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In other words, it's the Infinitus Call for Art - UPDATED

We have extended our deadline for artwork to be displayed in the Art Gallery during Infinitus.

The new deadline is June 30, 2010. There is no hanging/submission fee for art gallery submissions that are donated to the Infinitus Auction, which will take place on Sunday at the Leaving Feast, and the proceeds from the auction will go to HPEF (the nonprofit behind Infinitus), Kids Need to Read and the HP Alliance

Submissions may include the following: fandom, whimsical, fantasy, 2D and 3D pieces, sculpture, photographic, multimedia, textile creations, and arts and crafts. Parodies and transformative works are permitted.

Please check out our Call for Art for more information regarding the submission process and hanging fees for items not donated to the Auction, and send any questions to artgallery @ infinitus2010.org (without the spaces).

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Have you registered for Infinitus yet?

We're having a Holiday Shopping Special!

Who wants to fight through Black Friday crowds at 5:00 a.m.? Shopping for your Infinitus registration and add-ons will be much easier. And to make it even sweeter, we're offering a $10 gift certificate for use at the Infinitus merchandise table when you buy a regular or Merlin's Circle registration on Black Friday (November 27, 2010).

And just to stay in the holiday mood, from noon (Eastern time) on November 24 through December 31, 2009, you will get a $5 gift certificate for use at the Infinitus merchandise table when you buy a regular registration, upgrade to Merlin's Circle or add on a keynote luncheon.

So this holiday season, pick up an Infinitus registration for yourself or a friend - or treat a friend to lunch next July!

Questions? Email us at info@infinitus2010.org or comment to this post.

See you next July!

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Infinitus Registration Is Now Open

Registration is Open!

We are currently offering an early bird registration price for $165.00 until midnight of September 7th, 2009. After that, registration will be $180.00 until March 31, 2010. It will then increase to $200.00 pending availability.

Please note that your registration will include two Feasts, common room access, pickup Quidditch (if you sign the release), fanfic readings, gallery and vendor room access, various wrock events and all Formal Programming except Keynote Luncheons. Additional ticketed items will be available as the year goes on, and will be registration system once they are announced through this website and The Infinitus newsletter, The Infinitum.

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Whether you made it to Azkatraz or not - or if you were there but slept through a programming session or three - you can now order the session on CD or MP3 here. We've tested it in Firefox and this should work - and they are going to give a bit of an extension on the on-site purchase price because of the problems with Firefox display of the earlier version.

Let us know if it still doesn't work for whatever reason....

Crossposted to azkatraz and kickin_ascendio

For Azkatraz participants - we're curious about your pre-Az con experiences

This will be my first con of any type!
20(23.5%)
This will be my first Harry Potter-centric con!
14(16.5%)
I've been to one HP con before Azkatraz
11(12.9%)
I've been to more than one HP con before Azkatraz
29(34.1%)
I haven't been to an HP con, per se, but I have been to a big HP event, like POAIMAX or the Mugglenet Book Release events in Chicago
2(2.4%)
I won't be making to Azkatraz in person, but I am doing azkatrazathome
9(10.6%)
Something else I will discuss in the comments.
0(0.0%)

What day(s) will you be at Azkatraz

I'll be in San Francisco on Wednesday, and around the Parc55
2(2.7%)
Thursday
4(5.3%)
Friday
0(0.0%)
Saturday
3(4.0%)
Sunday
2(2.7%)
Monday
0(0.0%)
Tuesday
0(0.0%)
I'll still be hanging around on Wednesday!
2(2.7%)

Are you coming to Comic Con afterwards?

Yes, for all four (five!) days.
6(7.2%)
Yes, for at least one day.
2(2.4%)
No, not this year.
73(88.0%)
I'm going to miss Azkatraz, but I will be at Comic Con.
2(2.4%)

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Hi! If you're just hearing about azkatraz from the LJ Spotlight, welcome, and we hope to see you in San Francisco this week! This is the comm for news about and relating to HPEF's azkatraz event, scheduled to take place in San Francisco, California from July 18 - 21, 2009 at the Parc55 Hotel at 55 Cyril Magnin Street.

If you're planning to attend or just interested in learning more about the event, you can also join kickin_ascendio, our "community" community, especially for chatter about the event.

