2014 AA Survey (Responses)
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Which convention did you exhibit at?
What was your gross revenue at this show? (Round to nearest dollar)
Were you a returning exhibitor?
If you were a returning exhibitor, how were profits compared to last year (2013)?
What kind of vendor space did you have?
How much did your space cost? (Vending space + ONE badge, if not included; round to nearest dollar)
How many years have you been exhibiting at conventions?
What kind of wares did you sell primarily?
Did you sell original or fanart items predominantly at this show?
How would you rate the overall organization of this show?
How would you rate the attendee interest in buying at this show?
Regardless of buying interest, what was the level of engagement of attendees?
How would you rate this convention overall?
Would you recommend this show to your friends?
Any other thoughts, comments, or insights about this particular show?
If you were a returning exhibitor, did you upgrade your vendor space?
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A-Kon1875
Yes, I was here last year
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table1404-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4444Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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A-Kon2138
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table1504-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart2343Not sure.
Good attendees, good show to hang with friends, just stay away from management as much as possible and you're fine.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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A-Kon2400
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table1802-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5555Yes, definitely!I wasn't here last year
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A-Kon5000
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table1502-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5455Yes, definitely!
Love the staff love the con love the attendees
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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A-Kon1137
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table954-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3344
Yes, but only if they're local.
I wish they could figure out a way to get better traffic in that doesn't just b-line for the dealers room......
I wasn't here last year
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A-Kon4949
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table1504-6 years
3D crafts (bead art, sculpted items)
Mostly fanart4545
Yes, but only if they're local.
A lot of my friends and others seemed to do worse at 2014 A-kon then last year/then I did this year.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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A-Kon3500
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table1502-3 yearsHandmade plushMostly original5554Yes, definitely!
2014 was the first year the artist alley required a badge for entrance. It was also the first year where sales didn't increase, but stayed around the same. Not sure if sales made its peak or if not as strong due to the first year entrance to the AA was not free.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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A-Kon2200
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table1604-6 yearsHandmade plushAn even mix of both2554Yes, definitely!
The organization is a disaster, though I'm sure everyone knows. I had a great spot last year and did well but heard from many others that they didn't do as well as the hoped. I feel like somehow akon still isn't using or organizing its space the best they could
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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A-Kon3000
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table1807-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly original5555Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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A-Kon3560
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way betterArtist Alley, two tables2504-6 yearsCraftsMostly fanart4555Yes, definitely!
Yes, I upgraded from a smaller space (half table to full table, AA table to Small Press, AA table to Dealer's, etc)
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A-Kon2200
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table1504-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4444Not sure.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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A-Kon3700
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table1102-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3431Definitely not!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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A-Kon750
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way worseDealer/Exhibitor010+ years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4334Yes, definitely!
The Artist Alley is definitely a better venue for artists than the Dealers' Room.
Yes, I upgraded from a smaller space (half table to full table, AA table to Small Press, AA table to Dealer's, etc)
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A-Kon4050
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table1507-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5555Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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A-Kon655
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way worseArtist Alley, full table1254-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4324
Yes, but only if they're local.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Boston4108
Yes, I was here last year
Way betterArtist Alley, half table804-6 years
Glass etching, glassware,drinkware, pottery, metal etching
An even mix of both4445Not sure.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Boston2456
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterPro Row/Small Press3504-6 yearsHandmade plushMostly original5455Yes, definitely!
Of the 10 shows I've attentended, Anime Boston is typically the best run, most organized, and most pleasent at which to vend. It's especially nice now in the new room because the light is a ton better and the space behind the tables, at least in the blocks, is really huge.
Yes, I upgraded from a smaller space (half table to full table, AA table to Small Press, AA table to Dealer's, etc)
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Anime Boston850
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table1200-1 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly original4335Yes, definitely!I wasn't here last year
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Anime Boston4000
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the samePro Row/Small Press3507-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly original5555Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Boston2500
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table1004-6 years
3D crafts (bead art, sculpted items)
Mostly fanart4445Yes, definitely!
The only negative thing about AB is that the artist alley is too small for the amount of people who sign up for it and the amount of attendees for the con, both of which grow each year.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Boston1800
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table1802-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4334Yes, definitely!I wasn't here last year
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Anime Boston12000
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterDealer/Exhibitor24002-3 yearsn/aMostly fanart4444Yes, definitely!
Yes, I upgraded from a smaller space (half table to full table, AA table to Small Press, AA table to Dealer's, etc)
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Anime Boston3300
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table1702-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5555Yes, definitely!
Great staff great con great city!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Boston300
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way worseArtist Alley, half table1152-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5244Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Boston693
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way worseArtist Alley, half table1304-6 yearsHandmade plushAn even mix of both5335Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Boston5400
No, first-time at this show
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table3507-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4544Yes, definitely!I wasn't here last year
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Anime Boston1524
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way betterArtist Alley, half table1702-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5555Yes, definitely!
One of my best shows and the first con I ever went to. Love it.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Boston1815
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterPro Row/Small Press3502-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
An even mix of both5445Yes, definitely!
Yes, I upgraded from a smaller space (half table to full table, AA table to Small Press, AA table to Dealer's, etc)
