What is the Artist Alley and how do I get a table?
The Artist Alley is J-Popcon’s dedicated area for crafters and artists. There people can sell their artwork and crafts, plus also meet and network with other artists.
You can apply for a table by filling out the this form, that will be processed by the Artist Alley organizers.
How are Artist Alley tables allocated?
Artist Alley tables are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, for qualified applicants. To qualify you must provide an URL link in your application with pictures of your items, for us to review. This allows us to judge the quality of your work, and ensure it is relevant to anime, manga or Japanese popular culture.
1 table measures 180 x 75 cm (70 cm in height), and there is room for 2 people per table.
Is there a cost to having a table in Artist Alley?
No, there is no additional cost for having a table in Artist Alley, however you are required to have registered and paid for a full J-Popcon-membership, (meaning all weekend) regardless of which days you wish to have a table.
When is the Artist Alley open?
Artist Alley is open for the convention public in the following timeslots:
- Friday from 16:00 to 22:00 (early access for participating artists from 14:00)
- Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00
- Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00
Artists are permitted early Artist Alley access, to prepare your allocated table for display, before the official opening.
The Artists can get access to Artist Alley from the Friday at 14:00 o’ clock. But only if you have your registration confirmed through the VIP check-in desk near the entrance to J-Popcon, and have your access wristband put on.
Can I accept commissions?
Yes! Commissions may be agreed directly between the artist and customers, however J-Popcon can take no additional responsibility for these personal commissions.
What do I need to bring along in order to be in the Artist Alley?
(1) Your wares / Items for Sale, and (2) Table covering (e.g. tablecloth, bedsheet, piece of fabric). To keep displays neat, we also appreciate it if the covering is long enough for you to store other items and bags discretely out of sight, under the table.
We highly recommend you remember to bring item price tags, change money and business cards.
Can I sell my Fan-Art?
Generally yes, we allow Fan Art, provided the artist contributes something unique: personal style, known figures in a new setting, mash-up of various series etc.
It must be clear to the viewer/customer, that this is Fan-Art and thus easy to distinguish from official drawings and posters from film/series which may be subject to copyright and trademark law.
Direct copies/traces will not be permitted!
Where can I store my items overnight?
Artists in the Artist Alley are allowed to store items in a reserved part of the cloakroom, which allows artist access without standing in the general queue. We do require you to name, pack and store your items safely, e.g. in tightly closed suitcase. Artists may leave their items in the Artist Alley overnight, however this is at the artists' risk, since there is no staff supervision out of hours, nor can the area be locked since it is a fire escape route.
Can my friend/mum sit at my table and keep me company?
Yes, provided they have also paid for a membership for J-Popcon, they are welcome to help you man your table. Please ensure you also include their names in advance on your application. As a rule there is only one chair per registered artist, with a max of 2 chairs per table.
Can I bring a piece of cardboard/partition wall and place behind my table, so I can hang up artwork on it?
Yes you may; as long as it doesn’t block for the general passage, nor encroach upon the area of the neighbouring tables.
Will there be access to power at my table?
As a rule, yes! Artist Alley are trying hard to ensure that every table has a power plug (220V) behind it, or in its vicinity.
Can I leave my table to attend an event/competition/lecture during J-Popcon ?
Yes, as I guiding rule, of course you are allowed to leave your table to attend one or two events, but we appreciate it if you then notify an Artist Alley representative, and tell us how long you anticipate being away.
To be fair to other artists, please note we reserve the right to remove and reallocate artists' belongings if they are only manned for 2-3 hours daily, so please do consider this when applying.
Can J-Popcon provide me with change money?
No, unfortunately J-Popcon cannot provide you with change money or lend you a credit card terminal as we do not manage these.
We encourage you to remember to bring change money if you think you are going to need it. If you have a Danish bank account, it is also a good idea to have a MobilePay account since a large number of Danish con-goers use MobilePay.
I do not have a table in Artist Alley? Can I sit down somewhere and show people my drawings?
You are not allowed to put your drawings up on walls or spread them on tables or floors, but you are of course welcome to show them to people who are interested.
Ask the Artist Alley representative if it all right for you to do so.
Will there still be prizes for the artists of Artist Alley?
Yes! As with last year, there will both be a prize for Best Drawing/Painting Artist, Best Crafter, and for the best/most creatively decorated table.
Can I have a table in Artist Alley even though I’m under 18 years old?
No, unfortunately, we cannot accept you as an artist in Artist Alley, even though I’m sure you are very talented. It is a lot of hours you have to sit alone, plus you also need to handle money. That’s why we have a minimum age rule of 18 years old. With the exception that you are allowed to sit in Artist Alley if you are between 16 and 18 years old, but are sitting with friends above the age of 18, and have a written permission from your parents.
Can I have a table all to myself? I have a lot of items to sell.
No unfortunately not. Due to area limits, we had to create the rule, that the people who apply as a single person and are approved, have to share table with another person who also apply alone. We want to accept as many talented artists as possibly into our Artist Alley, and not have to turn down a lot of people. That is the reason behind the “sharing of tables” rule. If the total number of applicants correspond to the number of tables, people might be able to get a table each, but you really shouldn’t count on that.
Can I sell my drawings that contain nudity, eroticism, extreme violence and other topics not for children. (So called 18+/NSFW)
Yes! If you are an artist that work with those topic, you are allowed to bring your artwork for selling. However, it is very IMPORTANT, that it is not openly displayed, so that everyone can see it. You have to put the drawings in an opaque/non-transparent folder or box, clearly labelled “18+/NSFW”. The artist him/herself also has the responsibility that children do not look at these items.
Can I choose my table on my own, is it first come first serve on the day, or will J-Popcon assign the tables beforehand?
We have a seating chart of the Artist Alley, so everyone will have been given a specific table from the start, so there won't be any confusion about the tables. If you have any specific wishes to sit next to a specific artist, be seated close to the entrance or such, then please specify it, in the comments section. Then we'll do our absolute best to take this into consideration.
I can see that you’re supposed to have registered and paid for your 2017 J-Popcon membership in order to apply for a table in Artist Alley. What if I’m not accepted into the Artist Alley, and don’t want to be a member of J-Popcon 2017 or participate in the April festival. Can I get my money back?
Yes of course, you can get your money back. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will annul your membership and give you your money back.