Conventions – GottaCon & Toronto

I’ll write a much longer blog post later when I have time, just got back from the second convention in a row that we have gone through and am still somewhat bushed.  On a personal good note though, I have managed to somehow miss the Con-lurgy.   I too am amazed.

We did GottaCon at the start of this month and the new location and format had both it’s high points and low points.  Being based downtown, the convention was amazingly well situated with food options easy to get to and hotels a short walk away.  The fact that the convention was split over multiple rooms and floors was a bit of a problem in terms of concentration of events, but it did mean that con-goers could just focus on what was most important to them.  It was also really, really nice to have carpeted floors to stand on.

For us, the big problem was having to move-in / set-up the day before and setting up for the school event that was a huge bust.  The children basically paid no attention to us as vendors, which was understandable – but it did cost us a significant increase in funds to arrive a day early and staff the booth.  Hopefully, this will be changed again.

The board game section was once more buzzing – there were 22 ‘main’ tables and another side room with another half-dozen tables, all of which were packed during the busiest periods.  In fact, there weren’t enough tables at some points during Saturday.

Overall, we enjoyed ourselves at GottaCon and will definitely be back next year.

As for the other convention, we visited as Fortress Geek; so I’m going to just say that if you do live in Toronto; the Toronto Comic-Con is a ton of fun.