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Which convention did you exhibit at?
What genre was this convention?
What was the convention's approximate attendance?
Where is this convention located?
What was your gross revenue at this show?
Were you a returning exhibitor?
If you were here last year (2015), how was revenue comparatively?
What kind of vendor space did you have?
How much did your space cost? (Please note cost of space + # badges included, or if none included, the cost of 1 badge)
What kind of wares did you sell primarily?
If you sold 2D art primarily, which subtype sold best?
Did you sell original or fanart items predominantly at this show?
Did you travel to this show?
Did you stay at a hotel for this show?
What were your total travel-related expenses for this show?
How many years have you been exhibiting at conventions?
PRE CONAT CONBUYING INTERESTENGAGEMENTOVERALLREC?
Any other thoughts, comments, or insights about this particular show?
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A Video Game ConGaming1,001-5,000 attendeesUS Northeast148
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way worseArtist Alley, full table
150, two badges included, no chairs
2DPrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I drove 1-4 hours.No, I stayed at home.$0-492-3 years54133.25Probably not.
This show was RIFE with people photographing work instead of buying it, even stuff like my two-dollar table doodles. Also a huge creepshot problem. My work ended up all over twitter and instagram with no credit and I didn't even make back table costs.
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Ad AstraSci-fi/fantasy
Fewer than 1,000 attendees
Canada95
No, first-time at this show
N/ADealer/Exhibitor1652DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6990-1 years11111Definitely not!
Half the convention committee quit bYayefore the show. No one knew what was going on. Their art show was a joke. I think 12 people attended., What an incredible waste of time and money. I did make some useful contacts in the dealer's room.
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AFOAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS Southeast1600
No, first-time at this show
N/ADealer/Exhibitor$3502D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$100-2992-3 years44333.5
Yes, but only if they're local.
Not profitable, but VERY fun!
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AkaiConAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS Southeast1400
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, full table1503D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-492-3 years34544
Yes, but only if they're local.
The AA head was a bit absent, and had lost the assigned positions we were suppose to have when most of us arrived by Friday, but once we were set up the attendees were active and ready to buy.
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AkaiConAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS Southeast200
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, full table
$180, 2 badges included
2DCommissionsMostly fanartNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6992-3 years45254
Yes, but only if they're local.
If you're an artist that's new to selling art prints at shows like this one, you will not make a lot of money. Also, advertising that you do sketch commissions prominently and you will fair much better.
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AkaiConMulti-genre1,001-5,000 attendeesUS Southeast1200
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, full table$160, 2 badgesOtherN/AMostly originalNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-490-1 years23332.75
Yes, but only if they're local.
Average age is 16-24 more interested in consumables than prints.
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Aki-con Anime
5,001-10,000 attendees
US West Coast466
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, half table
$80, 1 badge included + $36 badge
2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$50-990-1 years32443.25
Yes, but only if they're local.
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A-konAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South2400
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table
$175, 2 badges included
2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$100-2992-3 years55344.25
Yes, but only if they're local.
Had hoped to do better because this is nearly double attendance from the cons I usually attend. However, the weather was awful and it was also the same weekend as a major comic con in town. Still made my usual amount, but it seemed like people were not purchasing prints. All my small items sold well. The majority of my sales were cash, whereas I usually have about 1/3-1/2 sales on card at other shows. I guess no one wanted to spend big.
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A-konAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South3600
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, full table
$175, 2 badges included
2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$50-992-3 years55444.5Yes, definitely!
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A-konAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South1000
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table150, 2 badges included2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$50-997-9 years55344.25Yes, definitely!
no complaints. The things that were lame were beyond staff's control, and the things that were good were because they did their best.
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A-konAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South1800
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table1752D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2997-9 years55233.75
Yes, but only if they're local.
Same weekend as Fan Expo. Seems that most people weren't interested in prints, and wanted cheap smaller items.
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A-konAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South1375
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table
$175, 2 badges included
2D
2D utilities (zipper bags, stationary, bookmarks, other functional items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$100-2992-3 years43343.5Yes, definitely!
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A-KonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South1100
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table
$175, 2 badges included, split in half
2DCommissionsMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$0-490-1 years55454.75Yes, definitely!
This was my first time selling; the staff/volunteers were super helpful and it was a lot of fun!
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A-KonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South2758
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table
$175, 2 badges inlcuded
Handmade plushN/AMostly originalNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2994-6 years44554.5Yes, definitely!
Seemed really slow compared to previous years, but I ended up making about the same amount. Though I should have done better since last year I had a half table, and this year I had a full table.
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A-konAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South2496
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table$150 badges included2DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$50-990-1 years55454.75Yes, definitely!
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A-konAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South4700
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table175, 2 badges included2DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$700+0-1 years45554.75Yes, definitely!
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A-KonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South3200
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table$1752DPrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$100-29910+ years55555Yes, definitely!
This is always a great show! I was able to increase sales by 50% by adding some fanart prints in addition to the original art I normally sell.
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A-konAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South1900
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table175, 2 badges included2DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$300-6992-3 years55344.25Yes, definitely!
The staff members were extremely sweet and accomodating! They regularly delivered water to tables, collected trash, and asked if we needed bathroom breaks, etc.
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A-konAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South7000
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table
$200 for table and 2 badges
2DPrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$700+2-3 years55454.75Yes, definitely!
Friday started off very slow for me, but I still made a decent amount by the end of the day. Did not have high expectations but Saturday sped up and was quite busy all throughout the day. The AA did not seem that crowded compared to the dealers, and attendees seemed to be looking for things that were perhaps more unique?

