Despite an overwhelmed staff and an unfortunate date conflict with AnimeNYC (which has been resolved for 2018), everything worked out in the end. The location was very beautiful, but confusing to navigate and security was a bit harsh. In the Artists Alley itself the staff was very friendly, and though the layout of the space pushed several artists away from the walking path, their displays were still visible so there wasn't a shortage in foot traffic.
The table price was quite fair at $100 + $35 for the second badge, but the hotel cost was fairly steep at $130+ per night, and we didn't have anyone to split it with, so we commuted.
November 20, 2017, 1:14 pm
Worth a Try
A friend and I had attended DerpyCon on a whim after she saw some of the staff advertising at another convention. The convention is fairly small, so if you are traveling from far it may not be worth it in that sense, however the attendance has been going up each year and the fans it brings in really love the artists it seems.
The artist alley in general was a bit cramped, the initial e-mails sent out to everyone said that set up was at 7am, however on arrival it seemed they weren't ready yet. Despite this the staff tried to help rectify the situation right away and was able to let us start our set up right away. As said before the artist alley was a bit cramped but not unbearable, they may want to consider a larger room in the future.
The convention was held at the Hyatt in Morristown, while the hotel is very nice it is a bit confusing to find your way around initially, I do think we spent more time trying to find our way to register than actually registering; this only appeared to be an issue when coming from the parking garage.
All in all the tables were fairly priced, if you are selling with a friend you will make your money back in no time if you are selling high-interest fandom items at that time. The price for the hotel wasn't even too terrible IF you are sharing a room with a few people ($119 a night is a bit rough for just 2 people to share). If you live in the general area I'd say to check it out, Saturday night and Sunday were the best sales days.