|Borrowed from panelsonpages.com|
Like last year, Artist Alley was set up in a far wing of the convention center; far from the exhibitors and panels. Overall, I think this benefits Artist Alley. You don't have to worry as much about the bottle necking that happens on the main show floor, and you know that people who made the trip there are more likely to be looking to pick up art than those on the main show floor who could be there for any number of reasons.
The negative, I feel, is that the Small Press section is located on the main show floor far from Artist Alley when they have a lot of overlap. I was in the Small Press section last year, and I felt that our table suffered little bit by not being in Artist Alley instead. Some people did amazingly well in that section though. I know the Kill Shakespeare crew sold out of most of their products over in the small press section.
|Art by Mike Norton|
Also, sketches. My God, the sketches. I was able to get tons of sketches, many for free, by some top artists. They may not be the most time consuming sketches, but they are amazing and great souvenirs from the con. And if you're willing to drop a few bucks, you could get some really outstanding original art. I walked out with 4 sketches I paid for, 3 of which were $20 or under. Depends on the artists and their schedules.
|Art by Colleen Doran|
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