Artist Alley

Due to the 2020 cancelation, all AA tables, booths, and the waitlists for 2021 are full. New applications will not be opening for 2021. 
Any artists accepted for the 2020 convention have been automatically rolled over into 2021.

 

What is Artist Alley?

The Artist Alley is a place for amateur, hobbyist, and up-coming professional artists to sell and promote their work. Handcrafted items, custom artwork, commissions, props, toys, handmade textiles, artist merchandise and more! If your wares consist mostly of pre-made, commercial merchandise, or re-sale
items, please look into selling in our Exhibitor’s Hall instead.

Artist Alley Application Dates

Due to our postponement of last year’s event, all of our applications have been rolled over to this year’s event.  For any additional questions, please contact artist.alley@nekocon.com

AA Table Prices
REGULAR Table Cost (no badge included): $90
PRO PROW Table Cost (1 badge included): $220

Badge
Full Membership is required, register here.

Electricity
Electricity is not provided by the convention in the AA, to any tables.
You may apply for electricity usage through the HRCC  website.

Rules are subject to change; advance notice of changes may not be possible.

Day Artist Set-Up Artist Alley Hours of Operation Artist Take-Down
Thursday 7pm to 10pm N/A N/A
Friday 10am to 12pm 12pm to 8pm 8pm to 9pm
Saturday 9am to 10am 10am to 8pm 8pm to 9pm
Sunday 9am to 10am 10am to 4pm 4pm to 6pm

Check-in deadlineTables in the Artist Alley are not required to remain open during all hours. Please feel free to take a break, eat, or close early if you need to.

Saturday: NOON
After this time, if you have not checked-in to the AA, your table will be considered forfeit, and will be offered to other artists in the waiting list. Refunds will not be available for forfeit tables.

 

Artist Alley Rules

Badges and Check-in

  • Additional Artist Alley membership badges at the door are -VERY- limited. Please pre-register!
  • Artists will pick up their badges from the AA check-in booth located at the front of Hall B.
  • This badge acts as your convention badge, do not lose it!
  • Your badge must be displayed at all times.
  • Only those with AA badges are allowed to sell and sit behind tables at any given time.
  • Anyone who does not have an AA badge, may not enter, or leave Hall B before, or after hours.
  • Badges are non-transferable, and non-refundable.

Tables and Splitting

  • Tables are non-transferable, and non-refundable.
  • Each standard AA space includes 1 6 ft. table, and 2 chairs
  • You may not bring your own table to use in a standard AA space.
  • Only full tables are sold. Splitting tables is allowed, but the applicant is held 100% accountable for the entire table, and all of it’s occupants.
  • If a rule is violated by either party, both may be removed as a whole.
  • The AA map can display up to 2 artist names (exp: Rhasputin / SkullCat Studios).
  • A Maximum of 2 Artists may be behind a table at a time.
  • You are solely responsible for watching your table. Nekocon will not be responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items. If you need to leave for any reason, please find someone you trust to watch your space, or pack your belongings.

Please contact artist.alley@nekocon.com If you need to add an artist, or assistant to your table.

Standard AA tables are selected via lottery.

  • You must provide a portfolio with your application. Ideally, a website, gallery, and photos of previous set-ups should be provided.

Age Requirement

  • In order to purchase a table of any kind in the Artist Alley, the artist must be 18 years of age by the check-in date.

No sales outside of specified areas

  • There is no selling outside of Artist Alley, Club Row, or Exhibitions Hall. Any attempt to makes ales outside of the specified vendor areas, may result in your badge being revoked.

Alcohol and Drug use

  • Use of alcohol or drugs in AA will NOT be tolerated! Anyone found breaking this rule will be immediately removed, and their badge will be revoked.
  • Absolutely NO smoking/vaping/e-cigarettes in the hotel or Convention Center.

Behavior and Conduct

  • Do not post ads, flyers, business cards, etc anywhere inside of the convention center, other than clearly marked posting areas.
  • No running, screaming, yelling, use of obscene language, horseplay, etc will be tolerated inside the AA.
  • Any issues or disputes should immediately be brought to the attention of the Artist Alley Department Head or other Artist Alley staff members.
  • While in Artist Alley, all convention, Local, State and Federal rules and laws are in effect.

