Artists’ Alley

Hello Artists!  Thank you for your interest in PopCult Anime Con’s Artists’ Alley!

Signups will begin at noon on March 11, 2018 and end at noon on March 31st, 2018.  Applications will be juried as space is limited, and for those who have signed up before please read the criteria very carefully as it is changing this year.

We have two space sizes available for artists: Basic 6′ tables at $75 each and Premium 8′ tables at $100 each.  Jury criteria is different for Basic and Premium tables so please take that into consideration while filling out your applications.  Both table types include one convention badge and additional convention badges will be available to purchase at a discounted rate upon acceptance to the Artist Alley. Electricity will be available to all artists at no extra cost.
Basic Artists should:

  • be at least 18 years of age and provide for us a Massachusetts Sales Tax ID.
  • offer a mix of both fan and original artwork.
  • represent a mix of both anime and popular culture fandoms.
  • have something special/unusual in their sales portfolio.

Premium Artists should:

  • be at least 18 years of age and provide for us a Massachusetts Sales Tax ID.
  • be cultivating a specific brand that is innovative and exclusively theirs.
  • represent a genre or product that is of interest to anime or popculture fans.
  • feel like they’re on the verge of moving from Artist Alleys to Vendors Booths.

The jurying process will take place during the first few weeks of April. Artist Alley staff will sort applicants into one of four categories (Prints, Crafts, Textiles & Comics) they feel best match the overall work seen in each portfolio.  Applicants who surpass the above jurying points will be offered the first wave of tables.  Applicants who meet the jurying points will be placed on a waiting list in the order they applied and will be accepted into the alley as tables become available on a first-come/first-served basis.  Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be fairly informed that they are not on the waiting list and encouraged to try again next year.

Important – Sharing Tables with Another Artist
Artists sharing tables MUST apply to the Artist Alley together and supply examples of each individual artist’s work at that time.  The contact artist will from then on be responsible for the table but understand that the whole of the artists’ work will be considered during the jurying process.  Please understand this also concerns the age and MA Tax ID status of each artist (i.e. if one artist is ineligible, the entire table will be considered ineligible.)  This is to keep the jury process fair for all artists. Upon acceptance, the contact artist will be solely responsible for organizing their table guests, including payment and forwarding of information from AA staff about their table.  Artists who are not the main contact are free to drop from the table at their discretion, but will not be able to be replaced by another artist after initial sign ups.  If the contact artist cancels the table, the entire table will be considered canceled.  That said, artists are encouraged to choose their table mates wisely.

Important – Basic Rules & Cancellation/Refund Policy
Please fill out your AA applications completely before sending them in, as they will not be able to be modified afterward.  While artists are encouraged to have assistants at their tables, please understand that the actual artist of the works on each table must be in attendance at the convention and not simply sending others to sell their work.  A more detailed ‘code of conduct’ will be sent to accepted artists closer to the convention, containing table assignments; hours; check-in information; and some minor display restrictions.  Payment will be expected at time of acceptance. Any artist who declines or needs to cancel before the convention will forfeit their table to another artist on the wait list.  Artists may cancel their table for a full refund up to 30 days before the convention.  Artists may still cancel their table within 30 days of the convention but will not be able to receive a refund.  And finally, artists who fail to provide their MA Tax ID info within 14 days of the convention will have their tables revoked; no refunds.

Important – What Happened to the 10′ Corner Spaces? Why Premium Artists?
We are very excited to share that this year’s joint Vendors’ and Artists’ Alley will be moved to a bigger brighter room than the previous two years!  This change of course affected the amount and arrangement of tables in the room and eliminated our token 10′ corner spaces.  To make it up to the artists who’d come to enjoy our corners, as well as alleviate an issue with high caliber artists signing up for our (even more limited) Vendor spaces, we’re debuting the Premium Artist tables.  We hope all affected individuals will be pleased with this compromise and look forward to receiving feedback from artists, vendors and attendees in the future.

For additional information, questions and clarifications about our Artists’ Alley, please contact Raye & Joanie at artistalley@popcultanimecon.com!

Sound good? Sign up here!