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So, San Diego Comic Con… the stuff of legends (or nightmares, depending on your tolerance level, and how willing you are to give up the personal space bubble you normally maintain, for the duration of the craziness).

First, if you’ve never been, what you’ve heard is ALL TRUE. Sensory overload, in every way imaginable. Mind-blowing amounts of warm (think sweaty, and not always fragrantly-pleasant) bodies, jostling you, running into you, and occasionally poking you with some weird piece of their cosplay getup, from all sides, for hours on end… virtually-impenetrable lines that stretch (if you could straighten them out) further than the eye could see… and a cacophony of noise (people yelling, talking, and laughing; music blaring; video clips on endless repeats; zealots with bullhorns spouting their insanity on the sidewalk out front; cars, buses, trains, and trolleys; emergency vehicles; the thrum of HVAC units working overtime; etc.), assaulting your eardrums until the wee-est hours of the morning–making “peace and quiet” seem but the most distant of memories. (I happen to LOVE the energy… but it’s definitely not for everyone, especially not the faint-of-heart!)

In some ways this year was a very different SDCC experience compared to last year, which was all about the madcap, last-millisecond preparations needed so that we could debut PRELUDE to AXANAR at the nearby theatre we’d rented out for that express purpose. (It turned out to be an AMAZING night, of course — you’ve seen the pictures from last year, right? And you’ve watched PRELUDE a few dozen times, so you already know how fantastic it is — but it was all right down to the wire, and at times, very, very tense.) So, in that sense, there wasn’t quite the same level of excitement for Team Axanar, this year.

In other ways, though, the experiences were similar. Getting the all-important Indiegogo funding campaign up and running was a HUGE amount of work, into the wee hours every single night and starting again each morning, after no more than a couple-few hours of sleep. (It’s impossible to know what all can go wrong, or not be in place, or have somehow slipped through the cracks… until you find yourself desperately needing whatever to work a certain way, or be in a particular location, right NOW.) And the questions, OH, MY… the questions–fulfillment, new campaign, old campaigns, and what seemed like a zillion assorted “HELP!” questions. (I cannot begin to tell you what that’s been like, but if you’re familiar with the concept of the internet “exploding”–when something big happens, and every Tom, Dick, and Harriet has to put his/her two cents’ out there?–that’s what our email inboxes and Facebook were like the entire duration of the con.)

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Working since 5am, answering questions and putting out fires while in pajamas…

 

In addition, Alec and I had to fit in daily meetings, and a few working parties (and yes, they actually were work — meetings that may have been conducted while holding a glass of wine and eating a miniature crab cake, but during which only business was discussed). Positive things came out of all the meetings, though, so it was time well spent.

So, what was AWESOME about this year’s SDCC? Well, the Indiegogo launch got off to a really good start, and we added a few neat changes (sweet new perks, optional installment payments) into the mix for donors. And speaking of you, our loyal and supportive donors, your responses have been, by and large, FANTASTICALLY positive/happy/excited… which makes US feel that much more thrilled about everything we’re doing!

We were also on a few panels, and you know that every time we get the word about AXANAR out, it’s always a good thing.

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Friday 7.10.15 AXANAR Panel!

Finally, getting to catch up with old friends (including some fans we’ve gotten to know well), and the chance to talk AXANAR with fans we hadn’t met before, is ALWAYS wonderful.

Seriously, guys. You are allowing us to share with you an amazing vision, our dream that is a new iteration of Star Trek… and we are forever grateful that you are allowing us the opportunity to do so.

 

Keep Reaching for the Stars,

~Diana Kingsbury

Director of Fulfillment

 

 

 

 

Join the discussion 9 Comments

  • Edward Cox says:

    Saw your Cameo appearance on Vulcan up to the left on the deck looking down the sculpture valley…

    • Diana Kingsbury says:

      Ahahaha… you found me! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Well–notwithstanding my presence–it’s a great scene, isn’t it?

  • Lee Benjamin says:

    Awesome post and fantastic Vulcan Video. Congratulations on a successful Indiegogo launch!

    • Diana Kingsbury says:

      Thanks so much, Lee! We are definitely feeling like we’ve accomplished something major… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rob Alfieri says:

    And we are forever grateful for all the sacrifice and effort being put into this project by the entire Axanar team. I truly believe this is the future of Trek and am proud to have the opportunity to be a part of making it happen. Thank you for that! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • John says:

    Ms. Kingsbury, you rock girl! (May I say that in 2015 without being sexiest?) Keep up the great work and we are willing to wait as long as you need to get us our stuff, so PLS don’t over work your self!!!!! AND THANX

  • Scott Voigt says:

    Thank you for baby sitting me through the madness , I know that elsewhere I say reading is fundamental, and normally I am not that bad at it, but somehow I did NOT read everything you put out and was in confusion . Thank you for setting me straight and putting me on the right path.

  • Sebastian says:

    Terrific panel! Had a front row seat.
    The Vulcan scene was very enjoyable (and it looked terrific!). And the panel itself was informative and entertaining. I gave my first donation to Axanar this year (after WonderCon) and am glad to see this ‘digital democracy’ happening in entertainment. I also have donated to Renegades and Star Trek Continues (I’m not exceptionally deep-pocketed, but IMO these donations are a nice way to give back to something you love; no different than buying a few movie tickets for a favorite film franchise…).

    Richard Hatch made a good point when he said this means of fan-funding could very well be the way to the future; with fans & professionals combining resources to bypass the overblown expense of the studio system and making their own films with the help/support of other fans.

    With HD cameras in everyone’s phone these days and Youtube videos making overnight sensations of amateurs, the fans themselves could be an active part in guaranteeing that more of what they enjoy gets made (Hatch made a great example with “Firefly”; if every fan gave X amount, it could’ve lasted for years). It’s an exciting time to be a fan!

  • Sebastian says:

    Forgot to add; Diana? Your Star Trek uniform was great!

    In fact, it’s on my Flick album for SDCC 2015 here:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157655422375029/page3

    Live long and prosper! ๐Ÿ™‚