- Posted by Johanna on June 24, 2009 at 5:12 pm
- Category: Meta
Site reviewer Ed Sizemore pointed this out to me — Otakon, the Baltimore anime/manga convention, has an unusual policy on press attendance. In short, you apply for a press badge, which gets you into press-specific areas … but only some press attendees are given complimentary membership to the convention. The rest have to pay $55-65 for a weekend badge. (There are no one-day passes.)
Now, I’ve worked press registration for the Baltimore Comic-Con, and I know that there are a lot of people out there who may not qualify as traditional press, and their online credentials may be skimpy or questionable. But to say “yeah, you can cover our show, but you still have to pay” … that strikes me as rather odd. Certainly, it’s the first time I’ve run into such a policy. Especially from a group that bills themselves as “an educational non-profit that promotes understanding and appreciation of Asian culture”.
Are there any other shows that operate this way? Is it a clever or greedy approach?