So we heard you’re creating a Creepypasta Convention!
A Comprehensive FAQ
How’s everyone doing? We hope quite well! We are the Creepypasta Convention Planning Committee, real people with real passion for horror and all of its related subgenres, you know, like Creepypasta! After all, if it weren’t for a love of reading, writing and celebrating a good scare, we probably would have never found our way into this great community. We are planning an amazing convention for all things Creepypasta related, set to take place in the summer of 2020. We’ve launched a website which will update regularly to provide the most current information, and we have a Twitter account so all of you can talk to us.
Since we officially announced this convention just a few days ago, we’ve received some incredible support in the form of volunteers, VIPs and lots and lots of great vibes and community approval. There are also a lot of great questions out there, as well as some very valid concerns. We want to address all of it, so we are putting together this little FAQ in hopes that the majority of questions can be answered. As always, anything not covered in this FAQ can be asked on the Twitter account or emailed to us on our website.
HOW DID THIS COME TO BE?
About six months ago a rather obvious question was brought up in a blog post on the Creepypasta Wiki. “Has there ever been a Creepypasta Convention, and if not, could one happen?”
This was a very good question indeed, and one that sparked much conversation. Andrew Movitz, better known as ClericOfMadness, along with K. Banning Kellum, a long time writer and administrator on the Creepypasta Wiki and a few other dedicated individuals began to discuss this.
The conversation gained speed and soon a dedicated Discord channel was established so that regular voice conference calls could take place. Our silent partner, the mysterious “Fist” had the right resources and connections for all sorts of operational needs, and pretty soon we went from just a group of guys chatting about a blog post to a committee of planners actively laying out the groundwork.
We quickly identified our individual strengths and began to focus on what we did best for the overall project. We generated a survey and began to ask the community at large if this is something they’d want to see. The response was overwhelmingly “YES!”
SO WHO ARE THE CREEPYPASTA CONVENTION COMMITTEE?
We are a shadowy consortium of mysterious… No, just kidding! Most of you who may be reading this have probably chatted to at least one of us up on the Creepypasta Wiki. Maybe you’ve read some of our stories or received some feedback from us on one of yours. Let’s have a more formal introduction though:
Andrew Movitz: Founder of the Creepypasta Wiki, Publisher of the Anthology Series: We Go Bump, and Author of many horror stories. He can be found on Twitter @thecreepypastawiki and also hosts his own YouTube Channel dedicated to discussing the genre and community, ClericalErrors.
Banning Kellum: Long time writer of horror stories as well as a couple non-fiction projects. Banning hit the scene in 2014. Within a couple years he was invited to join the Creepypasta Wiki Admin Team, where he has spearheaded many exciting and community driven projects, such as his Demon/Devil Writing Challenge. You may know Banning from his Hyraaq Tobit Series or the remake of Jeff the Killer; JtK 2015 and its ongoing installments on Spinpasta Wiki. Banning’s convention related skills include, but are not limited to:
-Worked in various fields in tourism and hospitality
-Professional and personal relationships with event planners in the New Orleans Four-Diamond Hospitality industry
-Professional and personal relationships with many influential members of both the Creepypasta genre as well as other media outlets
ShadowSwimmer77: A very talented writer and contributor. Shadow brings much more than just another wordsmith to the team. With extensive military experience, Shadow brings a comprehensive degree of planning and organizational skills to the committee.
Vngel: A writer and contributing staffer on the Creepypasta Wiki. Vngel brings the same love and dedication to this project as the rest of us do, but also loans us his incredible skills with web development.
Fist: Who is Fist? Fist is our silent partner. He deals behind the scenes and had already established himself as one of the most valuable members of the team with his knowledge and connections that allow the business end of this operation to grow. His skills include, but are not limited to:
-Current logistical analyst for Fortune 200 Company
-Former event planner for business expos, large investment companies and private parties
-Runs own business dealing in finance and the stock market
WHERE WILL THIS TAKE PLACE?
Our sights are set on the East Coast. This is based off of survey analysis as our goal is to provide the best location based on the needs of the community.
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PAY FOR THIS?
This is one of the most common concerns we’ve heard, and rightfully so. Conventions are very expensive and we are all aware of that. As of right now we have a variety of funding operations in the works. Reservations and a book launch are a part of the plan, but far from all of it.
SO YOU’RE PLANNING ON CROWDFUNDING?
Crowdfunding is a part of the conversation, yes, but our goal is to avoid it as much as possible, if not all together. However, we cannot rule out the option. At this phase of development, we cannot rule out anything, since the very nature of planning an event and all of the possible challenges that could appear over the next 24 months can easily change the landscape of even the best laid blueprints.
IS THIS GOING TO BE ANOTHER (INSERT FAILED CON) TYPE PROJECT?
To ignore the possibility of failure is a dangerous way of thinking. We are developing each phase of the operation with contingencies in mind. We are trying to study what the others have done wrong and avoid their follies. We know that the success of the first convention will determine the path for any future attempts, so we want to get this right.
BUT HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DO THAT?
As much as we would love to provide intricate details of the planning process; that would simply be “bad business.” We are still within the first week of going public with this, and while we do have many layers set in motion, there will always be a need to shift, evolve and advance as the months go by. With that in mind, we try and avoid releasing any information that is still subject to change, because that is similar to making false promises, which is something we will not do.
DO YOU HAVE GUESTS OR VIPS?
In the short time since we’ve announced, we’ve already been contacted by several very skilled, experienced and influential members of not only the Creepypasta Community, but also the general convention scene. Please stay tuned to the website and Twitter as announcements will be made at the right times to ensure the integrity of the communications that we release.
WHY CAN’T YOU TELL US NOW?
As with any venture where there is money to be made or lost, promises to be kept and a community to serve, the release of information must be deliberate and planned. While we are always happy to discuss your concerns via our Twitter or through email, the basic rules of launching a convention are no different than those of any other business. There will always be aspects of the operation intended for the showroom and there will always be aspects intended for the boardroom.
The chief reason for this is simple; information leaks cause plans to be redesigned. Most of the time those redesigns do not serve the community or the creators well at all. Any info that cannot be freely shared with the general public is done so to ensure that the general public receives the best info when it is released.
WE HEARD THERE WOULD BE NO BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEERS? ISN’T THAT DANGEROUS?
The safety and security of our guests is the single most important aspect of running this operation. All members of our working volunteer staff will be fully vetted before they can attend in any official capacity.
We will continue to update this document or release further installments as soon as we are able to. In the meantime, please stay up-to-date with us through our Twitter and Website, and we hope to see you all in 2020!