People often forget that our explicit mission at Otakon is *not* to entertain you -- it's to educate. We exist to shed light on Asian culture.
Also, I have NOT said that we will never bring in a band that's played the US con scene before -- we had MELL this past year, after all, and I've long said that Yoko Kanno is on the list of people I would bring back if the opportunity presented itself. I *have* said that we prefer to bring in acts that are new to the scene and acts that other conventions do not have the resources or connections to bring about.
If you want to see the smaller bands that tour non-convention venues regularly -- support them directly by attending their shows. Otakon has in the past helped to promote and encourage our members to directly support artists, and we will continue to as long as I'm around.
If you want to see bands that routinely play smaller conventions, go to those conventions that feature the bands you want to see. Smaller cons need love too! And if Otakon gobbles up the acts that smaller cons can afford, it only makes us look greedy.
There are, however, plenty of bands that ONLY larger and more established cons have access to, either through contacts or sheer numbers. There are things that only bigger cons can provide. And that's the big reason why I feel we need to continue to innovate and take risks. It is also necessary to maintain our competitive edge.
That said, we are trying to figure out a way to set up a music festival that would feature many of those acts that don't get out East very often. This year hasn't been very kind on that front, but we have some groundwork laid, and I'd like to see it happen next year.
Edited by alabaster, 17 August 2009 - 10:14 AM.
Director of Guests & Industry Relations (Otakon & Otakon Vegas)
Chair, Otakon Music Festival (2012), Programming Division Head (2012)
Special Projects Coordinator (2011-2012), Relations Section Chief (2007-2010)
Con Chair Emeritus (Otakon 2006), Vice Chair (2005)
President (2006), Vice President (2005)
Member-at-Large (2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
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