We are not local, so there was no break even but heavily underwater. Everything might look nice and dandy from the outside, but there's a lot of shady stuff going on in the background. We will not be returning.
I probably made about $500 so it's not too shabby for a growing artist, especially since I was still new to the game. One thing though is that I really don't like the staff, and neither do my other friends.
They were selling their tables at a discount during the con, and that just seemed a little scummy for those who paid the full price. I wouldn't have known if my friend didn't tell me either, so it just seemed shady and the staff never addressed this or emailed me back.
Because of this, I didn't end up going to their 2019 con and I heard that it was so poor in sales from my friends who did go. I would go again, but at the moment, the staff really rubbed me the wrong way, especially since they were kinda just handing out AA badges without checking for ID when I was first there, picking up my badge. Perhaps consider going to Anime Impulse instead since their staff is always friendly to me and very sweet. Once they hire better staff, I'll go back to Animanga.
Event date: Aug 2 - 4, 2019
My commute: 30 min drive
Fairground parking: $12 per day
Their 2019 artist alley table package: 6x2 ft, 2 badges
Early bird price: $175
Normal price: $200
Wait list price: $250
The event was chill easy-going.
In terms of sales, it's okay if you have variety of art.
My gross (NOT net profit): $1K
Overall though I heard most didn't do well.
Event hours: 10am - 6pm for ALL 3 DAYS!
So Friday and Sunday felt incredibly slow and drawn out, but I made back table cost on Friday.
Saturday had a really good turn out!
Sunday ... better than Friday at least.
I'm estimating 3k attendees.
The event took place on a fairground so the crowd was mostly youngster/families.
Bulk of my sales came from my cheapest items: stickers/buttons. And because I have such a huge selection, my average sales were 5 stickers (non-waterproof) for $10. But I noticed prints-only tables (even with extremely good art)... most of them weren't doing so well. The two print artists in front of me... one of them only made 3 sales the whole weekend, and the other dropped their price to $10 for 11x17" and barely made back table.
The entire con was in 1 building/hall: vendors, AA, arcades, autographs, main stage. The stage was especially loud on Saturday. Also a few artists in the back of the hall had really bad lighting or no lighting.
From an attendee pov, there's not much to do at Animanga especially for families. So attendee count will either stagnant or drop unless they can bring in some outstanding guest or panels.
As for parking/loading... Found out that if there are no other events concurrently on the fairground, parking close to the con building and exiting at the end of the day was easy breezy.
Overall I think I would do it again since I'm local. Honestly, I plan to hold off on signing up and wait a few days before the event. If I have no other cons that weekend, then I'll contact them and negotiate. Cause apparently 2 artists (who got off the wait list the night before and on Day 1) got their tables for FREE!!! When just ~5 days prior, Animanga was contacting those on the wait list with a table price of $250.
And during Animanga's 1st year, tables were originally $275, but suddenly dropped to $175 about a few weeks before the event. So yeah, their pricing is inconsistent. Maybe for 2020 and onward, they'll be more firm-- who knows.