On Anime Club: Running a Convention

Last year, I ranted about why I left my school’s anime club after being an active member for two years.  In the end, I asked myself, “Why bother going to club when I can watch stuff that I like on my own time?”  I spent the rest of the time I was at school watching anime that I borrowed from other people and stuff I owned on my own.  I’m still on the club mailing list in case I want to go back, although I highly doubt I will.

My school’s anime club would do some activities other than sit in a dark room and watch anime.  There was the trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia two years ago.  There was also the end of the year sushi party.  Sometime last year, the club put on a Golden Week Festival where we borrowed a room in the student center and had a bunch of events going on.  We had a bunch of activities, a room where we showed anime on a projector, and a room with some video games like Katamari Damacy, DDR, and Street Fighter IV.  The highlight of the event was a show put on by the Tae Kwon Do club, which including sparing and breaking wooden blocks.

It was pretty awesome.  When Jenny, the new president of the club, took over club last fall, she wanted to follow up with something similar this year.

It all started with this post in the Facebook group:

Hey everybody.
So when doing the Golden Week festival this year, a lot of people expressed some form of interest in Anime Club, especially because they didn’t know it existed.
So I thought that one way to increase awareness on campus and to have tons of fun would be if our Lafayette Anime Club could host a convention.

Ladies and Gentleman I thus provide you with the discussion area for the Golden Week College Con (name subject to debate).

Any ideas on what buildings to host it in(right now: Kamine Gym) , what to include, famous people we somehow know/have connections with who would be willing to come to Lafayette, panel ideas, ect.

Of course, the entire plan hinges on whether Student Council and/or the LAF greenlights this, but having a well-thought out plan to present certainly helps.

I was no longer a part of club after the first week the club met, so I didn’t hear much about what was going on aside from the current members of the club.  I was the last old-timer (read: someone in my year or the year above me) in my club, but I still got the club email about what was going on each week.

I would go on with my life and go to Japan, where I went to Comic City, my first ever anime convention.  I got to see a lot of awesome cosplayers and bought some doujinshi while I was there.  My only regret was not getting my camera to work.  In all, I had a great time.

So two weeks ago, I heard from one of my friends about the convention that my school’s anime club tried to hold.  Since I wasn’t actually there, I thought it would be easier if I posted part of two Skype conversations I had with my friends.

The first Skype conversation comes from Zujjaj, one of my friends and a former member of anime club:

[3/14/2010 12:21:12 PM] Zujjaj: Oh, and if you are interested the Anime Club people did a sort of Con at school a week or so ago which Susan claimed “was not very well attended and a little creepy” I was tankfully aleep on that Saturday and din’t have to expose myself to it
[3/14/2010 12:21:29 PM] Devon: Good
[3/14/2010 12:21:44 PM] Devon: I’m glad I wasn’t there for it, to be honest.
[3/14/2010 12:21:56 PM] Devon: And I’m not surprised that it wasn’t well attended.
[3/14/2010 12:23:07 PM] Zujjaj: yeah apperently the best social event there was “anime speed dating” which I TOLD the people planning was a TERRIBAD idea but they still did it
[3/14/2010 12:23:16 PM] Zujjajt: I don’t quite know how
[3/14/2010 12:23:20 PM] Zujjaj: and I don’t want to
[3/14/2010 12:23:25 PM] Devon: *facepalm*

Then there was the conversation I had with Susan, who’s in the school’s Tae Kwon Do club.  She isn’t into anime, but she helped out with the show at the Golden Week Festival last year.  She had to be at the con this time to help out with whatever the Tae Kwon Do club was doing there:

[3/18/2010 10:58:15 AM] Susan: oh, i have a crazy story to tell you
[3/18/2010 10:58:20 AM] Susan: about the anime club
[3/18/2010 10:58:27 AM] Devon: Yes
[3/18/2010 10:58:28 AM] Devon: Do tell
[3/18/2010 10:58:29 AM] Susan: jenny thought it would be cool to host a comic con at laf.
[3/18/2010 10:58:35 AM] Susan: boy oh boy was it painful
[3/18/2010 10:58:52 AM] Susan: they invited kids from other schools like lehigh and god knows where else
[3/18/2010 10:59:07 AM] Susan: one of the panels was the physics of something in anime
[3/18/2010 10:59:14 AM] Susan: jenny got me to do a tkd thing
[3/18/2010 10:59:21 AM] Susan: which no one really showed up for
[3/18/2010 10:59:32 AM] Susan: the one guy who came scared the shit out of me
[3/18/2010 11:00:09 AM] Susan: for reasons unknown to us, he had handcuffs (the key to which he wore around his neck) and what I’m pretty sure is illegal, one of those collapsable steel battons
[3/18/2010 11:00:25 AM] Susan: i thought it was for some weird character, but apparently he uses them in his job at a restaurant
[3/18/2010 11:00:33 AM] Susan: Ryan King was just as freaked out
[3/18/2010 11:00:45 AM] Susan: he wasn’t too enthused in learning TKD techniques
[3/18/2010 11:01:11 AM] Susan: i never want to see that kid again

[3/18/2010 11:01:32 AM] Devon: I remember Z telling me about the con, but I didn’t know it was that bad.
[3/18/2010 11:01:36 AM] Devon: Tell me more about it.
[3/18/2010 11:01:42 AM] Susan: i didn’t think Z went
[3/18/2010 11:01:55 AM] Susan: haha, that’s very him
[3/18/2010 11:02:10 AM] Susan: yeah, it was pretty painful. I was only there for the minimum amount of time required of me
[3/18/2010 11:02:19 AM] Susan: plus I had to run off to some WA conferences as soon as my gig was over

[3/18/2010 11:02:40 AM] Susan: umm, jenny hosted a panel about character speed dating that didn’t have anyone show up to it
[3/18/2010 11:03:14 AM] Susan: there was a pokemon word scavenger hunt. someone got there an hour early and did the whole thing and won ahead of time

[3/18/2010 11:03:54 AM] Devon: Wow.
[3/18/2010 11:05:19 AM] Devon: Z said that the anime speed dating was apparently the best event at the con.
[3/18/2010 11:05:28 AM] Susan: oh, maybe it was something else then
[3/18/2010 11:05:38 AM] Susan: was it the jeopardy/

(note: this was similar to the anime jeopardy that the last president ran two years ago.  It was tied into the shows we watched that year: Gurren Lagann, Seto no Hanayome, Ouran High School Host Club, Baccano, Serial Experiements Lain, and Speed Grapher.  I guess it was a lot worse this time and less organized.)

[3/18/2010 11:07:56 AM] Devon: I can understand why…
[3/18/2010 11:08:57 AM] Devon: I’m so glad I was in Japan when it happened and not there…
[3/18/2010 11:09:10 AM] Susan: haha, yeah
[3/18/2010 11:09:15 AM] Susan: you got the far better experience

[3/18/2010 11:09:16 AM] Devon: Nobody dressed up as anyone at this con…did they…?
[3/18/2010 11:13:12 AM] Susan: not that I saw
[3/18/2010 11:13:19 AM] Devon: GOOD
[3/18/2010 11:13:26 AM] Susan: Ryan King was in a suit, of shorts, and was supposedly a character reference
[3/18/2010 11:13:37 AM] Susan: a Jenny had a kimono like shirt on, but that’s all

[3/18/2010 11:14:02 AM] Devon: Wow…
[3/18/2010 11:14:25 AM] Devon: And I thought it couldn’t get any worse.
[3/18/2010 11:14:33 AM] Susan: you asked
[3/18/2010 11:14:42 AM] Susan: you should have remained blissfully ignorant

I think both Skype conversations are self-explanatory.

I went to Comic City and had the better experience than anyone who went to the anime club’s con back at Lafayette.

Me – 1
Anime Club – 0


~ by WanderingMind on March 26, 2010.

One Response to “On Anime Club: Running a Convention”

  1. wow, that just sounds really… I don’t even know how to phrase it… ._. Why does it seem as though my college’s anime club is the only one that knows what to do and doesn’t fall prey to the common anime club failures. Dx

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