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Anime Boston1800
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterPro Row/Small Press30010+ years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly original4444Yes, definitely!
Yes, I upgraded from a smaller space (half table to full table, AA table to Small Press, AA table to Dealer's, etc)
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Anime Boston3249
No, first-time at this show
N/APro Row/Small Press3004-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly original4555Yes, definitely!
Have found that some of the fans on my page that are constantly engaged came to me from this con. Sales were amazing here even though I had FedEx lose part of my inventory.
I wasn't here last year
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Anime Boston2051
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table1707-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
An even mix of both4444Yes, definitely!
To cut hotel costs drastically, stay at a hotel outside of Boston and carpool into the city and share parking fees and gas, You will save a significant amount of money, its worth the extra commuting time.
I wasn't here last year
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Anime Boston1500
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way betterArtist Alley, half table1002-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5434Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Boston1000
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table1504-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5555Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Boston3200
This wasn't my first time at the show, but neither did I vend in 2013
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table1702-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5445Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Central1858
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table1134-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4333Probably not.I wasn't here last year
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Anime Central2650
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table1084-6 yearsHandmade plushAn even mix of both5555Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Central2500
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table1052-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5344
Yes, but only if they're local.
With ACen you have to have a product or a business approach that stands out as you're competing with a lot of vendors and other artists. I had placement towards registration, which helped me get some views but I had that "rebound" effect of people coming in, bouncing off me and heading deeper in. Every year is different though and I do think placement contributes a lot at a large convention like ACen. Previous 2 years I was squashed in the back and my sales were much lower.
Hope this helps!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Central1250
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table1300-1 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly original4555Yes, definitely!I wasn't here last year
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Anime Central1580
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table1132-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4434Yes, definitely!
The artist alley aisles definitely needed to be widened and while the artist/dealer hall was ok the rest of the convention center is in serious need of updating. People were friendly though and it's a big show.
I wasn't here last year
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Anime Central1200
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table1102-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3354
Yes, but only if they're local.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Central1800
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table07-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly original3222Definitely not!I wasn't here last year
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Anime Central1600
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table10510+ yearsHandmade plushMostly original4334Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Central2000
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table904-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
An even mix of both5334
Yes, but only if they're local.
I wasn't here last year
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Anime Central700
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table-1100-1 yearsHandmade plushAn even mix of both4344Yes, definitely!I wasn't here last year
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Anime Central1800
This wasn't my first time at the show, but neither did I vend in 2013
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table1182-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart2223Not sure.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Central1100
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table1134-6 yearsHandmade plushAn even mix of both4454Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Expo4000
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way betterArtist Alley, two tables4004-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3544Yes, definitely!
Yes, I upgraded from a smaller space (half table to full table, AA table to Small Press, AA table to Dealer's, etc)
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Anime Expo4500
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table2007-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3532Not sure.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Expo237
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table1100-1 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4425Yes, definitely!I wasn't here last year
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Anime Expo4000
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table3007-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart2333
Yes, but only if they're local.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Expo8000
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way worseArtist Alley, two tables4502-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5555Yes, definitely!
Yes, I upgraded from a smaller space (half table to full table, AA table to Small Press, AA table to Dealer's, etc)
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Anime Expo500
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table4002-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4333Not sure.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Expo1600
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table1702-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4333Not sure.
AX artist alley is so packed with people no one gets to go through the entire expanse so unless you get a good table then you really might not do so well. Compared to my AN experience, AX was hectic and honestly not worth the journey for me personally from Canada yet I still plan to return this year ehhe... For me it has become more valuable as a place to meet people and friends and do trades rather than expect much back after the whole investment that goes into plane tickets and hotels.
I wasn't here last year
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Anime Expo3267
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table2752-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
An even mix of both3444Not sure.
VERY crowded, definitely competitive in terms of sales (definitely a high overall skill level of artists compared to most cons), it's easier to do well if you're more established. I wouldn't recommend AX as a first time con, but it's good if you've been doing cons for a while and can brave the crowds.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Expo800
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table3002-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
An even mix of both4424
Yes, but only if they're local.
I wasn't here last year
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Anime Expo3200
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table2752-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3545Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Expo2182
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table2704-6 yearsHandmade plushMostly original3333Not sure.
It's getting a bit too big for it's own good. HUGE dealers hall that attendees have to wade through to get to the HUGE artist alley. Pretty much on visual overload by the time they get there so not really as attentive. Also very long lines in reg affected sales badly on the first day as everyone was stuck in line.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Expo50
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table2507-9 years
Comics, zines, anthologies, books
Mostly original3452Probably not.
This particular show, I noticed folks do better if you have ANIME themed fanart. I did not have fanart at all. The attendees are very interested in my artwork, but there is a low buying rate for original comics. My comics are not anime themed at all, and I think that doesn't do too well for me at an anime themed convention. I have a lot of followers and friends who meet me at this convention, which is why I still attend.

