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Which 2018 convention did you exhibit at?
What genre was this convention?
How many days was the convention?
What was the convention's approximate attendance?
What state or province was the convention in?
What was your gross revenue at this show?
Were you a returning exhibitor?
If you were here last year (2017), how this year compared to last year?
What kind of vendor space did you have?
Was Wi-Fi available?
How was mobile/cell reception?
Who's your mobile service provider/cell phone carrier?
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?
How would you rate the pre-show organization of this convention?
How would you rate the at-con organization of this convention?
How would you rate the attendee interest in buying at this show?
Regardless of buying interest, what was the level of engagement of attendees?
Would you recommend this show to your friends?
Any other thoughts, comments, or insights about this particular show?
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SacAnime WinterAnime3 days
15,001-25,000 attendees
California1100
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$300-6994-6 years3435Probably not.
This show had really good attendee traffic, even though I was in a far back corner...however, sales were generally pretty poor for a big 3 day show. The sales floor was also very big and confusing, signage was insufficient.
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Savanna mega comic con
Comic2 daysUnknownGeorgia190
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half table
Yes, there was paid Wi-Fi
AverageAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-490-1 years3334
Yes, but only if they're local.
Overall I would give it a C+
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2D ConGaming3 days< 1,000 attendeesMinnesota1
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableNoAverageAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
CommissionsMostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-492-3 years3224Not sure.
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A-KonAnime3 days
15,001-25,000 attendees
Texas405
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was paid Wi-Fi
AverageAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$100-2990-1 years3334Probably not.
Seems like there were far too many exhibitors in comparison to the number of attendees. Even some dealers packed up and left on Saturday.
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A-konAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas1500
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableI don't knowAverageAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6992-3 years5424
Yes, but only if they're local.
Great crowd, but the con desperately needs to cut down on the amount of artists in their AA. Too much competition with not enough attendance mixed with high table prices. Heard that many many artists had very low sales this year.
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A-konAnime3 daysTexas2800
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table
Yes, there was paid Wi-Fi
PoorT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
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. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2992-3 years2413
Yes, but only if they're local.
GARBAGE
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A-konAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas1000
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was paid Wi-Fi
PoorGoogle Fi
3D crafts (bead art, sculpted items)
N/AAn even mix of bothYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2994-6 years3434
Yes, but only if they're local.
The pre-con organization was lacking. We did not receive load-in info until TWO days before the convention started on Thursday. Some artists did not receive the email stating that the map was out (it was available on the website but not sent in the email). There was no info on where the AA check-in was located. The alley is entirely too big, over 300 tables. Most artists I talked to did poorly, some not even breaking even.
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A-konAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas4200
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, two tables
Yes, there was paid Wi-Fi
Non-existentT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$700-10004-6 years2514Probably not.
We wanted to give A-kon one last chance after the disaster that was last year and it was a waste of our weekend. Buying interest was extremely low except for three hours on Sunday morning, before everyone started lining up for autographs. We won't be returning.
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A-konAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas1800
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableI don't knowAverageAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$700-100010+ years2533
Yes, but only if they're local.
The AA organization changed hands this year and major information like loading/parking/table standards/etc. barely came out two days before the show was to start. At the con organization was better by the time I arrived but I heard there was some line mismanagement earlier in the day. Will probably skip next year and see how it shakes out.
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A-konAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas3503
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, two tablesI don't knowGoodVerizon
3D crafts (bead art, sculpted items)
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. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2990-1 years3455
Yes, but only if they're local.
Wasn't sure what to expect after hearing all the negative from artists last year. I ended up with a corner spot in the center and did very well! I will definitely apply again next year, though I did hear a lot of people still didn't do well.
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A-konAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas3000
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way better
Pro Row/Small Press/Premium
I don't knowAverageVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$0-494-6 years3544
Yes, but only if they're local.
I marked premium/small press because I was in a special section of AA for guests, so I don't know how the rest of the AA compares. Because I was a "guest" I also didn't get the same emails and contact for regular AA members so I was out of the loop and that might be a different experience than the norm. It was WAY better for me than last year, but this year I had premium placement.
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A-KonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas850
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableNoAverageSprint
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$300-6992-3 years2323Probably not.
