foresakenfaerie asked:Hey! What is this about being penalized for leaving early? Nobody mentioned or said anything about it me. My table was a transfer from another artist and I barely got email information from the staff unless I sought them out for specifics. If that's the case and that's a bummer but they have no right to enforce that when the con itself was disorganized and not monitored. Still not over the Hari Krushner panhandling to artist/dealers. I agree about the cost as well. They even said there was tbc..
a 1,000 attendee turnout :/ More like under 400 at best. The people running it were really nice but I think they are slightly way over their heads with this con. Wanting 5 Star status but offer 2-3 Star service. My friend had to police attendees after 7pm to tell them to leave the room because no one came in to tell them it was closed.
I too was a table transfer and yeah not much was said to me either. The rule is real but the penalization for leaving early was something I heard from another artist while venting about it so I admit I’m not entirely sure about that. Still, that’s ridiculous because no anime con I’ve ever gone to ends that late. And by that point on Sunday you can just feel everyone’s frustration of the poor turnout like everyone came to some unspoken unanimous agreement to leave. And this is the second year in the row.
I agree with all your points.(although not sure what you mean by the Hari Krushner panhandling?) I believe the con head is a nice guy but there’s no question that he has a very high opinion about his con and not seeing it for what it is. I get the feeling that a lot of these small inexperienced cons that pop up are looking to large cons as their model and basing their pricing on that… not realizing that it took years for the big cons to get to where they are. Otakon started charging $60 around ten years in. And there are college cons 8-10 years running that charge less and are a much better experience. And yeah the 1000 attendance is a total play up from the real turnout. When you’re seeing the same faces over and over again… On top of that the type of clientele there are mostly young locals that don’t spend much in the first place. I imagine the dealers may not have fared that much better than the artists.
Saikoucon over all was very disorganized, and yeah no one came in to tell the artists when time was closing. Although one point to be fair, I’ve also heard some of the unfortunate disorganization of panels was due to the con being screwed over by the hotel. The hotel was supposed to provide some things which they failed to deliver. Still, I don’t mean to bash this con. I do think there’s potential to grow if they stop being delusional about it. And I think they need to get out of that location. It’s very difficult to get there and for someone like me without a car, I had to hitch a ride because there’s no public transportation at all near that area. They probably won’t lower the price from what they start at, but at this point in time, it’s jut NOT worth what they’re charging. I’d probably give it a couple more years and seeing if they improve before considering it again. But if they decide to raise their price without improvement… then sorry, screw it xD;