Started by Tony, May 08, 2015, 03:43:48 PM
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Quote from: Nina Star 9 on May 14, 2015, 02:33:30 PMHey Tony! I'm really enjoying all of your stories from behind the scenes. I don't believe we've ever met in person, but I do remember having AIM chats back in the day. I'll be sad to see you moving on, regardless.
Quote from: cutiebunny on May 14, 2015, 07:26:17 AM... The bulk of the complaints on the other threads have been more concerned with Fanime's inability to announce confirmed guests prior to 2 months before con when other smaller cons happening that same weekend (Animazement) are more than capable in these areas.
Quote from: bobcat888 on May 14, 2015, 10:04:53 PMFour questions.1.) Are you going to this years con?
Quote2.) Why are you leaving?
Quote3.) How old are you?
Quote4.) How much did you get paid for your involvement in the con overall. And be honest.
Quote from: Tony on May 14, 2015, 09:33:30 PMBonus 2008 story!--Marie was on her cell. "Your driveway. Your driveway?" She repeated it like a chant, as though it would relieve her disbelief.--Marie was running publications well the help of Matt and Betty, two legendary staffers that took over publications for 2009. There were more staff, but they were especially memorable. Matt, I am told, once broke the internet in the 90s by sharing an excessive amount of porn.The biggest project for the publications team in any year is the program guide. Typically over three dozen full-color pages and bound in a glossy cover, the program guide is a feat of art and perseverance. Marie had perfected techniques to getting content for the program guide over the years: mostly, it consisted of her threatening to cry if a department did not send her content in a timely manner. She was good at what she did.It takes a solid two or three weeks to put together the content and compose the program guide. It takes another month for printers to produce it, and then it is delivered in a day or two. Although composing the program guide is labor-intensive, printing it is not. The majority of the month of lead time is to allow the printer to do test prints, get feedback on the prints, and schedule the job. Printing the 15,000 guides only takes a day or two of actual print time. As a printing company, though, you literally print money, so you want the printers running 24/7. Having a month-long queue of work is good for optimizing that pipeline, and therefore your revenue.Marie and her team managed to put the guide together and send it to the printers about three weeks before con. That was closer than the printer liked, but we had been regular customers for a few years, so they were ok with it. Besides, they only truly needed three or four days to print and ship the guides. It wasn't a big deal.The test prints came out great, so we ordered it be printed, full steam ahead.Marie ordered the guides to be delivered on the Wednesday before con. This gave us time to organize them and store them in the convention center so that they could be stuffed into bags. Marie called the printers a few days before this to see how it was going. Remember, printing is weird, and there's this queue thing going on. The way they explained it, our order of 15,000 prints was a small one, and so they would print it on Monday or Tuesday and have it in our hands Wednesday evening.Wednesday evening came. There were no program guides. Marie called them early Thursday morning. They would be delivered that evening, they said.Thursday evening came. There were no program guides. Marie called them; they would be delivered Friday morning, they said.Friday morning came. Don't worry, Friday evening, they said. Friday evening came. Marie called.They were closed for the weekend.Marie cried. Will, in the most unusual act she had experienced from him, hugged her.We decided to post the guide online so that people would at least be able to see it, use it. We somehow did a small batch of prints to give out to guests and a limited amount of attendees. But that was it. Marie's biggest project of the year had fallen apart at the last minute, and it wasn't even her fault.At least this year she hadn't spent the entire time in the office. They had set up a publications outpost in the Hilton and could at least enjoy some parts of the convention. They were still burnt out, though - four days of print runs and writing twice-daily newsletters takes a toll.Monday came. Load-out. Staff dispersed. Marie, myself, and a few other staffers went to Johnny Rocket's to close out the year. Matt and Betty headed home.Marie got a call. Matt and Betty were on the other end and had just arrived at home - except that they couldn't park.Sometime during the weekend, the printers had actually completed the job, and they had actually delivered the program guides. But they didn't call to inform us, and they apparently didn't read the order, either, because they used an old address they had on file.They delivered 15,000 freshly-printed program guides to Matt and Betty's driveway.Matt explained that their crown jewel project had been sitting in their driveway the whole time. "Your driveway. Your driveway? They delivered the program guides to your driveway?!" Marie was in disbelief.She cried into her milkshake that night. We all gave her a hug.
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