31
Jul

Medical: “Anxiety Room” for Attendees!

Here at Onezumi Events, we’re always looking for ways to make sure our attendees are comfortable, happy, and best able to enjoy their con experience. We’ve recently had potential PotterVerse attendees ask if there would be any resources for anxiety sufferers at the event. The answer? Absolutely!

Even though we work to make all our events small enough that they don’t underwhelm, we understand that cons by their very nature can be overstimulating to people who deal with anxiety, seizure conditions, and the like. (This includes many members of our own staff, who are sympathetic to such things.) To that end, we’re making sure that you have somewhere to go if you need to regroup during the con.

Team Medical Dragon is always on hand to look after medical emergencies, and while they do not have any licensed counselors on hand, they have set aside a cot and curtain in the Medical room to use as an “anxiety room” if necessary. It’s a place to regroup, get some quiet, and get back on your feet. We also have several members of staff who, while not licensed practitioners, have experience dealing with such issues.

And right across the way from Medical will be another of our helpful staff members: Mr. B!

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Mr. B is a service dog belonging to one of our staffers, and will be happy to give of his time for any attendees who would like to take a break and visit with him. He is also a very good boy. (Note: Mr. B is not a certified therapy dog, but he is a legal service dog who loves to help out others in addition to his owner!)

If you need to make use of our medical room during your stay at PotterVerse, whether it be to take a break or to get patched up, be sure to come and find them! And, as always, don’t hesitate to ask one of our staffers for help if you need something. We want to make sure your time with us is as fun as possible.


23
Jul

New Registration Price Effective Today!

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We’re into the home stretch before the first-ever PotterVerse in Baltimore… and as of today, the pre-reg price is now $85. That’s still $5 off the full weekend price of $90 at-door, so if you haven’t grabbed your badge, be sure to do so now!

You can also throw on some sweet VIP add-ons and pre-purchase photos and autographs. It’s a great way to save time and manage your money at the event, and to make sure you get to everything you want without having to zip by the ATM.

We’re moving full speed ahead toward September! Will we see you there? Register now and be sure we do!


22
Jul

Last Day for Early Registration Rate!

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Don’t forget, you have until midnight tonight to get the best possible rate for this year’s PotterVerse! A full weekend’s registration is still just $80, which gets you access to everything save for VIP events. As of tomorrow, the prereg rate will go up to $85, and at-door reg will cost $90.

Head on over to our registration page before midnight to join us and save a few galleons! You can also grab cool VIP add-ons like limited-edition swag, reserved seating, and more!


20
Jul

Plan Your Magical Getaway! VIP Goodies, Hotel Rooms, and Best Con Prices!

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Still planning your PotterVerse weekend? The big day is coming, which means a lot of our merchandise may be disapparating very soon! Check out what we have on offer (all of which can be added to your membership on our registration page):

2017 Regular Con T-Shirt

2017 Regular Con T-Shirt

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Our 2017 regular and VIP con shirts are still on sale, but only for a limited time! We will have a limited number of the regular con shirt available in popular sizes at the con, but they tend to go fast. So if you want to be sure you get your size, order in advance! The VIP shirts come with a VIP Tier 2 membership (which costs $60 in addition to a basic badge), and will not be available at con. Our very first VIP shirt features adorable House mascots as imagined by graphic designer and Doctor’s Notes artist Ginger Hoesly!

Tier 3 VIPs will also be receiving a cool charm created by vendor Red Fish Rue Fish, which we will be premiering soon on the blog! Like the shirts, these will not be available at con unless you’ve purchased the VIP tier in advnace.

Autograph and photo-op payments are also available to pre-purchase on the membership page. Skip bringing tons of cash and reserve in advance with your credit card! You will be able to purchase autographs and photo-ops at con, but this is a great way to ensure you have everything taken care of in advance.

Also, a couple big deadlines coming up:

Registration prices go up Sunday at midnight! After that, registration will be $85 for an adult weekend pass preregistration, and $90 at the door.

Hotel room reservations must be made by August 18! The Renaissance is giving our attendees an amazing deal, allowing Potter fans to reserve rooms at a literal fraction of the usual cost. If you want to be on site for all the good stuff and enjoy a comfortable weekend away, make sure to reserve your room now!


12
Jul

Register NOW for PotterVerse: Prices Go up in 2 Weeks!

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Still deciding whether to join us for the first-ever PotterVerse? If you want the best price, you’ll want to register sooner rather than later… because early reg rates end at midnight July 23!

Right now, $80 gets you a full weekend pass with access to all panels, events, and signings (save for those listed under VIP levels like the Wizards’ Council). Rates go up to $85 on July 23, and will be $90 at-door on con weekend.

So slide into our reg form now to get the lowest rate for you and your family and friends! And if you’re already registered, there’s still time to add VIP levels to your membership to get early access to the dealers’ room, preferred seating, a special-edition shirt, and more!