Staff was very nice and accommodating!
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A-konAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South3900
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table
$175, 2 badges included
2DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$300-6994-6 years45534.25Yes, definitely!
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A-KonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South8463
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table150 includes 2 badges2DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$300-6994-6 years55444.5Not sure.
First con other than AWA where i've had a drop in sales. 15% drop from last year which i heard was attributed to Fan Expo Dallas being the same weekend.

Unfortunate as I love the artist alley staff here, great organization and very sweet folks who really care about us. I'm okay with the drop, but i'm scared it'll drop more because it looks like Fan Expo is trying to do the same thing next year as some stupid con drama bullshit.
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A-konAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US South2900
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way worseArtist Alley, full table
$175, 2 badges included
2DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6997-9 years34433.5Not sure.
A-kon has always been a good show for me, so the drastic drop this year was an unpleasant surprise. I blame it entirely on the fact that FanExpo Dallas was the same weekend. Some attendees did hit up both cons, but the buying interest seemed way, way down. I have a lot of repeat customers and commissioners at this show though, and even with the drop, it's still a worthwhile show for me, so I suppose I'll continue to go back if I can.
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Albuquerque Black Market Goods Fan Fest
Multi-genre
Fewer than 1,000 attendees
US South131
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table
$50 , 2 badges included
2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-490-1 years11332Not sure.
Mixture of both anime and Comic convention. whole even being ran by an extremely small group of people. The leader of it all does not have paypal and made you meet him in person to pay in cash for a table spot and sold tables to others even though he had set dates with other artists to meet up for the payment. half an hour till opening to the public and they changed the entire set up, causing artists to be unprepared in the beginning hour. 10x10 exhibitor spaces were not given as promised and the artists who did pay for 10x10 did not receive a partial refund even though they were stuck in a 6x6 space.

