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2018 was great.
Only complaint is that there were barely any space behind us, made it hard to move around especially if you're not on a corner table, but i was lucky and got a corner so it wasn't bad.
May 28, 2018, 9:13 am
Sorta of Meh
Getting badges was a /hassle/ for me. For con artists who are also panelists, I'm sure you had similar issues (I didn't get my badges until Friday morning because of how panel system and exhibition system aren't crossed together to see which artist was a panelist and therefore had a comped badge). If you're coming for Acen's AA, you might want to just pay the money instead of panelling in the future even if you enjoy panelling. It's just not worth the trouble.
My main issues with this con was that 1. there was no easy entrance and exit for artists. You can exit AA near the restaurant (Expoteria?) but you can't GET BACK IN from that side (so you have to literally do the whole roundabout to get in). 2. Tables (depending on which side of the row you are on) were placed directly underneath lights so some tables had wonderful lighting and others had a lot of shadows. My table had a good amount of shadows so our prints were pretty dark. Only items (like our buttons) placed flat on the table looked as bright as they are.
Mm, profit wise? I think people can do an overall of "okay" but not much. Unless you have a variety of things (and even then, sometimes it just doesn't really matter), you might not have a hot selling. I've done the same amount in a day at ACEN with more wares as one day in a local university con in Chicago with less wares. I recommend starting artists (and those who are looking for just a chill con with less costs) to consider other cons before trying out for ACEN's AA because the price of $130 dollars for a table is a little high if we're considering how it only costed $65 a year ago.
But of course, I think everyone should try it once! Just don't expect it to be an AA that will give you an extremely huge return (mostly due to the size of the con and the number of artists as well!! )
P.S Attendance was great!! But oddly enough, it felt as if most people attending didn't drop by ACEN's AA at all? I think I saw more fandom cosplayers at shoots/gatherings than I ever did behind my table all three days.
May 23, 2016, 5:32 pm
Swiss Army Artist
So.... Cool con but there's a lot of flaws.
December 9, 2015, 10:33 pm
Best Show of the Year
Tables are 8x2' long.
Unload can be tricky as artists are not granted use of the loading docks (it's a dealer-only perk). It requires use of the circle drive at the main convention center entrance, but cars aren't allowed to stay parked there. I come with a table helper to unload and load so I unload to the curb and my partner drives off to park; I'm not sure how feasible it would be for a single person.
Staff has always been helpful and the DH seems to genuinely care about the artists. As of 2015 ACen has started using convention center security inside the con center and keeping its own security force to the hotel.
December 6, 2015, 8:49 pm
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