I attended Frankfortcon in Frankfort, KY at the Capital Plaza Hotel on July 13, 2019 as an artist in the artist alley. I figured this con would be kind of small, but I had never done it before so I decided to give it a go.
There was construction going on all around the hotel which made it rather difficult to navigate around. Parking was limited in front of the hotel, so I parked my car in the parking garage across the street from the hotel. Parking was free, thankfully, but I had to haul my stuff in my dolly across a busy intersection. This was kind of stressful. It was smooth, thankfully. After that, load in was a breeze. There was plenty of space around my booth, so setting up was quick and easy.
I decided to stay at the hotel the con was held in for convenience reasons. While the lobby and breakfast buffet were nice, the rooms were lackluster. The hotel was definitely not worth the price, even with the discount code the con coordinators graciously provided. If I attend this con in the future, I will definitely be staying at a cheaper hotel to cut down on my travel expenses.
The con was well organized, staff was friendly, and the hours were not too long. Artist alley spaces were a tad pricey for the size of the con, but I understand that having the con at the hotel might have been expensive. While I expected the con to be small, I was surprised with the amount of foot traffic and sales I made. While it was busier than I had anticipated, the con was not super profitable, so I will not be returning next year. However, I highly recommend this con to artists or vendors that live close enough that they would not have to have a hotel expense.
This con has a TON of potential. More than one con goer told me that the area needed something like this, so there is support from the community. I hope to see it flourish and continue to grow. Frankfort is not far from Lexington, so Frankfortcon is a great alternative for those that get intimidated by the crowds or prices at Lexington Comic Con but still want to experience a con.
While I will not be attending next year, I do hope to return in the future once this con has had the opportunity to evolve and grow!