

Demographic Analysis )

This concludes my Registration Reports for Midwest FurFest for the foreseeable future. Will I write something similar as chairman next year? Tune in and find out!

I want to close by thanking everyone who made my tour at Registration such an enjoyable and fulfilling experience:
Kodian - who stepped in the first year and got us off to a great start
Rustitobuck - who created not one but two completely new Registration systems that have made us the model of efficiency that we are today, and also for suffering through my panicked requests for technical support with dignity and grace
Rama - for providing a bulletproof online registration system
Puma - for making online registration possible and putting up with my quirky requests
DaveQat and Neowolf - both have served as my second in command over the years and both were helpful, reliable, and personable (well, mostly personable, in Dave's case :-)
Everyone who has served on Registration staff over the last seven years - Every single one of you is amazing and fabulous. Want to help out next year? ;-)
Robert King, Aureth, Takaza, and Linnaeus - all the past chairmen of Midwest FurFest. Each of them provided support and guidance when I needed it. I can only hope that I can live up to the fine legacy that you gentlemen have created.
And finally I (again) owe my thanks to my loving husband Takaza, who has gone above and beyond to support, advise, remonstrate, and put up with me. I love you, Dan!

With this report I turn the reins of Midwest FurFest Registration over to Neowolf. I do so knowing that the department will be in good hands.

I will see all of you next year as Chairman of Midwest FurFest at the Westin Chicago North Shore!
duncandahusky: (Me- Jacket)
So, how to summarize Anthrocon 2007?

It was a big year for me. We put a lot of plans into place and I think they came off rather well, a few technical glitches notwithstanding. I didn't have enough time to socialize, which isn't too surprising given how I was tethered to the Alley, but I don't really regret that too much. Standing in the empty Artists Alley at 4:45 PM on Sunday, after everyone had been paid and left, I was left with a feeling of accomplishment.

One thing that I think is worth mentioning, and something that very few people know, unless they were involved with staff in Hall C. I wouldn't be able to do my job if it weren't for the efforts of my husband, [livejournal.com profile] takaza. Yes, I know - he's my husband and it's expected that I would give him credit. But were it not for him and his staff ([livejournal.com profile] daveqat, [livejournal.com profile] jimcyl, and [livejournal.com profile] wild_rhythm) we wouldn't have had the cash for our cash registers or to pay the artists at the end of the day, and Anthrocon's finances would be a mess. Dan put in a lot of time preparing for the con, and during the con put in even longer hours than I did. Unfortunately, the nature of his job keeps him out of the public eye, and it's often rather thankless. So I want to publicly thank him for all of his hard work, and remind him that I love him very much!

Looking ahead to 2008, I see a lot of challenges ahead of us. If we expand the Alley by 50%, our registers and our payout system are going to be stretched to the breaking point. We need to investigate how to improve the artist tracking system (possibly with a Point-of-Sale system, and making the Con Store register able to take Artists Alley purchases during busy periods) and how to speed up payout. I need at least two or three more staff members, as well. We've got some other innovative ideas that we need to pitch to the Anthrocon board that could help dealers as well. In short, we have some exciting opportunities ahead of us, and amazingly enough I'm looking forward to next year already.

Among other things for next year, I hope to finally set foot in the Steel City Diner. I hope to host another Fine Potables Tasting (and actually get invitations to everyone I want to invite!). I hope to make it back to the Dorsai debriefing on Sunday night. And finally, I hope that, when Anthrocon 2008 is over, I'm looking forward to 2009 with the excitement I feel now for 2008.
duncandahusky: (Default)
And the convention continues apace... )
duncandahusky: (Looking Up)
It's the big day. Here we go! )
duncandahusky: (Chewy!)
Thursday: The Saga Continues... )
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
I'll start out by saying that this is going to be a long, multi-part report. The main reason I write these (and so many of my other "went-here, did-this" entries) is because I find that it's nice to be able to come back months or years later and revisit these entries and be reminded of what went wrong, what went right, who I spent time with, and what exactly happened. I invite everyone to come along for the ride, but if it's not your thing, I understand completely.

That having been said, Read more... )
duncandahusky: (Brain Damaged)
The short version: We need to be prepared for sudden surges in the number of artists wishing to sit in the Alley. We need to improve communications between customers and artists who may not have a seat in the Alley that day. I need more staff!

Click for the long version )
duncandahusky: (Me- Jacket)
Another year, another Midwest FurFest Registration report. For those of you who like to look back in history, you can find past Registration reports since 2002 here.

Executive Summary: Good heavens, where did all these people come from? But we made it work anyway.

Click here to read the (long!) report )
See you all next year!
duncandahusky: (Me- Jacket)
Here is my final report for Artists Alley/Con Store at Anthrocon 2005. The short version: We kicked much ass!

Click here for the long version... )

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