Celebrating and showcasing creativity
Creative minds and art enthusiasts are welcome to check out or participate in our Artist Alley, a venue where amateur and semi-professional artists showcase their work. Located in Kentia Hall, artists offer a variety of handmade creations for sale, including original artwork, prints, crafts, clothing, comics and more. Whether you want to find your favorite artist’s booth or just browse through the tables, Artist Alley is a great place to see the talent and creativity of anime fan community.
If you are interested in participating in Artist Alley, please review the General Info for more details and policies. For terms and conditions, please refer to the AX 2017 Artist Alley Packet.
Funimation has also provided an official statement at Project Anime during AX 2015 about their stance on fanart and how it affects the anime community. Essentially, they will allow the usage of characters from series distributed by Funimation in fanart. However, they must legally enforce and protect their trademark rights for brand names and logos.
|#1 Con Artists||C47|
|777 Sprite Productions||H01|
|90’s anime boy||F28|
|A Bit of Imagination||C27|
|A Sunny Disposish||C36 / C37|
|Akane’s Chibi Art||E40|
|Alchemic Synthesis Shop||H50|
|Alex Ahad / o_8 and Jason Robinson / Crybringer||C17|
|Alexis Moore (or Art by Alexis)||C33|
|Alex’s Misfit Toys||D48|
|Aly K. Sasagawa||B05|
|amai||B13 / B14|
|Amour + Jo = Adachi <333||F44|
|Angel Trip Studio||I12|
|apple kid and emsysquared||H16|
|Ari Loves Strawberries!!||K14|
|Arlyn Pillays OGREshop / Arlyn pillay Art Gallery||A22|
|Art by Vy||D04|
|Art Of Francis Te||B46|
|Art of Kazuki/Darklightseeker||J55|
|Art of Marie Lum||C14|
|Art of RJ Palmer||D38 / D39|
|ARTWORK BY CHRISTOPHER CAYCO||C41 / C42|
|Astrollation||G23 / G24|
|BARA TIDDY SQUAD||J16|
|Bearcoffee and Doodlur||C12|
|Bittersweet Candy Bowl||L33|
|Black & Persona||A17|
|Black Moon Sigil and Lillistration||E11|
|Bling Squared Cute Glass||A01 / A02|
|brynn and siena do stuff||J56|
|Buff Tank Dads||J54|
|C Gurat Designs||L18 / L19|
|Captain Senpai & MOCHIJAM||L55|
|Carl Beu (Hungerartist)||K24|
|Chasing the Frill||B49|
|Check Please & Sakana||I52|
|CHUINNY & Circus-usagi||L48|
|CLIR Studio||A23 / A24|
|Cogs & Creatures||H56|
|Collateral Damage Studios||C49|
|Cosmic Moon Dust||F23|
|Cosplay in America||J07|
|Cosplay N Charm||F54|
|Crimson Sun Arts & Furan||E50|
|Curly Swirly and Rezmeek||K06|
|Cypritree||E02 / E03|
|Dark Grey Clouds||J14|
|Designed by D / Randy Takeuchi||K25|
|Dirty Kitchen Press||C53|
|doomfest + ge-b||E52|
|Eddy Lee Art||I26|
|Edge of the World: the Art of Rachel Walker||F45|
|Emkonishi & Rollround||A48|
|Enzouke & BijutsuRyuu||F53|
|Epic Pillow Fight||K27|
|faiell + lazewarrior||K38|
|FalseDelusion||E08 / E09|
|Faunna & Maobebe||J43|
|FD Art Studio & Heartfelt Handcraft||A39|
|Fierce Fantasy Designs||G20|
|Finger And Fish||B45|
|Finni Chang||I02 / I03|
|Fish + Chiika||G28|
|FLAVORTEA & OTACOFFEE||H40|
|fuu and choco||K13|
|fuwaffy | HANAKOTOBA||D28|
|Gearous & RainyTeacup||B38|
|girl n boy||B54|
|Grandmas Gone Wild: Part 1||E53|
|Grandmas Gone Wild: Part 2||E54|
|Hacked Motion Art||C34|
|haiyun + k||E51|
|Harululu & Kaeilash||C40|
|Hazel + Bell||J40|
|Hedemi and Sekie||L38|
