across this today and I think it's a worthy cause. I
have personally not been to ConnectiCon but selfless
acts for the benefit of others should not go unrewarded
or in this case, helped. It wouldn't cost you a lot
and I'm sure that every little bit helps.
2003, ConnectiCon opened its doors for the first time.
Run by Matt Daigle and Briana Benn at the University
of Hartford in Connecticut, ConnectiCon was a labor
of love. Through blood, sweat and tears (and their own
finances), they created one of the friendliest, most
welcoming conventions in the Northeast. It caters to
Anime, Sci-Fi, Gaming, Fantasy and more.
ended their first year in debt, not entirely unusual
for a first time convention. Yet despite their own financial
losses, in 2004 they hosted ConnectiCon for a second
time. The convention doubled in every aspect: attendance,
guest appearances, and in fun. They finally broke even.
Due to a change in management and policy at the University
of Hartford, where ConnectiCon was hosted for the first
two years, the convention was forced to find a new home
in 2005. Faced with a choice of canceling their event
or taking a risk on a more expensive venue, Matt and
Briana put everything they had on the line to throw
the best convention they could. They moved ConnectiCon
to the brand new Connecticut Convention Center.
throwing another wonderful convention this year, they
did not break even. In fact, due to the Convention Center
being so new, and through a series of misunderstandings
between ConnectiCon and Connecticut Convention Center
staff, there were a lot of unforeseen expenses tacked
on at the last minute.
outline the costs concisely: The space rental was $45,000.
The billing for additional expenses (to be attached
at the convention's end) was quoted as being $5,000-$10,000.
These expenses were planned for. However this bill was
inflated due to last minute additions to Connecticut
Convention Center staff, such as a full-time Fire Marshal,
a full-time nurse, and extra security personnel, which
were not discussed in the initial contract negotiations.
Over the course of the weekend these additional expenses
continued to pile up, until costs far exceeded the original
As a result, Matt Daigle is now $34,148.50 in debt.
That is too much for any one person to shoulder, let
alone a person who was never interested in making money,
and just wanted to throw a fun event for people to enjoy.
this point it's not only ConnectiCon 2006 that's in
danger; it's Matt and Briana's future.
has earned a reputation amongst the webcomic community
as being the largest supporter of our medium. There
has never been another convention that treated webcomics
with such respect and admiration. There has never been
a convention that showcased such a huge number of webcomics
in one place.
have treated webcomics like royalty for the past three
years and now, in their hour of need, dozens of webcomic
creators and other artists have banded together to organize
need to save our friends. We need to save our ConnectiCon.
we need your help to do it. "