01
Jul

Fan Q&A: Yes, we’re family friendly!

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A lot of Potterheads new to the cons of Onezumi Events have been pinging us with one very big (and very good) question — “Will PotterVerse be family-friendly?” The answer is, of course, a resounding yes!

For almost a decade, Onezumi Events has worked to create conventions that families can enjoy together, and PotterVerse will be no exception. Programming will be suitable for all ages (and run after hours with ID required if for some reason we have an 18+ one on the docket), and there will even be children’s programming for kids and their attending grownups to enjoy together! Incidentally, Children’s Programming is a great place to hang out — some of our headliner guests have been known to drop in for story time or crafts at our other events.

Additionally, we have a system in place to make sure children separated from their parents in the venue can be reunited easily. That’s why, even though admission for kids under 5 is free, we still ask you to “register” them — they get their own badge! Not only is it fun for them, but it also allows us to have their information in our database in case you get separated.

So, in short — we’d love to see your entire family, regardless of age, at PotterVerse this year! Be sure to register soon!


26
Jun

REGISTRATION: Site Outages Fixed

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Whoops! Those of you trying to register for the last few days may have noticed a few issues. We apologize for the inconvenience, and are happy to say that any problems with our registration site have been worked out.

So, if you’ve been trying to register and have not been able to, you can now! Head over to our reg page and get yourself hooked up for this year’s event! And if you’re having any more issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you all for your help in making sure our site runs smoothly!


26
Jun

20 Years of Harry Potter

Can you believe it? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorceror’s, if you got the American copy) was published 20 years ago this June. It seems like it can’t have been that long — but 20th anniversary celebrations are popping up all around the world. Here are just a few things happening this year in celebration!

 

Liverpool: Butterbeer and movies at HUS

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Liverpool bar HUS will be having another (yes, another — they’re long-time fans) Harry Potter fest today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first book’s publication. A screening of the first film will be had, and there will be butterbeer for all. If you’d like something a little stronger, there will also be cocktails themed to the characters and places in the series.

 

Illinois: Bartlett Library’s Month-Long Events Calender

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There’s no shortage of things to do if you’re in the Bartlett area. The library’s calendar of Potter-themed events includes a wide array of events for school-age fans, including movie screenings, a lock-in, trivia, potions class, and wand-making. They’re looking out for adult fans, too — there’s a pub trivia quiz and paper crafts. And for the writers among you, there’s a fanfic contest! More details on the full list of events are available here.

 

Worldwide: The Wizarding World Book Club

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If you’re looking for an excuse to re-read the series, here it is! Bloomsbury and Scholastic are joining forces with Pottermore to launch the Wizarding World Book Club, a free online book club dedicated to reading (or re-reading) the entire series and discussing it online. You’ll need to grab a free Pottermore account to join, but it’ll also have a social media side. You can even get rewards for participating! Check out the official announcement so you can be ready when it opens.

 

Maryland: PotterVerse!

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Okay, this is probably a given… but we’re so proud to be launching our con in such an important and memorable year! And we may not be in June, but we’re ready to keep the party going into fall with guests, cosplay, dances, panels, and more. And we’d love to see you there! Check out our full list of guests, and register now to get in on the fun!


23
Jun

COMMUNITY: On the Road with Awesome Cosplayers!

This month, we’ve been hitting up multiple cons to spread the word about PotterVerse and (Re)Generation Who, meet old friends and new, and — best of all — get to see just how creative our fans can be! At both Balticon and AwesomeCon, you showed us your witchy and wizardly outfits, and now we’d like to share them with our fans.

If you see a photo of yourself, be sure to grab it!

Slytherin represents at Balticon...

Slytherin represents at Balticon…

... and at AwesomeCon!

… and at AwesomeCon!

Don't forget the noble Gryffindors!

Don’t forget the noble Gryffindors!

Way jealous of this Marauder's Map/Snitch combo.

Way jealous of this Marauder’s Map/Snitch combo.

Want to help spread the word about PotterVerse? Grab some link banners and printable flyers!

And don’t forget to register for our very first event this September! You’ll get to meet actors from the films, join in on family-friendly entertainment, and show off more of your beautiful costumes!


12
Jun

VIP SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE! Plus: Interview with artist Ginger Hoesly

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Your patience has been rewarded — it’s here! The first ever VIP shirt for PotterVerse! The art, drawn by Onezumi Events graphic designer Ginger Hoesly, features four rather familiar animals getting comfy and looking absolutely adorable.

The shirt is available at VIP tier 2 ($60 in addition to registration), which also includes the tier 1 perks of a special badge, limited-edition artwork, early access to the Dealers’ Room, and an invitation to a special “House” party. Hit our registration page to grab yours!

 

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We sat down with the shirt’s designer, Ginger Hoesly, to talk about her work on this and other projects. Onezumi Events attendees may recognize Ginger from (Re)Gen 3’s merch table, and her art and designs from this year’s cosplay badges, VIP art print, and regular con shirt. By day, she works for Oswego’s Imagination Print and Design. But after work she works to create the awesome graphics you see on our websites and social media, and creates art and merch both as fan works and for her own original creations!

