I want to start 2013 by thanking everyone who came out this year. From the bottom of my heart, I greatly appreciate all the attendees, guests, vendors, presenters, volunteers and staff. I feel like our content was top notch and I'm blessed to have such world-class friends.
Big thanks to Jonathan "Roadblock" Serna for hosting, to Vicki Behme for her stunning design work, and for Mikey Jasiczek for putting on another great Bottomless Wit Gauntlet. I also want to take time to thank Barbara Dunkelman, Jack Pattillo, Julia Rogers, Kelli Dunlap, Jesse Cowell, and Ashley St Lawrence, our guests, presenters, and vendors. Thanks also to the DoubleTree Hotel, Perch Pub, Fado, the Bridge Theater, Reading Terminal Market, and Giorgio's on Pine for hosting different parts of our event.
A few of our staff members are moving on this year. A big thank you first goes to Virginia Evans, our Event Coordinator. Even though we weren't able to see you on Saturday, I know first hand how much time and effort you put into making the last 2 (3, really) RT Philly events a success. I look forward to seeing Apricot Basket continue to blossom and I treasure your friendship.
Speaking of treasures, a young man named Nicolas Cusworth has won the hearts of RT Philadelphians everywhere with his Corgi Cup Style and Media Manager Panache. With very little time (and I doubt very much sleep), he was able to seamlessly integrate our media presentations into the larger fabric of the event, all while putting videos together year round to help promote RT Philly. I'm really proud of you, Nick, and I look forward to big and bright things from both Nicolas Cusworth Media and Autism Speaks.
Then we have Mattie Evans. Mattie, the smartest thing I did was hand over the Treasurer responsibilities to you, as I'm sure I'd be down several kidneys by now trying to fund this thing otherwise. Your even temper and soothing beard were the calm that got us through many a storm. Thank you, kind sir, and I want all of you to pledge some of your good luck to Matt as he enters this critical year of his Ph.D candidacy.
These three fine individuals, joined by the Johnstanding John Sedlack, Jeffnificent Jeff Rupert, and Clifftactular Cliff Simon, and, um, me, met a few weeks ago to discuss how to best proceed, given the critical staff departures and ever-changing Rooster Teeth event landscape. From the ashes of RvBTO will rise RTO, a Phoenix that I'm highly confident will save the monsters from the Evil Moo (Monsters Rule). RvB CanWest endures, as ever, and newer events like RvBOR and RT MN seem to be popping up every day. In the midst of it all is the ever-growing and ever-awesome behemoth (behemoth!) that is RTX. Coupled with PAXes and ComiCons, to say nothing of the rare times we actually want to spend time with family or friends from outside the Rooster Teeth Community, there is a variety of choice in the marketplace right now and a lot of worthy competition for your time and resources.
At the same time, with all of these other events, it's always been a challenge to get all of the content, all the vendors, all of the logistics together in what's not a lot of time. It's a labor of love to be sure, but is it the right thing for us to put so much effort into an event that, by issues of geography and competition, will only be seen by a handful of people, albeit the sexiest handful a guy could ask for?
The core mission of RT Philly has been to showcase community content. For a couple of years now, our mandate has grown outside of the event itself to creative fundraising events like RT26 and Rock Patch. We've each individually contributed to and started a number of crowdfunded projects. We hear about worthy stuff all the time, but not everyone can get out to Philly during the year. The inevitable question came: Is RT Philly doing the most to live out its mission statement in its current form?
The bottom line is that we don't know. Not for sure. We want you guys to be part of this dialogue, because we've been doing this for years. What is the best way for us to continue to pursue our mission?
We do know that we miss your faces and we want to see you. There will be a gathering in Philly in 2013. It will most likely be a bit more low key that what we've done in past years, centered more on hanging out and enjoying each other's company. It's entirely possible that musicians and podcast hosts may figure heavily into this. Who's to say, for instance, Late Nite JengaJam, or whatever it's called by then, won't have a live show that happens to be the same weekend? We don't have dates for this "RT Philly Hangout" just yet, but we'll let you know just as soon as we do so you can make plans to join us.
We're not done with RT26, either, but we're not quite ready to discuss the new direction that will take. Let's just say we're looking to answer some of our own questions in podcast marathon format.
I am extremely proud to have co-founded and to have served on the staff of RT Philly. While it's bittersweet to say farewell to the event in its current format, I am ecstatic about the future that is growing out of an already-solid foundation. Mark my words, the next few months are going to be very exciting. We will continue our mission of getting your worthy content a wider platform and we will continue to cherish the bonds and friendships built over the few years.
tl;dr, We love you.
The RT Philly Staff.