Normally for this show, I make around $350 total. This year in particular (2014), I was helping with my work's panel. My business partner helped me with my booth, but sales are not the same if you aren't selling your own work ;)
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Expo1140
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table2800-1 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3334
Yes, but only if they're local.
Yes, I upgraded from a smaller space (half table to full table, AA table to Small Press, AA table to Dealer's, etc)
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Anime Expo500
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way betterArtist Alley, full table1654-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3444Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Expo650
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table2000-1 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3323Not sure.
Approximate numbers.

AX has a huge artist alley so competition is fierce and if you don't stand out particularly or already have a huge following, making a large amount of profit can be difficult.
I wasn't here last year
63
Anime Expo1000
This wasn't my first time at the show, but neither did I vend in 2013
N/AArtist Alley, full table904-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3444
Yes, but only if they're local.
I wasn't here last year
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Anime Expo1000
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table2000-1 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3324Yes, definitely!I wasn't here last year
65
Anime Expo5000
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table2257-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4534Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
66
Anime Expo1200
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table2502-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4233
Yes, but only if they're local.
I wasn't here last year
67
Anime Expo7200
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way betterArtist Alley, two tables4002-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3545Yes, definitely!
Yes, I upgraded from a smaller space (half table to full table, AA table to Small Press, AA table to Dealer's, etc)
68
Anime Expo2000
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table3002-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3333
Yes, but only if they're local.
Staff seemed a bit bias? (for 2014). First, this con had a height limit of 7 feet off the ground. But if you arrive/set up hours late, staff wont bother or have the time to check your display height. This explains why you see some displays go way beyond the height restriction. I set up early, and my pvc pipe display was 3 inches over the height limit. So they made me remove pipes even though I informed them that I would be losing over 12 inches in height. It was a lot of work. I had to remove the prints, place the display on the ground, and then remove pipes. After rechecking my display, they checked my neighbor's cause they had their's up by then. They used those wire cube/panel organizer for their display. I noticed everyone else around me used 3 panels/tiers for their display, but my neighbor's were 4 tier high, which also ended up being 3 inches over the limit. Staff reasoned that removing the 4th tier/panel will lose that artist 12 inches in height so she was allowed to keep the 4th tier. I think it was because that artist had really good art so staff was nicer to them. Sure I was jealous. A bunch of staff bought from that artist and spread the word. I also noticed another person with really good art was selling a few things she didn't make (like totoro coin pouch and pencil bag and charm plush that are found in retail stores), and staff either didn't care or didn't know cause they bought the totoro merch from her too.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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Anime Matsuri1113
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way worseArtist Alley, full table1304-6 years
3D crafts (bead art, sculpted items)
Mostly fanart3233
Yes, but only if they're local.
I had a half table in 2013--which was in a crowded hallway--and did better then a full table in 2014--which was in a large, open exhibit hall shared with Dealers. There were some people in the 2013 show that were in an offset room though, so I don't know how they did.
Yes, I upgraded from a smaller space (half table to full table, AA table to Small Press, AA table to Dealer's, etc)
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Anime Matsuri700
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table1604-6 yearsHandmade plushAn even mix of both1121Definitely not!
Organization was terrible. Every artist I talked to did horrible and most attendees had a miserable time, and I heard of several instances of staff treating attendees and guests really badly. Started off the weekend facing a bare wall, and was able to move later, but it didn't get that much better. Space was used so poorly. Comicpalooza is in the same location, but layout allows me to do consistently well there. For a con with reported akon level attendance, I was expecting akon level sales, which I did not get at all.
I wasn't here last year
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Anime Matsuri1800
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table757-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly original2111Definitely not!I wasn't here last year
72
Anime Matsuri2300
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table1502-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4212Definitely not!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
73
Anime Matsuri2400
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table1302-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3333
Yes, but only if they're local.
I wasn't here last year
74
Anime Matsuri600
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way worseDealer/Exhibitor5002-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart1212Probably not.
last year i had recommended this con to many of my friends, ones that I find are fairly popular among the artist community to this con because of my sales in 2012-13 however in 2014 the venue was changed to a much larger one and the staff were so disorganized. The space was so big and people were giving up before they reached the other side of the dealers/ artist alley. I'll be tabling there again for 2015, hoping to see some improvements, but I can see that majority of my friends are tabling , if only just to see REIKA.
Yes, I upgraded from a smaller space (half table to full table, AA table to Small Press, AA table to Dealer's, etc)
75
Anime North-150
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table1450-1 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart2332
Yes, but only if they're local.
I wasn't here last year
76
Anime North1500
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table1452-3 years
3D crafts (bead art, sculpted items)
Mostly fanart5555Yes, definitely!I wasn't here last year
77
Anime North2800
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, full table1407-9 years
custom nintendo ds cases
Mostly fanart3554Yes, definitely!
Unfortunately in the last couple years has split the AA into two sections, one for 3d/crafts and the other for print media (theyre called the crafters corner and the comic market). You cannot sell both at your table. Takes a lot of my stock off the list. Still make great money though
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
78
Anime North101
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table800-1 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
An even mix of both3132Probably not.
I wanted to like this show, but coming in for a first year I knew nothing about what was popular among the attendees and ended up not doing well at all in comparison to my average con total. Also it being out of the country for me made it far more of a hassle especially just trying to get them the funds for the table/badge.
I wasn't here last year
79
Anime North802
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table13510+ years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
An even mix of both4455Yes, definitely!
I've done other events in Toronto and Montreal - anime, comics and small press, and mixed (e.g., indie arts type shows). Anime North is always consistently my best show. At this point I believe I actually make most of my sales from commissions.

