Diversicon has always had fairly low attendance, bumping along from year to year with a warm body count around 100 most years, and this year was no exception. GoH S.P. Somtow (perhaps better known to older fans as Somtow Sucharitkul) was flown in from Bangkok and was very charming & entertaining. Or so I'm told; I'm not familiar with his books at all, and was largely busy with other stuff when his panels were on. Considering the expense involved, I'm not sure we wouldn't have been better off with just Mark Rich, who seemed equally charming, multi-talented and entertaining. In any event, the post-mortem feedback from people was that while there were certainly a lot of panels and other programming, a lot of it was very thinly attended. The political polarization panel drew about a dozen people, as did the fan history panel "There Goes the Neighborhood", starring yr. humble Wombat, ancient MNSTF member Blue Petal, and
The attendance also had an effect on the energy level at the con, which was pretty low and sluggish, partially because so many of the members are middle-aged or even older. I'd like to see more anime fans show up at Diversicon, because it has an extremely strong set of writing panels/workshops featuring professional authors, and there's definitely strong interest in writing among anime fans. Some AD staff people did show up, and it scares me a little bit to think that without them the warm body count would have been under 100.
Diversicon needs to do a better job of publicity, especially in terms of reaching out to the aspiring fantasy/SF writers and the anime fans. It's not an anime convention per se, but it does have anime content and deserves more attention than it gets.