My quest for new, local convention venues brought me to CTNX and Designer Con 2016 this past weekend. I attended for enjoyment, educational value, and to scope out future exhibiting venues.
I went to CTNX on Saturday with a 1-Day Exhibit Floor Plus Pass, wanting to see some demonstrations without paying the higher price for access to panels and workshops. With that said, this ticket is twice the cost of a 1-Day Exhibit Floor Only Pass. Was it worth it? Lets see shall we...
When I arrived in Burbank, I parked at the Metrolink Station, expecting to find a CTNX shuttle that would take me to the Marriott. I couldn't find the shuttle schedule online, so I reached out to my friend I knew was a CTNX volunteer, who happened to have the shuttle times. With the lack of shuttle information online, my expectations weren't too high, but it was still a let-down to find no sign of life at either the Metrolink or the nearby shuttle stop at Nickelodeon Studios. The shuttle may or may not have been running, but the lack of shuttle-stop signage suggested the later.
After my morning workout, I found my way to the Burbank Airport parking lots. I wasn't quite sure where to go for on-site parking (one reason I didn't park closer), but I did see a formidable line of cars that may have been for on-site parking. In retrospect, I could have paid the same price for closer on-site parking as I did at the remote airport parking lot, but I decided not to risk a potentially long wait for parking.
I made my way over to registration and was happy to find no line. I picked up my wristband, but was surprised to find that a lanyard was not included. I thought I was crazy and accepted my no-badge fate, but later checked the What Does My Admission Include? .pdf, which clearly lists "Wristband and Designer Badge" for my ticket type. No badge wasn't a bid deal as long as I got the same access, but I was looking forward to putting my badge design in my lanyard. I made a design as part of the "Design Your Badge" contest, which may also be host to some last-minute changes. The voting period for the contest should have opened almost a week ago, but no entries have yet been posted for public voting.
The morning's experience was a little disconcerting, but I was still pumped to visit some friends in the Exhibit Hall and behold the amazing artwork. Vendors included artists, art schools, animation studios, and artist supply brands like Copic. This was clearly the heart of the convention where aspiring artists met face-to-face with seasoned and emerging professionals in the entertainment industry.