[personal profile] tammylc
I had an absolute blast running the consuite at ConFusion this year. All my schticky bits went over well - people were nostalgic about the Space Food Sticks, the Moon Pies have featured prominently in people's con reports, and the Tang Daquiris and Tang Screwdrivers were happily consumed. One window got an excellent moonscape treatment, and people enjoyed writing random graffiti on the other ones. Mylar makes the best tablecloths - they looked really, really cool and didn't show stains!

I was a lot more relaxed about things this year than last year - I knew I had an excellent crew in place, and they didn't let me down! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dlacey, my fabulous second in command, and the rest of the official staff: [livejournal.com profile] nubianamy, [livejournal.com profile] annaoj, [livejournal.com profile] tanac, [livejournal.com profile] lutzethesweeper, [livejournal.com profile] jer_, Keith and Wyn. The equally valued but unofficial staff included the absolutely indispensible Matt Fanny, and volunteers extraordinaire, [livejournal.com profile] cjdoyle and [livejournal.com profile] jenx. And then there was Sara Shurmer, who was going to run the smoking consuite up until that tanked, and instead helped out in a variety of ways.

I didn't see much of the rest of the con, but from everything I've heard, it was all great! Our attendance was up by at least 10%-15%, mostly all of them young people (late teens, early twenties) who found out about us when we hosted the consuite at Youmacon this year. They added an incredible amount of energy to the convention and made it one of the best cons in years, in terms of the atmosphere. On Saturday night I didn't get to bed until 4:30 am, because the consuite was so hopping into the wee hours that I didn't realize how late it had gotten! Another cool thing coming from all the new faces was that not all of them were white faces. For a convention held in Detroit, ConFusion has been really non-diverse. There are 3 black people, and you know them all. It was great to see that start to change.

I'm really excited about the direction the con is going, particularly since I've thrown my hat in the ring to chair ConFusion next year. I'd offered to do it before I decided to launch my new business, and I've decided to follow through on that offer even though it will mean that I can't move as quickly with the new business. I'm looking to line up 2 or 3 "conchairs-in-training" who I'll work with through the year and hopefully be able to pass things off to at the end of it. And of course I'll be looking for people to fill various concom positions - let me know if you're interested in helping out!

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