Before you apply, please read and understand the following.
- Artist Alley/Makers Market is NOT first come, first served – rather, it is a curated, with our Artist Alley participants carefully selected.
- Artist Alley/Makers Market space is issued only to the artist listed on the application. Spaces are not transferable.
- This is a table request form. It is not a contract, and it does not guarantee space. All Artist Alley/Makers Market space is limited, and acceptance in Artist Alley/Makers Market in previous years does not guarantee acceptance this year.
- If accepted, you will be sent a link with payment details. You MUST make payment by the given deadline to reserve your space. Late payments will not be accepted. If payment is not received by this date, your table will be allotted to an artist on the waitlist.
- Individuals as well as collectives or studios with multiple artists may apply, but collectives/studios must identify each of their members within the application. Limit of 4 per table.
- Tables cannot be shared with any artists not listed within the application. You may not add additional artists to your table after your application has been approved.
- All artists, helpers, and collective/studio members must be 18-years-old or older.
- If you plan to share your table or exhibit with a collective/studio only ONE member should apply for an Artist Alley table. Multiple members should not apply. Multiple applications from the same collective/studio will not increase your chances of acceptance.
- Accepted artists will receive one Artist Alley/Makers Market table. No artist will receive more than one table space, and no displays may extend across more than one table space. This applies to both individual artists and collectives/studios.
- PROXY SELLING IS NOT ALLOWED. Artists must appear all three days, and tables cannot be operated by resellers or art brokers. Artists must show their ID at registration before set up can begin, and this ID must match the name and information in your application. Anyone misrepresenting themselves or otherwise engaging in proxy selling risks being removed from Artist Alley/Makers Market and banned from future events.
- Accepted applicants are expected to be at their table during all open hours of Awesome Con.
- Tables do not include electricity, and electricity cannot be ordered in Artist Alley/Makers Market.
- Wifi is not included, but both free and paid wifi options are available directly from the building.
- Artist Alley/Makers Market tables come with two Artist Alley badges.
- Accepted artists may purchase up to two additional Artist Alley badges should they need them for additional members of a studio and/or helpers. Artist Alley/Makers Market badges allow entrance during set up hours before and after public hours each day.
- Artist Alley/Makers Market tables must be staffed during all public hours by a minimum of one person. The maximum number of people allowed behind an Artist Alley/Maker table is four.
- Should you not be part of the first round of Artist Alley/Makers Market acceptances, you will automatically be waitlisted to be considered in the event any tables become available.
- Our Artist Alley is for indie creators, webcomic artists, professional writers and illustrators – and everything sold must be the work of the creator(s) at the table. If you’re selling mass-produced items or are otherwise a retailer or publisher, you won’t be approved for Artist Alley and should purchase a booth to exhibit. If you have questions about this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Our Makers Market is for artists and crafters whose merchandise is handmade – and everything sold must be the work of the creator (s) at the table. If you’re selling mass-produced items or are otherwise a retailer, you won’t be approved for Makers Market and should purchase a booth to exhibit. If you have questions about this, please email email@example.com.
- We want to celebrate fans of comics, anime and manga and their artistry, and we encourage original prints, comics, etc, but mass-produced fan works or fan works that use or are based on licensed, copyrighted material (including character art, background art, logos, etc) fall under our bootleg policy and are prohibited. Do not create buttons, pins, bags, keychains, T-Shirts, etc. with official art or any art that isn’t yours. Don’t trace, copy, or place Photoshop filters over someone else’s work and call it your own. If you display fanart which don’t follow this guide, you may be asked to remove them from display by the Awesome Con team or risk being removed from Artist Alley without refund.
Artists must appear all three days at Awesome Con, and resellers or art brokers cannot operate tables. Artists must show their ID at registration before set up can begin, and this ID must match the name and information in your application. Any exceptions must be requested in writing as part of your Artist Alley/Makers Market application. Anyone misrepresenting themselves or otherwise engaging in proxy selling risks being removed from Artist Alley/Makers Market and banned from future events.
We encourage original prints, crafts, comics, etc, but please read this policy to assure your table follows our guidelines. Should a staff member or publisher representative ask you to remove any item from display and sale, you must do so immediately. Failure to follow this policy puts you at risk of being removed from the event without refund, restricted from future editions of Awesome Con, and in some cases, criminal fines and prosecution.
