I am very disappointed in you. In 2013, your con was amazing. You collected all of these big names (Chris Sabat, Sean Schemell, Bryce Papenbrook, Cherami Leigh, etc.). You had a pretty nice venue that had a decent layout despite the treks up and down the stairs for signings, and Artist Alley. Your Dealer’s Room was on point, even though it was outside in a huge covered tent.
And then you dropped the ball in 2014.
I’ll admit that we spent an abundance of time in your Dealer’s Room, but that was only because there wasn’t anything else to do. There weren’t any panels going on, and no events that really drew a crowd. Perhaps it was different on Saturday, but while we were there Friday, the place was rather dead. So dead, in fact, we couldn’t have been bothered to return for the rest of the weekend.
Your water stands, from what we could find of them, were all out of water and cups. The staff, though friendly for the most part, was disorganized and lazy. Lines for signings, which a friend of mine went to on Sunday, were three and a half hours long, and there was zero management.
Back to the Dealer’s Room. It was small. Not small. Small isn’t the right word. Clustered is more like it. We found several tables with knock off figures, which was disappointing since I really had my eye on that Eren Figma at one of the tables. I did walk away with a Capsule Corp wallet, however, so not all was lost. It was just a major step down from the previous year.
Artist Alley…now that was small. Located a few doors down from Registration (which was also fairly disorganized, but whatever backwater system they were using seemed to work for them, so I’ll let it slide. We stood in line for all of five minutes), Artist Alley was…forgettable. That isn’t to say that there wasn’t any talent in the room, but there was nothing that was particularly outstanding. The only thing I noticed that still sticks out to me even the tiniest bit is the author that was selling his recently published book, which I actually think is fantastic and I would love to see more of that, however, I don’t think an anime convention is the best place for such tables.
Overall, I’m highly dissatisfied. After the huge amount of fun I had the prior year, this year’s ShadoCon was a huge let down, and I’m glad we didn’t have to pay for it. (Yeah, I’m that unhappy with my time there).