1. Moving the vendors area off site was good for the con in the sense that it freed up more room for additional activities in the Marriott. For the vendors and con-goers, however, it was an extremely bad idea. Now people had to make a special trip to go to the AmericasMart instead of passing by it constantly on their way to or from another panel. The lack of that constant foot traffic killed sales for the vendors and made shopping inconvenient for congoers.
2. There were signs in the host hotels noting the change of venue for the dealer's rooms but signage onsite in the AmericasMart was appalling and confusing and the maps provided by the con were anything but enlightening. I have had many of my friends tell me they looked for me but couldn't find me the whole weekend, even knowing the general area I was supposed to be in.
3. The AmericasMart itself isn't laid out very well. It was difficult to load in/load out as the available skybridges to/from the parking structure were only accessible by stairs. I feel badly for any wheelchair-bound attendees - getting in and out of that building with a handicap must have been a nightmare.
4. All of this being said, I also do want to note that my personal interactions with the D*C staff (most of whom are volunteers) was wonderful. They answered my questions quickly and pleasantly and made the lead-up to the actual event very stress free for me, in terms of knowing exactly where to go and what to do when I got there.
Asheville Comic Expo, September 21
After that, I'm taking a break until the beginning of November to replenish my stock and do some much-needed creative experimentation!