My experience is primarily from the Comic Market area (Pro Plaza, Crafters Corner being the other two main areas plus the Gallery Momiji art show). The applications last year were full lottery, which means it may be difficult for non-locals to plan around this event, but if you can get in it's well worth it. Being pretty active on the forums, I see a few artists who think the application process, staff and rules are overly restrictive, but I personally find the staff very helpful and rigorous, and in general that the event is well-run and the sense that they are actively looking at and trying things to improve it.

I started off with fanart but over the years produced more original things, and now most of my table is original work and while I probably could get more sales with fanwork, the audience appears quite responsive. It's been a good place to build an audience/reception over time for my art.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
80
Anime North7000
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, half table2004-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly original4534Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
81
Anime North2000
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table702-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5445Yes, definitely!
Should probably add the fact that the only cons that I had attended before 2014 were local ones in NZ so they were well... rather small and I was obviously less talented ahha... That being said, it was a nice surprise for myself to be earning how much I did since I only really made maybe $200-300NZD back where I came from. This number is a combination of a much lower print price market and less con goers ($15 a print is quite a shocker in all honesty when I first went to a North American con).
I wasn't here last year
82
Anime North1100
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table2504-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3455Yes, definitely!
I actually don't remember how much the table + badge cost, sorry!
Also, just as a note, comics/doujinshi are what I'm always aiming to sell at the booth, but I offer a lot of 2D fanart and pins in order to bring more interest to the table and actually make back costs (comics don't sell well).
I wasn't here last year
83
Anime North11000
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table1457-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
An even mix of both1454Yes, definitely!
The staff/individuals running the artists alley at this show have a horrible reputation of being power tripping lunatics. I had thought other artists were exaggerating, but its true, the AA staff is a pack of childish crazies, wielding the power to ban anyone that looks at them wrong.

Fantastic Attendees at Anime North, but THE worst, most unprofessional experience I've ever had with people running the show.