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A-KonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas2000
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
About the sameArtist Alley, full tableI don't knowGoodVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly originalYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$700-10002-3 years4432Not sure.
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A-KonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas2700
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was paid Wi-Fi
GoodT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
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. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2990-1 years2233Not sure.
This was my first con ever, and I had great sales, but I had to WORK for each one in terms of drawing people in, directing them to certain items based on their cosplays or items I could see they had purchased. Lots of salesmanship was needed.
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A-konAnime3 days
15,001-25,000 attendees
Texas6200
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableI don't knowAverageT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$700-10000-1 years4443Yes, definitely!
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A-konAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas2827
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way worseArtist Alley, full tableI don't knowNon-existentT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2992-3 years1112Definitely not!
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A-KonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas2700
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, two tablesI don't knowGoodT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6994-6 years2345Yes, definitely!
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A-KonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas1000
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$300-6990-1 years3324Not sure.
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Action! WindsorMulti-genre1 day< 1,000 attendeesOntario60
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full tableNoGoodVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
An even mix of bothNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-492-3 years4434
Yes, but only if they're local.
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AgamaconMulti-genre2 daysUnknownSouth Carolina299
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableNoNon-existentT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly originalYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2990-1 years5344
Yes, but only if they're local.
Great little con if you're local!
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Ai-konAnime3 days1,001-5,000 attendeesManitoba450
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodKoodo
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$0-490-1 years5544Not sure.
The volenteers are incredibly helpful and there are plenty running around providing water and offering simple services. The volenteers also carry all of your supplies to and from the loading docks quickly and it made the weekend a lot easier.
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AkaiconMulti-genre3 days1,001-5,000 attendeesTennessee600
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend in 2017
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Dealer/Exhibitor, solo
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodVerizon
costume care, art supplies goodie/blind bags
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$50-994-6 years3423
Yes, but only if they're local.
I have personally worked for and with this convention for a while now. Its only in its 6th [about the be 7th] year, and its continually growing. I noticed, after speaking with fellow vendors and artists, that I seemed to do better, if not the best, out of most fanartists that was selling there. I also noticed not a lot of sellers would call out or interact with people passing by their booth, where as I am VERY vocal and try to bring people in more.
The above judgment could be simply based on my own business practice, rather than the actual attendees of the convention, and should be taken as such.
If you are open and vocal with the attendees, they will come to your booth, if you are quiet and dont interact, then your not going to sell well at this con.
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AkaiConAnime3 daysUnknownTennessee515
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly originalYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2990-1 years5545
Yes, but only if they're local.
This was the first year for the con at their new venue, which was moved to a suburb outside of Nashville. From what I heard from other vendors who had attended previously, the attendance was lower, as to be expected. Friday actually seemed to be the busiest day, and Saturday was a bit slow until the mid-afternoon. I didn't make a huge profit, but it was decent. I would go again, but only because it wasn't that far of a drive for me. I wouldn't travel more than a few hours for this one, maybe wait a few years for attendance to even out again.
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AkonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas2332
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
About the sameArtist Alley, full tableI don't knowAverageAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
N/AMostly originalYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$300-6997-9 years2333
Yes, but only if they're local.
There was not much information regarding sale times, setup-times, space specifications, etc available a week prior to the convention. I suspect a lot of other artists flew in on Wednesday thinking that it was going to be a four day show like previous years.

The registration for attendees had long wait times this year.
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Akon 2018Anime3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas1500
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full tableNoPoorSprint
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$50-994-6 years1222Probably not.
The tables were so expensive and not worth the cost and there were WAY more artists than Dealers.
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Alamo city comic con Comic3 days> 25,000 attendeesTexas1500
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-490-1 years3323
Yes, but only if they're local.
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Alamo City Furry Invasion
Furry3 days< 1,000 attendeesTexas1940
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Dealer/Exhibitor, soloI don't knowGoodVerizonApparelN/AMostly originalYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2997-9 years5544
Yes, but only if they're local.
A small furry con, good for if you are local - dealer table price was cheap at $75 + badge cost
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Albuquerque Comic Con
Comic3 daysUnknownNew Mexico515
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table
Yes, there was paid Wi-Fi
AverageMetro PCS
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-492-3 years3434
Yes, but only if they're local.
