Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Pl
Seattle, WA 98101
April 3-5, 2015 | Table Cost: $100
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They don't care about you
This year of Sakuracon had to be the worst for vending. The location was changed to an area that was very clearly last minute. Although signs ups for tables opened months in advance, staff then didn't let artists know about the change in location until five days before. We were put into the basement of the second building, and even then, the area was cramped. It was hard to move by to get behind the tables, and it was harder to see the artists as a customer. They posted literally one sign, and it was clear the volunteer non-paid staff were upset and trying what they could do. I had lost count of the people who told me they didn't even know there was an artist alley.

However, this brings up the question of why it was moved here, in which I was lucky enough to hear inside info. Vendors complained that artist alley was 'stealing' too much money from them in potential sales and so they bitched enough to get them banished from the area everyone knows about. This was confirmed to me by a man named Jon Utz, a senior area planner or whatever dumb title they gave him. When we had an issue with our space not having room for a clothing rack and being very clearly given the wrong name for our table, he had told someone with in earshot of all of us that AA doesn't matter because they don't make the con money, and that it was better for his subordinate to distance themselves from our problems. When we confronted her later about what he had said, she told us he typically wasn't around other people.

What kind of convention has a man in a staff position like that? There's a good word to describe Sakuracon. It's greed. It's a dying con, willing to give in to corporate demands and fuck over everyone else. Stay far away, there's no doubt next year will be worse.
May 7, 2017, 11:20 pm
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One of the worst experiences I've had with a show
This was one of the worst experiences I've had doing a convention ever. Partly due to the incompetence of the staff, and partly due to my own medical emergency. There was also blatant disregard for and insults thrown towards the artists in particular, but I'll get to that in a moment. Firstly, communication with staff before the show was horrible. It took forever for them to process anything or answer any questions. The first day we got there to set up, it was pain trying to navigate across the roofs to find the right hall. No one there seemed to know where things were going. From the parking lot we had to take several freight elevators just to get to the right area to take our stuff. They put us in the building across the street from the main building. It didn't accommodate larger cosplays and props that couldn't fit between the tightly packed artists booths. The artist alley was also broken up into upstairs and downstairs with only a couple of sandwich board signs to direct the crowds that there was even another area at all. We heard reports of people not even finding our tables until the very last day of con because the layout was such a mess. Friday we were to open, but I started the day off very sick. My partner, who was on the contract for our table (pay attention, this gets brought up again), as we were working it together, was able to watch my table while I puked my guts out all day in the hotel room. Saturday when trying to find my way to the hall, I still wasn't feeling 100% and got lost trying to find the artists alley again, because, really though, that layout. I finally got there but had trouble when my stomach started acting up again. I thought that it might have just been food poisoning or something, but it wasn't. Some nice ladies found me in the bathroom and offered to take me to the medical area. They put an IV in me and called an ambulance. I was wheeled out through the halls, through the crowds of gawking geeks and cosplayers. A few years ago, this would have been my own personal hell. My health was on the line. When I got to the hospital they treated me well enough to work Sunday (had to get surgery when I came back to Portland, it was my gallbladder, which had to be removed). Of course I needed to catch up with what happened at the convention while I was out so I spoke to my business partner and other vendor friends about what I had missed. I don't know who had a worse time honestly, me or them, after I heard the crap that Sakura con pulled. First, while we were trying to set up on Thursday this idiot named Jon screwed up the table arrangements then made one of my best friends cry when he said something along the lines of “Who cares about the artists? They don't make us any money anyways!” and then proceeded to call the works of the artists crap, garbage even. REALLY PROFESSIONAL GUY. If there weren't artists, you wouldn't have a show. Please find a reeeeally tall bridge and jump right off of it. Later on in the convention, one of the staff told my partner that because I wasn't at my table (DUE TO A MEDICAL EMERGENCY), that we could be banned from next year. EXCUSE ME?! First off, MY TABLE PARTNER WAS ON THE CONTRACT, THE F IS WRONG WITH YOU? Secondly, THAT IS ILLEGAL. Are you seriously that effing stupid? I tried to converse with them after the show, but the staff is trying to give myself and other artists the run-around and do not wish to talk or cooperate (which is why I finally got around to posting here!). This is a PRIME EXAMPLE of why, as a self-respecting artist with work in several galleries, that I don't often do anime conventions. The staff are typically incompetent, ignorant, and don't give a toss about the artists or audience. It's disgustingly unprofessional and the whole experience makes me just want to get sick again. I don't recommend this show. You can make a couple of $$ but it's not worth your dignity. I would send someone from my studio to work the show again, but not unless Sakura Con fixes their sh--. I will apply next year, but if we don't get in, I'll assume it's because you enforced an illegal ban, and you will be hearing from my lawyer if that's the case. Discrimination, especially in relation to health and medical, is a hot issue right now. Sakura Con scewed up big time, not just with me, but I have disabled friends who also were talked down to by both staff and convention center security. I hope that Sakura Con suffers for all of the suffering they have caused. Screw this convention. If you already have an established art career, DON'T BOTHER WITH THIS MESS OF A CON. It's not like they're going to have an artist alley for much longer. From what I heard, staff is trying to phase it out all together. Gross.
May 7, 2017, 9:06 pm
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Definitely going back again next year
Overall Sakura Con was a great experience for me. Communication with the staff was good before or during the con, they came by and check on me during the con a couple of time, offer to look after my table if I needed to go grab lunch.
The convention center was in downtown Seattle, it was a great location. The con's layout was pretty good, the artist alley was location to the right of the main entrances, attendees could choose to go to artist alley as soon as they walked in. I had a great spot, second table to the left of the entrance. I had good traffic through out the entire weekend, even Friday was great.
In my opinion, people who attended this con was very willing to spend money. I made a few sales within 20 minutes after we opened on Friday, which was a first for me. I made my highest profit in this con (even though I haven't attend many). For a con this size, 100 artist alley table was not too competitive, and the table was relatively affordable.
Next year though I heard they will change their policy and location of artist alley, not sure what will be the process of choosing artists. But I will definitely go again.
May 6, 2016, 12:35 pm
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Hectic Before, Great During
Had issues with communication before the show and our check didn't get cashed for the table until just before the event (they'd had it for 3 months), but once we showed up everything was really great. Staff was very nice and checked in on us at least a couple times a day. My table was in the Small Press Section, just between dealers and AA. It felt like the section was pretty slow compared to the rest of the room, but sales were good.
March 31, 2016, 2:47 pm
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