2018: A crossroads

Hi everyone!

There hasn’t been a lot of new stuff going on lately, mainly due to conventions and an increased workload from my part-time job. Over the course of the last few weeks, however, I’ve been able to think about where things are and in what direction they’re going. Have a seat, we’re going to talk some numbers.

In 2015 I hosted game shows at 30 conventions, an all-time high. I was able to attend conventions I hadn’t seen in a while, including Naka-Kon in Kansas City and Anime Weekend Atlanta. All of this while moving from southern New Jersey to Charlotte. It was a busy year, but quite a successful one.

In 2016 the number of conventions dipped a little bit, from 30 to 27. Some date conflicts made me unavailable for conventions I’d done where I’d had some success, but I picked up some new shows in places I’d either never been or that I hadn’t been in some time.

In 2017, I’ve only been booked at 21 shows. Several of the 2016 conventions I attended folded, and some conventions I was unable to attend in 2016 decided to go in a different direction this year, leaving me with no bookings those weekends.

I’ve had to take a part-time job again to ensure I have enough income to make things work, and I’ve taken on a manager to try to get more bookings. Thanks to Chris I was able to do my first Wizard World; if I did well enough there to be considered for further of their shows, that will be a big plus. I’ve also signed a multi-convention deal that will take me back to the Midwest for several shows (including three in or near Chicago). But the writing is definitely on the wall based on my projected income for 2017.

In 2018, if I’m unable to achieve a certain amount of total income from my four main sources (convention bookings, table sales, Patreon and miscellaneous contributions from software licensing, Youtube and otherwise), it will be my final year hosting game shows for conventions, and I will go back to working a regular 9-to-5.

I plan on giving you a monthly report beginning today to let you know how things are going. I won’t divulge the actual numbers, but I’ll let you know the percentages. Obviously, until 2018 begins I can only give you projections, but here are the projections based on invitations that are either solid or conventions I know I’ll see an invitation (Tsubasacon, for example).

CONVENTION INCOME:  40% of required income reached from 2018 bookings
PATREON: 111% of required income reached provided current patronage stays the same
TABLE PREDICTIONS: 82% of required income projected based on a full year’s worth of table sales
MISCELLANEOUS: 20% of required income based on projected Youtube earnings for 2018

As of right now I’ve committed to ten 2018 conventions, and the income from those cons should make up 40% of what I will need in order to continue. Therefore, the target number of conventions for 2018 is 25. If I can get that many confirmed by the start of the year, everything should be fine. It will require invitations from a few conventions I did not hear from this year, and I’ll definitely need to replace some of the income I’ll lose due to multiple conventions being on the same weekend next year (Zenkaikon and Anime St. Louis, for example).

This post should not be a deterrent for any convention that is interested in having me as a guest for 2018. I am fully committed to work any con that wants to bring me in. If you are a convention runner that is considering bringing me out, the sooner we can get that locked in, the sooner I’ll be able to determine whether or not 2018 will be my final year. If you are interested in helping me out through other means, there are several ways to do so.

I hope this post doesn’t come off as desperation or doom and gloom. If I can turn around the bookings so that I have a much busier schedule, everything should be fine and you can look forward to much more from me. Realistically speaking, though, I have to make sure I’m solvent, so things get much more serious now and going forward.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be at Otakon next weekend as an attendee. If you see me, make sure to say hello!

Anime Blues Con: Play Your Cards Right

Hello, Anime Blues Con folks and others who’ve stumbled upon this article!

With the convention coming up in less than two weeks, I’ve got some surveys that I need to get to 100 people prior to the show! Can you help?

There are four surveys, and here are the links for them:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3578693/Play-Your-Cards-Right-S2-Q1-CARD-GAMES

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3587059/Play-Your-Cards-Right-S2-Q2-FANDOM-ARGUMENTS

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3626283/Play-Your-Cards-Right-S2-Q3-VIDEO-GAMES

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3626970/Play-Your-Cards-Right-S2-Q4-RANDOM-FANDOM

Thanks so much for helping out! See you in Memphis next weekend!

No Youtube updates this month.

Hi everyone, just a quick note. Between the new computer, my vacation, an increase in work with my part-time job and something personal that I don’t wish to discuss publicly, I haven’t had any time to edit, so there will be no Youtube uploads this month.

I then have conventions three consecutive weekends in July, so at the soonest I won’t expect to have new video up until mid- to late- July.

Sorry folks, but don’t forget…if my Patreon gets high enough I won’t have to work the part-time job anymore. Please consider a contribution.

Last week in surveys

Hello, everyone!

Due to my being hacked I had to take down and then recreate my survey group on Facebook (which you can join here). Some of you might have missed my most recent Pointless and Play Your Cards Right surveys. If you did, here they are so you can catch up:

Pointless Q1: EEVEELUTIONS
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3558742/Pointless-S2-Q1-EEVEELUTIONS

Pointless Q2: SAME LETTER
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3578804/Pointless-S2-Q2-SAME-LETTER

Pointless Q3: THE LETTER “J”
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3587945/Pointless-S2-Q3-THE-LETTER-J

Play Your Cards Right Q1: CARD GAMES
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3578693/Play-Your-Cards-Right-S2-Q1-CARD-GAMES

Play Your Cards Right Q2: FANDOM ARGUMENTS
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3587059/Play-Your-Cards-Right-S2-Q2-FANDOM-ARGUMENTS

Thanks as always!

 

Prize contributions: A Greggo Guide

Hello, everyone!

Lately you have all been ridiculously generous when it comes to prize contributions. I’ve had fans come up with literal suitcases full of prizes to add to my own prize suitcase, and I think that’s incredible.

Today I’d like to talk about what sort of prize support is best, because lately I’ve gotten a few things that I don’t think I’ll be able to use.

First and foremost, make sure to give me fair warning if you’re going to give me prizes at a convention. I have packing down to a science, so my large suitcase (which contains my tripods and prizes) almost always hits exactly 50 pounds. It gets lighter over the weekend as I give away stuff, but if you’re contributing a large amount I’ll have to figure out how to get it all home on the plane without paying an overweight bag fee. If you let me know ahead of time, I can plan accordingly.

Keeping weight in mind, certain things are much heavier than others. I really can’t take large quantities of books or manga because they’re too heavy. If you’re planning a manga donation, consider worthy groups like the Carolina Manga Library, who are popping up more frequently at anime conventions these days.

I’m fine with accepting “gently used” merchandise. If it’s something that you personally would be happy to get as a prize, it’s likely something someone else would as well.

Box sets are fantastic prizes. Collections of individual discs, however, take up a lot more space in the suitcase. I recently had to unload about sixty individual discs to free up space in the prize closet. Sets like Ghost in the Shell Arise (only two volumes) are perfectly fine…it’s the ones that are 8 individual discs or more that are problematic.

Finally, and this should go without saying, I can’t accept bootleg items as prizes. I recently received a DVD set that was pretty obviously bootleg. With so many industry folks involved in my guest games, I would hate to give away something that actually steals from said industry.

Your generosity will always be appreciated. I’ve been able to successfully offer nice prizes for around 100 game shows a year thanks to your kindness. Thanks for being some of the best fans ever!