- Posted by Johanna on April 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm
- Category: Comic News
Still on vacation, but I had a chance to check in with some internet time. I’m working on a number of writeups and interviews from C2E2, but in the meantime, Heidi has a wide-ranging wrapup of impressions on how successful the show was, while the Newsarama blog talked to various named exhibitors and pros.
Speculation: did the doofy droid-sounding name hurt C2E2? There wasn’t any prior awareness to drive an abbreviation, and leaving out the word “comics” seems counter-intuitive.
I thought that several exhibitors had expectations were a bit too high. It was a great debut for a first show — but I don’t think it was being considered one. Instead, people seemed to be comparing it to the several-years-established New York show put on by the same group, Reed Exhibitions. I knew several locals who came over only on the weekend, because they wanted to see what it was like before they took off work on Friday (which was considered slow by some, although I found it plenty busy and comfortably hopping). I don’t think success can truly be judged until next year.
And I was often reminded that a publisher wants packed aisles and crazy excitement, while I as a customer would rather have room to walk around and not too many conflicts on where to spend my time, so their desires and aims might be different from mine.
Also, it was very expensive, due to it being in the city (an element I didn’t care about, since I was there for the convention, not to sight-see). To stay in the only close hotel was $2-300 a night, depending on how early you booked and what deal you got, and frankly, their quality didn’t justify the price. (I had to argue with staff to get some of the amenities promised in my directly-booked rate, and the extras that make for a luxury hotel were missing.) Parking was $27 a day, and the breakfast buffet was $20. While you could find better deals elsewhere, the shuttle didn’t run long enough to make that viable. (It ended its last trip while my Friday night panel was still going on, for instance.) That meant cheap hotel savings were eaten up by cabs.
In the show itself, everything was so spread out, from the impressively large show aisles to getting from the show floor to the panel rooms, that I literally could not walk further without pain by the time of my Friday night panel. On the other hand, having a convention hall with windows in it is apparently so rare and neat that everyone remarked on it.
Typical of other big shows, we had an unfortunate run-in with an overzealous security guard who decided that, although they were letting in general attendees on Saturday morning, press weren’t yet allowed onto the show floor. I had to ask for two levels of supervisors to get that bit of stupidity resolved.
But enough griping. There were tons of people to talk to and things to see, more than enough for a three-day show. My favorite memory is getting a chance to have dinner with several other blogger/journalists after the panel, because that kind of sit-down chat/share experience is so rare. I’d definitely recommend checking out the show next year, especially if you have friends/relatives in the area you can stay with.