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  1. You need at least 2 years of ACen staffing experience to apply when a spot opens up, either by someone retiring, or leaving for other reasons. New members are elected by the existing members of the board. Generally, when a position opens a notice is sent to ACen staff. We ask for resumes and descriptions of ACen experience, and then we discuss the candidates and cast votes for those we feel are most qualified. The best way to get on the board is to join ACen staff, and work on distinguishing yourself in a leadership position. We deal with financial and legal matters and the overall direction and vision of the organization. We have little to do with the day-to-day functioning of Animecentral, unless we also hold a staffing position. Hope that made things more clear.
  2. 2013 Gripes

    Hall A was unavailable Friday due to another event's preexisting contract. The convention center opened up Hall A on Friday and Saturday of their own volition to help deal with the crowds. We will return to Hall A next year.
  3. 2013 Gripes

    Noted. I will reiterate that we do not sell or distribute that data, I would have been one of the parties reviewing/signing that contract. It's pretty unlikely that it came through us-we were busy running the convention, and there's no real avenue for that data to have been released during con. It is also possible that that line may have fallen off the do-not-call list recently, as the registration works for only 5 years. We do take this very seriously and will look into any possibilities of leaks. Thank you for letting us know of your concerns.
  4. 2013 Gripes

    We do not give out our attendee's personal information to outside entities. Is there a particular reason you are thinking it was us? I'd like to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible. AFAIK, we've never had this come up.
  5. Artist Alley 2012 Feedback

    Ok, keep in mind that I am not Alley staff-just a former head and veteran of many alleys. I make no promises or proclamations. I am just curious about this, and if I were to bring it up as a suggestion to the actual alley staff I'd like feedback to back it up. If we were to look into giving badges to the artists, would you be willing to see a price increase for the table? I'm asking this because we already essentially subsidize Artist Alley-we make next to nothing renting tables at the price we charge, and I suspect that giving out free badges would result in putting the Alley entirely in the red. To make it work, we'd need to come up with some sort of compromise.
  6. How well should I stock my table?

    Are you staying in a hotel room at the con, and do you have room to store stuff there? If so, and it's not prohibitive for travel, bring a few extra of any big ticket items you have and keep them there. In my experience, small inexpensive plush items sell like hotcakes, so plan on bringing your entire stock and keeping them at the table. The bigger ticket items sell more slowly. Keeping only a few on the table at a time will give prospective customers the impression that if they want something, they need to make the decision now, rather then hemming and hawing and planning to come back later. Most time they don't end up coming back, because it's easy to get distracted at the con. If it appears that the item is scarce, it will seem more urgent to make the purchase. For prints, if you don't have any idea how well they'll sell, I would suggest you bring 5-10 of each design to the table, and keep an extra 5 in reserve in the hotel room. That way, they are less likely to get damaged at the table, and you have less inventory to shuffle. This also helps deter shoplifting, because it makes it easier to keep your stock counted. KEEP SALES RECORDS! Consider giving receipts if you sell large ticket items. It makes decisions about stocking easier, and helps if you ever need to prove shoplifting and the like. Free advice for commissions-make a signup list with contact info required (phone is better than email)and require a deposit of 1/3rd to 1/2 payment up front. Give out a business card when you take the payment. People are less likely to "forget" the commission that way, and you won't waste your time on deadbeats. We've never sold out completely (we carry many different things, so it's unlikely.) When we sell out of something in particular, we make sure to note it and how soon it sold out so we can have a better stock next time. Prints tend to go in and out of fashion, so it's especially crucial to keep track of those to keep stock up to date. Hope that helped!
  7. Original vs Fanart

    Seconding DavenEvanXaviour-so long as you stay away from duplicating the licensed merch, you should be ok, presuming you're not mass producing 10 of the same thing. Also, I agree that original plush can sell very well-our studiomate makes original plush and they were selling very well, sometimes as fast as she could finish them at the table. I think it's actually easier to sell plush and other craft items that aren't fanart as opposed to original books and prints. Question: How many artists here that have trouble selling original work have comics, books, etc. of their characters available as opposed to just general artwork?
  8. Original vs Fanart

    I think a lot of the recent drama around fanart has come as a result of a handful of artists getting ridiculous about it in the last few years. There actually have been complaints by the legal copyright holders, but they largely come from the actions of a few people that are doing huge runs of prints for dozens of series, using the trademarked logos, or duplicating existing licensed merchandise. It's one thing to create fanart because you love a series, and sell it to share with other fans. It's quite another to set yourself in a position where you are competing with the dealers who are paying for the legitimate merchandise, thus supporting the creators. It really annoys me that these people are ruining it for everyone else, and getting legitimate fanartists in trouble. My general opinion is that selling a reasonable amount of fanart is fine, and healthy for the community. I do have an ethical problem with selling nothing but fanart as a living-I just don't think it's morally appropriate to base your entire livelihood on the unauthorized use of other people's ideas. Also, while fair use gives you a certain leeway with copyright, trademark law is a whole different ball of wax. But most companies will ignore you if you aren't being a jerk. I've been doing the Artist Alley for almost 12 years now, and I've never sold fanart products at the table. I once raffled a single print of a fanart piece and I have done about 3 or 4 fanart commissions. It's very unusual that my studio doesn't at least break even, usually I do better. You can do well selling original art in the Alley, and in some ways, I feel that fanart can be a crutch. Some people will buy images of a character no matter how atrocious they are, which can give you a false impression of how salable your work is. It's a pretty harsh wake-up call when you have to compete with artists who are simply better than you. I prefer to spend my time and energy making my original works good enough to draw an audience without assistance. If you're afraid of your original work being stolen–don't be. In the U.S., your work is protected by copyright the instant you make it. To bolster your legal standing, it's a good idea to register your copyright with the Library of Congress. It's an easy process with a minimal filing fee. You won't ever be successful with original work if you make it second place-you're turning it into a self-fulfilling prophecy. People aren't fans of mainstream series they've never seen-they aren't going to be fans of your work until you put it in front of them. If you're treating your work as an adjunct to your fanart, the neglect is likely to show. Sure, there are people who won't buy anything but fanart, but there are also people that won't buy anything that looks too girly, or isn't cutesy, or any of a million other personal quirks. So do your best and it will work out eventually.
  9. Advertising With Us!

    Just to let everyone know ad rates and specifications are now available. They will be up on the site shortly, or you can email me at sales@ACen.org. If you are interested in advertising in the program book, the rates are lower this year, and there is a discount for getting your ad in early. Thanks!