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PRE-REGISTRATION CUTOFF DATE…
Has been set as APRIL 30, 2010. After that date, you can only get memberships at the convention itself, at our On-Site Registration desk (only exception to this is May 1, at two Dallas-area comic stores on Free Comic Book Day – see below).
ALL requests for refund must be made by MAY 1, 2010. After this date, NO REFUND REQUESTS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON. (Requests made before May 1 may still be processed after May 1, but no NEW requests will be accepted. We must shut down the databases for badge processing and it takes several weeks.
Have been set as follows:
Weekend: $60 (includes all concerts)
Friday 1-day $40 (includes concerts)
Saturday 1-day $40 (includes concert)
Sunday 1-day $25
Child (6-12): $15
Child (5 and under): Free
Commemorative T-Shirt: $20
And an on-site-only bundle special: $75 (includes weekend membership and t-shirt)
All 3-day weekend registrants receive program book, program schedule & printed lanyard. PRE-Registered members receive (in addition to the above), special pre-printed, permanent, limited edition art badge and goodie bag of info, freebies, comics & little gifts.
On-site 3-day registrants get a different permanent badge. Goodie bags may be given to on-site registrants if there are leftovers from the pre-registered group (while supplies last).
FROM OUR REGISTRATION STAFF- GROUP PICKUP OPTION
Just a reminder to our attendees: don't forget the group pick-up option (the option to pick up group badges by a single person from the group, instead of individually). To take advantage of this option, use the handy form that has been placed in the Registration section of the forums on our website, www.a-kon.com. Follow the directions there and you should be set for your group badge pick-up. Beat the long lines and step up to the Exceptions Desk to grab your group and go. Don't be caught wishing you had already reserved your group pick-up. Once the deadline (April 30, 2010) has passed, it will be too late - do it today!
Keith’s Comics – Dallas,
More Fun Comics – Lancaster
Dragon’s Lair Comics – Austin,
Madness! Games –
GO THERE and get your memberships!
MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE ON FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
In conjunction with Free Comic Book Day (Saturday May 1), there will be manned tables atMadness! Games on
POSTER HANGERS NEEDED
We are about to finish our poster this year and are looking for volunteers to hang them around their areas. We will send 10 posters to whoever wants them. Email chairman’at’a-kon.com, give us a name and address to send them to, and we will ship them to you. Be part of the A-Kon® Street Team!
A partner with A-Kon® this year, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents the acclaimed concertVideo Games Live™ featuring music from the biggest and most recognizable video games of all time with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussion, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. For more details on the concert go to www.dallassymphony.com
FOR DISCOUNT TICKETS PLEASE CONTACT JASON LOFT at 214-871-4054 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Mention A-Kon®. Also, look for them in the Exhibit Hall at A-Kon® and ask any questions you may have.
DISCOUNT TICKETS TO AVENUE Q FROM THE AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
For the first time, A-Kon® is proud to partner with the AT&T Performing Arts Center to provide discounts on tickets. Avenue Q is Broadway's smash-hit 2004 Tony Award® winner for BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST BOOK. Called "one of the funniest shows you're ever likely to see" byEntertainment Weekly, Avenue Q features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risqué and downright entertaining way. The New Yorker calls it "SUBVERSIVE and UPROARIOUS!" Avenue Q tells the story of bright-eyed college grad Princeton, who comes to
The show runs from May 25-June 6, 2010 and A-Kon® attendees may receive discount tickets on performances June 3-6 by entering the promo code AVEQAKON in the promo code box (located in the top right) and clicking the submit button before proceeding with your purchase on the AT & TPerforming Arts Center website, http://tickets.attpac.org/ The new performing arts venue, theWinspear Opera House, is located at
To get more information, come and check out the
HOTEL CREDIT CARD/DEBIT CHARGE POLICY - CHANGED
Last year, one of the things that created difficulty for a number of our attendees was the dollar amount that was put “On Hold” by the hotel front desk when you checked into a room. Due to industry standard, an amount has always been placed on hold upon checking in. 2009 was the first year it was such a large amount ($50 per day). This amount is not actually charged, but merely ‘held’ until needed, and released after checkout, but it did tie up funds for that length of time, making the money unavailable for purchases. Because of the issues that came out of this practice, we met with the hotel and together we came up with a solution:
For our weekend at the Sheraton, the standard practice will be that there will be NO “On Hold” charges when checking into a room. This means that Room Service, phones and in-room movies will be turned off. If you want these services, you must inform the front desk staff. A hold will be put on the card you give them, but only IF you want the services. The choice will be yours to make, and not automatically applied.
