Another thing I liked was the price of admission, only $2.00 for adults and kids got in for FREE; can't argue with that. And last but not least was the vendor tables were only $15.oo, not bad. With that said, I need to address things that were obviously not right and could be corrected for future events. We understand this was their first ever convention but this is the time to go back to the drawing board and come back next year ten times better than the first time. There were a many a things that went wrong with the convention and I'll probably forget a few of them so I'll just go one by one with the things that stuck with me and hopefully it will help them get better next year. So without further delay, here we go...
How To Fix It: I guarantee you that if they would've had a better logo more people would've taken them more seriously.
Problem #2: Promotion- The promotion for this event was basically an event page on Facebook, that's not going to cut it in this day and age; I for one didn't see anything besides the event page.
How To Fix It: You need to put your name out there in order for people to even know you exist. You need press releases, flyers, a strong presence on social media, a fan page, a website; all those things are very important. You also need to reach out to various comic book related podcasts.
Problem #3: Volunteers- In order to get a comic convention going you need great volunteers in order to succeed. I only found two people who helped me and they were the ones sitting at the entrance, they probably got sick of us asking for help but we didn't know who else to ask. They were great by the way, very cordial and helpful.
How To Fix It: You need people like that at Cons in order for you to succeed. They also need to be in "uniform" so that attendees can easily identify them and there's less confusion.
my 2 year old grabbed an Exacto knife that was just laying there on the table! I don't need to tell you how horrible that situation could've been if he had grabbed it by the sharp edge or of he would've sliced another kid; that would've been a lawsuit and a traumatic experience for kids and parents alike. The most fun my kids had was having a lightsaber duel with a Cosplayer in a Kylo Ren costume, he basically made the trip worthwhile for my boys because there wasn't much else for them to do.
How To Fix It: Needless to say, if you have a table in which the focus is kid's activities; you need to have capable and dedicated people there to handle the stress and the demands of dealing with children.
How To Fix It: You need to have an engaging Master of Ceremony in order to keep the people in attendance motivated and aware of the things happening all around them.
Problem #6: Vendor Tables- This was something jarring to see at the Con, tables spread so far apart that there was basically no interactions between vendors and creators; that's a NO-NO for Cons! There has to be a sense of community, a sense of brotherhood between vendors that will make them want to come back next year. As artists, we spend most of our time by ourselves slaving away at the drawing table; we don't need to go through the same experience at Comic Cons as well.
How To Fix It: Have less space in between the tables in order to make the experience more engaging. DO NOT have tables outside of the main room in a hidden corner somewhere, that only gets you an artist/vendor who'll never come back to any of your events ever again.