by KT Pinto
Garden State Comic Fest
August 23, 2014
Morristown, New Jersey
Here’s a quick bullet review of the show (with the knowledge that this is only the second GSCF ever, and in the same year):
- The layout of the festival was pretty bad. I know a lot of the logistics is based on the availability of the hotel, but the wandering maze to get from one part of the festival to the other was a little tedious.
- It was very wise of GSCF to put the Mandalorians in the first room attendees see when they arrive. Their presence not only let people know they were in the right place, but also set the fun, creative tone for the Festival.
- No map/schedule. This is a mistake I notice that many new conventions/shows make. A schedule and map—even for a small event—is vital so attendees can plan their day and participate in favored events.
- Great security! They were obviously present, but unobtrusive. There were big, burly guys, for obvious reasons, as well as wiry young men, which for a festival whose big concern would be snatch-and-runs are logical people to have on the security team. There were also two young women at the door to the vendors’ room, who made sure that everyone had an attendee badge before they were allowed in.
- Great vendors’ room layout. The layout was convenient for people to find one particular vendor or to browse all the tables. Again though, a map of the room would have been a big help.
- The programming was sparse, but for such a newly established show, not that bad.
- The autograph table was in an odd location. Again, logistics tend to develop over time.
- Pre-show promotions were very impressive!
- They gave out goodie bags with your badge! I haven’t seen a goodie bag in AGES!
- They validated your parking! It would be nice if some established shows I could mention followed their lead.
Overall, I think this event has done a lot in a very short time, and I look forward to seeing what they do in the future!