I think the situation with Anime Hell is... I don't particularly know if there needs to be any more. I think there are enough, if not too many Anime Hells already.
It's not an event that needs to happen at every anime con - it's not a costume contest or a game show. I would rather people come to the anime conventions that already have Anime Hell, and have Anime Hell be something special that only happens at a few conventions. It's a selling point that attracts people to these conventions. The audience enjoys Anime Hell more, because they haven't seen five of them already that year.
Anime Hell was my idea. The other people doing Anime Hell events at other conventions are all friends of mine, they are people I know personally, there was a dialog about what kind of show they were going to do and what their plans were and I feel comfortable that they can do a good show. But it's not a franchise, it's not "open source" for everybody in the world to go crazy with.
If you want to do crazy clip show events at Doofuscon '10 or Joe Bob's Anime Hoedown or wherever, then by all means, go for it. But - -AND THIS IS THE KEY PART SO READ THIS PART CAREFULLY - be original. Come up with your own name for the event, and work out your own personal approach. Find your own clips that your audience finds amusing. If you can't find any crazy video clips, THEN PERHAPS YOU MIGHT WANT TO RECONSIDER RUNNING A CRAZY VIDEO CLIP SHOW EVENT. Maybe.
Quit trying to ride on our coattails, quit capitalizing on the hard work and talent of others. This will be better for you, better for the audience, better for the conventions, better for everybody.
Am I being a total jerk? Probably. If so, the best way to show the world what a jerk I am is to get your own gang together and do your own thing and make it so awesome that even I will be writhing in misery, heartsick at your awesomeness.
Just don't call it "Anime Hell."
Thanks Dave for setting the record straight.
Trademarking might be the only way to make sure no one ganks your original idea.
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