Oh, Walker Stalker Cleveland.
Where do I even begin?! Rewind to late last year when I saw that there was going to be a Walker Stalker event under 4 hours from my house. Cool! That is an event I have wanted to do. Early this year, I decided to sign up. Regular artist alley booths were sold out with only corner spaces left. Dropped $350 on said corner space because I have heard great things about Walker Stalker.
Well, with only a little over a month or so before the event, all of these news articles kept popping up essentially about how awful Walker Stalker was becoming. Great. Now I was at a cross roads of whether or not I should try to get my $350 back or suck it up and just go for it and try to make as much money as possible. In the end, I decided to go and try to make back as much money as possible. A friend I took with me came to the rescue and used her hotel rewards points for a free stay for the weekend. All in all, I made just enough money to cover the table and gas to get there and back.
The event was well organized, plenty of table space, and staff was friendly. The customers that did stop by my booth were friendly and excited to be there as well. Other than that, the con just fell short. I swear attendance did not even reach 2,000 people. There were probably fewer than 50 vendors. The two booths beside me packed up and left Saturday night. That's how slow foot traffic was.
Needless to say, I will not be returning to future Walker Stalker events, but hey! At least I could hit up two Inns in Wizards Unite right from the convention floor!
Below is a photo of my booth and a video of my display.