Hey again everyone! Con season is coming to a close, but I've still got plenty of conventions to prepare for! We got back from Midoricon last Sunday, so I figured I'd let everyone know how it went, as well as let you know how I'm doing on commissions and what conventions we've recently been accepted to!
My table helpers and I decided to buy a dealer's space because we are really starting to expand our inventory. Unfortunately, even though the information we received called it a 'dealers package,' what we received (for more than twice the price of a single artist table) was a table (exactly the same size as the artist tables) in a room so cramped that we couldn't get our trolly with our merchandise down the aisle to get to our table. When we brought this to the attention of the staff, they told us that table assignments were permanent. We were not pleased. We decided that, since the drive was only an hour and since there was no way that we could fit everything on our table even if we COULD get everything back TO our table, we would just request a refund and go home. The staffer was not pleased, nor was she very polite about our request.
When she got back from talking to the con chair about the issues we'd been having, she said that he would allow us to move to a table that we could actually get our things to. It was a corner, so we had a bit more table space. However, there was no way back behind our table. We, as well as our neighbors, had to crawl under the table in order to get to our chairs. Can someone say fire hazard?
The sales were pretty terrible. NONE of the dealers were happy about it, and many of the artists I talked to had similar complaints. The artist alley was just awful - even though their tables were cheaper by more than half, I still felt sorry for them. Because of how many artists they actually booked, and because of how they set up the alley itself, no one seemed to be getting many sales, and many people went home early on Saturday. They didn't bother showing up on Sunday, and I couldn't blame them. I would have done the same thing, except our hotel was non refundable.
There wasn't even a program at this con. I was running a couple panels, but finding out the times of my panels was like pulling teeth. They had some great ideas for fun activities for the con, but since there was a thunder storm, many of them got cancelled. They didn't have a backup plan. At least that meant more people came to my panel, but I had to ask one of the volunteers to ID people for me since it was 18+ and it wasn't listed as such. I cancelled my other panel because I had requested it be during the afternoon when the dealer's area was closed. It was, instead, in the middle of the night. Ugh.
To top it all off, there was literally nowhere to eat for about 10 miles since this con was held at a nature preserve park. There was one restaurant in the building itself, but due to the allergies of me and my table helpers (and the poor quiality of the overpriced food) we all got sick. Double ugh.
The one GREAT thing that came out of Midoricon was that I made quite a few friends. The one 'ok' thing that came out of Midoricon is that, since we don't have too much to restock, I've had more time for finishing commissions. I've mailed out 2 this week, and I'm still plugging away at the rest :3 We also got to go out to eat with kuroitenshi13
again, which is always fun ^_^ Yey Vietnamese food!
NEW CONVENTIONS ADDED TO THE LIST:
In better news, I've been applying for conventions as soon as we see them go up, and we've had great luck for 2015 applications! Recent conventions I've been accepted to are:
*January 2-4 - Anime Zap, Embassy Suites, Peoria, IL - Since we were also accepted to Kollisioncon, we got permission to send some of our things with friends to this one.
*January 30 - February 1 - Ohayocon,
Hyatt Regency Columbus Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio - My first Ohayocon - I'm so excited! Their last numbers were posted as 12,000 people in 2012, and I can only hope that it's that big or bigger this coming year!
*February 20-22 - Anime Crossroads - Wyndham Indianapolis West, Indianapolis, IN -
We have a dealer's booth at this one. Our first time going. Wish us luck!
*July 4-7 - Anime Midwest - Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Chicago, IL -
Probably our favorite 'big con' that we've done so far. I'm so excited to have gotten in for 2015! This time we bought TWO tables, because 1 was just WAY too cramped last year!
STILL TO DO:
*Finish Several Commissions (look for the list and status in this post!)
*Finish prep for Ramencon (Buttons are done, just need to etch some glasses and mold some ears.)
*Design/order a vinyl sign for my booths
*Update more fun stuff to the DA!
