THE ONE YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!
Highly regarded Internet star Tony Whatley II, a.k.a. @BlackCriticGuy, is famous for his series of YouTube interview videos.
So we were eager to talk with him about BoroughCon and give Tony credit as the “you-heard-about-it-here-first” newsbreaker.
Here’s his video interview with BoroughCon CEO Matthew Goodison-Orr, CFO Victor Lai and Counsel Preeti Dewane.
Don’t let the corporate-sounding titles fool you. We’re all just a bunch of nerds here.
I hate August.
My birthday’s in August and, as if that’s not bad enough, I never had a proper party, even as a kid. That’s because everyone’s out of town. Boring beyond measure, August is the month I dread most.
But this one was exciting. Matt showed up in Japan for the World Cosplay Summit. I got to go to Super Smash Con and took my boys to compete in Nebulous Gaming’s weekly tourneys on the Lower East Side. I also brought my BoroughCon-teed torso to both Flame Con and Inbeon Con and met some amazing people who I hope find their way to St. John’s University over Memorial Day weekend 2017. We also got confirmation that I-Con has been revived, and you can count on us to support it — as well as New York’s newest literary convention, HELIOsphere, and its longest-running, Lunacon!
The excitement was diminished, though, by the losses of Willie Wonka and R2-D2, Gene Wilder and Kenny Baker. We at BoroughCon were profoundly saddened by these passings.
We broke the news to many of you via our dynamic Facebook page, but now’s not the time to dwell on them. Instead, here are happier memes posted there in August, the ones you viewed the most:
13) Star Trek smackdown. The Gap Band finally gets the video it deserves.
12) How to treat a cosplayer, and how not to. If “Don’t be a jerk” is too complicated, watch this video. Even if you don’t think you’re a jerk, you should still watch.
11) More GRRM. We’re nearing the end of Game of Thrones’ run, but its creator has more in store for us.
10) Congrats, Tim Zahn! One of our favorite tie-in authors received a lifetime achievement award. Here’s the link to his Facebook fan page.
9) Wal Mart. Where else?
8) Happy 50th birthday, Trek! Here’s the link to Smithsonian’s golden jubilee documentary, Building Star Trek.
7) How do you really feel? We all have contrarian opinions. Don’t judge. Maybe some people are really looking forward to Batman comics based on the Val Kilmer movie. Who knows?
6) Speaking truth to the mass market. Adam Ellis from Buzzfeed nails it and wins the Internet for at least a day.
5)”Oh, you said ‘Wookiee’?” Long, long ago, on a wonderfully diverse and peaceful inner-city street far, far away …
4) Taarna! Taarna! Happy 35th anniversary to animation masterpiece Heavy Metal!
3) Dead cat drones. A taxidermist and a flight engineer team up. What’s weird about that?
2) Sheikha America. The Star-Spangled Avenger in a hijab. Why not? Courtesy of Hijabi Hooligan.
1) The Big Reveal! But by far the most viewed images were a couple pieces of a puzzle we’ve been working on since we first formed our team. After relentless months of design, notes, redesign, refinements, we have a mascot who represents everything that BoroughCon is about. She’s fun-loving, street-savvy, down-to-earth. Attractive without ostentation, stylish on a budget, she’s the russet-skinned, caramel-eyed, ponytailed girl next door bound for bigger things. But this year she’ll be hosting you at BoroughCon. You’ll see her all over the St. John’s campus, adorning directional signs showing you which way to your next event. You’ll see what she looks like cosplaying her original characters from video games, comics, anime and superhero movies.
She hasn’t told us her name yet. Maybe you’ve already met her. If so, we’d love to know what to call her.
Regardless, please join the BoroughCon team in welcoming our newest member! (Maybe August isn’t so bad after all.)
The BoroughCon team keeps moving forward!
As you can tell, we’ve done a lot of fine tuning and content publication on this web site. Thank you all for your comments and letting us know where you ran into glitches! We intend to keep making these pages more user-friendly as well as informative. We definitely have seen a spike in downloads of our vendor and artist forms!
We’ve also been posting premium content, to which we hope you subscribe. It’s more for con-runners than the broader public. Still, if you’re an entrepreneur or just a fan-of-fandom who wants an Inside Baseball view of how the magic happens, you’ll get a lot out of it. We put together the first searchable, filterable table of all the pop culture conventions in the United States with 10,000 or more attendees, then we wrote a separate article featuring leaderboards for the biggest cons, the biggest second-tier cons, the busiest weekends for conrunners, the most competitive weekends for talent and the cities with the most major cons. Just this morning, we dropped a how-to guide for constructing the kind of business plan that will help you raise money for your event. More to come.
All this content is free (for now at least). We do ask that, if you would like to see this business-y stuff, you share your name and email address with us and permit us to send you a periodic newsletter updating you on all things BoroughCon, including news and features exclusive to our subscribers. Even if you don’t care for the premium content, you can still subscribe to the newsletter. You can also view all the insightful comic/film/gaming reviews and irreverent blog posts we’ve been putting up here.
Matt will be back from his East Asian adventure soon, and Victor will be returning from his month-long lost weekend on a beach in Mexico. They’re the ones tasked with securing the talent and vendors so, once they settle back in here, we’ll be making a bunch of announcements. Stay tuned!
We’ll start with the obvious: This web site is up and running! You’ll notice that we have a mix of content — reviews, blogs and some premium content. We’ve decided not to charge for any of it but, if you’re going to read the top-shelf stuff, we need you to share with us your name, email address and permission to send you a weekly newsletter we’ll be kicking off within the month.
The premium content will be the Inside Baseball on con running. We’re a first-year con, so this is really presumptuous of us. Then again, we represent the outer boroughs of New York City, which means what we lack in experience we more than make up for in chutzpah. (Look it up, Gem City!) Seriously, though, our CEO and CFO ran KnightroKon in Orlando for years. The rest of us are experienced entertainment lawyers, project managers and business consultants. We’re making our intellectual capital available to you for free. It might help you with drawing up contracts, prevent lawsuits, manage all your con’s moving parts and, in the case of this morning’s data dump, help you with market research. We hope you take a look at the premium content as we crank it out.
Of course, you don’t need to be a con runner or have any interest in our legal, managerial and marketing savvy to subscribe to our newsletter. Just click the box on the right side of this page. That’s the easiest way to stay informed about all the nerdy goodness that will manifest at the inaugural BoroughCon.
These are bold words from a con that has yet to announce its first guest. It’s fair game to point that out if you like but, by sometime in September, we’ll be posting news about that critical factor. We already have agreements in principle with a number of leading cosplayers and voice actors and, without saying too much about it at this stages, we have reason for high confidence that some A-listers and household names will be spending Memorial Day weekend with us at St. John’s University. We don’t want to mislead: We’re not going to have the quantity of Good Gets that you’d see in San Diego or Atlanta or for that matter Manhattan, but we’re shaping up to be a pretty impressive first-year con. Give us the rest of the summer to sort this out, then stay tuned for announcements as we can make them.
Ditto for exhibitors and sponsors. We’re already in contact with a number of leading artists, writers, publishers and merchants. Along the same lines, we should soon be making announcements about corporate sponsors, including an official airline and one or more official hotels.
Oh, one more thing. We’ve been working on a mascot and have shared brief glimpses of her on our Facebook page. That’s all you get for now, but our design team has really done an exceptional job incarnating the spirit of the Four Boroughs. We love her already, and think you will too.