Artist Alley Policy

All outstanding general rules of the convention are still applicable while attendees are in the Artist Alley except where modified or expanded below. No rules are repealed. 

  1. No shoplifting of Dealer merchandise or stealing of any merchandise or personal property will be tolerated.  Offenders will be permanently banned from all current and future NekoCon conventions and outside events.  We also reserve the right to share your name with other conventions in an informal warning system, and the  victims of the crime will have the opportunity to prosecute offenders.
  2. No cosplay photography is to take place within the Artist Alley, in the doorway area of the Artist Alley, or  anywhere within six feet of the Artist Alley’s doors. Violators of this policy will be politely asked to  immediately leave the Artist Alley. Those who do not comply will be escorted out of, and away from, the Artist  Alley for the benefit of all other attendees. This is to ensure easy access for regular attendees and staff, and to  ensure that emergency exits are maintained.
  3. Obstructions, as defined in the NekoCon Weapon’s Policy, even if allowed into the convention as a whole, will  not be allowed into the Artist Alley. Further, any attendee with an over-sized prop or costume that limits the  wearer’s mobility in such a way as to keep them from freely flowing with standard tight-fitting foot traffic shall  not enter the Artist Alley. This will include, but not be limited to, any costume with protrusions (especially  sharp ones) of more than four inches, six or more inches thick foam or other material throughout, headpieces  of more than thrice human normal size, feet more than two thrice a standard human’s, extensions mounted to  the back that are more than six inches wider than the person wearing them, or other similar defining factors.  Final say is in the hands of the Artist Alley Attendee Management Staff posted at the Artist Alley’s doors, or  their superiors.
  4. Outside bags, backpacks, and storage devices such as fanny packs, are allowed. They must be a size that is  standard for their nature. Please keep in mind that in the close press of bodies, it will be impossible for Artist  Alley Attendee Management Services to help you keep an eye on your backpack or fanny pack at all times, and  NekoCon cannot be held accountable for any theft that takes place, so use personal caution always. The  various bags issued by our dealers shall not be allowed to re-enter the Artist Alley. Please take these bags and  their contents to your hotel room, vehicle, or other storage arrangement as soon as you are finished shopping  in the Artist Alley.
  5. No props, bags of any nature, parts of costumes, trash, or any other items shall be left unattended inside of, or  within the vicinity of, the Artist Alley. At no point will these items be considered “held,” or “reserved.” They  will be treated as Lost and Found or trash as the Staff deems necessary to keep the convention center clean.  Cleaning staff will do the same as they see fit, often with their own separate Lost and Found. At no time will  any Staff member be held responsible for any abandoned items, even if they interacted with said item after  abandonment.
  6. As outlined in the NekoCon Weapon’s Policy, certain items can be purchased within the Artist Alley that can be  carried within the convention center under our rules and policies. When these items are purchased from the Artist Alley, attendees are to leave the Artist Alley before removing and properly disposing of any and all  packaging materials, or putting those materials in your hotel room, vehicle, or other storage arrangement.  Purchased items from the Artist Alley, if they follow all other rules and policies, including peace bonding any  weapons and the items are not inside a Dealer issued bag, may return to the Artist Alley once removed from  all packaging outside of the Artist Alley. Anyone opening a product within the confines of the Artist Alley will  be escorted out of the Artist Alley.
  7. The NekoCon and Convention Center Staff both reserve the right to deny entry to the Artist Alley at any time,  for any reason, without having to provide said reason. Disputes with Artist Alley Staff or Artist Alley Attendee  Management Staff (DRAMS) over this or any other rule can be taken up with the Head of DRAMS, the Head of  Attendee Management Services, or the NekoCon Convention Chairperson, in that order. Convention Center Staff can only direct complaints to NekoCon Staff on your behalf, and should be allowed to run the Convention  Center itself.