attendees were either 5-13 years old, or 30-50 years old. barley any age groups in between.
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AMA cosplay fest Anime
Fewer than 1,000 attendees
US Southeast95
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table
60 1 badge included, 25 for additional badges if requested
Jewelry, chainmailN/AMostly originalYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2990-1 years33353.5
Yes, but only if they're local.
Was good overall and was the first year of it in the winter, once attendance picks up will be great for artists and vendors.
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Amazing Houston Comic Con
Comic
5,001-10,000 attendees
US South800
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table225, 2 badges included2DPrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-494-6 years33212.25Definitely not!
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Amine CaliforniaAnime
Fewer than 1,000 attendees
US West Coast100
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table
165$, 1 badge included +35$ per helper badge
2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-490-1 years21131.75Definitely not!
Really messy con that didn't show a lot of consistency. The staff was mostly rude and very unhelpful with the AA head being the worst offender. None of the staff knew which line went where and consistently confused vendors with regular attendees forcing some people to have to wait in longer lines or start the process of picking up their badge all over again. Fellow artists were awesome and it was a great con to meet people and trade merchandise, but other than that, not good for your sanity. On the plus side, the food was delicious (the fries for 5$ that you could get from the convention hall's snackbar) and had good portions. Overall though, I would 100% avoid this con and any con headed by this AA head simply because of her bad attitude.
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Animaracon Anime
Fewer than 1,000 attendees
Canada500
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table802D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$50-997-9 years44122.75Probably not.
Very friendly convention and professional staff, but the customers are mainly students and they had very small budget:-(
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Animate FloridaAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS Southeast150
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table$2752DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6990-1 years23132.25Definitely not!
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Animation on DisplayAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS West Coast110
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table$75 + $25 badge2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
An even mix of bothYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$0-494-6 years34222.75
Yes, but only if they're local.
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Animation on DisplayAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS West Coast125
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table$75+25 badge2DCommissionsMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$0-490-1 years33333
Yes, but only if they're local.
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AnimazementAnime
10,001-15,000 attendees
US Southeast5300
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table$1502D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$700+0-1 years34443.75Yes, definitely!
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AnimazementAnime
10,001-15,000 attendees
US Southeast816
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table169ApparelN/AMostly originalNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$0-490-1 years45444.25Yes, definitely!
Overall, we enjoyed Animazement 2016. The price of the table was reasonable. But perhaps on the more expensive side for a convention of its size.

The Bad:
-Getting my things in and out of the Alley were difficult. The convention center's elevator system was slow, and unorganized. A more accessible loading dock would've been nice.
-Our booth was right next to where they were holding the auctions and classes. The microphone for the classes was set at a reasonable volume. But during the auctions it was difficult to hear customers.

The Good:
-Check in was simple and fairly quick early on Thursday.
-The artists nearby were amazing! We made tons of friends.
-Sales went well. Customers were generally engaging.
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AnimazementAnime
10,001-15,000 attendees
US Southeast870
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table
$168.99, 1 badge included (+ $53.49 badge for partner)
Comics, zines, anthologies, books
N/AMostly originalYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$0-494-6 years45233.5
Yes, but only if they're local.
Weird in that it was definitely worth it for me (being almost local), but felt a bit slow throughout, kinda more slow than attendance would seem to warrant? We theorised that placement in the alley may have been partially to blame since tables nearer the art show seemed to have significantly more traffic.

My comics and some cute originals did surprisingly well, though; my partner's fanart prints got a lot of attention and were talked about but very few actually purchased. Prints did kinda poorly overall.
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AnimazementAnime
10,001-15,000 attendees
US Southeast2250
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table
$160, 1 badge included + $45 helper badge
Handmade plushN/AAn even mix of bothYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$0-492-3 years45444.25
Yes, but only if they're local.
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AnimazementAnime
10,001-15,000 attendees
US Southeast1600
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table1602DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$50-990-1 years54554.75Yes, definitely!
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AnimazementAnime
10,001-15,000 attendees
US Southeast800
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
Way worseArtist Alley, full table1652DPrintsMostly originalYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$700+2-3 years44133
Yes, but only if they're local.
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AnimazementAnime
10,001-15,000 attendees
US Southeast257
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, half table$552DPrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$0-492-3 years44343.75Yes, definitely!
The average attendee's age was very young, and they tend to have a very limited budget. Small, low-cost items are a much better choice than pricey, high-end ones.
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AnimazementAnime
15,001-25,000 attendees
US Southeast5300
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table150??2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$700+2-3 years33554Yes, definitely!
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Anime BanzaiAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS West6995
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table1252D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$0-492-3 years55555Yes, definitely!
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Anime BanzaiAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS West650
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table$100, 1 badge included2DPrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$0-494-6 years34343.5
Yes, but only if they're local.
Saturday was really weird sales wise, as I did a bit worse on Sat than I had done on Friday, even with plenty of people in the Artist alley. But it was still a good con overall.

