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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: May 25, 2011, 08:04:53 PM »
remind you to check in to the Artist Alley *BEFORE* going to, or
setting up at your assigned table.

To make check in Faster, please do NOT bring all of your wares with
you for check in.  Please check in first, then go and get your wares.
It is not necessary to bring all of your wares, props, etc with you
for check in. Doing so significantly slows the line down. You only
need your account number, member badge, seller's permit (2 copies),
valid ID and for those under 16 a parent and letter as earlier
outlined.

We are reminding you that although we have given you your table
assignment in advance, you MUST check in first before going to your
table. You may not go to your table to even just "drop off" stuff and
then get in line.

If we see people moving their supplies to a table before checking in,
we will have to scrap the idea of disclosing table locations in
advance next year. We don't want to have to do that, so please, follow
the rules!

Sincerely,
AA Staff

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: May 23, 2011, 12:06:29 PM »
Greetings Artists,

Many times we get asked during Fanime at what table someone is
located. For privacy concerns we have not released this information in
previous years. Feedback we have received indicated that Artists were
interested in having the option left up to them as to whether or not
we can tell an inquiring con-goer where an artist is sitting.

So...this year we would like to give you the choice!

If you would like us to be able to tell folks what table you are located:
- Send us a Separate email with your Account Number and the word
"List" in the Subject line.
- In the email, note if you approve just your name to be included
and/or your fan/professional name.
- At tables with more than one Artist, the Primary Artist preference
will apply to all Artists.

Response is not required. If we don't hear from you, we won't tell
folks where your table is.

We will also be verifying your choice when the Primary Artist checks
in at the Artist Alley.

Additionally, after the end of today (Monday, May 23rd), Artist Alley will be
closed to any requests to add artists or helpers to existing accounts.

 Those accounts that currently have pending requests need not worry as
they are already being handled.

Any requests should be submitted as an original email with your
account number in the Subject line.

Sincerely,
AA Staff

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: May 19, 2011, 10:14:27 PM »
The 2010 AA layout. Just about the same as this years. This years has more aisles (6 x 4, instead of 8 x 3. same # of tables) and 6 more tables in the lower left by the "pika pika" thing. The first 312 tables should be about the same.
http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee468/sneaths-maille/Dump/AALayout-10.jpg

I'm T221 this year

Confirming the 2011 layout as similar to the 2010 layout. The difference is that the 3 rows (going left to right) of tables are now closer to each other because there is an added 4th row near the entrances. There is one extra half-column of tables in the 4th row.

Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with a JPEG of the layout for everyone after it's scanned in and such!

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: May 19, 2011, 09:22:02 PM »
Hi everyone, please check your emails for the latest message from the AA staff containing a PDF with the seating chart! :) Message-only reposted here:

Greetings Artists,

All the paid accounts now have their seating assignment listed. You
can see the seating assignment by logging in at:
http://apps.fanime.com/2011/artist/index.php

Attached is the table number decoder-inator.

Sincerely,
AA Staff

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Artist Alley Display?
« on: May 16, 2011, 02:53:30 PM »
Don't plan on there being a lot of space behind you, sorry! You'll likely have another artist behind you, as the tables are generally set up to be facing away from each other for every 2 rows. It's usually a good idea not to store anything behind you (but rather under the tables) so as to provide for more walking space in-between the 2 rows of tables. If you have one of the PVC pipe displays, I don't think you need to worry about using any space behind your table, though! :)

Also, your display can also technically be as tall as you want it to be, but remember, if it falls, that's bad!

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Live Programming and Events / Artist Alley Check-In Details 2011
« on: May 16, 2011, 02:48:43 PM »
Greetings Artists,

Artist Alley Check-In will open at 11am on Friday morning.

BEFORE CHECK-IN

You will need to have in your hands the following:

1. Your FanimeCon Membership badge. Yes, you must get your badge from
Registration FIRST

2. Two (2) copies of your California Seller's Permit. One copy is for
our records and one for you to keep at your table with you at all
times (this is California law)

3. A valid form of ID (such as a State ID, Drivers License or
Passport).
Student IDs are NOT a valid form of ID

4. Your Artist Alley Account Number

5. If you or anyone in your group that is selling will be under the age
of 18 (but no younger than 16) at the time of the Convention, please
note the following:

  • a. The minor's parent or legal guardian will need to check them in at
    the Artist Alley registration. A note will NOT be acceptable.  Being
    checked in by the primary artist (unless they are your
    parent/guardian) also will not be acceptable.
  • b. The minor must be included under a California Seller's Permit. The
    minor will need a separate letter signed by their parent/guardian
    which allows the minor to sell under the permit without the
    parent/guardian present.
  • c. If the minor's parent/guardian is not going to have a FanimeCon
    badge, you need to let us know! You will need a letter from us so that
    the parent/guardian can come in to check you in at the Alley.

