November 5th and 6th held host to a local con held called Rocky Mountain Con. It is a small event and venue, but the proceeds benefit the charity, Aurora Rise, which gives money to the family members and victims of the Aurora Theater shooting. I only attended Sunday this year, and while the single day pass is a little pricy, it all goes to charity which is fine by me.
The convention was held at the Denver International Airport’s Crowne Plaza. My fiance and I remembered it was a little difficult to find the ticket area last year, but quickly located it in the same spot this year… But still no signage to direct anyone there. We got our wristbands easily enough, but there was convention handouts given, however, once again, everything was in the same room. Vendors, artists, guests, and programming were all jam-packed together, which is just confusing and difficult to hear things when programming is going on.
They once again had a nice mix of artists, guests, and actual dealers working the crowd. I noticed immediately, though, some vendors seemed disinterested in selling their wares or striking up conversations, and some had even left early, or were in the process of doing so. There were a lot more industry guests than last year, and a smaller amount of cosplay guests, so it was a nice mix compared to the previous year. It was also nice to see more local cosplay guests as well! We did notice however that the foot traffic was slim to none, and admittedly, this was the last day of the con with a costume contest about to go on, but that had about 50 contestants or so. I spoke with several vendors, and they all stated that while Saturday was decent for sales and people, Sunday was terrible. They had been informed there was a lot more traffic expected than what actually happened. Everyone, myself included, felt the advertising was poorly done this year, even in comparison to last year’s.
Once again, while I did have fun and enjoyed seeing lots of friends, I’m doubting returning next year. Scheduling/programming needs to be more upfront via a handout or something and putting panels and the like in a different area would also be nice. More advertising for the con itself to bring more people in HAS to happen to allow the convention to survive; many vendors and artists stated they will not return to lose money at a show again. While the con itself is made with good intentions, changes have to be made to let it thrive and grow in its purpose.