Right now, I'm working on a zine in my series of Otaku Surival Guides
that will be focused on Artists Alley. I intend the zine to be a bit of an answer book to all the questions I commonly see on forums, some insight from my own experiences, and most importantly, a useful tool for artists who are just thinking about getting a table and useful to those who've been doing it for awhile.
My focus is not only on 2-D artists, but on the writers and 3-D craftsmen who also create anime related works, still, in the course of writing questions it is easiest to just use the term “artist”. Not all replies will be used in the book, though I do intend to list all replies on my website, once the redesing is finished. I plan to ask these same questions of a few different artists alley veterans, and will be using the replies in the book. I will not necessarily be using every answer from every question, depending on how many replies I receive. I do not plan to edit any more than simply fixing up grammar problems and maybe querying back for clarity, but I may very likely use only one or two of your answers to the questions. My goal is to get a variety of replies, so I will certianly not use ones that are exactly the same. Also, if you wish to illustrate any of your answers (literally in drawings, or figuratively with examples) feel free.
I will send out pdfs of the zine to anyone who’s replies I use in the zine. My own experience comes from attending many conventions, hanging out with lots of artists, and assisting in running Anime NebrasKon for four years, including setting up and managing the Artists Alley. While I can’t particularly draw, I love design work, writing, sewing, and working with clay. My artists alleys so far have been Anime Iowa 2003 (I think -_-), SakuraCon 2007, 2008, Kumoricon 2007, 2008, AnimeExpo 2008, ChibiChibi Con 2008, Stumptown 2008, NDK 2007, 2008. Plus, I’ve listened to many a Steve Bennet rant on what to do in the AA. I also received my masters degree in publishing and teach in the Creation Station.
By sending my your answers, you consent to letting me publish them in my zine, on my website, and in an eventual compilation book.
Thank you very much for your replies,
Otaku Survival Guides - http://www.otakusurvivalguide.com
Post here or e-mail me replies at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also give me any information about your website or online galleries, because I certainly want to include those for all artists (and writers) who answer these questions.
What was your first experience at an Artist’s Alley like, and how has it changed since then?
What advice would you give a newbie? Or perhaps, what would you go back and tell yourself at your first alley?
How do you think Artist’s Alleys are changing in terms of fan art and original art? Do you see more artists trying to branch out into original works?
Do you see conventions becoming stricter about what can be sold in Artist’s Alleys and what needs to be sold in the Dealer’s Room?
What do you think about costume props and other more 3-D works that might be made from a mold, being sold in the Artist’s Alley?
What kind of changes do you think we’ll be seeing over the next few years?
Pen and Sketch Pad or Computer and Tablet? (Or for you writers, Laptop or Notebook? 3-D Artists, create your own dilemma)