This is in addition to all of the normal artist information and requirements.

Make sure you have prepared all of the above before you come to check-in for your table!

DURING CHECK-IN

There will be several check-in lines. These will be broken up by Account Number.

If you are part of a group, your Group Leader (Primary Artist) MUST be
the one to check in.
We will not release the group of tables until the
leader is there. If you have more questions, or your leader can not
make it Friday please e-mail us (artistalley@fanime.com) so that we
can make special arrangements.

Artist Alley registration will last from 11am on Friday to 12noon on
Saturday. IF YOU CAN NOT MAKE IT BY SATURDAY AT NOON YOU NEED TO
E-MAIL US TO MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS!!
If you are not there by
Saturday at noon and you have not made arrangements with us then your
table will be forfeited and made available for on-the-spot selling.
We will be available by email until Thursday, May 26 at 10am.  If you
have not made arrangements by that time we cannot guarantee we will
receive any messages.

There will stickers for the Artist Alley again this year. These
stickers will allow you to come in before the Alley opens and stay
after the Alley closes to the general public. These stickers are the
ONLY thing that will allow you in or out. The stickers are meant to
allow for setup/cleanup only. Anyone who is found wandering/shopping
in the Artist Alley outside of Public Hours will have their sticker
confiscated.

If you have:
- 1/2 table you get 1 Sticker,
- 1 table with 1 person you get 1 Sticker,
- 1 table with 2 or more people you get 2 Stickers,
- X tables with Y people on the account you get the lesser of: X * 2
Stickers or Y Stickers.

Example:
- Two tables with 5 people gets the lesser of 2*2 or 5 - so they get 4 stickers.
- Two tables with 3 people gets the lesser of 2*2 or 3 - so they get 3 stickers.

So basically if you have more than two people per table (ie: doing
shifts or additional helpers) you will have to decide which folks get
the stickers. If you feel you really need extra stickers you can ask
Bree on Saturday After 2pm if there are any left.

Remember everyone already has been assigned a seat. You don’t have to
worry about being the first person in the doors. You already have a
table and that won't change. If you are not happy with your table and
want to swap, we as staff are OK with that. To swap tables you can go
up to the artists sitting at the table you want to be sitting at and
ask them nicely if they would mind swapping tables with you. If they
say yes, then both Primary Artists need to come up to the Staff
tables, but not until AFTER we finish the first round of check-in, and
get our OK.

You MUST check in before you go to your table. While we are providing
your seating table number in advance, you MUST check before getting
set up.

If you have any questions, please send an email including your account
number in the Subject line.

Sincerely,
AA Staff

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: May 16, 2011, 02:30:03 PM »
Greetings Artists!

All artist Alley accounts should be completed up to Step 6, including
checking the accept the table agreement box. If you have your seller's
permit number, please enter it and complete your account to Step 7. If
you don't have your seller's permit number, it's ok. Just have it by
Fanime!

You can log in to your account anytime at:
http://apps.fanime.com/2011/artist/index.php

Please keep a note of this link as we will also be updating the
seating assignments to the accounts this week. With such a large
number of accounts it will take several days for us to get everyone
updated.

If you need to contact us, please send a separate email with your
Account Number in the Subject line. This will help us help you faster.

Sincerely,
AA Staff

--

Details about check-in will be posted shortly as well!

Edit: Check-in details posted here!
http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,16127.msg418518.html#msg418518

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Artist Alley Display?
« on: May 16, 2011, 02:25:13 PM »
This is going to be my first time too (if I get approved *Crosses fingers*) to doing something like this and I want to make a great impression! So last year I've saw some people using some kind of clamp with a rod and builing this frame with piping. One person told me they bought it at Home Depot but I haven't had any luck finding such a thing. It's a great way to get your art up high to draw attention. Can anyone "HELP" me in finding what I'm searching for? The name of it or a place where to buy it.

Most people I know (myself included) uses these. http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100011109/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 :) I'm not exactly sure about the size (mini or regular? or if you want 4.5 inch or 6 inch but if I remember correctly, the mini size fits well into 1" piping.) Piping and connectors (for the frame's corners) can be easily found at home depot for cheap.

