Kinda!Con FAQ Page
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For our wonderful Attendees:
Q: What kind of convention is this?
A: Kinda!Con is a multi-fandom convention centered around new artists and cosplayers. We love Anime, Comics, Games, Sci-fi, Pop-Culture, Movies & TV, Animation and of course - MEMES.
Q: How did this convention start?
A: Kinda!Con started in 2016 at the American Legion Post #238 in Woodland Park. Artist Marleni Gomez, Ariana Gomez & Karina Gomez started the convention in one room with 20 artists to help them start in the convention scene. With a combined 10 year experience tabling, attending and volunteering at conventions, they planned, marketed, promoted, funded and ran the show themselves for 2 years straight, gaining a fun reputation for families in the Tri-State area. Now in it's 3rd year, Kinda!Con has grown bigger than ever and now moved to Morristown where it can better serve new artists and continue to help them grow.
Q: What can I expect from this convention?
A: You can expect a more intimate weekend than most bigger cons; getting to know guests, friends, and art in a space where you can truly be yourself. Not only is there amazing stuff to see in the Artist Alley and Cosplay Contest, but new for 2018 we have added Panels, Games, Signings, Raffles & Prizes, Live Performances and an After Party!
Q: When is the convention?
A: Kinda!Con 2018 will be held from Saturday, April 14th - Sunday, April 15th 2018.
Q: Where is the location of this convention?
A: The Hyatt Regency Hotel – 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960 in the Terrace Ballroom
Q: What are the hours of this convention?
A: Saturday: 11am-11pm Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Q: Where can I find the different con schedules?
A: Panels will be from 12-11pm Saturday & 12-5pm Sunday. Find the panel schedule here.
Artist Alley Hall Hours will be from: 11am-8pm (Saturday) 12pm-5pm (Sunday) After Party will be from: 9-11pm
Q: Is there a Cosplay Contest? How do I sign up?
A: YES! We have two contests - one for kids (13 and under) Sunday and one for adults (14+) on Saturday. Sign up here.
Q: Where can I buy tickets?
A: You can purchase them online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kindacon-art-expo-tickets-39565638891
$30 Weekend Pass|$24 Saturday Pass|$10 Sunday Pass
Q: Can I buy tickets on the day of the event?
A: Yes, but they are limited! At the door is cash only: $35 2 day pass|$28 Saturday pass|$15 Sunday pass
Q: What about kids' tickets? Can kids come to Kinda!Con?
A: Yes of course! Kids 10 and under can come to Kinda!Con FREE. But anyone 13 and under must be accompanied by a paying parent or guardian over 18 years of age. No exceptions. Kids' tickets can be reserved online when you purchase your own!
Q: How do I get my badge?
A: If you bought your ticket online, visit our registration booth upon entering Kinda!Con's convention space. Download the Eventbrite App or show us your email confirmation so we can scan your code and give you your wristband! Please be sure to have a Photo ID ready.
Q: What is the refund policy?
A: Online tickets can be refunded up to 30 days leading up to the event date. After that no refunds will be given. Tickets cannot be refunded at the door. We are completely indoors, and running rain-or-shine.
Q: What do I do if I lost my badge?
A: Oh no! If you lost your badge during the con, please see a Kinda!Con staff member. If you have your email confirmation please show us so we can re-issue you a replacement.
Q: What can I do in Morristown?
A: Oh MAN - There's so much to see and do in Morristown! Shops, restaurants - heck even Kinda!Con's hotel has an AMC movie theater! There are plenty of places to explore and eat from Mexican to Sushi to Thai to American Comfort food and everything in between. Morristown is #lit.
Q: How do I get there?
A: You can take a train from popular locations like Penn Station in NYC and Montclair State University or you can carpool with friends - Directions can be found here.
Q: What can I do about parking?
