Update: Due to the postponement of Kumoricon 2020, we will not be making acceptance decisions for Kumoricon 2021 Artist Alley or Small Press based on our 2020 application process. We understand that stock and skill change over time and we would like to give all our applicants an equal opportunity for admission, so we will be asking that artists reapply in 2021.
Instead, the top 120 Artist Alley and top 20 Small Press applications (from our 2020 juries) will be listed and promoted on our website as part of a digital KumoriMarket. As of August 3, 2020, we have contacted these accepted applicants via email with further details.
The below information will be updated with Kumoricon 2021 application information as the event approaches.
The Kumoricon Artist Alley welcomes amateur and professional artists to showcase their work and original merchandise. Artist Alley merchandise traditionally includes fan art prints, manga, models, paintings, and novelty crafts, but is limited only by your imagination.
Kumoricon's 2020 Artist Alley will be utilizing a jury process to accept applications. Applications received by the closure date (see below) will be chosen based on the Jury Process without regard to when they were submitted. The Jury Process will begin following the close of Artist Alley applications with notifications of your status going out to all applicants by the end of May. The Jury Process will be based on (in order of importance):
Applications for Artist Alley have closed as of April 1. Notifications of acceptance, decline, or waitlist status to applying artists are expected to be sent by the end of May.
- Adhering to the Artist Alley rules and guidelines based on information in the application (incomplete applications are disqualified)
- Variety of products/offerings/artwork (categories of many types)
- Professionalism and completeness of portfolio
Artists should be ready to provide:
- Basic contact information, including an up-to-date email address
- Examples of work through photos of booths at prior events (this is highly preferred), DeviantArt/YouTube tutorial/websites with example art, or any online link that gives examples of at least 10 pieces of work.*
Note: If your examples display violations described in the Artist Agreement (linked below), your application will automatically receive a score of 0.
Pricing and applications: Full Artist Alley spaces includes 2 full weekend memberships (valued at $90-$140), and will have a cost of $200 for standard tables.
Artist Alley tables are 6-foot tables with a 2-foot width and two chairs. Each artist table includes 2 weekend memberships to the convention.