Also, this thread from 4chan archives is pretty useful. http://4chanarchive.org/brchive/dspl_thread.php5?thread_id=2881197&x=Artist+Alley#2884993

But if you're wary about clicking on things that say "4chan" haha, or if you don't want to sift through a lot of posts, then here's a couple of the pictures from the thread. The first picture is what most people use (and what I've quoted), and the second is someone else's design that doesn't need any clamps and sounds to be still very sturdy.
1) http://4chanarchive.org/images/cgl/2881197/1272435346572.png (Although I don't know about the duct tape bit...it's preferred that artists don't try to tape things to the table unless they bring their own tablecloth.)
2) http://4chanarchive.org/images/cgl/2881197/1272522392955.jpg

Good luck! I hope that helped.

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: May 10, 2011, 01:07:09 AM »
This is a friendly reminder that payment for your FanimeCon Artist Alley table(s) is due no later than COB May 15th.

To check your account status please log in at: http://apps.fanime.com/2011/artist/index.php

Failure to pay on time will result in the forfeiture of your table(s).

Sincerely,
AA Staff

--
If you've already paid/didn't receive the above email, you're good to go. :)

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: May 07, 2011, 02:55:55 AM »
This is a general question regarding table sharing:
My friend didn't get a table, so I decided to share my table with him. I've finished registration through step 7 already with only me as the artist for my table. How do I add him? I assume that emailing artistalley@fanime is the way to go, but haven't gotten a reply from a previous email I sent there...

Please try emailing artistalley@fanime again, and quote your previous email as well! You should get a response this time, especially since you're adding someone to your table.

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: May 03, 2011, 09:39:00 AM »
Greetings!

We know you are all wondering…  so... what about this seating thing?

We understand in the few years prior the first one hundred artists
have gotten to pick their seats. This year we will be doing something
a little different. Seating will be assigned by the following
principles:

- Seating disability and other special accommodations where they need
to be (on end, wall, by a bathroom, etc).
- Grouping “sit by” requests.
- Generally seating in order of registration from right to left, front to back.

Our goal is to accommodate as many requests as we can so you can sit
by or near your friends, balanced by the limitations of the table and
room configuration. For example, there are only a very few wall table
spaces, and only so many end of row spots.

Please note: we will not be able to accommodate every request but
we’ll do what we can for as many as possible.

We already have a lot of requests from the comments field in your
Alley registration.  Groups are automatically seated together.  With
regards to location, again we’re filling the room from front to back.
You can let us know if you have a preference for right/left/middle
which when we seat your account we’ll check your requests, but unless
you want to be in the back, we don’t need to know you want to be in
the front. If you show us a specific table where you want to be
seated, it will be ignored.

If you have a seating request which you have NOT already included in
your comments when you registered, please send us an Email by MAY 9TH!
In the SUBJECT line of the email, please say Seating Request and
include your Account Number.  If this is a “sit by” request, include
your friends account number and CC them, so we don’t get the same
request twice.

Table assignments will be emailed and updated to your Artist Alley
account the week of May 16th. If you have not paid for your table
(Deadline May 15th), you will only be assigned a table after you
complete your payment.

Upcoming Information: Check In Process, Alley Rules and more!

Sincerely,
AA Staff

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: April 30, 2011, 12:44:26 AM »
Welcome!

We are looking forward to a fantastic Artist Alley in just 28 days!

Deadlines so far:

May 15th - Last day to pay for your Artist Alley table(s)
May 26th - Last chance to get your sellers permit (ok, you could do the morning of the 27th... but why give yourself stress..?) No permit... no selling!
May 27th - Artist Alley Check-In - More on this in the future!

We are currently working hard to answer questions as you all work through completing your Artist Alley registration steps. If you send an email and don't hear from us after a few days regarding a registration issue, please send an email so that we make sure your question isn't missed.

All Accounts should complete their registration into Step 6. Please accept the table agreement, however if you do not yet have your seller's permit number you will not be able to proceed to Step 7. If you have your seller's permit number, please complete to Step 7.

Note for Seller's Permits: Please do NOT put Fanime or Artist Alley as an email, or reference, or responsible party, etc. We are not responsible for your permits, your taxes, et al. Any permits which are registered to or including Artist Alley we will have to send back to BOE for rejection/deletion/removal/etc.

Sincerely,
AA Staff

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: April 21, 2011, 04:27:49 PM »
ATTENTION ARTISTS: You have until May 15th to pay for your table(s).

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: April 13, 2011, 05:05:36 PM »
This email just went out to the AA mailing list. Hopefully this will help clear some stuff up, guys.

Oh simple question! How do you sign up for the AA mailing list? :O Or is it only for those who got the table or something?
anyone can be on the AA mailing list, i think!

it's on the AA FAQ thread (you should read it! it has a lot of useful info ^_^)

Q: Is there a mailing list for the artist alley?
A: Email artistalley[at]fanime.com to be put onto the mailing list.


