Geekedfest 2015

It was looking to be a very promising event – a new Comic Con held in Newport with some great guests and cosplayers, along with exhibitors and vendors. Stands were set up on Friday, traders eagerly awaiting the anticipated 3000 strong crowd that had been promised to turn out over the course of the weekend. Stock was up and proudly on display, last minute preparations were completed and hotels were checked into. In a nutshell, we were all set for what was meant to be an epic weekend of geekery and sales.

It was not meant to be though. Despite the popularity on Facebook and the advertising we’d all done on our own websites and business pages, the attendance was very low which made for a very frustrating and tiring weekend. The estimated 3000 punters turned out to be around 350 at most, with a lot of those numbers attending on both days. The vendors felt bad for the guests at the lack of fans, while the guests themselves felt bad for the vendors as there was precious little trade to be had. Sadly a lot of us packed up our stalls early on Sunday and came away feeling disappointed. Not only through the lack of paying customers but because some of the staff were genuinely gutted that the turnout was so poor. 

It was disappointing and upsetting that the vendor liaison didn’t introduce himself to any of us, which only served to add fuel to the rapidly increasing fires of discontent that were running rife through the exhibtors’ ranks. Even I was getting frustrated and angry, with a lot of people feeling that we’d been sold up the river and lied to about the projected numbers. Having to Google search for an image of the main point of contact we’d had for five months was not what any of us had anticipated and when said point of contact didn’t even speak as he passed the stands the ire began to rise even further.

However, despite the lack of trade and disappointing crowd turnout there was still amusement to be had courtesy of the guests and the cosplayers. Having to bravely rescue a print from the Joker and avoiding being forced choked by Darth Vader were certainly highlights, as was having some witty banter with Deadpool and being one of Captain Jack Sparrow’s red headed wenches.

Here’s hoping that next year’s event is better for all concerned. 😉

I’ll pop some pictures up on the next post for your viewing pleasure.

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