Raffle winners

As many of you are aware, we didn’t get a chance to draw the raffle at the closing ceremony yesterday because we all got a bit emotional and carried away (in other words, so many feels).

So we’ve just drawn our raffle now – hopefully you’ve all held on to your tickets! Here are the winners:

  • B27 Claimed!
  • B06 Claimed!
  • B34 Claimed!
  • B30
  • B76

Each winner will receive a Room 801 tote bag, a sketchbook, two badges from AarinFantasy (by PenguinFrontier and Aphin123) and an eBook code from SuBLime Manga. To claim your prize, please write your name on your ticket and email a legible scan or mobile phone photo of it to us at room801au (at) gmail (dot) com, with the address you want us to send it to. If we don’t hear from any of our winners by next Monday the 3rd of March, we’ll keep drawing winners until the prizes are all given out.

If you missed out this time, we have at least another giveaway to go – we’ll announce those winners later this week!

Is it really over?!

We can barely believe it, but Room 801: Forbidden Fruit is over!

When we started brainstorming for the con, we wanted to create a really inclusive, educational, inspiring and fun convention that was mature and classy. We feel like we achieved that this weekend, and it sounds like a whole bunch of you feel the same way! What genuinely surprised and delighted us was watching all of you make new friends and discover all sorts of new things.

We’re going to take a break for a few days while we readjust to our normal lives and review how everything went, but if you have any direct feedback please email us or message us on Twitter/Tumblr/Facebook. If you’d rather give us some general or anonymous feedback, we’ll be emailing out surveys to all attendees in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for those.

To get notified of important news including online merchandise sales, our final giveaways and (dare we say it) future events, we highly recommend signing up for our mailing list – we’ll only ever email you about the convention itself, and your details won’t be given to any third parties.

Once again, thank you to absolutely everyone involved… you just helped us make something wonderful happen!

The con so far, plus important info for Sunday

We’ve had an amazing Friday night and Saturday at Room 801, and we’ve received a lot of positive and constructive feedback so far. Everyone seems to be having a great time, which is exactly what we were hoping for! Thank you to our amazing guests and speakers for a day of really engaging, thoughtful and entertaining presentations and discussions… and of course, thank you to our traders, artists and attendees – your passion and enthusiasm is exactly why we love fandom and meeting other fans so much!

If you’re heading in on Sunday, remember that Khursten will be running a fan focus group discussion at 9am in the AV Club room (Wybalena). We have room for about 20 people, so feel free to join in. If you can’t make it because you’re checking out another session or coming to the convention later, just talk to Khursten later in the day or contact her on Twitter and ask her for a questionnaire to fill out instead.

Professional erotica editor Narelle Battersby is still taking bookings for one-one-one pitches and manuscript feedback on your original fiction. She’ll be in the Workshop room from 3:15-4pm so you can either drop by for a chat, or contact her in advance on Twitter or via email at narellebattersby (at) gmail (dot) com.

Just as a reminder, we recommend visiting an ATM on your way to the convention. If you need to drive, Secure Parking on the corner of Elizabeth and Goulburn Streets is the nearest parking lot – their weekend rates are $10 per day, which is great for the CBD. We look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday!

Hentai comp winners and research focus group

Love is in the airThank you to everyone who entered our Love is in the Air competition! We have a bonus Hentai Collection DVD thanks to Boots, so we’re actually giving away five prizes. The winners are:

@pinkpprheart
@_GreenTea_
@arcadiagt5
@MunchlaxRegrets
momoicchi27

We’ll be contacting the winners in the next fortnight to sort out their prizes! If any of you entered unintentionally, don’t worry, we’ll just work down the list until everyone’s happy.

Some of you have noticed that we’ve listed a University of Wollongong focus group in the schedule on Sunday. This focus group discussion is being carried out as part of a postgraduate research project into fans’ awareness of online and local regulations on censorship and pornography in Australia. This research takes into consideration fandom activities such as fanfiction, fanvids, and fanart, and how said regulations affect their behaviour as fans.

The discussion will be conducted by Khursten Santos in the AV Club (Wybalena) room at 9am, so just turn up if you’d like to take part! Participation is purely voluntary and all participants will remain anonymous.

One WEEK to go!

We’re really excited and terrified at the same time – there’s just one week to go until Room 801!

If you’ve been thinking about pre-registering, here’s something that might convince you: all pre-registered attendees go in a draw to win a range of cool prizes! Some of the goodies on offer include:

  • Yaoi manga eBook vouchers, courtesy of AarinFantasy and SuBLime Manga
  • Signed Elf~Fin postcards from special guest Jozef Szekeres and Julie Ditrich from Black Mermaid Productions
  • Anime DVDs from Siren Visual
  • A random assortment of Room 801 goodies

The schedule is finally… final, which is also incredibly exciting. We’re still looking for people who want to do a 5-minute fandom lightning talk on either morning, which gives you a chance to win prizes too! You can present on your own or with another person, and your talk can be about just about anything – a fandom rant, some interesting meta or convincing everyone to love your OTP. If you’d like to take part, contact us in advance or let the registration desk staff know before 9am on the day.

Sad news for bara fans…

We must regretfully announce that Masahiko from Japanese Gay Art is no longer able to attend Room 801, due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances. He is very sorry that he won’t be able to make it to the convention.

We deeply apologise to all of the bara fans out there, and we’re doing our best to find an alternative speaker! We’ll update the schedule and post on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr as soon as we have more news for you.