WonderCon and Comic-Con are conventions that involve science fiction and comic books. They have been so successful that other similar conventions had likely sent their people to attend those events just to take note of why they are that successful. Both these events may have even inspired other people to attempt to create their own events. Some of these events are as far-away as Canada. This is where the story of GottaCon comes in.
GottaCon is a convention that involves all forms of nostalgia such as gaming, comic books, and science fiction. The event took place in Victoria, Vancouver Island Canada. Its first time event made its debut on February 2009. However, there were two other events that took place as well. All three deserve special mention. More on them later. First, let us take a brief look at the bigger picture –Canada.
Myth: Canada is better than the United States. Fact: Canada, in terms of its bad government, bad politics and bad legal system, seldom do anything right. Most Canadians –particularly the government and politicians- are so bad at doing anything that they make the Polish look good. Very much of what they don’t do right is enough to write a whole book about what’s wrong with Canada –which I don’t plan to do yet. This has become too much of a cliché and stereotype of Canada. The most recent embarrassment is the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia or B.C. for short. GottaCon and the two other events that coincided have actually worked hard to break away from being the stereotype.
From the beginning, GottaCon had a lot going against it. For beginners, they had little money in setting up the convention and their own website. They had no budget for advertisement. The only advertisement was by word-of-mouth and the website. This included potential venders that wanted to sell/promote their memorabilia. They also needed sponsorship. The bulk of the sponsorship was from local businesses, although a few were from abroad. Two of the most notable was Sony (Playstation 3) and Bandai. What they lacked in resources, they made up for with determination, resourcefulness, and just plain luck. This is obviously lacking with the Canadian government.
What was the outcome of GottaCon’s debut? Despite having no means to advertise, the level of attendance was a miracle –considering. As many as 200 or so people had attended –and this was just from word-of-mouth. The whole event was by trial and error. There was still room for further improvement. The people that worked GottaCon had accredited themselves well. You could literally feel their energy and determination in the air.
Aside from GottaCon, there were two other separate events that accredited themselves well. One was the Victoria Film Festival and the other was the Victoria Toy and Hobby Fair. The latter is put together by Cherry Bomb Toys of Victoria. Like GottaCon, both events made do with minimal resources and a very small budget. Canadian politics and bureaucracy was parked at the door.
Given this, it is somewhat shameful that the Canadian Government does not follow by their example. The way the politicians and bureaucrats spend taxpayers’ money has gone beyond excessive –usually in the billions of dollars (Canadian). The 2010 Winter Olympics was one good example. The politicians and bureaucrats of B.C. wanted this project to promote their image –and ego. The people of B.C. did not want –or vote for- this event because of the runaway cost of setting up and operating the Olympics. The actual cost of doing the Olympics exceeded the projected figures and is still rising, even before the event was to take place. When the Olympics is over, B.C. will be in debt and will have to raise taxes to pay off the runaway cost of the Olympics.
By the time the 2010 Olympics takes place, GottaCon and the other two events will coincide at the same time. Not surprisingly, all three of those events will do far better than the Olympics. This is because they made do with the minimal resources and minimal budget on hand. They will also be better coordinated and organized, based on experience and room for improvement. It would not be beside all three of them to actually consult one another to be more successful. All three will likely have better credibility than the B.C. Government and the 2010 Winter Olympic.
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- Current Mood: optimistic