Too expensive for one person
I went to the Chicago comic con in August 2015 and it was my first time attending a Wizard World convention as an artist. So this is kind of a good- bad review based on my experience. First the good, Tons of exposure: thousands and thousands of people attend the show and it's definitely a great venue to show off your work and hopefully make some sales. However, this is such a popular show that with a price to get ($50-$60+)for a standard ticket and up to 300 for the VIP celebrity pass, I I had many people tell me that because they spent so much to get in, that they have very little if anything to spend once they were in there. To make matters worse, my table was so far in the back of the show( in the shipping and receiving area ) that often I was overlooked compared to other artists. I will say there were some fun perks about being an artist there. For instance, they had an after party that was free for all vendors, which was actually a pretty fun time. They also had a free breakfast on the last day, but unfortunately I just missed it. Another plus what is the accesibility of venue. There was a parking garage connected to the convention center that was reasonably priced. Speaking of accessibility, after the show they even let vendors drive onto the conventions floor to more easily load all their inventory and displays directly into their vehicles. Despite some of these pros for the convention, I have to say I don't think I would do it again without someone I can split the table cost with. For my budget, $400 was just too much to spend on a table. I had to sleep in my car ( a small Honda) all but one night just so I could come away with a small profit. Lastly, I would just recommend that if you do the show, make sure you have a really good amount of inventory and try to appeal to as wide audience as you can. I think if I had more work than obviously my sales would be better. That said, in the future ,if I do another show like this, I'm going to make sure I have more to sell.
December 10, 2015, 2:19 pm