The application format is changing for 2017; from this years lottery to a jurried style, so we'll see how well that turns out.

Also, there was a bit of over saturation of print artists this year, and not many craft/plushie sellers in the AA. Attendies said they would have liked to see less prints and more other things next year.
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Anime Blast Chattanooga
Anime
Fewer than 1,000 attendees
US Southeast563
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, full table$65, 2 badges included3D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
An even mix of bothYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$100-2992-3 years43433.5
Yes, but only if they're local.
Artist Alley was in a separate building from the rest of the convention. This was their first year at the venue, AA head said it was an oversight and will not happen again
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Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast2400
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way betterArtist Alley, half tableTablemate took care2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$300-6992-3 years55555Yes, definitely!
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Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast3000
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table
$160+$110 for two badges
3DN/AMostly originalYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$300-6992-3 years44333.5Probably not.
This show remains one of our favorites, as it was our first ever convention selling. We have gained many insights from attending this show several times over and enjoy it both from a selling standpoint as well as an attendee one. The layout is great and there is often a variety of artists, despite the fact that this show is primarily FCFS. I do not like the fact that it is a FCFS show given that it sells out very quickly and the form often crashes, leading to people not getting in even if they were the first to fill out the form. Given the large number of interested artists, I believe they should switch to a lottery or a larger juried section. Also, I would absolutely LOVE it if they started including badges with the table because $160 seems reasonable until you see that you have to spend an additional $120 on badges for two people. And then the prices increased for 2017, as well, and still no badges are included.
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Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast1127
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, half table$80 + $50 badge3DN/AMostly originalYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2994-6 years55444.5Yes, definitely!
Anime Boston is forever my favorite! The staff is always organized and pleasant and I always do well there.
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Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast3800
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, full table$160, +2x $55 badgesApparelN/AMostly originalNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$100-2994-6 years34454Yes, definitely!
- I love vending here because it's local and we generally do pretty well considering it's original art
- People seem to be more willing to spend--thinking possibly due to location? It's in the Prudential in Boston, which is a kinda of an upscale area. Lots of colleges nearby too
- Sign up process is *abysmal*. First come first served (fcfs) at an undisclosed time on a Saturday afternoon. It sells out within two minutes, if the website doesn't crash first. Wait times have been from minutes to over an hour in the past. It's not fair to many people who have to work, who don't have a good internet connection, or have a life and can't wait around all day. "Fcfs at an undisclosed time" is not a good way to handle registration when you have hundreds--maybe even a thousand?--people trying to sign up. It's a cluster eff. With this kind of interest, lottery would be fairer overall.
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Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast5291
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table$140ApparelN/AMostly originalYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$300-6994-6 years55555Yes, definitely!
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Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast3114
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, half table$160 + $60 bdageApparelN/AMostly originalYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2994-6 years55555Yes, definitely!
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Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast3932
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way better
Pro Row/Small Press/Premium
450Handmade plushN/AMostly originalYes, I drove 1-4 hours.No, I stayed at home.$100-2994-6 years55555Yes, definitely!
I was very sick during the show so my friends pretty much ran my table but it seemed to have been a totally incredible year!
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Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast1300
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table$160 + $50 badge2DPrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-492-3 years55444.5Yes, definitely!
51
Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast2200
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, full table$160 + $50 badge2DPrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-492-3 years55555Yes, definitely!
A fantastic show, run by a caring and experienced staff with the artists' needs in mind. It will be interesting to see how they adapt moving forward, as it seems clear that table demand has gotten out of control (the 2017 rolling application was crashed by, according to the official fb page, 600 submissions in the first minute). Expanding the number of tables seems unlikely and perhaps not even desirable, since they are contracted to their venue until 2025 and have taken measures to contain attendance. This is by far my favorite con, both in terms of $ and pleasure.
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Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast2730
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table$160.00 + $50 badge2DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$100-2992-3 years55555Yes, definitely!
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Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast3200
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table
$400 pro table + $40 badge
2DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6992-3 years55555Yes, definitely!
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Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast10877
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table
Comped, normally $160 ish?
2DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6994-6 years55555Yes, definitely!
Just one of the best cons in the country for artists in every regard. Great staff, great customers who value artists. Can't say much more, love them lots! Love the city too!
55
Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast1500
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, full table$02DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2997-9 years55454.75Yes, definitely!
56
Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast2529
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table$160 + $50 badge2DPrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-497-9 years35554.5Yes, definitely!
This is the go-to con I try and make it to every year, due to location, the size, layout and great attendees and fellow artists. The pre-con communication and organization however, has deteriorated greatly over the years as the convention and alley has grown in size from when it was able to be managed by one person. They have yet to upgrade the management to match their growth, leading to long waits between communication (in many cases, months), last minute updates and information shares, and terse email responses from the person running it. AT con however, it is so easy and simple to check in both with the con and then in the alley, and the staff is great. The layout allows for wide walkways to travel, and the open room ensures that you'll get traffic no matter where you're placed. We sell mostly prints, and sales were a bit more than last year, but overall still a strong profit.
57
Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast7000
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table$160 + $50 badge2DPrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$700+2-3 years55555Yes, definitely!
Amazing show with amazing staff. Great organization, though there were minor hiccups on the way everything was fixed very fast and communication between staff and artists were great. Attendees had high buying interest and were all very nice. Loved where the convention was located as well, very close to food and other services.

