I will say, though, the lighting in the venue (a highschool) is really bad unless you're in a "premium booth" (two cafeteria tables pressed together next to the cafeteria) or the vendor hall (literally just the school cafeteria), which have large skylight window lighting. Otherwise, definitely bring lights for your display or your display will be fighting against the extremely dim lighting.
Overall, if you're looking for some spare change or trying to get your feet wet as a newbie to the Michigan convention scene, this is a decent con to give a try. There's also an IKEA in the area that you can go walk around and eat at afterward if you're interested in that. I also think there's a comic book shop somewhere in the area that has a boba place attached to it, but I'm not sure if they're still open at this point. Just try to have fun and temper your expectations for this one.
First off, the staff was indeed very helpful! (I was asked three times if I needed help setting up; some may see this as annoying, but considering the fact that during my last con I was NEVER asked this, I found it very kind) The idea of a cafe you can order to from your booth is excellent! However, the 5-minute wait for someone to show me my table (that was randomly chosen), was a bit of an annoyance, seeing as I had gotten there later than I wanted to. Still, very organized.
The previous reviewer is very correct in terms of the layout--it is a bit odd. The space is amazing, but just not used properly! The artists were /literally/ crammed into a small "alley", when there were tables to spare in the open cafeteria! I would also like to mention that I was labeled as a "Vendor" when I am clearly an artist, who just happens to create 3D works as well. While the staff member doing so said it was "no different", I can't help but feel a little offended. However, that just might be my artist pride talking.
The biggest downside was that the attendance was very low. Not extremely sparse, but could have been better! Anime Park seemed to do a great job with advertising at local conventions (I found out about it at Washi Con), there is NO social media to be found! Please, please, please create a facebook page! Grab some more attendance, and make this a better con! I would have rated lower on the attendance scale, if it hadn't been that I actually earned MORE in funds in comparison to an event 3x larger that was in similar functions! So, at least there was a good run on this part.
All in all, I plan on returning as an artist (and hopefully called one) in 2018, as I know the convention can improve. My last little recommendation to my fellow artists, is to get your entry in early, and also double check on the rates! I heard $20, then $25 before I paid, and now seeing that another supposedly only paid $10 is throwing me off, but I hold a reasonable doubt (this explains my 3 stars for affordability, as I believe that the rate SHOULD be $10, not $25). All in all, good for a small con!
I might consider doing this again if the layout was improved (MAKE USE OF ALL THAT CAFETERIA SPACE!!).
The attendance was high and it was busy all day. in '15,. I actually made more money at this one day convention than I have at some two day ones. It's held at a high school and ran by the students so it was pretty good, all things considered. I don't know what happened this year, though.
There were barely any activities for attendees and I overheard multiple people talking about how bored they were. The artist area was a ghost town most of the day and sales were abysmal, despite having brought more and better stock than last year. The whole day felt like a giant waste of time and energy.
If it wasn't so close and only $10 I would not come back again for 2017, but I might give it one more chance to see if it can recover from whatever was going on this year. I really want it to succeed and sincerely hope that things improve.
The rating I left reflects 2016. If I knew about this website in 2015 I would have left a very positive one.