Sorry for not replying sooner. Prepping for Nekocon is a beast this year since it is time to revamp the product I carry with me. Anyways here we go:
Ren: Sometimes its not the amount you submitted. 30-40 is a fine number. I was more referring to ones we saw that had five or fewer... which there was a number of those. Or for that matter one that contained a landscape photo and two random other things that had nothing to do with anything sold in an artist alley. Now when you get to the level of being singled out that badly within 200+ portfolios, you know its bad... but I digress. Sometimes its a matter of if we have too many that are doing the same type of work you do (which we try to balance the type of artists as much as we can).
Thank you very much again for the response! While our studio's portfolio is always strictly examples and photos of what we will be selling, it's always a concern that we perhaps didn't show enough. It's good to know a ballpark figure, as it always differs from convention to convention, so I really appreciate the information! : )
I'm sure that there was a logical reason we were denied, so there's certainly no hard feelings. I just want to make sure that we are as prepared as possible for next year's application!
Good luck with Nekocon, as well as all of your other planning! It sounds like you're definitely busy!