Expenses for the show were quite high, but balances out with profit made here. :)
58
Anime BostonAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Northeast7000
No, first-time at this show
N/A
Pro Row/Small Press/Premium
450, 2 badges includedHandmade plushPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$700+7-9 years55555Yes, definitely!
My new favorite show. Attendees were excited to make very large purchases at a time. Most of my sales were at least $30, but several at $50+.
59
Anime CaliforniaAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS West Coast350
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
Slightly worseDealer/Exhibitor$275, 1 badge included2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$50-994-6 years21242.25Probably not.
bruh they lost my sales permit twice.
60
Anime CaliforniaAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS West Coast125
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table160, 1 badge included2DPrintsAn even mix of bothNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$50-990-1 years55233.75
Yes, but only if they're local.
61
Anime CaliforniaAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS West Coast35
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table160+35 helper badge2DPrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-490-1 years34233
Yes, but only if they're local.
nice stuff
62
Anime CaliforniaAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS West Coast700
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly betterDealer/Exhibitor
200 with two badges included
2DPrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6990-1 years11121.25Definitely not!
This was a highly disorganized convention being run by people who don't know what they're doing. They recently moved to a bigger location without realizing that the amount of attendees was too low to do so. Had an awful time dealing with them before and during the convention. Talked to other dealers and artist and everyone felt the same or had similar awful experiences trying to communicate with the convention staff.
63
Anime California Anime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS West Coast1300
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table$1602D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$100-2992-3 years34433.5
Yes, but only if they're local.
64
Anime California Anime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS West Coast600
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table$195Handmade plushN/AMostly originalNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-494-6 years22432.75Not sure.
65
Anime CentralAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Midwest3300
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table$130; 1 badge included2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.No, I stayed at home.$0-494-6 years55344.25Yes, definitely!
ACen is overall a very good convention. Great AA staff, layout is always nice and hours are decent. The difficulty is the sheer amount of other artists and vendors you have to compete with for buyer's attention. Also, the high food costs of the convention area food drain a potential buyer's pocket pretty quick! Always a great time though :)
66
Anime CentralAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Midwest250
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table65+70 badge2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
An even mix of bothNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-492-3 years33433.25
Yes, but only if they're local.
67
Anime CentralAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Midwest1450
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table
170, table w/ two badges
3DN/AMostly fanartNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$100-2994-6 years45344Yes, definitely!
68
Anime CentralAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Midwest1006
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table$130, 1 badge includedHandmade plushN/AMostly originalNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2990-1 years54344Yes, definitely!
Anime Central is one of the biggest anime cons in the US so you'll get lots and lots of foot traffic stopping by your table. I didn't really feel like there was any down time because people were always walking through the AA and stopping by the table. There's a pretty good mix of younger and older crowds so people are interested in buying things at higher price points. Surprisingly, I sold quite a few "big ticket" items ($40+) probably because there were more adults with disposable income. Staff was pretty hands off but they had someone stop by each table every day of con to ask how things were going and if we needed anything, which was nice.
69
Anime CentralAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Midwest1250
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table
$130, 1 badge included, +$50 1 additional badge
Handmade plushN/AAn even mix of bothYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2994-6 years55444.5Yes, definitely!
70
Anime CentralAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Midwest3500
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table$130, 1 badge includedHandmade plushN/AAn even mix of bothNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$700+4-6 years35554.5Yes, definitely!
I noticed through social media and the con's forums that communication was lacking across all departments in the months leading up to the event. However, at the event everything went super smooth and the staff were on point all weekend.
