It’s going to be a rough couple of months leading up to JTAF this year. One of my key colleagues has resigned due to RL duties (which are always more important, as this isn’t even a paying gig :P), and I’m going to have to step in to take over until I can dupe some poor schlep into taking the job find someone to assume those responsibilities. To be honest, handling operations and marketing is pretty hard work to be sure, but dealing with three major areas of convention planning may be the push into insanity I needed. Shit, I haven’t had a nervous breakdown since the eighth grade, so I guess I’m due 🙂 In all honesty, I don’t think I will stress about it, because in the grand scheme of things, live programming doesn’t have a whole lot to it right now, and lucky for me, the department’s structure is well-supported. All I have to do is really just play figurehead to the various managers for the time being. Why do I have to take over, you ask? Because I’m the vice-chair, and that’s part of my responsibilities and duties. In the event that people cannot perform their job, I have no choice but to step it up and go balls out until I can find a spare pair to take over. Not that I’m implying it’s a man thing, it’s just a regular unisex thing to do. Anyway, the managers are aware and have been really helping me out with it, so, as I said, it’s not stressing me out too much right now.

Meanwhile, we’re gearing up for the Anime Expo trip, where I’ll be running a booth and having fun. Our booth is like waaaaay in the back of the hall, but I don’t care. It’ll be a lot of fun either way, and all we’re there to do is give the convention proper exposure and see if we can get people to come visit us in September. Fliers, banners, and maybe a couple of raffles for the crowd to try and gain some interest. I have to hand it to the Fanime people, though… Justin Hernandez is reportedly going all out with the Fanime booth this year, and I’m definitely looking forward to it. Though I think that this year’s AX might be another ‘working vacation’ like back in 99 when I sat in the exhibit hall for four days selling a service not a single person purchased. That was ten kinds of fun (bleh). This year, I have my minions from operations and marketing to pitch in and man the booth so I can have fun and hang out.

I’ll hopefully be a little more diligent about daily reporting this year, so stay tuned to this channel for this year’s AX report.

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