Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Applications for Artist's Alley now on!

We're pleased to announce that the applications for the Artist's Alley are now being accepted! 

Please read the entire post for all the details, as there are some important changes this year. 

The first big change that we have to stress is that tables will not be free this year. We're really sorry, but the unfortunate reality is that even though Dee-Con is a free event, it costs a lot to run. Don't freak out though, we think the pricing plan for tables is very reasonable, and will only cost the average seller £5. We're not making money from you, all the income from tables goes directly into funding the event. By agreeing to pay for tables you directly contribute to the running of Dee-Con, and we're very grateful. We'll do everything we can to make your day as streamlined, easy and enjoyable as possible. 

On that note, if you're selling things you've made yourself (prints, artwork, clothing, keychains etc.) read below. If you're selling commercial items that you have not made (imported goods, plushies, clothing etc.) please slip to the "Commercial goods sellers" section further down.  

Hand-made sellers:

In order to cover the costs of hiring and transporting 60 tables, each seller will be required to pay £5 on the day of the event. Please ensure you bring something with your name on it (ID, bank card, student card) so we can confirm your table booking and payment. 

In order to apply, please read the following.

- Email exhibitors@dee-con.com and include the following:
          - Full name.
          - Examples of your work (We accept links to DeviantArt, Flickr, Etsy or email attachments)
          - Contact telephone number (preferably mobile number)
          - Acknowledgement that you will be required to pay £5 on the day of the event.

- You will receive a reply on the 8th of February to confirm if you've got a table. This will contain all the details  you'll need to arrive and set up on the day. Tables will be given on a first come first serve basis. Please don't keep contacting us to ask why you've not received a reply until after the 8th of February at the earliest.

- The application process will be ongoing until a week or two before the event, providing there are still tables available. We'll let you know when tables are sold out.

- Applications are on a table by table basis, assistants/friends sharing a table is absolutely fine but please inform us in your application if you are sharing. If the other person is also selling, please include their details and work examples in your email. You will only be asked for one payment of £5 per table.

- Table dimensions are roughly 6ft by 2.5ft. Table cloths are not supplied, we advise bringing one as the table surface can be quite slippery. 

That's pretty much everything you need to know, if you've got any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch. There's additional contact details at the bottom. 

Commercial goods sellers:

Commercial sellers include people selling non hand made goods such as imported plushies, backpacks, badges, clothing and merchandise. This does not include officially licensed retailers and partners, if you're a licensed retailer interested in having a stall at Dee-Con please contact management@Dee-Con.com with "Licensed Retailer" in the subject line and we can put you in contact with The Union. 

Independent commercial goods sellers will be required to pay £30 per table in advance of the event. This is due to the fact that these stalls make considerably more money than those selling hand made artwork, and an increased table fee helps balance the cost. However, these tables will have priority placement in the venue. 

If you're interested in reserving a table for this purpose;

- Please email management@Dee-Con.com with "Independent Retailer" in the subject line, and include the following:
          - Full name.
          - A rough example of what you will be selling.
          - How many tables you require (max. 2 per person) 
          - Contact telephone number (preferably mobile number).
          - Acknowledgement that you will be required to pay £30 in advance of the event. 

- We will reply to you as soon as possible with payment details. We're currently looking into setting up a PayPal account to safely handle these transactions. 

- After payment has been completed, you will receive a confirmation email containing details of the event. As stated previously, your tables will have priority placement in the venue. 

For everybody:

We hope that was informative, but if anything isn't clear please contact the relevant email addresses.

For general enquiries or information, please drop us an email at info@Dee-Con.com and we'll reply as soon as possible, alternatively you can reach is via Facebook.

Also, our brand new website www.dee-con.com is now live! We'll be updating it periodically with line up details, guests, events, timetables and all sorts of info and goodies. Get it bookmarked! 

See you on the 7th of April =D 

Monday, 23 January 2012

Exhibitor applications coming soon! + New Dee-Con artwork.

We've been receiving a lot of requests for exhibitor applications. We're just finalising the web hosting and domain names, at which point we'll be creating email addresses which you can contact to apply for tables. Expect that within the next day or two, as well as a shiny new website!

Also, the ever-talented Lynsey Schaschke has created some fantastic new artwork for our headers and banners, which celebrates the new year of the Dragon! (Also... is that some post-it notes I spy?) There'll be a selection of illustrations for the various promotional materials in the run up to the event.

Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates!

Friday, 20 January 2012

Dee-Con 2012 Confirmed!


As we're sure many of you are aware, there has been a lot of confusion recently regarding the organisation of D-Con 2012. 

Thankfully, our internal debates have been settled and all parties have reached an agreement. The jist of it is, D-Con is not yet confirmed to run in 2012. However! We're very pleased to announce that the brand new, free, anime/art convention "Dee-Con" will be running on Saturday the 7th of April 2012. 

D-Con is en event organised by former Animation students of DJCAD, as those organisers have now successfully graduated, it is our intention (as current Animation students) to continue to support the Animation department and host another free anime/art convention in Dundee. Dee-Con is the result of this.

We'd like to acknowledge that this event wouldn't be possible without the continued efforts of the team who brought you D-Con. As far as we're aware, they are looking into ways to expand D-Con out-with the University of Dundee so hopefully we've not seen the last of it.

In the mean time however, we're glad to accept their approval in order to bring you, the fans, another free anime/art convention that is up to the standard you've come to expect from Dundee. We'll have plenty of exhibitors, entertainment, video game tournaments, live music, presentations, demonstrations and promotions to ensure you get a top quality experience as always. 

We'll release more details next week once we've got everything in order, what we can confirm at the moment is that Dee-Con 2012 will take place for one day only on Saturday the 7th of April. We apologise for the change in date, but the 31st clashed with 2 other UK conventions and hosting ours on the same date was not an option. There will also be an official 18+ Dee-Con afterparty in The Union, which you might want to take into consideration when planning your arrangements. 

There will be a call for artists and exhibitors next week (beginning the 23rd).

Please follow us on Facebook here to ensure you don't miss out on anything important.  

Stay tuned for more information, and we hope you're as excited as we are! 

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Situation.

There's some debate online questioning the authority and authenticity of the current D-Con 2012 event. We'd like to clarify what's going on. The situation as it stands is, the right to organise the event is being contested by a previous organiser.

We apologise for any confusion, but the dispute will be settled in the near future. What we can confirm, is that there will be a free anime/arts convention held in Dundee on the projected date (which is subject to change). This event is fully endorsed by the Dundee University Student Association, DJCAD, and The Union. Whether this is called D-Con remains to be seen, but we've got a dedicated, experienced and enthusiastic committee working on making it the successful and enjoyable event you've all come to expect.

For the time being, we'll be promoting the event under the D-Con name. If you've got any specific enquiries feel free to email info@d-con.org and we'll try to get back to you as soon as possible. In the mean time, you can stay up to date on current affairs by liking us on Facebook. You can view and respond to the Facebook event here. If you've not got a Blogger or Google account, you can receive blog updates via email by registering on the right hand column. 

This event is for you, the fans, and we will do everything in our power to make it happen. Keep spreading the word, and stay tuned.

It's Happening!

We're pleased to confirm, D-Con 2012 will be held on Saturday the 7th of April! Scotland's biggest free anime/art convention is happening!

More details of the event will be released soon. You can stay up to date by joining the blog, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter.

We will be looking for exhibitors, artists and presenters within the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you again,

Team D-Con