Artist Alley Policies
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While in the Alley all convention, federal, state, and local laws, policies, and rules apply. Artists
are responsible and required to follow any applicable laws, rules, and policies.
FanArt & Acceptable / Prohibited Items
The following policies for Artist Alley must be followed by all table artists. Anime Detour and their
staff are not lawyers nor copyright/trademark owner of items you are likely to draw for art, and thus
cannot make judgement calls on this behalf. You must follow all Federal, state, and local laws when
creating/selling art, especially fan art.
As a general rule, the following are potentially safe and may be sold:
- Original Character Work
- Commissioned hand drawn works made at the convention
- Individual handmade items that are unique and in the artist's own style
- Fan art which is clearly made by the artist and not the license holder. Which do not contain
trademarked items. Companies must actively defend their trademarks or risk losing them.
As a general rule the following should NOT be sold within the alley:
- Food and beverages of any kind.
- Raffles, Wheels, etc, where a purchase is required or increases chances (due to local laws).
- Copyrighted/Trademarked logos and designs (whether or not they are unique or not).
- Traced, copied, or photoed art of a copyrighted/trademarked source.
- Products you did not create yourself (pre-packaged/bought items) - exception: original designs
you created yourself. But not sold in stores.
A single artist or studio is allowed a maximum of one table. You may not bring additional tables to
The tables are non-movable, to ensure each artist has the appropriate amount of space
without encroaching onto others or claiming more space than others. A table may be
removed at the discretion of the head of the Art Show if a reasonable reason and plan
is agreed upon before the convention. Tables are approximately 6’x30”.
Tables will be assigned by the Artist Alley Staff. Special requests will be entertained, however we
cannot guarantee any requests.
Cost and Registration
Tables cost $100 and include a single registration. Artists are responsible to register any other
artists during the convention open-registration time frame and before the convention sells out.
We get far more applicants than space for tables each year. As a result the selection process is a
juried selection based on a variety of factors based on your application form. Please help not only the
department staff out, but also yourself out by filling out the form in the most complete and helpful
Artist groups and artists may share their tables with others to help create a balanced alley. Please
inform the Artist Department before convention via e-mail if this is the case. The person/group claiming
the table must be the primary person/group who signed up unless otherwise negotiated with the department
No Proxy Selling
In order to foster a better relationship between artists and fans, Anime Detour Artist Alley does not
allow Proxy Selling. Proxy Selling is when you will not be present to sell your art work and instead
send a representative to sell. Please be aware, we do allow helpers to assist in running your table from
time to time since we know artists need breaks. We also allow groups of artists to share tables and sell
each other's work, but said artists should be at a table for a fair amount of time during the
All artists must check in no later than Friday at close of Artist Alley. Failure to check in by this
time forfeits your table and may be sold to another artist group without a refund. All artists must show
a photo-ID to check in to Artist Alley. Only the primary person who signed up/paid for a table may
check-in the table unless arranged in advance by contacting Art Department staff.
Badges may be picked up for artists from the Artist Alley Check-In Area. Instructions will be given in
e-mail prior to the convention. All persons inside the Alley must have a badge visible at all times.
Behind The Table
No more than 2 people can be present behind a table at any given time. Two chairs will be provided with
each table. You may not bring additional chairs to supplement this. There is very limited space behind
each table as tables often back up against another set of chairs and tables. Please understand space is
If an artist fails to check-in for their table by close of Artist Alley on Friday, the table is
considered surrendered with no refund of the price. The table may be sold to another artist/artist-group
at the discretion of the Art Department Head. We are reasonable people, if we are notified that you
cannot make it on time (for example a plane was delayed) we will keep your table around, but we must
know before we make arrangements to sell the table to another artist. Please let us know as soon as
Tables should be manned at all times. If a significant portion of time your table is noted as unmanned
by the Artist Department, you may removed from the alley or prevented from coming back at the discretion
of the Art Department Head. If a table appears to be abandoned for a large period of time and you cannot
be reached your table may be packed up. Please inform Art Department Staff if you must leave for an
extended period of time so we can note it.
Transfer/Selling of Tables
We do not allow transferring or selling your table to another artist or artist group under any
Tables are non-refundable.
Tables structures, signs, and items may not extend onto another table and must stay within the
boundaries of your table. You may not encroach on the space of other tables or more than half the space
between you and the table directly behind you. Please respect all boundaries.
Adult material must be setup and concealed up in a way to prevent minors for seeing it. The
acceptability of such setups are the at the discretion of the art department head. Adult material may
not be sold to minors, a government issued photo ID should be checked. Failure to comply with these
rules may mean removal from the Alley without a refund at the discretion of the Art Department Head,
further actions may be taken at the discretion of Anime Detour Leadership. They also may be held
accountable under Minnesota and local city/county laws.
The communication from Artist Alley pre-con is generally directed only at the person who is signing up
for the table. It is their duty to update all members of their group to any important information
presented in the e-mails.
Website/Printed Media Disclaimer
Being a part of Artist Alley allows us to list your name on our website or in any printed material
listing you as an Artist Alley Participant. A link to a website provided may also be listed. If you do
not wish for this to occur please contact the artist alley staff via email immediately upon being
accepted. We will do everything we can to ensure you will not be listed if that is what you wish, but
things may have already gone to print or delay in taking items down. Please be aware.
Photography as a general rule is prohibited inside the Artist Alley.
Commissions are between the Artist and the person ordering the commission. Anime Detour and staff cannot
assist you in locating either party or mediating disputes.
Please refrain from yelling, running, obscene language, and other disturbing behavior while inside the
Alley. Please be respectful of all other artists and our thousands of guests that may wander through the
alley. Anything not permitted by the convention, local/state/federal laws, or the hotel is not allowed
in the Alley as well. Please be courteous. Please keep noise to a low level. No music or other loud
noises/lights may be used that affect nearby tables.
Violation of these rules or a the request of a copyright/trademark owner we may at the discretion of Art
Department Staff ask to remove offending items or revoke your ability to sell items and ask you leave
the Artist Alley. Further actions may be performed at the discretion of the greater Anime Detour
All judgements are at the discretion of the Art Department Head or Anime Detour Leadership.
Anime Detour reserves the right to change these rules at any time. Every effort will be made to update
all active and approved Artist Alley members for the current year if these rules change via e-mail.