- You are allowed to exhibit in Artist Alley/Makers Market with both art featuring characters of your own creation, as well as fan art and fan crafts based on comics, anime, manga, and pop culture series. We define “fan art and fan crafts” as original work you have created based on licensed, copyrighted material and characters.
- The sales of any item which reproduces official artwork is not allowed. You cannot use official poster art, key art, screenshots, logos, or other materials you did not draw yourself. This includes making buttons, pins, bags, keychains, etc. with official art.
- The sale of any item which reproduces the artwork of other fans is not allowed. For example, you cannot copy another artist’s work from DeviantArt or similar sites and call it your own, and you cannot use this artwork as the basis for other fanart or fan crafts. Do not trace, copy, or place Photoshop filters over any art you didn’t create. The alteration or modification of an existing work is not considered an original work.
- The original creator of the fan art must be present at your Artist Alley/Maker table. Booth sharing and collectives are allowed, providing each artist is at Awesome Con.
- 3rd party dealers cannot sell the work of fan artists.
- Mass-produced fan art and fan crafts are not allowed. While artists are allowed to sell buttons, pins, bookmarks, keychains, and apparel, all must be limited in nature. Mass-produced fan art and fan crafts may be considered bootleg merchandise and subject to removal.
Displays in Artist Alley and Makers Market must adhere to the following guidelines.
- Tables may not be set up like a booth. If more space is needed you may consider purchasing a 10×10 exhibitor booth. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Backdrops, print walls, banners, and displays are not to exceed 10’ from the floor.
- Displays on top of tables are not to exceed 4’ from the tabletop. Such displays must be stable and secured to the table by means not damaging the table.
- No display is allowed in front of tables or to extend into any aisle.
- No display may infringe upon its neighboring space, including but not limited to outward side-facing displays, support brackets, extension poles, etc.
- Displays are subject to staff discretion. If any display is deemed unsafe, the artist must adjust the display to meet staff recommendations.
- Additional tables may not be added to Artist Alley/Makers Market spaces.
- Artist Alley/Makers Market tables may not be moved, pushed out, pushed back, or otherwise rearranged. If you require more space, we suggest you upgrade to an exhibitor booth space.
- Areas directly behind tables may not have any displays blocking the tables next to them and walkways between and behind tables must be accessible at all times.
- Luggage must be placed beneath the table and cannot be placed in front, behind, or beside the table.
- If an Artist Alley/Makers Market vendor takes a chair from another artist without permission, the Artist Alley/Makers Market vendor risks being charged for the chair or being removed from Artist Alley/Makers Market.
- All work displayed must be that of the creator(s) purchasing the space, plagiarized works or the unauthorized use of copyrighted works may result in the forfeit of your table space without refund and potential banning from future events.
- Adult themed materials are allowed but must be tastefully displayed and cannot be accessed by or sold to anyone under 18.
- No rolling racks, shelving or other display items will be allowed behind or next to artist alley/makers market tables.
Pride Alley is a dedicated area in Artist Alley for LGBTQ artists. When completing your application, please be sure to select Pride Alley if you would like to be placed in this area. Space is limited.
Makers Market tables are located in a dedicated area of the show floor inside of Artist Alley. Maker tables are reserved for artists to display or sell their handcrafted merchandise. The majority of merchandise must be handmade or handcrafted and the artist must be present during all the days of the event. Space is curated, you must include a website with a portfolio that accurately represents your merchandise to be considered for space in Makers Market. You will be placed in either Makers Market or Artist Alley based on your portfolio and answers provided in your application.
Artist Alley tables are reserved for comic artists, illustrators, web comic creators, writers and other 2D style artists. Merchandise must be primarily 2D and the artist must be present during all the days of the event. Space is curated, you must include a website with a portfolio that accurately represents your merchandise to be considered for an Artist Alley table. You will be placed in either Makers Market or Artist Alley based on your portfolio and answers provided in your application.
Artist or Maker Table ($350)
- One (1) 8×2 foot draped table
- Company Sign
- Two (2) exhibitor badges
- Two (2) chairs
Corner Table ($450)
- Two (2) 6×2” draped tables configured in an “L” shape
- Company Sign
- Two (2) exhibitor badges
- Two (2) chairs
Electricity is not available and cannot be purchased in Artist Alley or Makers Market.