The Annex

Discover something new, something edgy, something fun and exciting.

The Annex is a new concept space located in Kentia Hall, adjacent to Artist Alley. This year, the Annex features cutting-edge fashion and art. Showcasing creators’ original art and designs, the debut of Animepls by Bioworld, and fashion brands from Japan, The Annex will also feature live art, a portfolio review area, and a lounge area for Artist Alley participants and exhibitors.

Debut of Animepls

We’re excited to partner with Animepls for The Annex, where they will bring the ultimate IRL anime experience! Follow the red carpet in Kentia Hall for surprise meet + greets, high-res photo backdrops, and AX-only merchandise with exclusive art from My Hero Academia, Dragon Ball Super, Black Clover, and more! Be sure to visit the Animepls website to get the latest updates on all their activities for AX!

Portfolio Sessions

Anime Expo is once again proud to provide aspiring anime artists with a venue to gather, learn, and gain feedback on their artwork from industry professionals as it is important that artists have a friendly, encouraging environment with which to enjoy all aspects of anime. These Portfolio Review sessions are strictly to help provide feedback and guidance to the next generation of anime artists. These reviews are free of charge with no obligation from either side to move forward with a business relationship.

Portfolio review sessions will be conducted by The Annex Guests of Honor, Santa Inoue (creator of Tokyo Tribe) and Artist/Animator Sean Danconia (founder of SupaPop Studios), along with Collateral Damage Studios (Artist Alley Table C16/C17), Ruwen Liu of Sizigi Studios (Artist Alley Table L22), Stu Levy (Founder of TOKYOPOP), and Natalia Batista (Manga Artist).



  • Each session must be completed within 15 minutes.
  • Bring a physical portfolio. Power and Internet will not be provided onsite.
  • Do NOT ask for autographs or photos.
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Santa Inoue

Comic artist[a.k.a.“King of Street Comics”] who is famous for the graphic novels “Tokyo Tribes”. He also produces own clothing and toy brand “SANTASTIC!”.

Sean Danconia

Artist/Animator and Founder of SupaPop Studios

Collateral Damage Studios

A professional art studio from Singapore. Some of the mascots designed by resident character designer WaHa include Internet Explorer's Aizawa Inori and Nutaku's Nutaku-chan. He is also the lead illustrator of the various Anime Expo art you can see around the convention!

Ruwen Liu of Sizigi Studios

Ruwen is creative director at Sizigi Studios, a San Francisco-based game studio. She loves making colorful images which combine anime with western classical paintings. When she's not painting, Ruwen works on developing artificial intelligence to draw anime.

Stu Levy

Stu Levy is an international entrepreneur, producer, director, and writer. Founder of the pioneering media company TOKYOPOP, Stu is known fo­­­­­r establishing the manga market in North America.

Natalia Batista

Natalia Batista is a Swedish manga artist, illustrator and comic art teacher at Serieskolan in Malmö, the most prominent comic art school in Sweden. Her works include the kid's manga Mjau! Member of the Swedish manga artist collective and publisher Nosebleed Studio.

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