The following is a press release from the staff of Bronycon, namely pointing out a change in power and reassurance that the convention will go on as planned. Behind the page break is the full press release, first a letter from Purple Tinker, head con chair and founder of the Bronycon meetups. The second is from Zebranky, long time member of the Bronycon staff and now head con chair.
From: Purple Tinker
I never anticipated being a convention chair. When I created BronyCon, it wasn’t because I’d always wanted to chair a con (I hadn’t); it was because someone needed to do it. At the time, I was the only one crazy enough to fill that role. For a while, it was good, but it rapidly became less of a fun addition to my life and more of a source of tremendous quantities of stress. Towards the end, I held on only out of my sense of obligation to the community– and, ultimately, out of terror for my own personal finances, which had become dangerously intertwined with the con’s. I became highly anxious and temperamental, and for that, I apologise. My Pinkamena side isn’t fun at all.
Although it’s sad to be leaving the driver’s seat, I mostly feel a tremendous sense of relief. Chairing BronyCon had ceased to be a net positive in my life. It wasn’t something I set out to do, and by the end, it was SOLELY hurting me. However, in my tenure as Con Chair, I’d surrounded myself with wonderful people– talented, capable, determined ponies, all with the passion to make BronyCon the best possible convention for the greatest possible number of people. I leave the convention in the hands of seasoned veteran staffers who know the system in and out, and who I foresee nothing but continued excellence from in their new roles.
I’ve turned over the convention to the new Con Chair, my long-time colleague Andrew Brockert, and am providing my full corpus of knowledge and contacts to him. I have no doubt whatsoever that he will succeed beyond my wildest expectations.
With my obligations as Con Chair now fulfilled, I am freed to pursue other projects, including restarting my work as an arcade joystick customiser and furthering my hobby of amateur photography. Additionally, I can pursue my dreams of emigrating to Canada. If anyone knows a firm in Toronto looking for a Web developer or systems administrator, do send them my way.
I know that I leave BronyCon in good hands, and that it will run more smoothly for my departure.
In the spirit of friendship,
I’m Andrew (aka Zebranky), the new convention chair for BronyCon, and I’d like to introduce myself to the congoers and the community at large. I’ve been involved with this convention since the original event last June, and I started and still co-organize the Boston meetups. I came into the first BroNYCon looking to do whatever I could to make it run better, and I carry that same spirit into this position.
Carrying forward the momentum that Purple Tinker has set in motion, our event this summer is poised for incredible success. We have an enormous venue: the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, just over the river from the heart of Manehattan. Our team has the skills and experience to do almost anything – I’ve loved working with them so far, and I’m beyond excited to see what we’ll do between now and the end of June.
I want to take this opportunity to update everyone on the status of our Guests of Honor, Mrs. Lauren Faust and Mr. John de Lancie. Right now, Hasbro is developing their policy to help handle the volume of appearance requests that those involved with the show are receiving. At the same time, we’re nailing down details with our announced guests. There’s nothing to be concerned about right now – we have every reason to believe that this will go as planned, and that we’ll be able to announce more special guests as we get closer to the con.
If you’re just hearing (or remembering) about us now, check us out at www.bronycon.org. On behalf of everyone here, thank you for your continued interest and support, and we hope to see you this summer!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly at [email protected].
All the best,