Copyright and Fanart

  • There is a strict 50/50 fanart/original policy for all tables. You may not display more than 50% fanart (to be determined by staff) at any time. Works depicting real people, and gijinka (humanized versions of official licensed characters) count towards your fanart total.
  • There is NO item crossover between the Exhibitions Hall, Club Row, or Artist Alley allowed. Youwill need to pick which area your work will be sold in and keep them there throughout theremaining weekend (including collaborative works).
  • No third party sales are permitted in Artist Alley. Each artist should be selling their own work, not that of other people. Collaborative works, where multiple artists worked on a single project, are acceptable so long as the artist selling contributed to the final image being sold.
  • Absolutely NO traced, or stolen works will be allowed in AA. Artist found selling traced or stolen works may be removed, and have their badges revoked.
  • If your work uses parts from the work of other artists (collage, up-cycle, etc) and there is no written permission of free use by the copyright owner, it’s not allowed in the AA.
  • Absolutely NO copyrighted / trademarked material such as logos, symbols, or icons are allowed in any form to be sold in the AA. This includes NekoCon’s title, logo, and mascots (Trademark of NekoCon and Event Support Solutions inc)

Copyright and Fair Use Information.

  • Permitted for sale in Artist Alley:
    DVDs, calendars, drawings, watercolor, paintings, prints, comics/manga, doujinshi, .zines, sketches, cel art, pins, buttons, posters, CDs, books, t-shirts and other clothing, bags, bookmarks, cards, games, etched glass, pins/buttons, posters, face painting, models, ears/tails, jewelry, costumes, custom plushies, props, lolita, origami…
  • NOT permitted in the Artist Alley:
    Duplication/reproduction of licensed material.
    Food or drink items or any kind, for sale.
    Re-selling of commercial products. (store bought merchandise)
    Metal or wooden weapons. (soft material cosplay props ok)
    Bootlegging or piracy.
    Garage sale / off-topic items.
    Flammable items.
    Convection ovens. (Baking charms, sculptures, etc)
    Airbrushes.

Adult Content

  • NekoCon is a family-oriented convention. No adult materials may be openly displayed, including sexually suggestive, sexually explicit, graphic, violent, gore, or otherwise grossly offensive imagery.
  • Adult material must be covered and labeled as 18+. Covered means that the explicit bits are concealed behind some sort of blocker: stickers, Post-it notes, masking tape, sheets of paper, etc. Before the Artist can sell, show, or be commissioned for adult material, the Artist MUST make sure the viewer shows proof of being 18 years of age or older. This is solely the responsibility of the artist.

Space usage, and Display

  • Noise Restriction- Be courteous to your fellow artists next to and nearby your table. Noise from music, videos, and chatter should be kept at a reasonable level. Warnings will be issued, and refusal to comply may result in removal from the AA.
  • Display Height Restriction- All displays must be secured and stable. For safety reasons, Artists with wobbling or falling displays will be asked to take them down. Likewise, displays that go beyond the horizontal/vertical boundaries of the table or impede on other artist’s space will be asked to be removed. Height restrictions are in place at the max of 8” from the floor.
  • Use of behind-table space- Tables that form the corner can use the blank space between the two so long as both artists are in agreement. But be mindful, if there is a complaint, you will be asked to reduce or remove items from the corner space. Entrances/Exits into the Islands may NOT be blocked in any way. Tables flanking these areas cannot have anything protruding out from the open side of the display that may impede artist foot traffic.

Pro-Row
Pro-row tables are selected via jury.

  • This means that your portfolio will be reviewed by a jury of staff members, and applicants will be selected based on technical skill, medium, quality of display, etc. The goal is to populate Pro- row with diverse mediums, and high-quality works. Anyone may apply for a Pro-row space, regardless.
  • Each pro-row space is provided with 1 8ft table, and 2 chairs.
  • The 50/50 fanart/original rule applies here as well. Typically, a higher percentage of original works vs fanart is preferred here.

Violations of AA Rules

  • If an Artist/Studio is found to have violated any of the Artist Alley rules or any convention rules, Artist Alley Staff reserves the right to remove said artist(s) from their table without refund. Likewise, if an artist is found to have lied or misrepresented themselves during the application process, the artist(s) may be denied a table/removed from their table without recompense at the Artist Alley Department Head’s & Con Chair’s discretion.

Contacting the Artist Alley Department

  • Before contacting the Artist Alley Department, please check the F.A.Q. section and see if your question has been answered there already. The department can be reached via email at artist.alley@nekocon.com .