NyanCon happened almost a month ago and already it feels like an eternity.. Fear not, we're always going to be keeping records of all the amazing smiles! So far we've amassed lots of photos and fan videos, check out our fan page to see what our attendees have put together. And Buffering While Bored and Goofing Off! have made some amazing reviews and compilations of NyanCon, we couldn't be more thrilled to see professionals grace our convention! And always, remember to check out our Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages for others sharing photos and being awesome.
And if you're interested in getting your video or pictures on our fan page remember that it must be pictures taken at the convention and to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with your permission to post them. Thank you!
We just heard from faculty and staff at Lakeland Community College. They love their students and they love NyanCon! We're coming back next year for a convention that will be sure to blow your beautiful minds! We're already making plans for 2014 and we'll be releasing details early next year! Stay tuned and thank you again for helping us put on a great event that will be coming back every year!
Have you just not had enough of Lakeland giving you more free fun? We thought so..
On Thursday October 24th, Lakeland's Campus Activities Board from Student Activities (the same department that NyanCon was sponsored from) will be holding their annual Halloween party that is free and open to the public! The party has food, spooks, bouncy castles, obstacle courses, games and a DJ! The kids portion with appropriate games runs from 6p-8p and the adult portion is from 9p-11p. Stop by in cosplay and represent that geeky style!
You're probably wondering about how NyanCon did and what's going to happen next year. We are too! In order to attempt to get an accurate count, we created the raffle door prizes to encourage people to sign up. Despite this, we had many people completely unaware of the door prizes and at least a hundred that didn't want to sign up when they came to buy baked goods. So while we had 322 attendees officially sign up and enter into the raffle, we had an unknowable number of actual attendees. During our busiest moments, we could count at least 400 in the cafeteria. This doesn't include the panel rooms, the main events room (which could hold over 100), or any of the miscellaneous alcoves and sitting areas. We most likely had about 500 attendees show up for our first year, but because there's no accurate way to measure a free convention, it is only an approximation. Next year we'll be selling optional badges with a limit of one per person in the attempt to get a more accurate count.
We've also been reading the feedback and will be doing some things for NyanCon 2014. The game room will still be on the first floor of the cafeteria, but it will be spread out so there is less crowding. We can't increase the size of the panel rooms without blowing out some walls, but we will be doing our best to fill up every room so there are alternatives in case your event is full (please consider holding a panel next year, panels depend on you). There will be a map posted next to the schedules and rules as well as in the program. We'll also create a weapons check area at con ops which will be located on the first floor. Next year we'll be debuting an info alley where other conventions and related geeky businesses can have a table to advertise their awesomeness.
Thank you again for making our very first convention a wonderful event and the date for next year will be announced hopefully soon! Stay tuned and keep the nyan strong!
If you're just an eager beaver for some more con experience, then you might want to check out some other conventions!
In just a few weeks on October 19th, Colossalcon is premiering a new sister convention, Cleveland Comic Con! The convention is in Independence, Ohio and admission is only $10!
On Saturday November 2nd, The N.E. Geek Expo is having their third annual convention in Ashtabula, Ohio! Admission is $5 or $10 for a special badge and lanyard.
And early next year, there's Zipcon, another new free anime convention in Akron, Ohio on Saturday February 22nd!
Remember to check them out and support local conventions!
Please take a few minutes to fill out a short survey about this year's NyanCon and what we can do to improve!
We're already working on a map, the bottle-necking issue at the entrance of the dealer's area, and the unexpected heat problem, but we would greatly appreciate any positive feedback to know what we did well and any negative feedback to know what we can do better! Thank you so much for coming to NyanCon and we hope to see you next year too!
That pretty much sums up today. We had an absolutely stellar day and a fantastic turnout! We exceeded our expectations by an as of yet uncounted exact number (but it was definitely over 400!) and we had excellent feedback from vendors, artists, press, panelists, attendees and guests! Thank you thank you thank you so much to everyone that helped, contributed, attended, or spread the word! We are immensely grateful and hope to be doing it next year!
Remember to check out our social media for pictures and stories from other Nyangoers and you'll be hearing from us soon about minor things from this year and big things for next!
Thank you, you are loved!
Wooo!! The best Caturday ever is tomorrow and we have a few notes about attending before you arrive!
Above all else, remember to have fun! We love you!
That giant blacked out part of the schedule is your opportunity to be part of a giant group photo! We're going to be gathering everyone on the first floor of the atrium so we can take a picture from the bridge on the second floor! I'll ask some people to hold a NyanCon sign up as well!
This half hour is also a time for all panelists and staff to take a break and switch shifts. The dealers area will still be open so make sure you hit them up and get some amazing goodies!!
NyanCon's very first and very amazing guests are ready to panel your socks off! Check out what programming they offer!
Greg Wicker of Greggo's Gameshows, will be hosting two gameshows, Pokemon Gameshow and Anime Jeopardy! NyanCon has donated a few prizes for both games and we hope you enjoy Greggo's expertise and fun-making abilities!
Pokemon Gameshow: Four players battle each other in a test of knowledge about all things Pokémon! Answering questions correctly gives them control of our game board where they will face all sorts of challenges! The winner has a shot at becoming immortalized as Champion of the con!
Anime Jeopardy!: Three contestants compete in the classic answer-with-a-question trivia game for a shot at nice prizes.
Amber Lee Connors, an online voice actor and cosplay model, will be hosting a panel all about how to be a voice actor in today's market and will be sharing her insight and experience1
Intro to Online Voice Over: Introduction to the mystical world of Online Voice Acting! If you've ever been curious or interested in Voice Acting and looking to get started, but not sure how - this is the panel for you! From information on everything on where to begin, to auditioning processes, personal experience, some hands-on fun and more. Professional Voice Actress Amber Lee Connors will be your guide through this new and ever-growing world.
Jeremy Freeman of Ten Ton Studios, a professional comic book inker and artist, will be explaining exactly what being an inker is and what the job entails!
What Is An Inker Exactly?: So you’ve heard the term ‘inker’ but you’re not quite sure what that job entails? Well come find out as professional comic book and manga artist, Jeremy Freeman, gives a quick overview of the modern process for making comics and an in depth look at the inker’s role in that process.
And don't forget about our live musical performances by Abracadabra and 2D6! They're completely ready to give you kawaii disease and then rip your face off.