*Apply for MORE cons!
1. Cammy Flauge heart perler for CammyFlauge - 20%
2. Perler commission for MasterSaruwatari - 0%
3. Catbug bracelet for Kigurumi Canada - 0%
4. Vegeta & Capsule Corp cups for Megan - 10%
5. Elder Gods set of etched cups from Matsuricon: 0%
Slowly whittling away at them, thanks again to everyone for being so patient! I'll be sending a coupon with your orders for 20% off your next order with me as a show of my appreciation ^_^
Updated 2014 Con List
(x) *January 3-5 – Anime-ZAP, Embassy Suites, East Peoria, IL - small, but I might go back because I love the people who run the con ;3
(x) *March 22 – Animarathon, Bowling Green State Uniersity, Bowling Green, OH - Same as last year - I'd buy my table for next year now if I could!
(x) April 4-6 – Shutocon, Lansing Center & Radisson, Lansing, MI - Was GREAT! Can't wait for next year!
(x) April 10-13 – Shinbokucon, Sawmill Creek Resort of Huron, Ohio – Not too shabby, though I think buying a vendor table was a bit premature. Next year I'll try for an artist booth instead. Met some great people though!
(x) April 25-27 – Midwest Media Expo, Detroit Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan – Fabulous! Can't wait for next year!
(x) May 10 – Anime Park, Canton High School, Canton, Mi – Wonderful, as always! I love small, close cons!
(x) May 17 – Electronica Expo, Wayne County Fairgrounds, Belleville, Michigan – VERY small. Not sure I'll go back next year.
(x) May 23-25 – Animinneapolis, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN – Another wonderful con from the makers of Anime Midwest! Can't wait for next year!
(x) May 30-June 01 - Indy Pop Con, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN - A great little first year comic con. They didn't have as many people as we expected, but we still did well enough to buy our table for next year on the spot :3
(x) July 4-6 – Anime Midwest, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago, IL – Just as fabulous as last year!
(Big Grin) Might need a dealer space for all the new products I intend to have for next year ;3
(x) July 11-13 - Atomic Lollipop, Toronto Science Center, Toronto, Canada - The convention itself was ok, and seeing Canada was cool, but I didn't like the way that NOTHING was regulated. I think I won't be returning because of that fact.
(x) July 26-28 – Glass City Comic Con, Seagate Convention Centre, Toledo, OH – Was fun! Will be returning if possible :3
(x) August 1-3 – Go!Daikocon, Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint, Pontiac, MI – Even more fun than last year with all the panels I ran this year!
(x) August 14-17 - GenCon, Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN - So much fun! Can't wait for next year!
(x) August 22-24 - Matsuricon, Hyatt Regency Columbus – Columbus, OH - Made money, but the experience was not great :/
(x) September 05-07 - Midoricon, Maumee Bay Conference Center, Maumee, OH - Terribly run con. VERY few attendees. Will NOT be returning unless I get a dealer space and send someone with some of my wares.
* September 19-21 - Ramencon, Raddison Holiday Star Plaza, Merriville, IN - DEFINITELY GOING!
*October 5 - Nyancon, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland OH - DEFINITELY GOING!
*October 31 – November 2 – Youmacon, Detroit Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI – DEFINITELY GOING!
*November 8 - Old Mill Parafest, Old Mill, Dundee, MI
– DEFINITELY GOING!
with Grimstone Inc!
*December 19-21 - Con+Alt+Delete, Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, IL – DEFINITELY GOING!
*January 2-4 - Kollisioncon, Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, IL – DEFINITELY GOING!
*January 30 - February 1 - Ohayocon, Hyatt Regency Columbus Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio – DEFINITELY GOING!
*February 20-22 - Anime Crossroads, Wyndham Indianapolis West, Indianapolis, IN
– DEFINITELY GOING!
*July 4-7 - Anime Midwest, Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Chicago, IL
– DEFINITELY GOING!
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