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Albuquerque Comic Con 2018
Comic3 days
10,001-15,000 attendees
New Mexico700
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full tableNoAverageConsumer Cellular
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-492-3 years4433Yes, definitely!
It's a comic con, but anime does well
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All-ConMulti-genre4 days1,001-5,000 attendeesTexas610
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableI don't knowAverageVerizon
3D crafts (bead art, sculpted items)
N/AAn even mix of bothNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-490-1 years4324Probably not.
This show tries to do too much for it's size, boasting having 400+ events. It runs for 4 days which made it just drag on and on. I feel it could be a really good show if it was contained to only 2 days.
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All-ConMulti-genre4 days1,001-5,000 attendeesTexas708
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableNoGoodVerizonApparelN/AMostly originalNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-497-9 years4433Probably not.
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AMPX ConAnime1 day< 1,000 attendeesTexas215
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
PoorVerizon
3D crafts (bead art, sculpted items)
N/AAn even mix of bothNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-490-1 years4444Not sure.
A small 1 day convention at a roller skating rink so it was entertaining and probably more fun to attend. There was always loud music playing, and half the artists were in the dark. Was okay but not sure if will return.
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Ancient City ConMulti-genre3 days1,001-5,000 attendeesFlorida500
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend in 2017
Way betterArtist Alley, full tableI don't knowGoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-490-1 years5555Yes, definitely!
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Ani-me ConAnime2 days
5,001-10,000 attendees
California400
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableI don't knowGoodT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2994-6 years5555Yes, definitely!
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Animanga ExpoAnime3 days< 1,000 attendeesCalifornia1600
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableNoGoodCricket
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.No, I stayed at home.$100-2992-3 years5334
Yes, but only if they're local.
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Animania Wichita FallsAnime2 days1,001-5,000 attendeesTexas750
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableI don't knowGoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.No, I stayed at home.$0-497-9 years3312
Yes, but only if they're local.
It's a cute little con worth the 1-2 hour drive from Dallas or Oklahoma. Most of the attendees seemed to be college students who already spent all their money at A-Kon.
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Animania Witchita FallsAnime2 days1,001-5,000 attendeesTexas125
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
PoorT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
CommissionsAn even mix of bothYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2990-1 years4412Definitely not!
They expanded the AA this year, I would only consider going back if they scaled back down.
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AnimarathonAnime2 days< 1,000 attendeesOhio604
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full tableI don't knowGoodVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
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. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2994-6 years4355Yes, definitely!
This was Animarathon's first year doing two days as opposed to one day. Last year I made around $480, so the extra day (in theory) added around $124 to my gross profits
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AnimaritimeAnime3 days1,001-5,000 attendeesNew Brunswick1270
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodVirgin MobileJewelry, chainmailN/AMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2994-6 years2433
Yes, but only if they're local.
A lot of people we talked to (who had attended previously) said this year was slower/worse than last year.
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AnimazementAnime4 days
10,001-15,000 attendees
North Carolina1030
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
Non-existentT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly originalYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2992-3 years4533Yes, definitely!
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AnimazementAnime3 days
10,001-15,000 attendees
North Carolina810
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableI don't knowAverageAT&T
Comics, zines, anthologies, books
N/AMostly originalYes, I flew.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$300-6992-3 years2411Definitely not!
I'm an indie comics artist; most of the attendees were looking for fanart prints. It wasn't a good fit. Also several people seemed reluctant to spend even small amounts like $5 sticker sheets.
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AnimazementAnime3 days
10,001-15,000 attendees
North Carolina1300
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$300-6994-6 years4522
Yes, but only if they're local.
very long hours which did not pay off
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AnimazementAnime3 days
10,001-15,000 attendees
North Carolina700
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
CommissionsMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$0-490-1 years5555Yes, definitely!
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AnimazementAnime3 days
10,001-15,000 attendees
North Carolina670
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
Non-existentT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
CommissionsMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2990-1 years5534Yes, definitely!
Kindess staff ever! They gave out free food several times! They were very kind!
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AnimazementAnime3 days
10,001-15,000 attendees
North Carolina2416.2
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full tableNoGoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D utilities (zipper bags, stationary, bookmarks, other functional items)
An even mix of bothYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$300-6994-6 years3333Probably not.
