Archive for June, 2007

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26% of Madman news is fabricated

June 19, 2007

A recent study on Wikipedia searches announced that a lot of searches are related to anime (visit the source for the full details).

We categorized the top 100 Wikipedia terms for April into six general categories to figure out what the major search themes are on Wikipedia.

AnimeNewsNetwork picked this up and ran with it.

According to research conducted by Compete, Inc., search terms related to anime accounted for 26% of the top one hundred searches on Wikipedia in the month of April. This represents the second-largest category of terms, behind only “general research” (28%). Source: Compete.com Blog

Shortly after (and here is where the fun starts) Madman presumably noticed the story on ANN, and promptly reposted it with a few minor corrections.

Anime accounts for 26% of content on Wikipedia
Complete.com has recently taken a look at a break down of Wikipedia subjects. Surprisingly Anime accounts for a whopping 26% of its content, the single highest category of topics in Wikipedia.

Waitjustaminute. 26% of content on Wikipedia is now Anime? That summary is nothing like the ANN story, nor does it appear as if they even read the Complete.com report. Shame on you, Madman editors!

Just for fun let’s see how much content that would be, a quick calculation puts that at roughly 474,000 articles. That’s a hell of a lot of Pokemon articles in anybody’s language!

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Armageddon retreats, Supanova follows

June 14, 2007

In the war of the pop-culture conventions the most important battle will be over before the gates even open.

I have strong reasons to believe the majority of income from both conventions is from their attendance, but from what I’ve been reading and hearing for years is that people attend these conventions because of the vendors. Thus begins the battle for sponsors and (more importantly) vendors.

Sometime around 1 June someone from the Armageddon crew posted in a forum that they were moving their October convention to Melbourne instead of Sydney. This news spread like wildfire among the Supanova fans that were following this chain of events. Sometime after it was updated on Armageddon’s Australian event website: http://www.armageddonexpo.com/

Supanova’s response was rather positive, announcing they will reschedule their events next year to avoid a clash:

as I promised both Bill in an email months ago and Rob on the phone just last week, that if Armageddon chose not to clash with Supanova in Sydney this year we would give them their desired October dates in Sydney annually with a guaranteed two month prior unobstructed window (calculated from their Labour Day October holiday dates in Auckland annually). I’ll even add a one month after window so that everything can be as smooth as possible.

(emphasis from original)

Most vendors will not have the resources to attend both events on the same weekend and now that they are in different cities this isn’t going to make it any easier. Some groups such as OzTaku and Pulp Faction may have enough staffing to attend both events (in separate cities).

Madman is probably the only (anime related) vendor who can afford the time and staffing to attend both events. You can pretty much guarantee they’ll be at Supanova (one of Madman staff is also a Supanova staff), and with Armageddon in their home town they can’t miss it.

I expect over the next few months the other vendors will start picking sides however there is the possibility that now the events are in different cities fans will attend both events regardless of the vendors.

Perhaps this has moved from a lose-lose to a win-win situation for both events?

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Animania Melbourne

June 13, 2007

Back in Melbourne for 2007 the Animania Festival was in a new venue this year – the Rydges Hotel. They say it was a huge turnout, and I’m tempted to believe them considering the photos. Even though the venue was larger it still looked just as cramped as last year.

Honestly, I couldn’t find any third party reviews on the event. So all I can go on is the Animania report and the various blogs and photos around the web. Nothing interesting to report, looks like it went well and will be returning next year. The only question is will they use the same Hotel or move yet again to a larger venue?

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SMASH dropped by more affiliates

June 10, 2007

Were they short term affiliates?

Did they vacate after being asked for money?

What the use is announcing someone as an affiliate if they don’t support you?

All these questions and more will not be answered on the SMASH website.

Only 3 to go!
It was only a matter of time to lose AnimeSydney.org … after all you can’t really claim to have the Sydney Anime clubs Group as an affiliate if you don’t even have a majority of the Sydney Anime clubs as affiliates. That’s just silly.