Oct. 1st, 2012

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A few weeks after Celebration, ReedPop sent out a survey asking people where they'd like to see the next U.S.-based show: back in Orlando, Indianapolis, Anaheim, Cleveland (??!!), Las Vegas, or Kansas City. I don't get the love affair with Indianapolis. The convention center was too small, the staff sucked, and there were only a few hotels within walking distance that charged outrageous money for rooms. It was like $250 a night in 2002! Otherwise you'd have to drive in from a nearby community or stay in a dive motel in the ghetto. At least Orlando had lots of rooms with all price ranges in a relatively safe area. Cleveland? You may as well hold it in Pittsburgh. Kansas City is centrally-located, no more than two and a half hours by plane from anywhere in the U.S., and it has tasty bbq. But it's not the most exciting locale. Anaheim has the chief advantages of Disneyland in its backyard and being driving distance from the bunker though you really shouldn't wander far from the tourist attractions. Vegas would be great: it's less than an hour by plane and there's no shortage of stuff to do. But it's really easy to spend a lot of money in Vegas even without a con.

If it were up to me and money was no object, I'd hold Celebration VII in Maui (just not in the rainy season). Maui's beautiful, the people are nice, and we can watch cosplayers go surfing. And who wouldn't want a reason to travel to Hawaii?

My backup would be Martha's Vineyard. The swells who "summer" there wouldn't know what to make of their little island being invaded by Star Wars fans. So what if there's no convention center? We'll just take up every rental and have a big clambake on the beach.

Other choices: Napa County, CA, Mackinaw Island, MI, and Scottsdale, AZ. I like classy locales...

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