47
AnimazementAnime3 daysUnknownNorth Carolina700
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half table
Yes, there was paid Wi-Fi
AverageAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$300-69910+ years2223Definitely not!
48
AnimazementAnime3 days
10,001-15,000 attendees
North Carolina1500
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$300-6990-1 years4434
Yes, but only if they're local.
49
Animazement Anime3 days
5,001-10,000 attendees
North Carolina850
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableI don't knowGoodVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2990-1 years3423
Yes, but only if they're local.
I heard that attendance was down for this year and I would believe it. The artist alley was huge for a convention of this size and it felt like it was empty more than it was full almost 80% of the time. There were times when there wasn’t a single person in the aisle. However, those that did buy things were kind and on average spent more than past shows. There just weren’t enough people buying to make it worth it. I drove 4 hours and I’d probably do it again since that was a relatively short drive, but I would not fly in for this convention. That said, convention staff was great during the con. They were kind and respectful and helped many people who were having some issues. They also gave us free food!
50
Anime BanzaiAnime3 days1,001-5,000 attendeesUtah950
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way betterArtist Alley, full tableNoGoodT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$300-6990-1 years5535Yes, definitely!
It's very communal and cozy. The artist alley runners are very smart and caring.
51
Anime BanzaiAnime3 days1,001-5,000 attendeesUtah3375
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableNoGoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$300-6990-1 years4535
Yes, but only if they're local.
52
Anime BostonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesMassachusetts6800
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$0-494-6 years2555Yes, definitely!
Obviously there was the whole sign-up nightmare and an unknown amount of people who's sign-up information was lost, which deserves a mention. AB added several tables (I think around 20?) to make room for the people who's sign-up information they lost. I was worried money would be spread thin, but there was healthy traffic through most of the alley and attendees were excited to buy. The free Hynes wi-fi was consistent all weekend and the alley is very close to a mall area that has a TON of food options, so you don't have to go outside if you don't feel like it.
53
Anime BostonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesMassachusetts10200
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way betterArtist Alley, full tableI don't knowGoodVerizonEnamel pinsN/AMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$700-100010+ years1144Yes, definitely!
The organization leading up to and during the con was atrocious. Not to mention the sign ups are a nightmare. Get past all that and it’s a very decent earning con.
54
Anime BostonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesMassachusetts4580
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, two tables
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodVerizonApparel
2D utilities (zipper bags, stationary, bookmarks, other functional items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$50-9910+ years2555Yes, definitely!
The low ranking for pre-show organization was due solely to the incident with signups, which was put off for many hours due to a server crash. Communication with the alley head otherwise was great and responsive
55
Anime BostonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesMassachusetts7840
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly better
Pro Row/Small Press/Premium
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
Good
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$1000+4-6 years4555Yes, definitely!
AB is always great and I love this city, the food is great and people are so friendly. The hours can be brutally long tho, but profits are worth it.
56
Anime BostonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesMassachusetts3788
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way better
Pro Row/Small Press/Premium
I don't knowAverageGoogle FiHandmade plush
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
An even mix of bothYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2997-9 years1555Yes, definitely!
Sign ups were the WORST EVER, total nightmare, huge mess. Communication was poor for most of the lead up to the con, then sort of picked up right at the end. HUGE drop off in responsiveness of staff from previous years. They added a bunch of tables to make up for the sign up FUBAR but I hope they go back to the old layout because the extra tables made the isles uncomfortably tight in the back rows.
57
anime bostonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesMassachusetts2700
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half tableI don't knowGoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-69910+ years5555Yes, definitely!
Completely understand why everyone fights tooth and nail to get into this show, doesn't seem like there are dead zones or bad placements for the entire floor which is very impressive, all things considered.
58
Anime BostonAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesMassachusetts3000
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, half tableI don't knowAverageAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$700-10002-3 years2444Yes, definitely!
AA sign up was really messy this year and organization before the con was bad. However, the actual con was great, AB AA staffs are always amazing.
59
Anime Boston Anime3 days> 25,000 attendeesMassachusetts160
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$50-990-1 years3322Not sure.
high congestion in my area and tables too close likely affected sales/engagement - it was not what im used to seeing as an attendee in past years. also i shared my table with a friend and only included what i made, not what she made.
