A full scale invasion is underway, and its not
just Trekkies & Klingons... Star Wars fanatics, Doctor Whovians, browncoats,
Stargate travelers, Galactica viper pilots, Potterphiles, wiley pirates, comic
book heroes, Renaissance fairgoers, anime girls, gamer geeks, and musical bards,
converge for one weekend a year to meet the stars from their favorite movies,
don elaborate costumes, and geek-out about what interests them.
The date for BabelCon 4.5 has been set for March
[masked] at the LSU Cook Hotel, in Baton Rouge, LA.
This year our motto is "faster, better, cheaper". Because of the
stock market crash and following bad economy, attendance for these types of
conventions has dropped significantly nationwide. Thus, we've had to reduce the
logistics of the convention for 2010. Next year, if all goes well, we will
return to the expanded logistics format we had last year. But we don't want to
give the impression the content will be small.
BabelCon has MORE programming spaces than its ever had before, its just
that the logistics are tighter. We've got some cool things planned that have
never been at a BabelCon before, plus a sci-fi celebrity guest, gaming, shows,
and all the coolest aspects of BabelCon, minus logistical gratuities like the
COG Concert and the LAN room. We have two more panel rooms than last year, and
more nighttime video rooms. I have confirmed that Rocky Horror will be performed
after-hours by the Transylvania Electric Company (out of New Orleans), and the
Renaissance Festival will be set up outdoors.
Since the logistics of BabelCon 4.5 are compact, we're doing something
different with the merchant table rentals. Instead of one giant merchant
room, we're using the 4th floor as a merchant room. If you want to rent a
merchant table, there is NO CHARGE. That's right, merchant tables this year are
FREE if you rent a room from the hotel ($99 per night). All you have to do is
rent any room on the 4th floor, and either convert the room into your merchant
shop, or place a table by the door and sell right out of your room.
All the panel rooms are on the 4th floor, at each corner of the hotel, so
there will be a LOT of traffic past all the merchant rooms, all day and night
long. Merchants will still have to register for the convention, but the space is
yours for the entire con at no extra cost. Plus this year, many panel rooms will
be open during the entire convention, so its a true 24-hour convention for 2010.
Merchants will still have to register for the con.
Also, for the first time ever, we have a designated party floor: the 4th
Floor. And although it probably seems that way, the 4th floor is not the only
place where things will be going on. Many of the things, but not all. The gaming
area, registration, Ren Faire activities, shows, and fan tables will primarily
be on the 1st floor.