Comics - Animazement 2019 - page 3 - June 6th, 2019, 8:01 am

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Blitzkrieg1701, June 6th, 2019, 8:01 am

To avoid giving anyone out there the misguided impression that I'm some sort of authority on literally anything ever, let me stress that the following is based entirely on personal observation and hearsay. I am neither well-connected nor dorky enough to have done any kind of research to find actual attendance numbers for this year. That said, the general consensus was that Friday was much more sparsely attended than usual, and that the culprit was Momocon occurring in Atlanta the same weekend. Overlapping dates is nothing new with cons, especially when that date's a holiday, but a lot of the time those cons are different enough and sufficiently distant from each other as to avoid eating into each other's attendance figures. If Animazement and Anime Boston are on the same weekend, for example, there's not THAT many people in New England who would have gone this far south anyway, so the numbers don't really chance. Raleigh and Atlanta are just close enough for that to be an issue, though, and on Friday a lot of people were fretting that the convention would suffer as a result.

Then Saturday happened.

Again, I don't have any hard numbers, just my own observations, but the crowds seemed to be up SUBSTANTIALLY the rest of the weekend. The way I figure it, competition with other conventions really only affects that hardcore niche who stay for the entire thing. All those people who only show up for Saturday? They were never gonna drive two states away to do that, so that portion of the attendance remained unaffected. In fact, from what I saw, the attendance on Sunday actually might have been GREATER than usual. It was certainly busier than I'm used to seeing at the tail end of the con. People were still in full cosplay and doing crazy stuff and actually speaking in more than a low, agonizing groan. Usually Sunday is just a bunch of disheveled zombies standing around waiting to check out of their hotels, THIS was amazing!

The moral: maybe don't decide whether a convention is a success or a failure at noon on the first day.

...also, I don't know why I'm talking about Sunday on page 3. This is rapidly turning into a very non-linear update.

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Darius Drake (Guest), June 6th, 2019, 9:50 pm

@ Blitz: Isn't it because there was less that happened to you that's comic worthy on Friday due to the relatively low attendance, and informing us about the attendance for all three days is bigger news than that one guy who's remarked to be at every convention who's always wearing a sailor-scout outfit? (You know the one, don't lie to me and tell me you don't)

Blitzkrieg1701, June 7th, 2019, 1:41 am

You know, I actually haven't seen anything about that one guy (of whom I ABSOLUTELY know) in a while. Not sure how to feel about that.

Tigress, June 8th, 2019, 8:11 pm

Official numbers was 11K and change. So roughly the same attendance as the past few years. Attendance peaked at 14K when we had Rooster Teeth (and the RCC was a MADHOUSE as a result with all kinds of crazy protesters).

This year was pretty chill. I got into the photo suite when they weren't super crowded and I could navigate the convention with my daughter without too much trouble.

Darius Drake (Guest), June 9th, 2019, 11:32 pm

@ Blitz: Honestly, I suspect that the reason why you don't hear about him anymore is because everyone knows about him to the point at which commenting on him is considered superfluous. Kinda like a "He's there, everybody knows it, even me (who doesn't go to conventions), and everyone and their dog commented on his presence seven years ago, get on with your life".

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