60
Anime CaliforniaAnime3 days1,001-5,000 attendeesCalifornia1022
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly originalNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-490-1 years4553
Yes, but only if they're local.
It's a first year con with about 55 artists -- apparently a small handful left after day 2(Saturday) because of slow traffic.
61
Anime CaliforniaAnime3 days1,001-5,000 attendeesCalifornia1500
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend in 2017
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half tableI don't knowGoodHandmade plushN/AAn even mix of bothNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$50-992-3 years3423Not sure.
New owners; New venue; Pretty small; Roughly 1.2k paid attendee out of the 3k attendence. Mostly a cosplayer's hangout convention.
62
Anime CentralAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesIllinois1350
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way betterArtist Alley, full tableI don't knowGoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
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. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2997-9 years5554Yes, definitely!
The con moved the artist alley over from 2017’s show into a different hall and it helped sales a lot!
63
Anime CentralAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesIllinois1562
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full tableI don't knowAverageVerizonHandmade plushN/AAn even mix of bothNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2997-9 years4444Yes, definitely!
64
Anime CentralAnime3 days
15,001-25,000 attendees
Illinois3200
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table
Yes, there was paid Wi-Fi
GoodVerizonHandmade plushN/AAn even mix of bothNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$700-100010+ years5555Yes, definitely!
AA was moved to a bigger hall that was connected to the main exhibit hall and had direct access(in and out) from the lobby. This seemed to help bring more people in and traffic was pretty steady throughout all three days.
65
Anime CentralAnime3 days
15,001-25,000 attendees
Illinois1300
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half tableI don't knowGoodVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$300-6990-1 years4423Not sure.
While I would recommend this show to others, I would say that this is a show where people go all out with their displays. I think my half table display hurt me in this regard since it wasn’t as big as the ones around me. I also expected more people to buy things considering the number of attendees. I heard that rows closer to the start (ABC rows especially) did better than the ones at the end, and I was in the end most row.
66
Anime CentralAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesIllinois2000
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend in 2017
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
Non-existentVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2997-9 years5545Yes, definitely!
It's difficult for us to guestimate what might do well at this particular convention, as it tends to be different from other conventions we go to and from itself in past years.
67
Anime CentralAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesIllinois1944
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableI don't knowGoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$1000+7-9 years4444
Yes, but only if they're local.
68
Anime CentralAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesMichigan8630
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableNoAverage
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$1000+2-3 years5555Yes, definitely!
ACEN was such a decent surprise. I heard mixed reviews about it last year since they moved the AA so I did not know what to expect, but this year the move to Hall D seems to be a great idea. It's very close to the lobby and washrooms and easy to find. The one thing i loved the most about this convention were the hours, they ran from 10am - 6:30pm which was perfect and gave us plenty of time to get food afterwards. I hate doing 12 hour cons because I find the sales get spread evenly and there are a lot of dead times. But not at this con, the sales were steady and attendees were very interested in buying! Some negatives for the con: Not a lot of space behind the table and Chicago traffic is literally the worst!
69
Anime CentralAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesIllinois7000
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, half tableI don't knowGoodVerizonPins and accessoriesN/AMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$700-100010+ years5343Not sure.
There was zero staff presence during the convention and no enforcement of rules. The space behind tables was very narrow much of it was taken up by artists who were inconsiderate and spilled out of their own areas.
70
Anime CentralAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesIllinois3305
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full tableI don't knowAverageT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly originalNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-4910+ years5544Yes, definitely!
71
Anime CentralAnime3 days> 25,000 attendeesIllinois3200
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way betterArtist Alley, full tableI don't knowGoodVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
ShadowboxesAn even mix of bothNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$50-994-6 years4455Yes, definitely!
72
Anime Central Anime3 days> 25,000 attendeesIllinois1350
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableI don't knowAverageStraight talk
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$700-10000-1 years5533Yes, definitely!
73
Anime ConjiAnime3 days< 1,000 attendeesCalifornia600
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half tableNoGoodT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$100-2994-6 years3234
Yes, but only if they're local.
74
Anime ConjiAnime3 days< 1,000 attendeesCalifornia190
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend in 2017
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half tableI don't knowAverageT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2997-9 years3233Definitely not!