I wasn't here last year
84
Anime North3200
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table1304-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart5555Yes, definitely!I wasn't here last year
85
Anime North3000
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, half table1204-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3554Yes, definitely!
I actually had less space this year
86
Anime North2000
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table1802-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4555Yes, definitely!
Be prepared to spend over $500 for a hotel even decently close and book that hotel 1 year+ in advance of the show to even have a shot at getting one at all. The hotels book out incredibly fast and early even by con standards.
I wasn't here last year
87
Anime North800
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table1600-1 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4334Yes, definitely!I wasn't here last year
88
Anime North2000
This wasn't my first time at the show, but neither did I vend in 2013
Way worseArtist Alley, half table1007-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4223Not sure.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
89
Anime North700
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table14510+ years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4344
Yes, but only if they're local.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
90
Anime North700
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table14510+ years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4344
Yes, but only if they're local.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
91
Anime North1800
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, half table952-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4545Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
92
Anime Weekend Atlanta
1400
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table1802-3 yearsHandmade plushMostly fanart4234Not sure.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
93
Anime Weekend Atlanta
694
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table1967-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
An even mix of both4335Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
94
Anime Weekend Atlanta
1450
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table1352-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly original4444Yes, definitely!
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
95
Anime Weekend Atlanta
2300
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly betterArtist Alley, two tables2457-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
An even mix of both4434Yes, definitely!
AWA has no small press/pro tables or 1/2 artist tables.

My group is three artists sharing two tables. I personally have most of my sales in handmade plush; another has her highest sales in prints; the third has her highest sales in stickers/buttons. Overall the stickers/buttons bring in the most money.

On that note - your survey should really separate out printed "merch" (stickers, buttons, zipper pouches, charms) from actual prints. At an anime con they are very different markets, and over the last 7 years we have been selling at this con, print sales have been dropping steadily while merch sales have skyrocketed.

I have a feeling you may get a lot of angry comments or reports of terrible sales. Just be aware they were not universal. Last year's layout really disadvantaged the artists who were in the middle of the Alley because the aisles were too crowded to move easily or see well. Artists on the outside walls like we were did much better sales.

There might also be some angry feedback because this was the first year they unbundled the table fee ($100) and tickets ($45-65, depending on when you buy them). You used to get two memberships for free with your table. Frankly the new price is more than fair given the large size of the show.

No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
96
Anime Weekend Atlanta
855
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, half table904-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
An even mix of both3123Probably not.
The location is great, free parking and decent amount of space. However the main events hall was right next door and the bass they played literally shook tables and caused chest pains in several artists... also there was almost no interest in people buying things....
I wasn't here last year
97
Anime Weekend Atlanta
2600
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
About the sameArtist Alley, full table1357-9 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4243
Yes, but only if they're local.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
98
Anime Weekend Atlanta
600
No, first-time at this show
N/AArtist Alley, full table1354-6 yearsHandmade plushAn even mix of both3121Definitely not!
This show was so bad for me and every other artist I talked to!!! It was so bizarre, there were TONS of people at the con, but none of them were buying. And I don't think it was due to too many artists in the alley. It seemed about the same #of tables I've seen at other cons that size
I wasn't here last year
99
Anime Weekend Atlanta
750
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Slightly worseArtist Alley, full table1602-3 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart3333
Yes, but only if they're local.
- PROS: Helpful, friendly staff with years of experience! I felt comfortable enough to ask for their assistance and they made sure every artist knew what was going on play by play.
AWA is a nice, big con in general, and the people are generally friendly.

- CONS: AWA hiked their prices - for the con goer and the artists- and I think that really showed in the sales. Sales were definitely down from the past years I've shown here and there were definitely less people in general walking though the alley. General attendance was definitely down.
It was also a bit disorganized, getting the artist alley badges was more of a pain then it should have been.
There was also a concert going on directly behind the fake wall they erected, and you could not hear your customer's speak even on the farside of the room because of the bass. If your table was on the fake wall, you'd have a massive headache by the end of the day, that's for sure.
It also stinks that the crowds that attend AWA are honestly only interested in fanart yet AWA has a 50/50 rule against it.

- END: Over all I'd be willing to give AWA another chance, and I'd definitely recommend trying it to any local artist- not sure if it's worth traveling a great distance for though. I'd honestly have to re-asses them in 2015 to be sure about this, though. Comparatively, I'd say Momocon is slightly better in a lot of areas from what I can tell.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
100
Anime Weekend Atlanta
800
Yes, I was here last year (2013)
Way worseArtist Alley, half table1434-6 years
2D art (prints, buttons, printed goods (incl. charms, zipper bags, notepads, etc.), commissions)
Mostly fanart4233
Yes, but only if they're local.
2014 was an oddly bad year for AWA, when I had been able to break a 1,000 two years in a row prior.
No, I have the same amount and type of space as last year
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