Monday, May 16, 2011

We’re still alive?!

Well just as fast the big day came, it was gone in a flash! An immense Thank You to all who not only showed up to have a good time, but to all those who dedicated their time, effort, and spirit to make sure that Decepti-Kon was memorable to all! As many of you can imagine there certainly was a lot to soak in from the dedicated vendors, gifted artists, death defying martial Artists, Superstar Guests, exceptional volunteers that made the event all that more special.

We’re still alive?!

That’s right! Decepti-Kon has laid down its Foundation! We have done it! To everyone that has been wondering where we’ve been, well it’s been kind of a secret. All that we’re able to tell you is that we’ve been working in the shadows for about a month now to see how well we did and where we could have made some improvements. And boy did we receive a lot of Intel! We want to thank everyone who stuck by us through a lot of the bumps we saw at Decepti-Kon. Please believe that with Generation 2 there will be dramatic changes that will ensure all the great things you loved in Generation 1 continue and that many of the turbulence you experienced is thrown out the window! I think I may have just leaked that info...oops. Anyways, we want to send an even bigger thank you to the individuals who have chosen to fabricate events and situations that we here at Decepti-Kon had nothing to do with. It truly makes it that much easier to provide everything we love to the people we care about without any garbage. I mean people don’t like garbage right? Awesome. To the new members, volunteers, and partners that lay waiting in the future, Thank you in advance for being a part of history.

Truly unbelievable! Decepti-Kon came in with such an enormous voice and boy was it heard! We weren’t alone in this though. With such an enormous appetite for everything Japanese and American Animation, to quell our hunger we had the indomitable spirit of our volunteers from groups like Sac-Geeks, Drunken Animation, and The Klingon Assault Group! These volunteers did more and more of what could have been asked from any volunteer and they all did it in such great pride and passion. We couldn’t have asked for a greater squad! Thank you so very much from everyone at Decepti-Kon!!!

Our Incredible Vendors that came from all across California gave this humble and newborn of a Convention not only their time and effort, but their blessing as welcoming Decepti-Kon into their livelihoods of making so many of us who enjoy all that animation has given us into their lives. Many of our Vendors Like World’s Best Comics, Precious Toys, The Comic Shop, Cartoon Passion, and From the Land Beyond we can’t simply thank enough for being apart of a historic event and hanging in with everyone here at Decepti-Kon! We hope that the spaces we were able to accommodate every single one of you were not only to your liking but surpassed it as well. On behalf of every single fiber in the entire staff of Decepti-Kon, Thank YOU all!!!

To Our gifted and talented artists we were truly blessed to have found so many of you here in our own backyard. With people leading this creative exploration like Tom Ramirez, Gina Dunn, Jessica Dunn, The Legends of Heroes and Villains, and Brad Diller with, you have all not only demonstrated your talents to us, but to the rest of the world. Not only may we say BRAVO, but thank you! May the ink in your lives continue to paint your passion and souls for the world and beyond to see. Again, on behalf of Decepti-Kon, Thank you!

Decepti-Kon would have been less a monumental event were it not for our Special events and honored guests. From the death defying, world Record shattering Martial arts flash mob from Doce Pares Martial Arts, the rubber burnin’ drifters from 1TenDrift, Cyclone movies and all their free movie passes, The wondrous and courageous women of Trash Film Orgy protecting us from an entire planet of Vampire women, those crazy yet lovable Pirates from the Crimson Delta, and of course being thrown back in time to battle and learn with the honorable and respected members of Thor's Refuge was indeed just a part of the memorable events at Decepti-KON. With such a historic event, it truly was humbling to hear that we would have so many Accomplished stars show up like Karen Dyer, C. Andrew Nelson, Mike Kazaleh, Christopher Smith, Katie Bair and even local sensations like Jason Dube and Scattered Comics along with Miss Carlyfornia and her amazing workshops. We understand that with any new convention that there would be a few hic-cups, but these individuals not only bothered to give us the time of day, but they graced us with the same passion and spirit that we show them every single time we watch an anime series they voice in, every comic that we read that they drew upon, and every video game that we played that they starred in. Passion and spirit come back to one another in a full circle. That is why they are so well received, respected and sought out for! Because they believe in us! The fans! Thank you Karen, Chris, Andrew, Jason, Mike K., Mike G., Katie, Carlyfornia, Anthony, One10Drift, Doce Pares, Crimson Delta, Thor’s Refuge, Cyclone Movies and Trash Film Orgy for all being apart of Decepti-Kon!

Every Convention is comprised not only of spirited volunteers, but of also Dedicated and Visionary Staff as well. Decepti-Kon is no different. With every obstacle that was thrown in front of us, all the way from conception til long after the show was over, our staff remained calm, vigilant, visionary, professional and ever faithful. A grand applause goes out to the staff of Decepti-Kon for making sure that we didn’t kill each other in this entire process, heh. You all went above and far beyond the call of duty to ensure that much stayed glued to this newly founded adventure.

To the many different groups that helped along the way and even during Decepti-Kon, we thank you also. The wonderful podcasting provided by Artistic Alliance and Mission Start podcasting before Decepti-Kon and even during the Con itself! Great job guys! To our honorary T.B.A.G.Rs for making a hot situation turn into a cool memory, Lokis Planet for making a special appearance, our talented Cosplayers for venturing into the realm of Cosplay Cafes was something no one had done before, an outstanding set from Dj RSkee, DubDuece, 420Skills, and DJ Kaminari for providing the official soundtrack to Decepti-Kon. Such a demonstration will never be duplicated again. Our memories have also been secured thanks to a talented individual by the name of Compassionate Wolf. His work in making sure that every piece of Decepti-Kon was eternalized in his photography can be found by contacting him here. Thank you Oscar for your patience.

A special recognition goes out to a group of individuals who we helped push into the spotlight even more so than what they have already accomplished themselves is Team LoveHate. With as much heart, passion, soul, spirit and being that TLH represents, there is no limit to how far they will go to obtain what they deserve. Their accomplishments for Decepti-Kon and beyond will truly be something to keep an eye out for. We are indeed saddened by their decision to move on, but like all families, each member ultimately must develop their own path. We anticipate many a great things from TLH and can’t wait to see what more achievements they have planned for the future. We at Decepti-Kon thank them for welcoming us into their revolution and wish them nothing but the world.

Thank you Bandai, Sakura, SCCG, Signs by Tomorrow, Chito, Marie, Fontaine, UglyThumbs, 32GTR, Bubbles, WakemeWithaKiss, Bullit, Necro, Trejo, Ron, Minnie, Our water Queen Jessica, C.Love, Dominic, Jiriya, BackBrace, Brandon, Billy, Gabe, and to everyone out there that loves Anime, Manga, American Animation, movies, comics, Video Games, Steampunk, cosplaying and being an Otaku, THANK YOU !!!