#09: Spend a Day in WonderCon’s Artists’ Alley!
This year’s Artists’ Alley will be the largest ever featured at WonderCon! 367 separate exhibitors will fill this massive space in Hall C at the Anaheim Convention Center, and you could fill your entire day going from table to table to see what each and every exhibitor has to offer. From new, independent artists to the artists you know and love, the variety and talent you will discover will astound you. Try a new comic or two, buy a stunning art print as a souvenir, or just immerse yourself and be inspired! With all the great talent at WonderCon Anaheim, you’ll be have plenty to choose from!
For many attendees, the chance to buy some original art has become one of the highlights of the WonderCon Anaheim experience. If you are considering buying some original art this year, be sure to think about how you will safely transport your art back home. While some vendors may offer plastic bags to protect your art from the weather, you may also want to consider bringing poster board, poster tubes, rubber bands, or packing material to make sure your art stays safe. (Some (if not all) of this essential material is available in the WCA Exhibit Hall, too!
Navigating this show within a show can be a bit tricky—and you can almost spend your entire day in there!—so here are some tips.
Make sure you browse through portfolios and binders on the artists’ tables. They can't display everything on their tabletops, and you never know what kind of hidden treasure you might find.
Many artists will do sketches (for a fee), and most will sign published work such as comics and books. A lot of artists offer prints of some of their work, which you can get signed with a purchase.
Be courteous and don’t ask them to sign every issue of that complete 100-issue run that you brought along.
Remember other people want to see their work, too, so be aware of the people around you and whether or not you’re blocking table access for others.
Collect the business cards of artists whose work you like, so you can visit their websites or social media later and purchase something you missed. And check social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) hashtags to discover artwork and merchandise that's been posted. Find out what their table number is or ask the person who posted the art on social media who they purchased it from. Use the WonderCon Artists’ Alley and Exhibitor Lists on our website and the official Comic-Con App to do some advance research and check out what people may be selling at the show.
Our regular Toucan contributor, artist Steve Lieber (Whiteout, The Fix) has offered his own unique perspective of sitting BEHIND a table in Artists’ Alley and some advice on how to visit this massive part of the Exhibit Hall floor. Click here to read it!
WonderCon’s Artists’ Alley is a literal treasure trove of great art … set time aside to explore all of it! Click here for our Artists’ Alley list of exhibitors and click here for a map of the Exhibit Hall!
Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.