Nan Desu Kan

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
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August 23, 2019 - August 25, 2019 | Table Cost:
https://ndkdenver.org/
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Would Love To Vend Again, If Only...
This was the first anime convention I ever attended and also the first one I ever tabled at, so I do have a soft spot for this con.
I tabled back in 2017 for the first time and have had trouble getting into the AA ever since. I'm really not a fan of the lottery system for choosing the AA vendors, but I guess they've been doing it forever so, oh well...
I really cant say anything about the venue or the layout as it has changed quite a bit now, but I can at least comment on the little experience I did have tabling at the con.

I was a brand new convention artist back in 2017, so I made sure I didn't bring a lot of merch with me as I was sure (and had been warned) that new artists don't usually sell a ton. I was surprised though that I did sell out of one of my prints by the end of day one! I had a lot of fan art and only a few pieces of original art back then though. Fan art tends to sell the best, and we all know that. I did manage to break even with all of the cost I had put into the convention vs the sales I made. So I was quite pleased by that for a first convention. The table back then was about $80 to $100 I think? So pretty affordable, I have no clue what the cost is now days though.

I did have a small "theft" incidence with an attendee grabbing one of my prints, but the staff there was very nice and supportive in helping me get it back. It was this whole thing where a person said they lost a print they just bought from me a little earlier and wanted to get a new one without having to pay for another, but I wasn't able to tell them that I wasn't responsible for replacing a print /they/ lost before they grabbed the second one and went away, but it turned out ok.

Attendance was good, there was very little time when there weren't people walking in the AA.
Again though, this was all the experience I had back in 2017. The con could be very different now post COVID.
2017 Load in/Load out was very easy.
2017 AA space was a bit cramped.
In 2017 it was a little confusing where the AA was at first, but we found it.

As an attendee I love this con! There are always fun and interesting panels to attend and lots of cosplayers to take pictures with. It could get a little crowded back in 2015-2017 with the small hotel hallways, but it was never crazy bad.

All my scores reflect the experience I had in 2015-2017.
January 18, 2022, 6:36 pm
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Good Times
They say it's a lottery, but let's be honest the same artist get in every year, they change out maybe 2-3 people. Staff is a little odd, but over all super nice and easy to talk to. The layout could be a little better, I feel like they could have added another row of artist, but that won't matter because next year they are doing at the Gaylord. It's a good place to people watch if you're not busy and people buy prints there which is good.
August 29, 2019, 9:35 pm
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Much Better!
2015 saw huge changes to the AA for NDK and I think they're definitely for the better. With the new venue, the AA more than doubled in size, which means it's a lot easier to get in now, even with tables awarded to contest winners/guests. It's still a random lottery/semi jury, and the product rules are still the most annoying and convoluted I've ever seen at any con, but if you make sure to talk things out with the AA head (checking fandoms/product types) then you'll have a much better time trying to get in. The area head seems a little short/snippy with people, but she did check in on everybody at the con periodically which I can appreciate, and the rest of NDK staff have always been great.

For me, the layout was great, because regitration, main events, and most of the panel rooms were right in front of us, so AA was easily noticed. I was also facing outward towards the lines, which was even better lol. There are some tables in the back which were facing a wall though, and I don't think even facing the Angelic Pretty pop up shop helped them too much. I'd definitely hate to be stuck in those spots, and thus is the reason I can't quite give the layout 5 stars.

The venue and location of the con is much better now. Albeit we had construction which made it a little difficult to get TO the con, and Taste of Colorado happening that was making everything suuuper crowded, but I don't think it affected attendance all too much. There seemed to be a few hundred more people than there's been in the past since the attendance cap was removed, so I think NDK finally has a chance to really grow.

This con is local for me and I shared hotel with friends, so it was incredibly affordable to attend.

Overall I think NDK is shaping up to be much better, with a bigger Alley and new people getting flushed in, both artists and attendees.
December 10, 2015, 7:42 pm
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