|Hero Wares and Supplies||K03 / K04|
|Hexselenas & Xandrei!!||G35|
|Hitsukuya and Yume||I15|
|HO LEE TOLEDO KAT||G53|
|HOME FOR THE WEEKEND||C38|
|Hunny & Cotton Candy||L25|
|Hyde & Melan||H28|
|Hyperbooster Studio||K01 / K02|
|i know you know||C13|
|IKIISENSE co. & Riesei||G17|
|illycia & akiicchi||G15|
|is that a weed||J29|
|I’ve Come Up With A New Recipe||G40|
|JADEMATICA & VENICELATTE||K31|
|Jam in Bun||D50|
|James Ghio||F06 / F07|
|Janice and Roosh||H48|
|Jessecuh and Dree||K51|
|Julian Linh Tran||F41|
|Kaiba Corp Art Department: ARTSYLEE + aprilgen||J48|
|Kaijukat and Crudeinc||A52|
|kamilliem & messysketchpad & tgfyl||L46|
|Kawaii-eek||I31 / I32|
|Kelly Kao & Sonny Side Up||A47|
|kenma support squad||F34|
|Kiera Coyle Art||E35|
|kiss kiss katsudon||L09|
|kiwi & mango smoothie||F39|
|Koko & Kendy||I42|
|krakengoo and ameru||G10|
|KrazehKai | KT||G41|
|Kris Kehasukjaren||D12 / D13|
|Kumi Ventura Art||C02|
|l3reezer (becauseofdreams) & yumedarling||K53|
|LavenderIce||H06 / H07|
|Lighter than Heir||K54|
|Limpachi & Wrabbit !||C22|
|Linden & Leli||B12|
|LMC & Cen||I33|
|Made by Bing||I04|
|marci and tiffo||L08|
|Mariel Kinuko Cartwright||J50|
|MED & ELI||F46|
|Megumegane + Lackless||F09|
|Michael Matsumoto||K22 / K23|
|miel&bobae + frei||F38|
|Minivanvan / Mis0happy||E42|
|mjoyart & lostandtold||L32|
|Mo the Half’s Booth||E34|
|Morbidprince||B01 / B02|
|Morning In Tokyo||G38|
|Moses K Art||I25|
|Nayuki||H08 / H09|
|Neko_Ninjas Studios||I16 / I17|
|Niandni||D43 / D44|
|Nicole & Ingrid||L07|
|nigeli & sophia||L06|
|Nise x Weee||F49|
|no country for old men||B25|
|Noshio & SP-Nova||J49|
|Not Enough Rings||L34|
|Novemberry x Smoking Pencil||E45|
|ofSkySociety||B16 / B17|
|Oh Hell Comics||B56|
|ohmonah||L29 / L30|
|oiiChyo (i could be playing ffxiv)||I45|
|onemegawatt + beepii + EVo1||E18 / E19|
|PamCakes & Seojinnie||E48|
|Pann & Tacsigh||F18|
|Para + Getsu||F16|
|Parakid / PastGhost||G46|
|Pascual Productions||J22 / J23|
|Penguins of Madagascar Is A Genius Work of Art||G29|
|Pepperonccini & Yuj||K42|
|Philthy Turtle Perlers||C06|
|Please Help Grandpa Brett||G03|
|Pokey||F13 / F14|
|Pon & Zi / PheromoneTrigger||A26|
|Port of Zelda||D01|
|Poyo Yo! Studio||K36|
|Prints and Boardgames||J03|
|pumpkinknives & mono.mano||K43|
|Rachel and Gabe’s Handmades||D27|
|Radiant Grey||H12 / H13|
|Ranelynn Graphics LLC||B48|
|Ravenno With Tea||K35|
|requiem of aquatic creatures||G14|
|RikaRi / Kiki||L43|
|RileyKitty & PrinceofSpirits||D45|
|Rinicake & PrettyPastelStudios||E14|
|R-Trigger||I22 / I23|
|sabrnyan and usagi-kit||D09|
|Sage of Winds||C25|
|Sally Sprocket & Piston Pete||J28|
|Sean Donnan Art||I34 / I35|
|Siobhan & Cathy||L23|
|skimlines drawings and pottery||B55|
|sleepy pandie & kaeryi||C18|
|sleepyruu and amaicandy||C46|
|Soltian + Jo||D51|
|Space Youth Cadets||C05|
|Star Dragon Studios||C54|
|Studio Dokuro Usagi||B07 / B08|
|The Art of Morghan Gill||J44|
|The Light Omelette||L40|
|The Little Things||J18|
|The Tail Gunner||D53|
|The Ultimate Flavor Experience!||E32|
|thesweatercats (artist: colormymemory)||J17|
|To The Sunnyside||K17|
|Trashmongers!!! on Ice & Fire||F03|
|Voltron Space Ranger Partners Aku & Ati||K11|
|Voltron Space Ranger Partners Ryuu||K08|
|Vuro & Tbandido||D49|
