I was one of only two or three artists who made their table fee back this year and most of my sales were to repeat customers who bought my first book last year and wanted the next one in the series. There weren't many new customers. Attendance felt like it was noticeably lower than 2018, even though the weather was much better. I suspect people wanted to spend the day outside rather than inside. The air conditioning was working well.
It's not too far for me, so I'll be back for as long as I'm making my table and gas back. But hopefully they can drive new people to the event next year. I wouldn't travel too far for this if you're out of the area.
April 25, 2019, 12:35 am
Maybe it was where our table was, but it seemed like this con hit the sweet spot in panel audio systems. The conversations were loud enough to be heard, but not so obnoxiously loud that I couldn't have a friendly conversation with fans at my table.
The staff was incredibly helpful and very accommodating. Electricity came standard with every artist table.
My only complaint was out of the con's hands. There was a thunderstorm that morning as the show was starting, causing a power failure in the hall. The venue does not have a generator to handle a full electrical load for an event (or possibly at all). Air conditioning went out, it got really warm and humid, and attendance in the morning suffered a bit. However, it seems like once power was restored and the temperature came back down, the turnout stepped up. I'm not sure if this was weather related or if the show just starts a bit early. Still, the show was worth the money.