- Posted by Johanna on February 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm
- Category: Meta
I had a good time last year at C2E2, the ReedPop Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, but this year, it looks like I won’t be able to go. Which got me wondering how many other people were also bowing out.
In our case, it’s the cost and the timing. We’re not ready to start thinking about conventions already, and the show is next month. (2010 was April, a more favorable time.) Last year was awfully expensive, given hotels in the downtown location, and while we combined it with a visit to family, the timing this year is inconvenient. Plus, mid-March is a rotten time to go to that area, and the weather has been cold and nasty this year.
I started hearing, at some other shows late last year, that others might be rethinking a repeat visit as well. Some exhibitors from last year weren’t sure about displaying again, because they thought the cost to set up was much too expensive for the returns they got. Also, the show is putting more emphasis on the entertainment side of the show, which may mean a different kind of audience, one not necessarily there to buy comics.
The local folks I’ve spoken to are planning to go for a day instead of the whole weekend. I wish that was a an option for me, because I did get to see and do a lot last year that I enjoyed. And I hate to see something so promising not have the turnout they need to continue to grow. My suspicion last year was that expectations were just too high. A first-year show is not going to be a New York or San Diego right out of the gate, but that seemed to be what some were expecting (and maybe selling to exhibitors?). I’m also unclear on whether they’re looking for a trade show setup/expense-account audience (who won’t mind the expense) or a more general group of attendees, in which case they may be limited to local/regional.
I haven’t heard much about panels or programming or must-see guests for the show, and it’s getting close. Then again, I wasn’t looking for information, given my inability to attend. Are you planning on going? Why or why not? And what do you hope to see or do there?