 

POTTERVERSE: So, first off — what’s your background in art and design? How did you get started before you started working professionally?

GINGER HOESLY: My background is one I think a lot of artists have. I’ve been drawing since forever, and when I was five my ambitions were “artist or astronaut”, so I at least got one of those down pat.

I went to art school, originally with the laser-focused goal of majoring in graphic design. Three weeks into the program I went “nope” and switched to illustration, which I have my BFA in.

After graduation, I just had to wait a few months, do a lot of job scouring, and have gallbladder surgery, before I was hired to be a graphic artist at a home decor company. Chicago is a pretty good area for design-y jobs so it was mostly just GETTING one.
PV: And in addition to your day job, you do a lot of fan works, too. Where might people have seen your work outside Onezumi Events?

GH: I have pretty absolute claim over usernames “randomthunk” and “Kataoi”. Instagram, Tumblr, and Etsy for the first one, Twitter and an old DeviantArt account for the latter.

Outside the internet, I’ve had work on display at San Diego ComicCon a couple years, on tour with the Doctor Who World Tour, and had a few pieces displayed during some airings of BBC America’s “Doctor’s Notes” specials.

Back briefly to the internet, last Christmas I did a couple pieces for the BBC that were on The Doctor Who Fan Show, promoting Twelve Doctors of Christmas.

To put it one way, I’m pretty fond of my time traveling alien show.
PV: Speaking of Doctor Who, you’ve done some work for (Re)Generation Who as well. What’s it been like working with the group so far?

GH: It reminds me a lot of my day job, actually, and I mean that in a good way because I like my day job (hi boss).

I think more than anything I like being able to fit into the team, where everyone is working towards the same goal, and there’s very talented and smart people who are working very hard to put on a great show. I have a lot of love and passion for my work, so being with others who have that same level is awesome.
PV: We recently premiered the basic con shirt, which you designed, but today we’re premiering the VIP shirt which is pretty much all your own art. How did you come up with the concept and style for this?

GH: I mean, there’s two things I wanted with the shirt – “appealing”, which I want with any design, and a sense of togetherness. So my solution was “cute animal smush pile”.

Whenever you go to a con you get to meet people who are into the same thing you are, so even though we all have our own house or favorite characters, we’re still there because of a mutual love of the series.
PV: Tell us a little about your workspace when you draw. What’s comfortable for you?

GH: For the most part, I’m going to be at my desk in my office. Maybe it’s an age thing but I can’t settle into my bed or on the couch and use my laptop like I used to (I just want to sleep at that point). Usually I have a YouTube video going (Game Theory Live is a favorite to play), or a Cubs game if they’re playing (as I do right now),or just some music. It means I know a lot of specific songs and videos really really well.

I tell you what though, a very important thing to have is a comfy chair. I finally got me one for Christmas and I haven’t had the back issues like I used to. Funny, that.
PV: It’s probably hard to pick, but is there something you’ve done in your art and design work recently that you’re especially proud of?

GH: I think it’s a good sign that my first thought was something rather recent. I’ve done a couple drawings recently where, one got retweeted by The Doctor Who Fan Show, which was cool, and another that got on Anglophenia, which was also cool. Never had those things happen before.

I’ve started doing a lot more shirt designs in my free time in the past year, with the biggest hit by far being this one that says “Thank God and Scotland for Peter Capaldi”. People have met Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat wearing the shirt, which is amazing, but I think the best to come of that was Elaine Collins bought two of them. If you don’t know who that is, my dad likes to call her “Mrs. Doctor Who”, so.
PV: It’s PotterVerse, so we have to ask — what House are you?

GH: Gryffindor.

It’s not so popular in online communities I noticed, maybe ’cause it’s the one of the protagonist and all, but it’s the one I’ve been sorted into several times over throughout many years, so I can’t even pretend to deny it’s my house.

Also lions? Lions are awesome? Come on.
PV: Anything else you’re up to or have coming up that you’d like our fans to keep an eye out for?

GH: Well if your fans are interested in my art and or shenanigans, I’m pretty active on social media. Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram are where I post artwork and things I’m working on, along with some general shouting about like, baseball and things of that nature.

I run an Etsy shop which I update fairly regularly with new items and such. I’ve been focusing a lot on shirts and buttons recently, so if you think my Potterverse works are appealing you may be interested in other items to put on your torso.

Lastly, I have a book coming out soon! There’s so much going on, haha.

It’s actually the second book in a series. If you like your paranormal romances but would really rather prefer to skip the common pitfalls of those stories, then you should check out Owl’s Flower. The first book is available for free in e-book format!

 

Remember to hit the registration page to sign up for VIP tier 2 and get your own awesome shirt! Tier 2 will only be open for a limited time, so get in while you can!

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