This community is solely for news, updated and postings by the con team, so you cannot "join" it but you can watch it on your friends list by clicking here.

Azkatraz welcomes Harry Potter fans, ages 14 and up, for almost a week of discussions, meet-ups, fanfic readings, fanart gallery showings, presentations, round-tables, wizard rock, charitable projects, celebrations, booksignings and, of course, Muggle Quidditch.

To learn more about Azkatraz, look through the comm - all our "admin" posts are here, and our "community" livejournal is at kickin_ascendio - or visit our website at http://www.hp2009.org - and if you can't make it to San Francisco this week, come join us at Infinitus 2010 at Universal Studios Orlando, home of the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter; find out more at infinitus2010

Questions? Post a comment or email us via our userinfo page here on LiveJournal - and we hope to see you soon!

Official HP Art at Azkatraz (and Comic Con)

ArtInsights releases new "Witches and Wizards of Harry Potter" limited edition sets with specially selected images of actors featured in the movie series, and offers 2 new worldwide exclusive Mary GrandPre images from the deluxe edition covers, Order of the Pheonix "12 Grimmauld Place", and Deathly Hallows "Escape from Gringotts".


The art will be premiered at Azkatraz 2009 on July 16th, will be shown at Comic-Con International July 22nd through 26th, and will feature special certificates made especially by Warner Brothers only available during these events. This release also coincides with a new charity partnership with Kids Need To Read. Starting with these new releases, the charity will receive 10% of the profits of all Harry Potter fine art sold through ArtInsights Gallery.

Specs:
Witches and Wizards of Harry Potter
Edition count of 700 each


9 images at $45 each, exclusive complete sets at $430 for 10 images, which includes the bonus piece, "Luna Lovegood".
Price increase to $480 for the set will take place on July 27th.


Hermione Granger || Luna Lovegood



"12 Grimmauld Place" and "Escape from Gringotts"
regular paper edition, edition size 500, for $425 each
Artist Proofs as giclees on canvas, edition of 50, $800 each
--1/3 of the APs have been presold.

10% of all profits to benefit Kids Need To Read Charity.

Call ArtInsights at 703-478-0778, visit their website at www.artinsights.com,
or visit them at booth #1317, under the name of their friends, "Heroic Fine Art",
with whom they are sharing a booth. You can also pick up postcards and swag for Infinitus at the booth from Wednesday night on, and catch Leslie from ArtInsights, along with HPEF's Gwendolyn Grace and Heidi on the Harry Potter panel at ComicCon on Sunday afternoon.

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Tickets are still available for...

We had originally planned to close the resgistration system today, but we're going to leave it up for a few more days. Here's what is still available:

Weekend Pass (including the Ball) - $130

Single-day Pass for Sat/Sun/Mon - $45 per day

Master of Potter Administration including breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception on Monday - $130 without a registration, $100 with a regular registration, and $75 for Merlin Circle sponsors

Dessert with Chris Rankin - $75

Sunday Keynote Luncheon with Eddie Newquist of the HP Museum Exhibit - $65

Sunday or Monday breakfast - $35

Fog Bowl/Quidditch competition - $35 (includes pizza and a team shirt)

Azkatraz Film Festival featuring Cherrybomb - $15

Photos with Chris Rankin - $30

All of the above will be available on-site until at least the day before each event; photos with Chris will be available throughout Azkatraz. Email info @ hp2009.org (without the spaces) if you have any questions, and click on the link to REGISTRATION at the top of the page to purchase a new registration, or modify an existing one.

And remember, you can get into LeakyMug, play pickup Quidditch, visit the Vendor Room on Friday or Saturday, come to the Pre-Event Mixer on Friday night or visit the Common Room and Common Room Annex on Friday with any single-day or Full/Weekend registration.

See you soon - but while we wait through the next few days, take our poll!

Can you believe that Azkatraz is this week?!?

Yes! And I am all packed and ready to go!
2(6.1%)
Yes! I am counting the hours!
2(6.1%)
YES! But I am not totally ready yet!
16(48.5%)
OMG YES but luckily I have a working time turner so I can get some extra hours in, so I can finish my costume(s)!
1(3.0%)
Yes, and I am ready to get to San Francisco and see people and do amazing things!
2(6.1%)


If you can't make it to San Francisco, you can still be con-ish at home, thanks to azkatrazathome

One Last Pre-Az Plea for Volunteers

We still need formal programming Prefects, Jail & Bail Aurors, decorations specialists, security, registration, and many more open positions! Please email volunteerteam@hp2009.org for more info!

