Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information (UPDATE OCT 7th)

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information and Processes

Postby ETNsilverstar » Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:35 pm

You can, but it wouldn't be a guarantee that they'd have the badge in the AA. It certainly doesn't hurt to send a message and see if they can hold it in the AA, but when you get there they might not have it. Pre-reg is supposed to be much better this year though, so even if it's not waiting in AA, it shouldn't take long to get it. Since registration is in cobo this year, they won't even have to leave the building! :)

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information and Processes

Postby Damien_Damien » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:32 pm

So, my sister has decided she'll come to the con and wants to act as a helper for me. I never heard back about getting my first badge refunded, so could she just use that one, or would we need to buy a special kind of badge for her to be able to watch my table occasionally?

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information and Processes

Postby Hikaru0 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:57 am

As far as I'm concerned, she can watch your table with your extra badge.

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information and Processes

Postby Rrilltrae » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:15 am

Hey hikaru,

I am returning for artist alley this year, and was able to get a hold of a second helper! How would i go about getting a third badger added to my table? I emailed registration, and the artist alley email a few weeks ago, but didnt get a response.

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information and Processes

Postby ETNsilverstar » Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:30 pm

Rrilltrae wrote:Hey hikaru,

I am returning for artist alley this year, and was able to get a hold of a second helper! How would i go about getting a third badger added to my table? I emailed registration, and the artist alley email a few weeks ago, but didnt get a response.

Thanks!

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I think you'll just have to buy a standard badge. I'm pretty sure pre-reg already closed tho, so you'll have to buy it at the con. With any luck, registration will email you back before that and you'll be able to get something figured out, but even if you don't have the badge yet, you should be okay having your helper help out with setup on Friday, but they won't be able to do anything else until they pick up their badge.

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information and Processes

Postby Hikaru0 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:28 pm

ETN is correct, and most of the badges (if not all) have gone to print. I will make a few exceptions here and there and allow standard-badged helpers, but please don't take advantage of my soft and squishy heart.
Your standard badged friends will need aa staff escorts into the dealers room before opening hours. Protocol and all that jazz.

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information and Processes

Postby Hikaru0 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:42 pm

Ok, I am updating the top post with information on setup and whatnot! Light-up powers activate! boop!

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information (UPDATE OCT 7th

Postby CaptiveAura » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:05 pm

Question, my mom will not be attending the convention, but would be coming to set up. She doesn't have a badge and doesn't want to have to pay for one just to set up our stuff. Is that okay?

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information (UPDATE OCT 7th

Postby saratonin » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:21 pm

Hikaru0 wrote:UPDATE OCTOBER 7th
(also known as "Hikaru wants Takoyaki" day)


ON THE PLACEMENT OF THE AA.
We are in a much better spot this year, no more being in the back of the hall. If you visualize last year's hall, we are now alongside the dealers. They still take up the majority of the hall of course, but we are now visible from the doors.
What could be an issue that will make some people squirmy, but was a nod towards those that loved the business they received in the hallways of the AA's of yore, the autograph lines will be snaked through the AA. It won't be crowded like the hallways, don't worry, but now you have a captive audience. :) Unless they are legally blind, it will be hard to miss the AA this year.



I implore you not to have the autograph lines snaking through the AA. We have been to been to cons that have tried it, and it has always failed. You say that there will be a captive audience, but it doesn't really work that way. People in lines don't get out of line to buy stuff. And the few extra sales you might get because someone saw something while standing in line does not make up for the loss of sales this will create. You say that it wont be crowded, but the lines always bunch up and cause crowding, unless they are roped off, which effectively puts a wall in the middle of AA. People coming for autographs start to line up well in advance of the starting time. This just becomes a stagnant line in the middle of the AA. And when people who want to come into the AA to shop see lines, they turn away, which will drive them into the dealers room. Those who do still come in only see half the AA because its a hassle to cut through the line. The amount of staff required to control this is huge, and one weak link messes the whole thing up, and you know this will happen. I can go on and on. I've been there and it doesn't work. Nothing shuts down an AA faster than a line going through it for another purpose.

Please, please, PLEASE don't do this.

