1. Yuri/Shoujo-Ai discussion Panel and a non-ero video room
The idea behind these two events would be to educate con-goers about shoujo-ai and yuri, the significant differences, society's effect into forming the community of shoujo-ai fans, etc, etc. The video room will NOT be showing hentai because we want to educate people and teach them to not assume that 'lesbians on the screen' doesn't necessarily mean that sex is involved. I am currently working on this in conjunction with two other con staff members.
2. Otaku Bar
Not sure if this one will run over so well with the higher ups, but let's face it... 70% of con attendees are legal adults. Revenue from the bar will go to a) paying the loan to obtain supplies and b) next year's con budget. I have a degree in restaurant management and understand the ins and outs of bar operations (including licensing, etc). It will be a limited bar, as it would cost way too much to provide a full bar with a short list of available cocktails designed specifically with Otaku in mind. This will provide a) income for the con, b) prevent attendees from going out into downtown San Jose and getting drunk there.
ex. Ramune Romantica (Hypnotic and Melon Ramune), Hime-sama (Vodka and Peach), Sakura Drops (Soju, Calpis and Grenadine).
Some classic drinks will be available (Margaritas, Jack and Coke, Tokyo Teas).
I'm sure some of you are saying, "How would you regulate the bar? How do you make sure that underage attendees aren't drinking?"
1. Drinks will NOT leave the designated bar area.
2. EVERYONE will be carded, regardless of age.
3. A stamp or wristband will be given to those who are of legal age, color will change daily. (if wristbands are given, then they will be wrapped snug enough to not be removed and passed on to the person outside the area.)
4. Bar opens at 5pm, closes at 2am.
5. ONLY con attendees will be allowed in the bar area.
Once again, these are just running ideas and I'm just trying to get a sort of projection as to who would be interested in these things. Thanks for your input, everyone!! =)