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!

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!