This was the first time I've been since 2007, and even though it was at a drive-able distance, I almost still didn't go....mainly because I just bought a house and car, which literally accumulated to spending well over 50k inside a year. So for anyone thinking that Frank Welker was a pull to bring people in, you could probably chalk me up as one. Having said that, this Botcon was pretty good. Looking back, I probably would agree that the attendance was lower than any other year I attended except maybe 2002, but I really wasn't paying attention to that on my visit. As far as the dealers, it was really feast or famine. Stylin' Online did pretty good along with TFSource and a couple of others. Select artists REALLY stepped up their game since the last time I visited. The Chosen Prime had an outstanding setup...I might have to use those ideas when start finishing my basement in a couple of years. Other vendors were looking VERY rough - almost like they were an attraction to the convention (like that huge Grimlock in the corner) vs actually selling merchandise. You could call it diluting the product, or maybe not having a merchandise/stock plan to set them apart from the rest, but it was a real paint by numbers selling strategy, which doesn't necessarily work all of the time. Also, to whoever mentioned the initial confusing areas, I would have to agree. The biggest culprit was the Golden Ticket reception or whatever it was they were having on Friday. I looked on the back of my badge, and it didn't have a location. Asked the information booth, and they didn't know...so I just grabbed a bite to eat and crashed at the hotel. I wouldn't let the bad outweigh the good - it was still a great convention, and Welker being able to take time out of his insane schedule for the first time for many was definitely a moment a lot of us will cherish. Always a live and learn when you do these things - I guess that's why they had a survey this year. Interested in seeing how that went.