|Wafflesex / Solar-Citrus||I40|
|Wave||C03 / C04|
|Wendy Doodles & Megzilla87||I11|
|WHEN WILL TIM DRAKE COME HOME||E22|
|Xtine & Merrigo||E16|
|Xtine and Uta’s Art||H14|
|Yanimator||B03 / B04|
|Yueru / Kouri-n||J34|
|Yuki Yoshida/Celestial Circus||J39|
|Yum Me Studio||A53|
For Anime Expo 2018, adult material will not be permitted to be sold in Artist Alley. Any items showing pornography and/or nudity will not be allowed to be displayed or sold.
Additionally, your California Seller’s Permit Number (temporary or not) is due at the time you submit your Artist Alley Form. You can apply as early as 9 months before the show for a temporary permit.
General Table Information
Refund & Transfer Policy
Artist Alley Package
For Artist Alley Packages, a 50% refund will be provided for any cancellations made before March 1st, 2017. Cancellations made after this deadline is non-refundable. Any Artists who are not approved after Artist Alley Form submission will be fully refunded. In the event of either a full or partial cancellation of an Artist Alley Table Package, SPJA reserves the right to resell or otherwise reassign cancelled tables.
Additional Artist Alley Packages
Your refund request must be received within 30 days of your registration purchase date via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tables and badges are non-transferable to other artists/attendees. This includes other artists already registered under the same table.
Tables are non-transferable to the following years. In the event of either a full or partial cancellation of an Artist Alley Table Package, SPJA reserves the right to resell or otherwise reassign cancelled tables.
How to Obtain a California Seller’s Permit
By law, any individual selling items in the state of California must have a California Seller’s Permit. The permit is free and very easy to obtain. You may apply for a permit by mail or in person at one of the Board of Equalization field offices.
Anime Expo Artist Alley requires that all primary and subsidiary artists provide a seller’s permit number in order to complete their registration. Additionally, all artists must keep either a paper or electronic copy of each California Seller’s Permit at their table as according to state policy.
The online application can be found at the California Board of Equalization website (http://www.boe.ca.gov).
For more information, please refer to the California Board of Equalization website.
The Artist Alley exists to promote and celebrate original artwork by fans of Japanese popular culture. We encourage original prints, comics, ‘zines, and crafts, and enjoy seeing artists produce new and exciting material every year. Below are guidelines and restrictions on what may and may not be sold in the Artist Alley.
Anime Expo works directly with companies that license many titles and merchandise, the sale of grey market goods and pseudo-merchandise are serious offenses. “Grey Market Goods,” also known as “bootleg” merchandise (products that are considered to be illegitimate, pirated or illegal), are strictly prohibited at Anime Expo. “Pseudo-merchandise” (items that, intentionally or not, directly compete with licensed merchandise available in the Exhibit Hall or elsewhere) is also strictly prohibited.