Thank you for promoting the FAQ! <3

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: April 09, 2011, 03:12:49 PM »
@Chandra Since you double-posted your question to another thread, I'm going to double-post my answer as well. Maybe it can help someone here too, haha.

This is going to be my first time too (if I get approved *Crosses fingers*) to doing something like this and I want to make a great impression! So last year I've saw some people using some kind of clamp with a rod and builing this frame with piping. One person told me they bought it at Home Depot but I haven't had any luck finding such a thing. It's a great way to get your art up high to draw attention. Can anyone "HELP" me in finding what I'm searching for? The name of it or a place where to buy it.

Most people I know (myself included) uses these. http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100011109/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 :) I'm not exactly sure about the size (mini or regular? or if you want 4.5 inch or 6 inch but if I remember correctly, the mini size fits well into 1" piping.) Piping and connectors (for the frame's corners) can be easily found at home depot for cheap.

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Artist Alley FAQ 2011
« on: April 09, 2011, 03:11:06 PM »
I tried emailing artalley@fanime.com but it said that the email didn't exist. So I guess I have to ask here.

It says in the FAQ post to email artistalleyATfanimeDOTcom. Not "artalley"!

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This is going to be my first time too (if I get approved *Crosses fingers*) to doing something like this and I want to make a great impression! So last year I've saw some people using some kind of clamp with a rod and builing this frame with piping. One person told me they bought it at Home Depot but I haven't had any luck finding such a thing. It's a great way to get your art up high to draw attention. Can anyone "HELP" me in finding what I'm searching for? The name of it or a place where to buy it.

Most people I know (myself included) uses these. http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100011109/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 :) I'm not exactly sure about the size (mini or regular? or if you want 4.5 inch or 6 inch but if I remember correctly, the mini size fits well into 1" piping.) Piping and connectors (for the frame's corners) can be easily found at home depot for cheap.

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: April 06, 2011, 08:54:29 AM »
Thanks for the quick replies, modstaff! I really appreciate it. It's good to know that the order is based on when you made the account, not when you were ready for step three. :) I'll pass it along to the Facebook group!

I've already posted it last night, Zully~ :P But thanks for reiterating it again just in case people missed it!

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: April 05, 2011, 01:00:19 AM »
Okay so I tried emailing staff about this but both times gmail told me the email(s) don't exist (I say emails because I saw two different ones and neither of them worked sooo)

I'd like to know if we're allowed to use clamps on our table displays at all? I know there is a rule about not having anything attached to the table and I wanted to be sure if this also included clamps. Not sure if this was already answered or not, but I've been looking around and got mixed messages, so I kinda just wanna clear up some confusion I have. Thanks!

Clamps are definitely okay! In fact, they are encouraged rather than artists use something like, say, duct tape to attach displays to the tables.

The correct email should be artistalley[at]fanime.com.

This sort of question has been asked by a couple of people on the Facebook page and hasn't gotten a response. Thought I'd post it here to see if there's any information I can pass along.

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I have a question that was never answered. So I'll ask again. I know that it's first come first serve with regards to table registrations, but how is seating going to be determined? What about groups that have a leader who registers before me, but the rest of the 7 tables register after me? It won't be fair that they get to choose where they sit, and I get pushed back to a less than desirable location based on that system. How will you guys handle this so that it's the most fair to all artists involved? (That was a concern of mine last year too, with groups getting ten tables..at that point, I'm starting to wonder if it wouldn't be more plausible for them to start getting dealer hall booths since that would consist of about 18-20 people)...


One of the benefits of registering as a group is to be able to have your entire group of friends sit together. It's not necessarily something that should be going to dealer's instead because they may just be a group of friends who want to be together, and not a group of friends who are all selling the same thing or type of thing. Because members of a group are pretty much guaranteed to be able to sit next to each other, the group leader can pick out the tables for their entire table block. I guess, if you will, it can be treated like a group of 8 is still a group of 8 and a solo artist is like a group of 1.

I hope that made some sense!

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: April 04, 2011, 03:20:48 PM »
Ahh another question! (Didn't want to ask by email ;n; ) If my group is approved, and one of my listed helpers are not there to help sell but to just assist me in taking in names or to just chill around, they won't need a seller's permit of their own will they?

If your helper is not there to sell art, they won't need a seller's permit.

It' s also possible you may find someone willing to share their table space, Quatrina.

I just want to reiterate this for everyone! Even if you didn't get your own table, there is always someone willing to share. (:

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