71
Anime CentralAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Midwest756
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table
$130, one badge included
2DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6992-3 years44253.75Yes, definitely!
Very friendly and talkative crowd; in my opinion this greatly helped soften the relative lack of sales.
72
Anime CentralAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Midwest2825
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table130, 1 badge included2DPrintsMostly originalNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-497-9 years55434.25Yes, definitely!
73
Anime CentralAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Midwest3300
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, full table$130, 1 badge included2DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6997-9 years43554.25Yes, definitely!
I attended ACen in 2014 and it was fairly lackluster for being a con this size. This year though, was amazing. There wasn't a slow day. All three days were very busy and I more than doubled what I made there in 2014.
74
Anime CentralAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Midwest2100
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table130$ + 70$ badge2DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$300-6990-1 years44433.75Yes, definitely!
75
Anime CentralAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Midwest1800
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table$1002DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$300-6992-3 years43233
Yes, but only if they're local.
Not as good as I'd hoped but still all right
76
Anime Central Anime
More than 25,000 attendees
US Midwest1000
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, half table1502DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$50-994-6 years55444.5Yes, definitely!
77
Anime CrossroadsAnime1,001-5,000 attendeesUS Midwest1400
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, half table130, 1 badge included2DPrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-492-3 years33453.75
Yes, but only if they're local.
An established and slowly growing show.
The staff is friendly but somewhat disorganized. (They seem to be trying hard though)
Space was very cramped and in a new room in 2016. There were lighting issues as well.
Very friendly crowds that want to chat a lot and usually buy stuff as well. I have consistently done well at this show, but I know some folks did quite poorly this year.
78
Anime DestinyAnime
Fewer than 1,000 attendees
US West Coast160
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table252DPrintsMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$0-490-1 years45434
Yes, but only if they're local.
Small con, run by the students in the anime club, very quick to process your pass/table. It was held in the University, meaning mostly students in the area attending, but willing to buy.
79
Anime DetourAnime
5,001-10,000 attendees
US Midwest7078
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table150+ 50 Badge2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$300-6990-1 years44554.5Yes, definitely!
80
Anime EvolutionAnime
Fewer than 1,000 attendees
Canada400
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table150+30 extra badge2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-492-3 years21232Definitely not!
really poorly arranged convention. pretty embarrassing for a show in it's 9th year.
81
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast400
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table$350 + $75 badge2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$300-6990-1 years34433.5
Yes, but only if they're local.
82
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast405
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table
$350 table with artist badge included
2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6990-1 years34454Yes, definitely!
83
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast3500
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table3502D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
An even mix of bothYes, I flew.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$300-6990-1 years53343.75Not sure.
84
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast400
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, full table
$538, 3 badges included
2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
An even mix of bothNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$100-2992-3 years33443.5Not sure.
85
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast2500
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table$350, 1 badge included2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$50-992-3 years35454.25Yes, definitely!
Best show I ever had so far! Definitely coming back to AX next year
86
Anime ExpoAnimeMore than 25,000 attendeesUS West Coast12000Yes, I was here last year (2016)Way betterArtist Alley, full table250+2D2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)Mostly fanartYes, I flew.Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.$700+4-6 years44544.25Not sure.
Customers have always been friendly and approachable at this convention. The Artist Alley is much larger than most conventions, so competition between artists is rather high since customers have so many options. It is a great convention for meeting 'art idols' since many amazing artists are in attendance.