Pseudo-merchandise includes items such as, but not limited to, cosplay props and costumes, cosplay weapons, T-shirts, buttons, keychains, and cell phone straps that are similar to existing licensed merchandise. Please do your research before getting to work. A general rule to follow is to avoid using fanart of any type on T-shirts, bags, buttons, stickers, keychains, and like items.
Artists caught selling grey market goods will be immediately expelled from the Artist Alley and banned from any events run by SPJA. Artists found to be selling pseudo-merchandise will be issued a warning and asked to remove the item(s) from the table for the remainder of the convention. Artists will receive only one warning for pseudo-merchandise—continued breach of contract will lead to immediate expulsion from the Artist Alley and banned from participating in any SPJA event. SPJA will not issue a refund for table space or passes of any expelled artists.
Do NOT under any circumstances use artwork that is not your own. Do not trace, vectorize, copy, or otherwise alter and/or reproduce artwork that is not your own, whether as a part or the whole of a work. This includes official logos, symbols, background art, and any other pre-existing artwork or images that are not yours.
No more than 50% adult material can be brought or sold in Artist Alley. Artwork deemed inappropriate for children must be kept behind the table and out of view. It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that adult material is not accessible to minors. Artwork deemed inappropriate for children must be kept behind the table and out of view and may only been accessible to attendees able to provide photo ID to verify that they are at least 18 years of age. Artists found to be selling adult material to minors will be expelled from the Artist Alley immediately and may receive a permanent expulsion from SPJA events.
Mass production is strictly forbidden. The Artist Alley is a venue for amateur and young professional artists to promote and sell their original artwork—it is not a cheaper alternative to an Exhibit Hall space, nor is it an easy way to make money off of intellectual property that is not your own. Mass production and sale of items by artists in the Artist Alley could damage the integrity and threaten the continued existence of the Artist Alley at Anime Expo.
Artists found to be (a) producing and selling items in numbers rivaling those of Exhibit Hall vendors, and/or (b) utilizing the Artist Alley in a manner that could potentially damage the integrity and spirit of the Artist Alley, may face immediate expulsion from any SPJA events.
Proxy selling (i.e. selling the works of a person who is not present and a registered artist in Anime Expo Artist Alley) is strictly prohibited. Collaborative works, such as anthologies, would be an exception to this rule.
It is the responsibility of the artist to ensure that their artworks do not violate any copyright laws. The SPJA and the Artist Alley Staff Volunteer cannot and will not provide
legal protection to artists under any circumstances. The Artist Alley staff reserve the right to challenge possible violations of copyright at their discretion.
Sales of weapons are prohibited in Artist Alley.
Henna tattoos, face painting, and others work expressing art on a person’s body is prohibited in Artist Alley.
Artists will not be allowed to have both an Artist Alley Table and an Exhibitor Hall Booth. Artists may only participate in one venue.
Harassment & Conflict
In the case of harassment or conflict, please notify the Artist Alley staff volunteer immediately. You may file a claim form to officially report an issue. If you would like to report a potential copyright issue or art theft onsite during Anime Expo, please notify the Artist Alley (purple vest) staff volunteer.
Table Display Policy
We kindly ask you to be mindful about artists around you. Each year we receive complaints about neighboring artists who are not respectful about space around them. We also want to make sure all aisles and walkways are safe! A little consideration can make a world of a difference!
A table comes with:
Any repeat offenses are subject to the TWO STRIKE RULE.
For International Artists – Short Term Entry to US FAQ’s
Effective Date: June 15, 2017
Anime Expo® and the SPJA reserve the right to modify and/or update this FAQ at any time in their sole discretion and without prior notice. This FAQ does not constitute legal advice. Artists coming into the United States to participate in other fan conventions have been stopped at the U.S./Canada border. This FAQ is provided to you merely as a courtesy. If you need legal advice about your needs and situation, you should contact an immigration lawyer.*
Q: What type of visa do I need if I want to visit the United States for a short time?
