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.



May 15, 2007

Word of the Day: Anatopism. Go look it up in a dictionary (I did), then take another look at the picture below. Do you agree, or do you see it differently?



SMASHing affiliates more

May 10, 2007

After “losing” JAUWS as an affiliate SMASH have now gone and “lost” AnimeUNSW’s support as well.

A brief history of affiliates:

Unlike in the case of JAUWS, SMASH actually had direct links to AnimeUNSW: Sidney Lien is listed as a committee member on SMASH’s schedule page and also posted a comment on the SMASH blog as staff member. That could only be the same Sidney Lien that is also a committee member for AnimeUNSW as stated on the club’s website.

I don’t know any details behind this drop, but considering SMASH are holding the event at the Roundhouse at UNSW, having the AnimeUNSW club on board would have no doubt gained them some extremely rich discounts for the venue hire.


Supanova Brisbane 2007 feedback

May 8, 2007

April 13-15 RNA Showgrounds.

It appears that Supanova is still going strong in Brisbane, they have moved to a larger venue and continue to draw in the crowds.

In trawling through the forums and blogs I unearthed a few interesting reports that I will detail here.

Firstly, there was the massive lan-party (computer gaming) that was going to be a major part of the competitions.

The LAN will accommodate 63 computers per day, with 3 major comps to be held on each day.

They had their share of problems though, none of them compare to the complete lack of interest showed by attendees.

Ka-LAN was suppose to run a lan party with computers but we only had one person register and attend i thank him so to ensure we can entertain still we have less than a week to setup the consoles and after suffering massive headaches and lack of sleep and with the help of so many people we pulled it off.

Continued further:

I do hope you enjoyed the consoles and the event. but with the lack of forsight not to mention the wall were were placing the projectors on when we planned it ….. was indeed glass lol but i assure you our hindsight has 20/20 vision

A common complaint with Supanova events is that Pre-Paid and Door sales all start at the same time, so even if you paid weeks in advance you may still be waiting in line whilst people who pay on the day go straight in.

I, personally, felt the queues to get in were a debacle. I’m forced to wonder, given that I didn’t attend the Preview Night, and that the queue to buy tickets at the door moved faster than the pre-paid ticket line, what, other than preview night, was the incentive for pre-purchasing? Honestly, more than one volunteer was needed to be checking peoples tickets and placing on the wristbands.

I could say there is a direct involvement of Madman in the running of Supanova but I don’t want to step on any toes, so I won’t. Nevertheless it is quite obvious that some of the Supanova event staff are also Madman staff, which leads on to my next point.

Considering the close ties there was not much surprise when Supanova announced in 2006 that videos entered into the AMV competition needed to comply with OFLC regulations. The rules from 2006 are no longer online, but a thread detailing the AMV rules is on the Madman forums.

The restriction to use OFLC rated videos was mentioned a few times by the AMV Coordinator, but when it came to the results – that restriction went out the window.

And finally, the most surprising of all comments was the turnout for the screening of Sunshine (2007). This was a Free screening for anyone who had pre-purchased Supanova tickets, yet amazingly only a handful of people attended. Considering that the amount of publicity that movie has had in the recent weeks I cannot come up with any comprehensible reason why so few people would attend.

I’d just like to thank Supanova for holding the Sunshine screening last night.

It was a good movie. Only about 20-25 people showed up though.


SMASH accuses Animania of monopoly

April 18, 2007

Earlier this year a blog called “Comic World Sydney” appeared, this was apparently a new Anime convention in Sydney being organised primarily by Katie Huang. Whilst this in itself could be considered good news that a new anime convention was starting in Sydney, it became clear that their primary marketing tactic (and possibly their primary goal) was to be in direct competition of the Animania Festival. Not only that, they were imploring artists and attendees to boycott the Animania Festival.
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Animania fallout (Sydney March)

April 16, 2007

I’ve been digging around for any reports (good or bad) from the Animania Festival event that was in Sydney a little over 2 weeks ago and thus far have found little to report. No rants. No conspiracy theories. No threats of boycotts.
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SMASHing affiliates

April 12, 2007

SMASH’s new website had been up for less than a week when a keen observer noticed a change in SMASH’s advertised affiliates:

Notice anyone missing?

Whilst at face value this is a very minor change, it may also be a reflection of the tactics of the organisers. Either JAUWS revoked their support of SMASH or perhaps they had never given support in the first place. This in turn raises the question of how many of the other affiliates are actually supporters?