We’re about to take off!

Cabin crew, arm your doors and crosscheck…

free-cutoutsRoom 801: Mile High Club takes off tonight for our Premium attendees, exhibitors and speakers as we go on the Free! Photo Tour! The weather is absolutely gorgeous in Sydney today, and we have some… props to make those photos extra special.  If you know you should be on the tour but haven’t received an email about it, please contact us ASAP.

Tomorrow morning at 10am, the convention weekend starts in earnest; pre-registered attendees can start entering from 9:45am. If you’re interested in entering our formal cosplay competition, entries will be accepted on both days until 10:30am for the 10:45am parade and judging. This year we’re also running fanart and fanfiction competitions, if that’s your personal brand of creativity!

Anyone who buys tickets online (including on the weekend) is eligible for our massive pre-registration giveaway at the convention’s closing ceremony. Pre-registering saves you a few bucks and means you don’t have to wait as long to get into the convention.

Everyone involved in the convention is so excited to bring you this event; we’ll see you all this weekend at the Holiday Inn Parramatta!

Travel tips, giveaways and fan survey

There are just a few weeks to go until the convention – we’re so excited about it and we hope you are too!

A Golden Slipper race is being held on Saturday the 28th of March at Rosehill Gardens, so if you’re thinking of booking accommodation you should do so sooner rather than later. You can use your favourite booking site to find a room, or you can use our booking form for the Holiday Inn Parramatta.

The NSW State Election is also being held on the 28th, so you may want to vote at pre-poll. If you’re voting on the day, the closest polling places are at Parramatta Town Hall or Rowland Hassall School, which will be marked on the map in your showbag. We won’t tell you how to vote, but remember, preferences are very important. 😉

We know you love giveaways so we have some really amazing stuff for you to win this year, especially for our pre-registration giveaway and our competitions for cosplay, fanart sketches and fanfic drabbles. Prizes include Madman online shopping vouchers, Siren Visual DVDs, comics and merchandise by HamletMachine, Emirain and Guilt|Pleasure, and accessories by Mogo&Co. Pre-registering really helps us to plan a better convention experience for you, so please buy your tickets ahead of time if you’re able to do so – it means you can save a few dollars on the ticket price, too.

One of our past attendees is a PhD student who is conducting a study on the legal aspects of anime and manga. If you’re a fan living in Australia aged between 18 and 25, please fill out her survey if you have time to assist with her research. If you have any problems accessing the survey, please email haa670 at uowmail dot edu dot au.

Pre-registration prizes and convention coverage

Sorry for the delay, but we’ve finally emailed all of the winners of our huge pre-registration giveaway! Please check your inbox and your junk mail folders, just in case. The final couple of hentai DVDs and raffle prizes will be mailed out this weekend, so those should reach their new owners in the next week too.

Thank you to everyone who pre-registered for your support, and thank you to Madman, AarinFantasy, SuBLime Manga, Siren Visual, Jozef Szekeres, Caleyndar, PenguinFrontier and Aphin123 for making it possible to give out such a great range of prizes.

It’s been a whole month since the con, so it’s about time to relive the memories of Room 801 with some of these great convention reports…

If you’ve put up a report somewhere and would like us to link to it, just comment on this post or email us. If you want to give us feedback on the con anonymously, you can still do that via our attendee survey. We can confirm that we’re doing research into running more events, so your feedback is very important to us!

More raffle winners and attendee survey

Three of our raffle prizes have been claimed (yay), but we still have two left! Edit: we’ve added the unclaimed prizes to our pre-registration prize pool instead. See the next post for details.

We’ve emailed a whole bunch of you about our attendee survey but could definitely use more responses, particularly from people who bought a ticket at the door. The responses to our fan survey last year really helped us put the convention together and make sure it was interesting! If you couldn’t join us at the convention, we’ll be running another general survey soon to help us plan for future events – we’ll post about that when it’s up.

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!

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.

Love is in the Air – a Valentine’s Day hentai giveaway

Love is in the air

We’ve been hinting at this for a while, but here’s something for the het/hentai fans just in time for Valentine’s Day! Thanks to Siren Visual, we have 4 Hentai Collection DVDs to give away:

  • Anyone You Can Do… I Can Do Better
  • Bondage Mansion
  • Slaves to Passion
  • RXXX Prescription for Pain

To enter the draw, simply mention the official convention account on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr or use the #room801 (Facebook/Twitter) or #room 801 (Tumblr) hashtags in a post any time between the 1st and 14th of February 2014 (across all Australian timezones).

To be eligible you must be over 18 and living in Australia; you’ll need to provide proof of your age, name and address to us before we can send out your prize. Posts including photographic porn or illegal material will be automatically disqualified. The winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries and announced on the 17th of February 2014 on the Room 801 website.

If hentai isn’t your thing, never fear – we have a few more giveaways planned before and during the convention, so stick around!