I've done this con years ago.
Wasn't worth it. Didn't want to return. But friends wanted me to sign up with them. Was only allowed to sign up for half table. At con, tables were 6x1 ft, thus artists only had 3x1 ft space to work with (instead of 3x2 ft as stated during sign ups). Their Facebook page announced they had 1000 attendees for 2018 (including staff, special guest). Should note they took a hiatus for 2017.
75
Anime ConjiAnime3 daysUnknownCalifornia700
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half tableI don't knowGoodVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$50-994-6 years5544
Yes, but only if they're local.
76
Anime DallasAnime3 days1,001-5,000 attendeesTexas300
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableI don't knowGoodCricket
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2992-3 years4434
Yes, but only if they're local.
It was a first year con so hopefully it's better in 2019!
77
Anime DetourAnime3 days
5,001-10,000 attendees
Minnesota2000
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full tableI don't knowGoodVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartNo, I was local.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2992-3 years2434
Yes, but only if they're local.
The convention moved locations this year and the Artist Alley was in a bad location, so this may have affected sales.
78
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia25000
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodVerizonEnamel pinsN/AMostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$100-29910+ years4255Yes, definitely!
AX has grown a lot over the years and has become really unfriendly to smaller and newer artists. If the price tag of the table sounds too high then it probably is too high and there is a lot of big artist competition. The venue staff are often difficult to deal with and there is lack of communication between staff so rule enforcement can vary day by day and person to person. The venue changed policies between days as to what we were able to bring into the convention and some people had to throw away scissors, food, drinks, etc. logistics are a nightmare but have become moderately better since they’ve begun mailing badges.
79
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia14700
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
Average
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$1000+4-6 years5555Yes, definitely!
Despite a ton of mishaps with packages/shipping this year, i still did really well. You definitely need to prepare way in advance for this con though!
80
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia2010
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend in 2017
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$1000+7-9 years5434
Yes, but only if they're local.
I was surprised by how good the phone reception was considering it's a lower level parking garage. The artist alley is very big and might be hard to cover all tables without missing one. AX has one of the largest attendance numbers in North America but it doesn't necessarily correlate to the amount of profit made. It seems fairly worth it for those who are local or are able to budget travel/living expenses appropriately. The staff would frequently walk by to moderate the space and make sure people are not breaking the rules.
81
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia2900
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way betterArtist Alley, full tableI don't knowAverageVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
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. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$100-2992-3 years5455Yes, definitely!
82
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia4100
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$700-10007-9 years3453
Yes, but only if they're local.
83
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia3700
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
PoorAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$1000+2-3 years4344Yes, definitely!
84
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia2150
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend in 2017
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-494-6 years3145Yes, definitely!
85
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia4200
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way betterArtist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$100-2992-3 years5554Yes, definitely!
86
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia1000
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2994-6 years3242
Yes, but only if they're local.
87
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia4000
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$50-992-3 years3355
Yes, but only if they're local.
88
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia46
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
About the same
Artist Alley, less than half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 5+ hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$50-9910+ years4455Yes, definitely!
89
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia4300
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageTelus
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly originalYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$300-6994-6 years3423Yes, definitely!
This con was pretty slow compared to what people told me and I've confirmed with other artists but as well, I think people come here for more anime than originals so that's my own fault.
90
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia550
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsAn even mix of bothYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$100-2997-9 years4434Not sure.
91
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia2400
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, half table
Yes, there was paid Wi-Fi
AverageT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$100-2997-9 years5433
Yes, but only if they're local.
There was bag check at the doors/entrances. There are separate bag check lines (priority lines) for Artist Alley, Exhibitor, etc. But on Day 4, "because you arrived after 8am, you have to line up in the general line." So apparently after 8am, there are no priority lines??? (Show hour starts at 10am.) Not sure if this happened only on Day 4 or for specific entrances.
But this was not mentioned in email nor announced before hand. Anyways a bunch of us cut in line cause the general line was hella long.
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Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia2400
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, half table
Yes, there was paid Wi-Fi
AverageT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$100-2997-9 years5433
Yes, but only if they're local.
