Welcome to Gothcon!
Back for our second year, and this time powered with the blessings of the Def Con 'call for parties' space - we're hosting an official gothcon party open to all defcon attendees in the gorgeous Gallery Bar in Planet Hollywood on Saturday August 10th.
What is GOTHCON?
GOTHCON (or #dcgothcon) is a collection of goths, goth-adjacents, friends of goths, and others who just wanted to hang out in their favorite outfits and listen to some goth-of-center music. DefCon 2018 was our first year with a (surprisingly successful) flash mob and bar crawl. What we expected to be 20 people probably peaked at 75-100.
It's a fun space for *everyone* to make friends and have fun during Def Con. We encourage people to dress up however they want, to come with open minds, and to not be a jerk.
Wait, y'all have SPACE?!?
Hellll yeah! We've been granted access (FREE OF CHARGE) to half of the large and gorgeous Gallery Bar in Planet Hollywood. We will host a party from 10pm-2am on Saturday, August 10th. Everyone is welcome!
We don't have a specific theme- but we highly recommend any of the following: dressing up in your favorite style of goth, wearing exactly what makes you happiest, channeling all your favorite cyberpunk ephemera, coming and listening to our amazing performers, getting a portrait done in the luxurious backdrop (details out soon), and more.
Why we're crowdfunding:
Well, we want to have one heck of a time. And to do this, we've got some costs.
After last year's success, we want to print badges and stickers, get wristbands for door, run a photo scavenger hunt with a prize, and more. We're also going to have DJ's, a photographer or two, potentially some dancers, and visual artists for stickers, badges, and promotional images.
So, here's what we're looking at in terms of goals:
Basic Needs - $800
This will cover:
- 300 "art print" badges and lanyards
- 500-1k stickers
- a prize for 1st in photo scavenger hunt, drink tickets for top 5
- some breathing room for unforeseen costs
Pay the Artists - $2.5k
This will cover paying our artists, as well as covering the cost of entry wristbands for door.
We have DJ's (four slots!!), photographers, designers, and performers we would love to give some cash to. This tier is to help us pay forward our thanks. While everyone we have lined up has excitedly offered to work without pay, we think they deserve more than nothing for helping us pull off an amazing event. Show them you think so too!
This tier also helps us get some basic wristbands for door. Everyone likes having proof of entry, especially the door staff. ;)
EPIC GOTHS - $7k+
This is a stretch goal. Obviously.
This would allow us to have an open bar tab, extra custom swag (new pins? Something crazy?), customize badge lanyards and wristbands, get bigger prizes, and ensure all personal gear being used is *insured*. Any leftover goes to offset unforeseen costs, cover last minute artist additions, and be put in a coffer for 2020.
Of course, every little bit will help us out!
SO- what's in it for you?
Emotionally- knowing that you're helping a ragtag group of friends somehow throw an epic party.
Physically - Gothcon stickers and a personal thank-you note mailed out for all donations $50+! Opt-In, of course.
Thanks So Much!