263 N Center St
Mesa, AZ 85201
January 15-17, 2016 | Table Cost: $100
The staff was very kind and helpful. They often came around to my table to ask how it was going and if I needed anything. They let me know where the trash bins, bathrooms, and concessions were. Plus, when I needed help with something, they were fast to assist me right away. Really great service from them !!
Also to be noted that setup was made SO much easier by the loading zone since it was right next to the vendor hall.
As for selling, I far exceeded breaking even. I don't know how well people typically do at this con so I won't say how much I made, but it was about four times what I invested in it, including the table. I didn't sell on Sunday. I had a few originals which didn't really sell well, but I sold out of quite a few fanart prints. This probably wouldn't be a great con for people who do mostly original stuff unless you have a stellar, original style. But many people walked through the first row of artists and all of them were very excited about looking for cool stuff. I would say most people are between the ages of 11 and 26, and there were tons of preteens with their parents.
Overall, this is a really fantastic con to sell at I can't wait to come here again!!
I know that for other aspects of the con, the venue change in 2015 has been a point of contentment, but I cannot say enough good things about it for the Artist Alley perspective. (The aa used to be in the lobby of a hotel that had a sun roof - so starting in late afternoon, the lighting would gradually become dimmer and dimmer due to sunset, which made it extremely difficult to do on-the-spot commissions. Now that we are in an actual convention center, the room that the aa shares with the vendor hall has consistent lighting throughout the day, which is wonderful.)
The venue now discourages bringing in your own food, which is um, kind of a bummer, since I have ALWAYS brought in my own meals/snacks/drinks. Although it didn't seem like they enforced this rule too much. There is some okay food at their concessions, and it's not TOO horribly expensive, but there's not a whole lot of variety.
There doesn't seem to be any sort of speaker system so for making announcements about where certain guests were going to be...or when the hall would be closing...one of the staff would essentially become a Town Crier and shout the news at different corners in the room. It's definitely amusing but if you're in a dead zone, I'm not sure how effective this method was. Overall the staff was very attentive, walking around at various points to check on us if we needed anything.
The hours are very decent for this con, not too short. The longest day is Saturday, on which the aa is open from 10am to 7pm (which can seem like a long time but it went by rather fast) I also appreciate that they open the hall in the afternoon on Fridays now instead of midmorning - less time that we're sitting around staring at each other.
All in all, no major issues with this con that would keep me from continuing to table there!