NakamaCON Cancelled

All official data of NakamaCon Cancellation.

The post described below is a e-mail that was sent to all pre-registered attendees with minor modification to names. This blog containes both the standard message that was sent to the LiveJournal community and the message that was sent to the registered attendees. This post also contains the original text on the old nakamacon[dot]com website.

 

 

The official text on the NakamaCon 2011 website prior to being pulled offline.


From The Nakamacon Convention Chair: Why The Convention was canceled. Read On.

Firstly, we’re not doing this lightly. Keep that in mind. Nakamacon was our baby. We didn’t start this convention but we wanted it to live on. Last year, this con was a mess and this year we tried to rebuild it from scratch on six months… notice. I didn’t know I would be running it until I showed up for a budget meeting and had it dumped in my arms.

We’ve had a list of illnesses and injuries in the last month. I had strep throat which prevented me from conducting the con business over the phone for several days.
Our Artist’s Alley coordinator got a job which precludes her having any further involvement or even attending the convention.

The Creative Director’s husband spent a week in hospital due to heart complications.

Our advertising exec was in a car accident. His kidney’s no longer work properly and his spleen suffered damage. He blacks out a lot.
My Chief of staff is a public employee for Wisconsin with friends in Egypt. If you’ve followed the union protests or the news, you’d know what she’s facing. She had to pull out to defend her job and family.
Our printer has sent us half the fliers we can afford and they are all misprints.

…Our second investor has pulled out completely so funding is gone. I can’t run the convention out of my own pocket.
I realize it is three months from the convention. I know we could make it happen but we’d sacrifice a lot of our own lives to make it work. If any one of these things hadn’t happened we might still have a Nakamacon. Collectively, they’ve led to us being so far behind that recovery is unlikely.
Something better may come out of it. We may have another convention in the future. I would certainly like to. We all learned a lot about ourselves and what we’re capable of.
To all of you, I am sorry.

E-mail send to all pre-registered attendees via the EventBrite service.

By now, most of you have noticed the web-site change to a crudely written text file explaining that NakamaCon has been cancelled for those who are not yet aware, you may visit it by going to http://www.nakamacon.com . The opinions and the statements reflected on the website are that of the convention chairperson alone known as Chessie and the voices of the predecessors as well as divisions of the other chair persons involved with running the convention were silenced.

As one of the predecessors of NakamaCon 2010 and in defense to the statement that is said in the third paragraph of the site and I do quote:

“Nearly every aspect of the con was recovering from the poor planning and misdirection it suffered from last year.”

Let me admit personally that there were problems with NakamaCon 2010. But one must ask themselves has there really been a first time convention that collectively happened without problems? The entire convention of NakamaCon 2010 was planned by three people over the course of 8 months. And was executed by a handful of additional people resulting in an attendance of almost 400 people. There was plenty of new things that we tried that worked brilliantly while others did not. And if we didn’t try something different and something new; And most importantly something fun. Then why even have a convention in the first place?

Of course we will make mistakes, we learn, and evolve. It’s not just the nature of Conventioneering it’s the nature of business itself! If there is one lesson that anyone can walk away from this debacle is if someone offers to purchase a convention from you to run as they see fit. Get everything in writing, take the money and walk away.

I could discuss further of things of this nature however I fear I’ve already brought too much drama and semantics. Unlike how the website describes it I will take partial responsibility in its failure as any mature person would do. I for one was burned out after 2010 and never recovered. It is why the purchase of the convention happened in the first place. And I do sincerely apologize as a lot of people will be hurt because of such harsh decisions rested upon the chairmen of the convention. The following people include:

1.      The members which have pre-registered, placing their faith into us in giving them another great time.
2.      The Dealers and Artists which are the heart and soul of the convention.
3.      The Radisson in Madison for their exceeding generosity. And have been a beacon of light for many conventions in the past and current. Conventions such as OddessyCon http://www.oddcon.com/  which still exist there today.
4.      The volunteers which dedicated their personal lives and time in order to build a fun convention aimed at the anthropomorphic fandom for all to attend.

Understand that economics is also a concern to everyone involved. And despite the gravity of financial and personal concerns happen to us all. The decision for the ultimate dissolve of the convention was not made on the factors of money alone. Even as I am writing this E-mail to you all I am getting text messages, E-mails, and phone calls from furries in the community asking if anything can be done. I wish I had an answer.

But my hands are tied in the case of NakamaCon.

Livejournal public entry dated 9/8/2011 of NakamaCon 2011 cancellation.

Dear Wisconsin Furries and any furry interested in knowing about the state of NakmaCon 2011,

My name is S-Config , The ex-webmaster of NakamaCon, and maintainer of the Eventbrite payment system. Also, known as the panelist for “Rule 34”; I am sending this letter to you in response to the sudden and unprofessional cancellation of NakamaCon 2011 which as I am writing this to you I am still recoiling from the recklessness and irrationality of this all.

By now, most of you have noticed the web-site change to a crudely written text file explaining that NakamaCon has been cancelled for those who are not yet aware; you may visit it by going to http://www.nakamacon.com . The opinions and the statements reflected on the website are that of the convention chairperson alone known as “Chessie” and the voices of the predecessors as well as divisions of the other chair persons involved with running the convention were silenced and were not consulted prior to releasing this information.

I could discuss further of things of this nature however such matters in a public forum often breed drama. As a responsible human being I do sincerely apologize as a lot of people will be hurt because of such harsh decisions rested upon the chairmen (Chessie) of the convention. The following people include:

1. The members which have pre-registered, placing their faith into us in giving them another great time.
2. The Dealers and Artists which are the heart and soul of the convention.
3. The Radisson in Madison for their exceeding generosity. And have been a beacon of light for many conventions in the past and current. Conventions such as OddessyCon http://www.oddcon.com/ which still exist there today.
4. The volunteers which dedicated their personal lives and time in order to build a fun convention aimed at the anthropomorphic fandom for all to attend.

Understand that economics is also a concern to everyone involved. And despite the gravity of financial concerns which happen to us all. The decision for the ultimate dissolve of the convention was not made on the factors of money alone. Even as I am writing this E-mail to you all I am getting text messages, E-mails, and phone calls from furries in the community asking if anything can be done. I wish I had an answer. But my hands are tied in the case of NakamaCon.

Perhaps in the future and if the demand is there we could work on something new. After all the convention was a success and the issues involved with it such as the planning can and would be easily corrected..

You should know that as you are reading this. Every single person which has pre-registered for a dealers table, artist alley, and membership for pre-registration has now received their refunds electronically. Those which have sent checks will be sent back those very checks via postal service.

Once again, we apologize for such sudden actions and we hope that this does not inconvenience too many of you. We wish you all good luck and fortune in the years ahead.

Sincerely,

S-Config

Webmaster and eventbrite coordinator for nakamacon 2010-2011

Closing statements about NakamaCon.

There is no further comment about NakamaCON. Looking at what all happened in retrospect and where everything is right now. Bringing up the dead would only hurt the other designers  from NakamaCon 2010.

So to that end you will receive no further answer except this convention is dead and will never come back. Any attempt to contact me about NakamaCon will be met with silence.

Furthermore; I will not be assisting in any conventions in the foreseeable future. There are no regrets in running NakamaCon 2010 however it has opened my eyes to the state that fandom is in and the direction it wishes to go. It unfortunately is not a direction I want to go. Just remember that when you learn something it may not be what you wanted to learn, but what you needed to learn.

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