The Sweetest Attendees (and Vendors) I've Met So Far
Genericon is a local con hosted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. It's a college town, with college kids, and many people had college kid money. But one thing I can say, is as a furry artist selling all original work, I didn't do bad at all.
The things that sold for me the most are smaller things.
If you're looking to gauge whether your $40 print will move...It won't. But my smaller items sold the most at this con. The audience generally has a set budget and moves expenses around to get what really catches their eye.
The attendees here are predominantly college students, some minors, families, and people of color (which I personally appreciate)
The biggest highlights of AA were the attendees. They were as sweet as pie. They joked around and laughed, and they were genuinely there to have a great time make small talk, and fan me with compliments. The vendor base was great too. This convention has a very big "community" and "homey" feel to it.
The other huge highlight was the accessible and tasty food from the student cultural clubs. I didn't have a chance to pack food like I usually do at cons, so having a $1 milk tea and $2 samosas were fine by me!
Traffic flowed nicely, there was ample enough space between aisles and between tables, and when it got buy, it got busy. However, we did experience some bouts of down time. Sunday for me was slow. Some parts of Saturday were slow towards the end.
Props to the AA staff and security for walking around and checking to see if we were okay. I seriously appreciated that.
Should they have me, I'll be coming back again. This is a really choice con.
February 26, 2019, 3:29 pm
A good first-time
I was incredibly nervous about this convention being my first. The staff experience I had was a tiny bit offputting, since in the weeks before the con, communication was a little scarce from the AA coordinator. Truly though, the moment I arrived at the convention, my worries dissipated. The Coordinator was there to help anyone with questions, there were plenty of friendly staff and the setup was fantastic. Since it is a smaller con, and my first, I had set my goal at making back my table price and the price of my supplies. I did far beyond that, and was ecstatic. They have a very loyal and caring list of attendees who really love supporting artists. I definitely want to go back next year.
April 13, 2017, 4:05 pm
Cute little convention
This is a cute local convention, most of the attendees are locals, but they have a good following. The staff range from awesome to flaky, as it is run by college students and they are constantly changing. They switched around where the artist alley and vendors were this year to be across the road in a bigger area and it was very nice! the lighting was great, people knew where we were because they had to pass the alley to get to board games and the vendor area. We did very well there.