Both A-Kon® and the Sheraton Hotel hope that this will remove some of the issues that were encountered last year.
GUEST & EVENT CANCELLATIONS
Try as we might, sometimes things come up for our guests & event organizers that we cannot plan for. The following guests will be unable to make it to A-Kon® due to other commitments, work, etc. that have caused schedule conflicts:
CHRIS PATTON (voice actor)
STEVE KYTE (artist)
We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to host them back next year if schedules permit. Thank you for your understanding.
Due to company purchase & restructure, the NBC MUSIC MANIA contest has been cancelled. The fine folks at NBC are extremely sorry for this cancellation and hope to work with us in the future after restructuring has been finished.
h.NAOTO and Hangry&Angry
Representatives of fashion design lines h.NAOTO and HANGRY&ANGRY will also be in attendance at A-Kon®. They will be speaking during the weekend, and you can meet them in the Exhibit Hall. h.NAOTO is known worldwide for their high fashion Gothic/Lolita clothing as well as designs worn by celebrities and rock stars. HANGRY&ANGRY are masters of animal-shaped purses and shoulder bags; they’re a perfect mix of shredded punk and kawaii.
KOENCHU Japanese game unveiled for first time at A-Kon®!
This year A-Kon® is proud to announce that Japanese gaming circle Zero Zigen will be in attendance to discuss the world of game creation and dating sims. Ever wonder what the difference is between a professional gaming company and a ‘circle’? Wonder what goes into the creation of a game? Japanese creator Masashiro and his crew will unveil their new game Koenchofor the first time in
Sleeping Samurai travels across the land with its supply of weapons, seeking out brave souls to test themselves in battle. They offer instruction, history and fight choreography in addition to the thrill of combat. Whether you prefer the forms of the Crusader or the Samurai, only one can win the grand prize.
They will be active Friday, 6-10pm in the Special Events Area near Registration (ground floor, convention center)
UDON is an award-winning Canadian-based art collective formed in 2000. They act as both a publisher of comics, manga and art books, as well as, providing high-quality creative services to the publishing and entertainment industry. Probably best known for their longstanding relationship with Japanese video game developer Capcom, and their close tie to the Street Fighter franchise, including full color original comic series and several translated manga series. They will be located in the Exhibit Hall and will likely have panel(s) on themselves and/or their projects.
A publisher of indie mini-comics, sketchbooks & graphic novels, they do most of their own printing and some distribution. They work directly with comic creators and cover every genre from manga, comedy, horror, action, sci-fi and more. They are always on the lookout for new talent and welcome future submissions. Look for them in the Artists’ Alley.
Use the Handy Order Form below for A-Kon® 21 memberships.
A-KON® 21 MEMBERSHIP ORDER FORM:
Make Checks or Money Orders to "
____ regular membership(s) for A-Kon® 21 ($48 for the whole show, until APR 30. No pre-registrations after that date, on-site membership is available after Apr. 30)
____ child membership(s)(ages 6-12) for A-Kon® ($15) (5 & under is FREE)
_____T-shirt(s) ($20 each) __S __M __L __XL __2X __3X __4X
(if getting multiple shirts, tell us WHO gets what size, please)If getting more than multiple memberships, but only 1 or 2 shirts, tell us WHO gets what shirt please)
_____Sunday 2 ½ hr Meet N’Greet Reception with the Stars ($30 ea.)
(if ordering more than one membership, give us full names of ALL attendees. Use extra paper if necessary (or print separate forms) and please PRINT or TYPE CLEARLY). Multiple membership requests WITHOUT names for everyone cannot be processed. (We would actually prefer if each member had their own sheet filled out, OR the info all typed into one nice easily readable sheet)
NICKNAME FOR BADGE (max. 18 letters & spaces) ______________________________
Use Standard Letters or Numbers Only (no symbols or characters)
NO profanity, suggestive, hateful or rude badge names please. A-Kon reserves the right to require change of badge name at our sole discretion)
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: “
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