The staff is generally quite friendly and understanding, however they were much stricter this year, demanding that people keep all merchandise under the tables (which is hard to do when you have a lot of stuff) and giving warnings for using button machines on the floor. It created an atmosphere where you dreaded every time a staff member was in sight.

I would not recommend this convention to a 'first-timer' or someone with extremely little experience in AA, since sales will probably be quite low in comparison to expenses.
California4 daysYes, there was free Wi-FiI don't know
87
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast14800
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table
350 includes one badge
2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$700+4-6 years32553.75Not sure.
AX is very hit or miss, couple years ago i made less than 1K and this year over 10K. I guess it's high risk, high reward. You can easily get stuck behind a pillaw or next to artists way better than you as it's the con that attracts artists from around the world who can afford the trip.
88
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast1600
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table$300~2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$100-2997-9 years53323.25Not sure.
They stick artists in a stuffy garage with no AC, and the aisles are extremely narrow which affects attendance in the alley. Most attendees didn't want to walk through the overcrowdedness of the aisles. Two artists even fainted and needed immediate medical assistance from the heat.
89
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast2390
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table
175$ for half table, 90$ for badge
2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$700+0-1 years33443.5Yes, definitely!
The con staff themselves seemed to be really nice and tried their best to accommodate our concerns, but the venue staff were often unnecessarily rude.

The AA being moved to the parking lot was pretty disastrous; it was hot, people were sweating profusely, the isles were a nightmare to walkthrough (I started getting nauseous and I heard 3 people passed out).

Some artists had double booked vendors and AA because of the concern about moving the AA to kentia hall and several due to waitlists, and though the rules never stated that this was not ok, apparently people reported it to staff and is now an added rule. However, it was good that we had this one opportunity, because we got an almost direct comparison between AA and vendors; In our case, more large scale posters (16 x 24 and up) were purchased in the vendors, but generally traffic was slower than AA. AA was quite busy all weekend and actually made a decent amount. The combined revenue of our AA table could hold its own to dealer's level of revenue due to the sheer amount of traffic.

Also, although I sold more charms count wise, Prints were a close second and it made me more profit.
90
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast1042
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, half table$1302D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$100-2992-3 years21352.75Not sure.
This show was weird. Sales were great for me, but only because I was in the front of the hall next to the front door. Poor ventilation made the room stuffy and hot, two people had to be taken to the hospital for heat stroke. there was a bug infestation, the aa/table top room flooded on day 4, most lines were abhorrent, con did not provide proper shade outside for lines, staff were bitter and needlessly rude or clueless about the con, despite the big to do about background checks it looks like it didn't actually do anything since there were a few exhibitors upstairs who are known to be dangerous which leads me to believe that the bg check was nothing more than a cash grab.

