Meh on this con
This convention has a real problem truly connecting with fans. You'll see all the "this is a wonderful event" things online, yes, but if you investigate closely most of the commentary is written by people who are personal friends of the con-runners. Talking to an average fan, you can get a different story. Similarly, the main qualification for being on staff seems to be a willingness to kiss the con-runners' collective ass. All of them seem to be decent, personality-wise, but the level of ability and knowledge among staff varies wildly. The con-runners themselves are never seen on the floor, unless one of the celebrity guests are around. I think the main reason this con manages to give artists an okay value is the sheer fact that people in the US are starved for dedicated Whovian art and merchandise that is not of the mass-produced variety. Of course, your art is competing for attendees' dollars with the con's own sales of schlocky 3-D printed crap and the overpriced (for what you get) tickets, autographs and photo opps. I say overpriced because while this con's tickets are priced similarly to other fan cons in the area (think ShoreLeave and Farpoint as prime examples) this con is extremely light on programming in comparison. ShoreLeave and Farpoint have a dozen or more event rooms running programs simultaneously, giving attendees options from upwards of 150 or more hours of activities. This con doesn't even stage 100 hours of activities. ShoreLeave and Farpoint also offer complimentary celebrity signatures as part of the same ticket price. For sheer entertainment, ReGen is not as good a value in that regard for attendees. The venue is nice, although the con organizers could learn from other events held there on how to maximize its potential. I'd say if your art is dedicated to the Whovian universe, go. If not, pass, and save up to buy space at a bigger event.
March 26, 2018, 2:18 pm