We spent our Saturday at FubukiCon at Daemen College in Amherst, New York! It was a good time!
In 2015, we had our first table at a convention, which was the one and only FubukiCon. Even though it was a pretty slow weekend, we learned a lot, so we were extra prepared for this year’s event! I’m really pleased to report that many of the hiccups we mentioned in our post from last year were totally fixed this year. FubukiCon was smaller, leaner, but no less fun and exciting.
We got in early, between 8 and 8:30, and got our table set up remarkably quickly for a couple of under-caffeinated sleepy people. I’ve been playing around with different layouts and managed to come up with something less cluttered, so I had plenty of space to draw. Which I did a lot of that day. An OfficeMax near here closed recently, so we snagged some book stands and other stuff for half off, which really helped the book explosion situation happening on the right side of the table there. Also new for us this year was our fancy new banner stand. I thought it would be a good idea to hang up some of our big prints, but I think they were hard to see so I moved them onto the table later so people could actually see them.
The convention opened to the public at (I think?) around 9, and people started filing in immediately, which was a big change over last year. The alley in general was a lot more compact this time out, which I’m not sure made any difference either positively or negatively. The staff were playing a Crunchyroll stream on the big screens in the room, which I thought was a great idea. I was worried at first that the sound would be overwhelming, but it wasn’t bad at all. Another smart idea was opening the alley to the general public, so anyone could stop in, not just folks with convention badges. I’m not sure how this affected traffic, but it was absolutely much busier than last year, so I can only assume it helped.
Last year I had a lot of time to get up and take a walk through the rest of the convention to see what was going on, but this weekend I was kept pretty busy! I had a lot of good chats with people about our comics which always makes my day, and I ended up doing a lot of drawings! I made a bunch of sketch cards and commissions, so I didn’t get much of an opportunity to see what else was up. I saw a ton of folks in Steven Universe costumes, including a Steven with a ukulele singing “Giant Woman” who managed to vanish every time I had a spare moment for pictures! Same with a really cute Toriel from Undertale who always seemed to be moving away from me and my camera! Nooo! Hopefully we’ll catch them again sometime this season.
Traffic was really consistent all day, and I was pleased with the size of the crowd. One of the things I like best about Fubukicon is the small size, to be honest. It’s not overwhelmingly crowded or stressful, even more so now that they’ve pared the event down to just one day. The staff did an excellent job setting things up this year, and their effort really showed. Everything was really well organized and clearly communicated. I was really impressed. Things started to wind down right around the time the alley was set to close, which was basically perfect. We had plenty of time to pack up and head out for celebratory food and then also collapsing into a tired heap at home.
Thank you for a lovely Saturday, Fubukicon! We’re definitely looking forward to next year.
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