Here is what I would suggest, put the incoming line on the outside wall of the hall, not the wall separating AA and Dealers. Block it off with ropes and stanchions so that it can't bunch up and choke off the tables facing it. You say you have a lot of empty tables this year. Take some out and use the space to lay out ropes in a serpentine pattern at the back of the hall, where I am assuming the autograph tables will be, to handle unexpected turnout.
Then have the people exit through the AA. This will give us the intended effect of increasing traffic through the AA without disrupting it. I have been to cons that do it this way. I can't tell you if i increased sales, there is no way to know why someone came into the AA, but I can say that it wasn't disruptive.

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information (UPDATE OCT 7th

Postby ETNsilverstar » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:55 pm

Hey hikaru...I know you said you don't have opening times yet, but do you at least have an open time for on Friday yet? My setup doesn't take very long, so I don't want to show up at 9 if things don't open till, say, 1 pm or something. I know there's still a few weeks to prepare, but I like to get as much stuff figured out ahead of time as possible. :)

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information (UPDATE OCT 7th

Postby Alex » Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:04 pm

The first post mentioned that there were many empty spots available, but I don't know how old that info is. Any chance of getting in off the waitlist between now and the con? I signed up for it on September 12th, so I have no idea how deep I am.

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information (UPDATE OCT 7th

Postby nsomniacartist » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:35 pm

saratonin wrote:
Hikaru0 wrote:UPDATE OCTOBER 7th
(also known as "Hikaru wants Takoyaki" day)


ON THE PLACEMENT OF THE AA.
We are in a much better spot this year, no more being in the back of the hall. If you visualize last year's hall, we are now alongside the dealers. They still take up the majority of the hall of course, but we are now visible from the doors.
What could be an issue that will make some people squirmy, but was a nod towards those that loved the business they received in the hallways of the AA's of yore, the autograph lines will be snaked through the AA. It won't be crowded like the hallways, don't worry, but now you have a captive audience. :) Unless they are legally blind, it will be hard to miss the AA this year.



I implore you not to have the autograph lines snaking through the AA. We have been to been to cons that have tried it, and it has always failed. You say that there will be a captive audience, but it doesn't really work that way. People in lines don't get out of line to buy stuff. And the few extra sales you might get because someone saw something while standing in line does not make up for the loss of sales this will create. You say that it wont be crowded, but the lines always bunch up and cause crowding, unless they are roped off, which effectively puts a wall in the middle of AA. People coming for autographs start to line up well in advance of the starting time. This just becomes a stagnant line in the middle of the AA. And when people who want to come into the AA to shop see lines, they turn away, which will drive them into the dealers room. Those who do still come in only see half the AA because its a hassle to cut through the line. The amount of staff required to control this is huge, and one weak link messes the whole thing up, and you know this will happen. I can go on and on. I've been there and it doesn't work. Nothing shuts down an AA faster than a line going through it for another purpose.

Please, please, PLEASE don't do this.

Here is what I would suggest, put the incoming line on the outside wall of the hall, not the wall separating AA and Dealers. Block it off with ropes and stanchions so that it can't bunch up and choke off the tables facing it. You say you have a lot of empty tables this year. Take some out and use the space to lay out ropes in a serpentine pattern at the back of the hall, where I am assuming the autograph tables will be, to handle unexpected turnout.
Then have the people exit through the AA. This will give us the intended effect of increasing traffic through the AA without disrupting it. I have been to cons that do it this way. I can't tell you if i increased sales, there is no way to know why someone came into the AA, but I can say that it wasn't disruptive.

I'm very much in agreement to this!!!! IT DOES NOT WORK!!! I JUST came from NYCC and one of the booths so rudely set up an autograph line in the middle of the small press space where we were. It completely blocked traffic from our booth for at least 2 hours at a time because who wants to look over a line of people standing. It creates a wall made up of people and no one bothers looking through. especially when people are not looking at the booths and are just standing around. i actually gave up manning my share of the booth and handed over the reigns to my table mates cuz i kept getting more frustrated by the minute.

Same issue happened at Fandomfest this year where they set all the photo pick ups right in front of the last isle. it completely blocked the whole isle for 3 hours one night. no business what so ever cuz no one dared to fight through that.