I had a lot of fun with friends and attendees. I hit my profit goal, but damn with everything this year, plus the shit they're talking about doing next year (5 days??? seriously???) I'm hesitant to even come back.
91
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast75
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend last year
N/AArtist Alley, half table$250, badge included2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$50-992-3 years14533.25Yes, definitely!
Cons: Absolutely AWFUL communication with artists prior to con. Artist Alley manager didn't have any answers or authority to effect changes. There were numerous complaints of excessive heat (summer convention in Southern California) due to no air conditioning in Artist Alley, to the point that one or two artists actually passed out and had to be carried out by EMT's. I personally did not have any problem with the temperature. Also many complaints of bad table layout due to large pillars obstructing the view, as well as overcrowding due to bad table layout despite ample space to spread out. Again, not my personal experience, but I was very lucky with my table placement.

Pros: Staff at con were polite and helpful, no complaints there.

Verdict: Will continue to attend because it is the largest anime con in N America and I enjoy seeing friends there. If there were a better alternative I'd drop this con like the hot mess it is.
92
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast600
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way worseArtist Alley, half table$363 + $90 badge2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6992-3 years21221.75Yes, definitely!
Pillars in our walking ails was our downfall.
93
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast900
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table
$227.50, 1 badge included
2D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$300-6992-3 years42333
Yes, but only if they're local.
94
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast1050
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table$1302D
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$300-6992-3 years31222Probably not.
Organization was awful. I'm sure you've heard all the horror stories coming out of this convention.
95
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast2001
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table
$350 (1 badge included) + $68 (1 extra badge for helper)
Apparel
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$100-2997-9 years43333.25
Yes, but only if they're local.
In the mornings, floor was so jammed packed that people were forced to keep walking. Later in the day, floor wasn't so packed but most just browsed. I had a lot of down time. But those who did buy from me ended up buying alot. I also increased my prices 150%-300% since last year and had more popular series (ladybug, my hero academia, overwatch). And Sunday has always been my best days at AX. in the past Sunday always landed on day 4 thus it was a short day (5 hrs?). This year Sunday landed on day 3 and so became a full day (8 hr?) and i got more sales in. Anyway, AA was overheated. I drank a lot of water! Yet got dizzy on the last day. My helper and neighbor got bug bites. For those selling fanart, then "yes, definitely" recommend AX. But those selling originals, "yes but only if you're local" cause its risky. I've spoken with many artists over the years and all the artists who sells their original comics and art have said "I do so well at other cons, but here [at AX] I'm suddenly doing badly."
96
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast700
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table$390, 1 badge includedApparel
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$50-990-1 years55444.5Yes, definitely!
Anime Expo's pretty competitive with the high number of artists, so Day 1 is gonna be a slow one as attendees figure out where they want to spend their money as well as what the average prices for things are (for example, one of my tablemates was selling 1.5" charms for $10. On the first day, customers scoffed at the price, but by day 3, they seemed to realize that most high quality charms sell for that price and began buying). Buttons seem to sell best at this convention!
97
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast2071
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table$350 + $160 badgesJewelry, chainmail
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
An even mix of bothNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6992-3 years44454.25Yes, definitely!
My sales were the best I've ever had. I personally didn't have problems with pillars in the front of my table. But many artists had issues. On the first day an event staff interrupted a large sale and forced my customer to leave but the con actually came up to my table to follow up with me and fixed the problem. I think AX needs lots of fixing for it to be a good con for non locals to sell at.
98
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast6000
Yes, I was here last year (2015)
Way betterArtist Alley, half table425Apparel
2D utilities (zipper bags, stationary, bookmarks, other functional items)
Mostly originalYes, I drove 5+ hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$100-2994-6 years12553.25Yes, definitely!
99
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast2300
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table
$363 table package with artist helper badge
2DCommissionsMostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$50-990-1 years32433
Yes, but only if they're local.
By far, the best return from a convention I've ever done. The only complaint is towards the anime expo artist alley staff and how they treated us. There was a lot of unnecessary sellers permit checking and policing going on that felt like we were not given the respect we deserved.
100
Anime ExpoAnime
More than 25,000 attendees
US West Coast540.5
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table537.952DCommissionsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel.
$300-6994-6 years44333.5Yes, definitely!
LACC needs to get their act together and not turn off their air conditioning or I will end someone
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