same as last year we did not get a table for Sakura-Con and i don't really want to go to Small Press again if i don't have to. if you or someone you know is sharing a Sakura-Con AA table please contact me. we've been doing AA at Sakura-Con and other cons for 3 years now so we have plenty of experience. ideally i'd like to get in to contact with 2 table sharers so i could possibly work out sharing a table with channel-square like i usually do.
for those wondering, it is very difficult to get into Sakura-Con's AA because they have a first come first serve policy where the forms filled out on their submission page are filed in order (i'd imagine) with no regard to portfolio review or anything. so you just have to be quick about it and the fastest get in. unfortunately we're only 1/3 on attempts to get in, our first being 3 years ago. since then we have failed twice in a row. it's extremely frustrating since Sakura-con is the closest major anime con to me and i often see a lot of AA tables at Sakura-con of people who are ill-prepared because they were not reviewed and you can tell they have poor sales, and really it's Sakura-con's fault for having no kind of review process to protect these people from showing up with almost nothing to sell. If they knew what was good for them they'd give people who aren't ready for the AA experience some advice for future years, reject them and funnel people through a selection process before doing any kind of selection based on pure luck.
and yes i am upset. upset that a convention with almost 30,000 attendees is so poorly organized and haphazardly run, the artists and the attendees deserve a lot better.