In Artist Alley, you’ll find an amazing showcase of artists celebrating all things pop culture! These artists create original and fan art including but not limited to: comic books, art prints, novels, jewelry, clothing and homewares.
DO I QUALIFY FOR AN ARTIST ALLEY STAND?
The artist alley is a space for independent artists who are producing either: a) self-made artwork in the form of comics, prints, cards, posters or other printed paper-based media, b) self-written and self-published novels or writings in book/comic form or c) handmade and designed jewelry, apparel or homewares. Artists may not sell a commercial amount of any product or sell any product that was not primarily drawn/designed (and handmade/constructed where appropriate) by themselves. For a full listing of rules, please click here: Artist Alley Application Criteria and Rules
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
The application process must be completed for each Oz Comic-Con tour individually (that is, if you want to apply for Melbourne and Brisbane/Sydney, you will need to submit 2 applications). Once applications are closed, your application will be reviewed by a panel of curators. The Artist Alley curators are selected from a range of people with appropriate industry experience. Once the curators have finished reviewing the submitted portfolios, all artists will be notified of their status.
SUBMITTING YOUR PORTFOLIO
Upon applying, we ask that you provide a current portfolio of your work to assist in the judging process. Your portfolio should clearly display a sample of the items you would be intending to sell at Oz Comic-Con. Your portfolio is what your application is judged on, so the better it represents your business the better. Your portfolio can be presented as a dedicated website, Facebook page or attached document such as a PDF or slideshow, as long as it clearly only shows your original work. For authors we ask that you provide cover art, a synopsis and the first chapter of your novel.
WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN YOUR PORTFOLIO
Your application will be accepted based on your portfolio, so be sure it clearly displays your work. If you are submitting a social media page (such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.) then those pages need to clearly show your own work and should not have images from other artists included (i.e. images you have shared on your page, or re-uploaded, etc.). If you are a print artist, digital versions of your works are acceptable. If you sell physical items, clear images of the items are best. Your portfolio can also include images of your table/booth/space setup. Your portfolio should best represent what you intend to display or sell at your table.
Quality is the single biggest factor taken into consideration in the curation process, but Artist Alley curators will also place a high value on work that is original, highly distinctive or new. Artists from the city in which the event is taking place will also be given additional consideration.
Once notified of acceptance into the 2018 Oz Comic-Con Artist Alley, artists are required to pay the full amount owed for space within 14 days. Table prices remain the same year-on-year, with similar space available to artists as in 2016 Oz Comic-Con events. Applications may only be made for single tables in 2018, and if space permits artists interested in additional tables will be given that option.
DEADLINES AND IMPORTANT DATES
Applications for the Artist Alley are now closed. Due to the overwhelming number of applications, there will be no additional wait list maintained. Please see the rules for deadlines for applications, notification and payment.
For more information on the Oz Comic-Con Artist Alley please contact us at, ArtistAlley@ozcomiccon.com. While we are able to respond to most requests, no feedback or comments will be offered to applicants about their specific applications and all judging decisions are final.