Remember these things:
1. Formal Programming Prefects get a guaranteed seat at the programming panels and sessions where they are Prefecting - it's mostly time-keeping and letting AV know if there are any AV issues during the session.

2. The Security Team shirts were designed by lizardspotsto the website</a>, learn more, sign up, and help out!


So...

How many of you will be in San Fran in under 100 hours?!?!?!?

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Sad News From IMAX

We know you’ve been waiting with baited breath and keeping your fingers crossed as hard as we have. Late yesterday we were told, most unfortunately, that IMAX was unable to secure a pre-screening of the print of “Half-Blood Prince.”

We’re heartbroken. Please understand that IMAX and WB did everything in their power to try to make this happen for us. The problem did not lie with them in any way, and it came right down to the wire with the negotiation process. When push came to shove, however, Paramount simply refused to work out a deal.

We are as upset and angry as you are surely feeling right now. But! The important thing to remember is that we will STILL have a “Half-Blood Prince” showing - all together, all united by our love of the story.

We hedged our bets a couple weeks ago and purchased tickets to the regular screen's 11:30 PM show. This means that we'll move forward with our plans for the line party, starting around 9:30 PM, and the doors will open a few minutes after 11:00 PM. You can still pick up your tickets at the Azkatraz Booking Office, which will be in the Embarcadero on the 3rd floor Thursday from noon to 6 pm, and at the Metreon itself beginning at 10:00 PM until about 11:15. If your travel plans preclude you getting to the theatre before 11, please write to the registrar and we will determine whether we can resell your tickets. For those of you picking them up, you will also receive a small refund (the difference between the IMAX price and the regular admission price) at that time.

Furthermore, IMAX is so cool that they have given us some consolation gifts and a few special prizes, which we'll be using as door prizes for the line party. So come ready to test your knowledge of Potter and your luck! Ten people will win a pair of complimentary IMAX tickets that they can use anywhere in the U.S. once the IMAX prints are released nationwide.

Meanwhile, if you simply can't contain your indignation at the way Paramount has forced IMAX and WB to disappoint us, we will also have letters prepared - addressed and pre-printed - for you to take, add your own comments, sign, and send to the appropriate office at their studios, to let them know just how this powerful bloc of fans responds to having our hopes dashed like this. Please take them when you get your tickets - and help us make the fans' voices be heard so that next time something like this comes up, we won't get the same treatment.


But for now, let’s put this unfortunate outcome behind us, and focus on the important fact that we can make plans! We can get excited for the movie! We will all see it together!


You know what else usually cheers me up? Shopping! And Barnes & Noble has graciously extended the bookfair (# 581066) through Friday, July 10, so that you can use it to purchase paperback copies of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” among other titles, for the Prisoners’ Literature Project, or for yourselves! Still need an airplane book? Go to Barnes & Noble and give them the flyer or the bookfair # 581066 to get your purchase applied to the HPEF bookfair and help a worthy charity supply incarcerated prisoners with quality reading material. Dictionaries, best-sellers, and other titles are also very welcome and in demand for the Project. Go here: bookfair page for more information about the bookfair and the Prisoners’ Literature Project.

Look for a new Informant before the end of the week, and we’ll see you in 10 days!

Welcome to Azkatraz

Azkatraz will take place in San Francisco at the Parc55 Hotel at 55 Cyril Magnin Street from July 17 - 21, 2009.

Azkatraz welcomes Harry Potter fans, ages 14 and up, for almost a week of discussions, meet-ups, fanfic readings, fanart gallery showings, presentations, round-tables, wizard rock, charitable projects, celebrations, booksignings and, of course, Muggle Quidditch.

To learn more about Azkatraz, look through the comm - all our "admin" posts are here, and our "community" livejournal is at http://kickin_azkatraz.livejournal.com - or visit our website at http://www.hp2009.org - and if you can't make it to San Francisco this week, come join us at Infinitus 2010 at Universal Studios Orlando, home of the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter; find out more at http://www.infinitus2010.org.

Questions? Email us via our userinfo page here on LiveJournal - and we hope to see you next week!

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