August 20, 2013
Note: The Next Autoptic Festival Is Due In 2015
I would imagine that if you're interested in the just-completed Autoptic Festival
in Minneapolis somehow being yearly rather than every other year
, at least initially, now is the time to either a) tell the people involved that you'd love a chance to either return to the show or visit it for the first time next year rather than two years from now, b) make some sort of vague promise to volunteer/help out that you would then honorably keep, because you're not a jerk. Planning a show is really hard under any circumstances; doubling up on one's plans is, well, obviously more difficult than that. The time to pounce is during the afterglow, if only to afford as much time as possible for the potential of a yes being facilitated.
I think yearly shows are best because they allow for a slightly off year every now and then without killing a show outright and they build audience and exhibitor expectations -- you build something you do into your schedule a bit more easily if it's every year, even if that means you don't attend every year. I also think they seem to have a core of Midwestern participation that might facilitate their doing this than would be possible if their show depended on always
bringing in a majority of outside guests. There's also the inducement that if a show is successful, it's nice to have that success every year instead of every other year, the same way it's good to have a successful comic book out every year instead of every other, or to work 40 hours at a high-paying gig rather than 20. The problem, I imagine, would be the time involved -- which is why promising to help might be a boon -- and the fact that the show's institutional partners might not be willing pr able to run something in conjunction with a yearly show.
At any rate, I can't imagine it would hurt and might be helpful to express this desire in the direction of the site's twitter
accounts, and to the organizers directly if you know them. I wouldn't be shy about it, either.
posted 1:45 am PST
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