The big talk of the Con, before the doors even opened, was that Wizard is planning to do their Big Apple show on the same dates as the Reed NYC Comic Con next year. This is totally crazy. First, the NYC show is pretty established and everyone that I know that has gone there has had a good show. The same can definitely not be said about Big Apple. Second, the NYC show is the second biggest show in the country. What makes Wizard think they will be able to do as good a show? Insanity. All I can think of is that they will have some lame celebs and a lot of wrestlers. If that's what people want at a comic show, then I guess they'll be happy at Big Apple. But I don't see how they will get many people to attend.
Although I had a good show (besides feeling like crap because of my cold) and I sold books and art (still shocked my sketches sell even a little), it wasn't as great a show as before. Supposedly, Wizard was now running things, but I saw all the same rude Big Apple people all over the convention. The main reason I decided to do this show was because of Spat Oktan. Spat is a super nice guy and totally professional. In the past when I had done Big Apple, they moved me all over the place. One day I'd be one place, the next another. At many cons they even moved me multiple times. That's why I stopped going (and because of the rude people working the show). But, the one thing that really was great this year was that Spat Oktan was the organizer for the Artist Alley folks and he did a great job. That said, lol, it was still a dirty show. The floors were gross. The bathrooms worse. And some of the things being sold there made me think I was at a flea market.