There was bag check at the doors/entrances. There are separate bag check lines (priority lines) for Artist Alley, Exhibitor, etc. But on Day 4, "because you arrived after 8am, you have to line up in the general line." So apparently after 8am, there are no priority lines??? (Show hour starts at 10am.) Not sure if this happened only on Day 4 or for specific entrances.
But this was not mentioned in email nor announced before hand. Anyways a bunch of us cut in line cause the general line was hella long.

Also, artist alley package was ~$490 (included table, 1 badge, fees, and wifi). But actual wifi access depends on your phone. "Only devices that can operate on a 5Ghz wireless band will be able to access wifi." I used a Nokia (windows phone) and my friend had a Alcatel (android) and neither could detect the wifi hot spot. My helper was able to with his LG. (We all use t mobile.) Same happened last year (Anime Expo 2017). Sure feels like im required to pay for a service that i can't even use unless I buy a new phone.
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Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia3764
This wasn't my first time at the show, but I didn't vend in 2017
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$300-6997-9 years3444Not sure.
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Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia1700
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, full table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$300-6990-1 years5324Probably not.
Its true what a lot of my mutuals told me about if you sell here because it's so big it WILL sell something. But me and a lot of artists I talked with barely managed to break even. A lot of people attend (esp younger ages) and it costs a lot of money for both artists and regular attendees , so buyers were hesitant to spend money .
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Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia1400
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way betterArtist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$700-10004-6 years4454Yes, definitely!
I would recommend this show if you are an anime artist who creates a lot of fanart. That is mostly what sells at this show and that is what will sell the most. However, they no longer allow any kind of R18+ content in Artist Alley, even if marked as such, sealed, or stored off of the table, which is something to keep in mind. Also, please conform to the rules laid out - this year in particular, I did see artists getting written up for having displays too tall or R18+ items.
96
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia4000
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at one of the con hotels.
$300-6992-3 years3155Yes, definitely!
The artist alley staff was rude, unhelpful, and sometimes abusive for the smallest of reasons. A few staff members were known to tell artists they'd be kicked out of the con for doing things such as having two helpers behind the booth with them, yet other people who were cramming 6+ people behind their booths were not spoken to at all. The con didn't let us bring in food despite long AA hours, nor did the staff help us by giving us bathroom breaks (which they stated was what they were there for). I did not receive an AA helper badge (bought when buying a table), when I went to get it on day 0 no one knew what a helper badge was. It took hours of talking to over a dozen people to finally get it on the last day, on top of that I was threatened with getting kicked out of the AA if my helper appeared without the helper badge. We got up at 8am Sunday to meet someone for it and no one knew the name we were giving even though she was standing right there, so staff organization was abysmal.
97
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia1200
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Way betterArtist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
GoodVerizon
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartYes, I drove 1-4 hours.
No, I stayed at a friend's home.
$50-994-6 years5355Yes, definitely!
98
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia1634
No, first-time at this show
I did not vend at this convention in 2017
Artist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
PoorVerizon
3D crafts (bead art, sculpted items)
N/AMostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$0-490-1 years5555
Yes, but only if they're local.
It's incredibly crowded to the point of difficulties getting around, but also meant a lot of potential buyers.
99
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia2000
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageAT&T
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
PrintsMostly fanartYes, I flew.
Yes, I stayed at an unaffiliated hotel. (Includes AirBnB or similar.)
$300-69910+ years2244Yes, definitely!
100
Anime ExpoAnime4 days> 25,000 attendeesCalifornia2400
Yes, I was here last year (2017)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, half table
Yes, there was free Wi-Fi
AverageT-Mobile
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
2D accessories (buttons, charms, keychains, other decorative items)
Mostly fanartNo, I was local.No, I stayed at home.$100-2997-9 years5443
Yes, but only if they're local.
Wifi was included in the table price. They sent out an email a week before the event with the wifi network name and password and said "only devices that can operate on a 5Ghz wireless band will be able to access wifi." I brought along 2 phones and neither could detect the wifi hot spot at all. My helper's phone detected it but wasn't able to connect or it resulted in "limited connectivity." Similarly for 2017, our phones detected the wifi hot spot but wasn't able to connect.

Also since badges were mailed out, you can just walk into the convention center (with your badge) and immediately set up-- there's no check-in.
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