I'm returning to youma this year as a last chance since last year was so bad....i'm really trying to give youma another shot...

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information (UPDATE OCT 7th

Postby WeeabooWarehouse » Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:31 pm

nsomniacartist wrote:
saratonin wrote:
Hikaru0 wrote:UPDATE OCTOBER 7th
(also known as "Hikaru wants Takoyaki" day)


ON THE PLACEMENT OF THE AA.
We are in a much better spot this year, no more being in the back of the hall. If you visualize last year's hall, we are now alongside the dealers. They still take up the majority of the hall of course, but we are now visible from the doors.
What could be an issue that will make some people squirmy, but was a nod towards those that loved the business they received in the hallways of the AA's of yore, the autograph lines will be snaked through the AA. It won't be crowded like the hallways, don't worry, but now you have a captive audience. :) Unless they are legally blind, it will be hard to miss the AA this year.



I implore you not to have the autograph lines snaking through the AA. We have been to been to cons that have tried it, and it has always failed. You say that there will be a captive audience, but it doesn't really work that way. People in lines don't get out of line to buy stuff. And the few extra sales you might get because someone saw something while standing in line does not make up for the loss of sales this will create. You say that it wont be crowded, but the lines always bunch up and cause crowding, unless they are roped off, which effectively puts a wall in the middle of AA. People coming for autographs start to line up well in advance of the starting time. This just becomes a stagnant line in the middle of the AA. And when people who want to come into the AA to shop see lines, they turn away, which will drive them into the dealers room. Those who do still come in only see half the AA because its a hassle to cut through the line. The amount of staff required to control this is huge, and one weak link messes the whole thing up, and you know this will happen. I can go on and on. I've been there and it doesn't work. Nothing shuts down an AA faster than a line going through it for another purpose.

Please, please, PLEASE don't do this.

Here is what I would suggest, put the incoming line on the outside wall of the hall, not the wall separating AA and Dealers. Block it off with ropes and stanchions so that it can't bunch up and choke off the tables facing it. You say you have a lot of empty tables this year. Take some out and use the space to lay out ropes in a serpentine pattern at the back of the hall, where I am assuming the autograph tables will be, to handle unexpected turnout.
Then have the people exit through the AA. This will give us the intended effect of increasing traffic through the AA without disrupting it. I have been to cons that do it this way. I can't tell you if i increased sales, there is no way to know why someone came into the AA, but I can say that it wasn't disruptive.

I'm very much in agreement to this!!!! IT DOES NOT WORK!!! I JUST came from NYCC and one of the booths so rudely set up an autograph line in the middle of the small press space where we were. It completely blocked traffic from our booth for at least 2 hours at a time because who wants to look over a line of people standing. It creates a wall made up of people and no one bothers looking through. especially when people are not looking at the booths and are just standing around. i actually gave up manning my share of the booth and handed over the reigns to my table mates cuz i kept getting more frustrated by the minute.

Same issue happened at Fandomfest this year where they set all the photo pick ups right in front of the last isle. it completely blocked the whole isle for 3 hours one night. no business what so ever cuz no one dared to fight through that.

I'm returning to youma this year as a last chance since last year was so bad....i'm really trying to give youma another shot...


I third this suggestion. It sounded like a nice idea at first, but then I remembered all of the times I stood in line for autographs and, even though I would see something cool off in the distance, getting out of line is a huge risk of losing your spot and no one wants to take those chances. I don't know the Youmacon set-up (this is my first time there) but I'm sure there is a better option for placing the Autograph line.

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information (UPDATE OCT 7th

Postby Hikaru0 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:30 pm

I will put words in to have them redirect the lines then. They may still cut through a portion of the aa, with how the layout is, but I will attempt to put it out of the way.

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Re: Youmacon 2013 Artist's Alley Information (UPDATE OCT 7th

Postby WeeabooWarehouse » Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:23 pm

Hikaru0 wrote:I will put words in to have them redirect the lines then. They may still cut through a portion of the aa, with how the layout is, but I will attempt to put it out of the way.


Thank you so much! It will be greatly appreciated! :3 <3


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