A: Parking at Kinda!Con for the day is free! We have a huge indoor parking garage attached to the hotel. Keep your parking ticket & pass by the registration desk before you leave to validate your parking. If you're staying the weekend with us and are parking overnight, your discounted hotel rate comes with $10 parking (+ free wifi!)
Q: Can I book a room with the hotel and is there a discount?
A: HECK YES FRIEND! Kinda!Con has a discounted hotel block and we'd love to have you spend the weekend with us. Use this link to get your room. Rates start at $139/night until March 14th! More info can be found here.
Q: Where can I get food or drinks during the convention?
A: Food and Drinks are not allowed on the Convention Floor or in the Artist Alley/Dealer's Room. The Hyatt Regency has a bar & restaurant, a convenience store & two restaurants below (Indian & Thai) There's also a CVS across the street for snacks and of course the many amazing spots to grab a bite in Morristown. Go nuts!
Q: Do I have to dress up or?
A: Nah, but we encourage it! Conventions are so much better with friends in cosplay :)
Q: Is Kinda!Con family friendly?
A: Absolutely. We are run by a family of dorks and supported by our community, so everything at Kinda!Con is 100% acceptable for all ages. There's something for everyone here! Younger guests (10 and under) can join in the fun FREE, but anyone under 13 must be accompanied by a paying parent or guardian 18 or older.
Q: Any good photoshoot spots around here?
A: OH FOR SURE - not only does the Hotel have an amazing waterfall feature and tons of awesome backdrops for photos, but you can also explore the parking garage (for extra edgy shoots) and the surrounding Morristown area. There are plenty of amazing cityscapes and park scenery to go and get your pose on.
Q: Who’s sponsoring Kinda!Con this year?
Q: Can I volunteer at Kinda!Con?
A: But of course! Sign up here.
Q: What is Kinda!Con's convention policy?
Q: Does this Kinda!Con allow pets?
A: Sorry, No puppers, kitties or other fuzzy/scaly/feathery friends allowed :( Service animals are the only exception.
Q: Do you offer any special accommodations for disabled guests?
A: Absolutely! The hotel is wheelchair accessible and has many accommodations for guests. Kinda!Con also has an ASL interpreter on staff - Ariana - and she'd be happy to help any of our guests who are hard of hearing. Our staff also speaks Spanish, Arabic and Italian in case anyone needs to geek out in their preferred language :)
Q: Where can I find Kinda!Con online?
A: You can find us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter (click for links) - we're @kindaconartexpo! Feel free to tag us, check in at the con and and use hashtags #kindacon #kindacon2018 so we can show you some love! We also frequent many comic and anime conventions in the area - follow our IG story to find us and say hey.
Q: This all sounds great! How can I contact your convention if I have more questions?
For our Artists in Artist’s Alley / Vendors in Dealer's Room:
Q: What time should I be there to set up Saturday?
A: Set up begins at 8:30am on Saturday. All artists must check in so they can grab their tables! (Spots are pre-assigned)
Q: What time should I be there to set up Sunday?
A: Anytime between 10-12. If you left your things overnight - no setup required. Easy, peasy.
Q: What does my badge come with?
A: Artists get one 6ftx30" table & 2 badges, Vendors get two 6ftx30" tables & 4 badges.
Q: What are the Artist Alley & Vendor rules?
For panelists in rooms A & B:
Q: What time should I arrive for set up?
A: Panelists should check in with Staff at the Registration Booth at least one hour before their time slot. If they need any special equipment or setup help, our volunteers will be more than happy to assist you. All panelists will have at least 15 min to set up before their panels. After you're done, feel free to enjoy the rest of the con!
Q: Do I need a badge to be a part of Kinda!Con?
A: As per our rules this year - yes you do. Upon applying to host Panels at Kinda!Con, applicant agreed to all policies and rules set forth by the convention. We're sorry for any confusion! Please email us for further details.
Q: Who do I speak to if I have any changes to my panel or need special accommodations?
A: please email us at - re: (Your Name) Panel so we can fix you up asap!