A: Unless you qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you will need a visitor visa if you’re a citizen of a foreign country who wants to temporarily visit the US.
Q: Does every country belong to the Visa Waiver Program?
A: Only 38 countries participate in the program. NOTE: The following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the U.S. under the VWP:
– Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country); and
– Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.
Q: Does it matter if my temporary visit to the US is for business or for pleasure?
A: You need a B-1 visa if you’re visiting for business reasons. You need a B-2 visa if you’re visiting for pleasure. Typically you will receive a combined B-1/B-2 visa. You will be expected to explain the nature of your travel when you apply for the visa and when you enter the U.S.
Q: What activities are permitted under a B-1 visa?
A: With a B-1 visa, you may: consult with business associate; attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference; settle an estate; or negotiate a contract.
Q. What activities are permitted under a B-2 visa?
A. With a B-2 visa, the following activities are permitted: tourism; vacation; visit with friends or relatives; medical treatment; participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social or service organizations; participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating; enrollment in short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while you are on vacation.)
Q: I am an artist – can I create work in the U.S. if I enter in B-1 or B-2 status?
A. Yes, but only if you are not under contract with a U.S. employer and do not intend to sell your work in the U.S.
Q. If I plan to enter the U.S. and sell art work I created outside the U.S., can I do this with a B-1 visa?
A. No. This is considered extending your business into the U.S. with the U.S. becoming a profit center, and is not permitted under a B-1 or B-2 visa.
Q: If I plan to run a business in the US, can I just get a B-1 visa?
A: No, you’ll need a working visa and not a visitor visa.
Q: Do I need a working visa if I am conducting interviews and hiring employees?
A: No, a B-1 visitor visa or entry under the Visa Waiver Program is usually enough.
Q: Once I receive my visitor visa, am I guaranteed entrance into the US?
A: Your visa only allows you to visit the US port-of-entry. It doesn’t guarantee you’ll be granted admission to the U.S. An immigration inspector for the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) decides whether you can enter into the U.S. Aliens seeking to lawfully enter into the United States must establish their admissibility to the satisfaction of the CBP officer. This is done as part of the inspection process. The reasons that a traveler who is applying for admission into the United States could be inadmissible are found in INA § 212(a). The Inspecting Officer must be convinced that your stated purpose for entering the U.S., and all surrounding circumstances, are consistent with the activities permitted under your visa classification. For instance, if you have no ties (bank accounts, property, lease obligation, etc.) in your home country, and are traveling with significant luggage or property, the Officer may conclude that you do not intend to enter as a visitor, and that you intend to remain in the U.S. In that case, regardless of having a B-1 visa, your entry would be denied.
NOTE: CBP Officers may check cell phones and social media as part of their inspection prior to making a decision whether or not you are eligible for entry/admission to the U.S.
Q: Where do I apply for a visitor visa?
A: You should apply for a visitor visa at the US Embassy or Consulate that has authority over where you permanently live.
Q: Will I have an interview as part of my visa application process?
A: In most cases, an interview is required before a visa will be issued.
Q: How long will I have to wait for my interview appointment or for my visa to be processed?
A: The US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA), provides the wait times for interviews and visa processing on its website.
Q: What documentation and forms do I need to apply for a visitor visa?
A: You will need a photograph, a valid passport and a completed DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application form. Check your US Embassy or Consulate to find out if there’s additional documentation that’s required.
Q: Does it cost money to apply for a visitor visa?
A: You must pay a processing fee to apply for a visa. You may also have to pay an issuance fee once the visa is issued. The issuance fee is based on what your country charges US citizens for the same type of visa.
Q: I only need to travel to the US for 30 days. Is there any way to waive the visitor visa requirement?
A: You may be able to travel to the US without obtaining a visa through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The stay must be for 90 days or less and be for tourism or business reasons; you must have an e-Passport; and you must have Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel.
*This FAQ was drafted by the respected immigration firm of Chronis & Kreher LLP, San Francisco, CA www.chronisandkreher.com. If you need a U.S. immigration lawyer, they may be available for hire to advise you.