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We'd like to thank all our minions, er, volunteers, who helped make Arisia 2011 possible!

Feedback wanted!

The good, the bad and well, maybe not the ugly, but you get the point.

Thanks again, one and all!


If you don't pick up a paper copy of our research findings, I mean "Newsletter," they'll be posted here:

Follow Us On Twitter For Updates During The Con and Use Our Blogger Room

We will be posting updates during the conventions on our Twitter. You can view our feed at and if you sign up for an account you can choose to receive our tweets as text messages to your phone.

There is free wifi throughout much of the hotel, but we have a Blogger Room set aside where you can sit, relax, and partake of our internet. There are a couple computers you're free to use as well if you wish.

We will be open Friday 6pm - 9pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 10am - 6pm, and Monday 10am - 2pm in the Executive Boardroom at the far end of the Mezzanine Level.

Access Services at Arisia

Why is there tape on the floor?

This year we are trying something new at Arisia, making space for scooters and wheelchairs. We will be marking "Parking zones" in each panel room with blue or yellow tape that we would like everyone to help us keep clear for people who are using scooters or wheelchairs.

We will also have a sign up for seating for persons with disabilities at the Masquerade. If you have a mobility disability, or would like to take advantage of the ASL interpretation, please sign up at the help desk on Saturday by 6pm. The event will also have an FM transmitter for those who want a little "signal boost" for their FM hearing aids. Please see the Access Services page for more details.

Alley Space Still Open

Got some books you write or personal, hand-made art to sell? There are still a few spaces for Monday in the author & artist alley. If you're an author doing a signing at Arisia, you can have use of a table near autographing to have a minion sell your books for only $5, only during your autographing time. These slots are payable by cash/check only.

To sign up, ask for Lisa Hertel in the Galleria, or at Ops.

Welcome to the future: Arisia 2011 has gone mobile using The Conventionist!

We strongly encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at Arisia. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info.

The guide is compatible for iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices.

To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:

  • Download 'The Conventionist' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace
  • Visit from your phone’s browser
  • There will be a barcode image for you to scan at the con if you want to do that.

The guide will be listed under the "download guides" section of the application.

I saw this at PaxEast and thought it was really nifty and helpful.

See you guys soon!
Asst Conchair, 2011

Hotel waiting list mostly cleared

At this point, all but 4 waiting list requests (out of about 250) have been dealt with. The 4 remaining requests were for Doubles and made on or after 12/28/2010.

If you are in doubt about the status of your request, if the request was for a King or "Either King or Double," or was made prior to 12/28, we've accommodated it.

The remaining 4 people will be dealt with if/as we get last-minute cancellations.

If you have any questions, please direct them to [email protected] .

-Arisia Innkeeper

Online Pre-Registration Closing!

Online Registration closes TOMORROW, Tuesday, January 11th at 7pm EST. After that time you will have to register at the door, no exceptions!

For those of you who are only planning on coming to the convention for one day (especially later in the day Saturday and Sunday) it does look like we will be close to hitting our (expanded) membership cap, so please check the website to confirm that we haven't already sold out before heading down.

If you are traveling from far away (like New Hampshire or Vermont) just for the day, and you check the website before you leave home, and it doesn't say that we have reached our membership cap, we will still let you into the convention even if that has changed by the time you arrive.

At-Con Registration hours are:

Friday: 3pm - 11pm
Saturday: 9am - 8pm
Sunday: 9am - 8pm
Monday: 9:30am - 2pm

For More information (like the at-con registration rates) please check out

-Kris "Nchanter" Snyder
Arisia Registration

Breakfast Banquet with Guests of Honor & Special Guests

As you've hopefully heard, we're having a breakfast banquet on Sunday of the con with the guests of honor and some other special guests. They're all awesome folks to chat with, so we hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity.

Sales of tickets to the banquet [edit: have ended]. There will be no sales of tickets at the con.

Tickets are $35. The banquet will be on Sunday at 11am.

Michael Anderson – Art/Entertainment
Kelley Armstrong - Writer GOH, Literature SOLD OUT
Bob Eggleton – Art, Media
Eric in the Elevator – Fan, Art/Entertainment, Gaming SOLD OUT
Shaenon K. Garrity - Webcomics GOH, Art SOLD OUT
Seanan McGuire – Music/Filk, Literature
Hildy Silverman – Literature, Fandom
Josh Simpson - Artist GOH SOLD OUT
Cecilia Tan - Literature
Catherynne M. Valente - Literature
Rene Walling - Fan GOH
Frank Wu - Art

We have biographies of all the guests, too, if there are some you don't know - maybe you want to meet them!

Buy your ticket here!

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