This year's combined New York Anime Festival/ComiCon was held over the weekend at the Javitz Center in New York, and we were there! No, we did not have a booth this year, but we were there, both doing our "market research" and checking things out for our own enjoyment.
A lot of people have been asking us why we didn't have a booth, and some people were actually looking for us at the show. We did have a booth last year. It was a business decision not to do so this year, and we're glad we made the decision we did. Selling at a con is a huge distraction when you have a physical store anyway; it's like opening a second store in a matter of a few hours. Plus there's extra rent and expenses, which are really pretty huge now with the combined con. It's not automatically a money-maker, even if you sell a bunch. We'll just say that we had a good weekend at our store regardless, and with none of the extra headaches or expenses that selling at a con can bring. We made the right choice this year. We'll see how we feel next year, though - lots of things can change in 12 months.
As for the con itself, yowza! It was PACKED. Last year actually seemed pretty well-attended already, but this year with two cons smacked together in the same convention center for the first time, it was enormous. It reminded both of us of the Tokyo Game Show, which is just an ocean of people as far as the eye can see.
|TGS has the added scariness of taking place in the dark, though. This photo is brightened.|
We were also at the Far East to East concert at Irving Plaza later Sunday evening, with Echostream, Zazen Boys, Boom Boom Satellites and Puffy. Great show, and a lot of music for the money. We would have loved to have gone to X Japan's show too, which was unfortunately on the same night, but FETES was announced first and even if it wasn't, we can't say which we'd have picked. If anyone saw the X Japan show, leave us a comment and let us know how it was.