SNAFU Con is an anime convention in the Reno/Sparks area of Nevada. Friday, October 29th through Sunday, October 31st, 2021 in The Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, 2500 E. Second Street, Reno, NV 89595


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Artist Alley

Visit Artist Alley

Want a special souvenir that's cute, crafty, or just plain gorgeous? SNAFU Con's Artist Alley is a venue for artists of all kinds to come promote themselves and sell their wares.

Visit the Artist's Alley to find great fan art, gifts and crafts, and other handmade things. Drawings, postcards, buttons, and all kinds of artistic creations will be for sale. Meet friendly artists, and commission a picture of yourself or a favorite anime character! Artists are creative and fun people. Buy unique and wonderful things from them here, in all price ranges.

For the Artist, Artist Alley is a more cost-effective alternative to a dealer's room, meant specifically for artists, con-goers can come here to get original art and merchandise from artists ranging from the barest beginner to the professionals.


A full table is $75. This price includes one complimentary convention membership.

A temporary business license is $20.

Artist Alley General Information

Tables will be approximately 8' x 2.5' and will be provided with a simple cheap cover.

There will be NO power available at the Artist Alley tables, so any electronics that the Artists feel that they need must be battery powered. If you happen to see a wall outlet by your table you MAY NOT use it.

Artists must have a Reno Business License to sell in the Artist Alley. However, if you do not have a business license, a temporary one can be provided for you by the convention for an additional fee.

At this time, we highly recommend that all artists who apply for the Artists Alley be completely vaccinated.

Submitting an Artist Alley Application

Application submissions for the Artist Alley will open on Saturday, July 10th 2021. All interested artists will have one week to submit their applications, along with five pictures representative of the work they intend to sell at their table, and their signed Artist Alley contract. The pictures you submit do not have to be actual pieces that you will definitely be selling at SNAFU Con, but they should be representative of what you will be selling at the convention. It is also highly recommended that you upload at least one picture of your table set-up. We reserve the right to remove artist applications from the queue if the submitted artwork violates the rules of SNAFU Con's Artist Alley.

Because we are currently living in uncertain times, our initial table map for the Artist Alley will be heavily socially-distanced, which results in fewer tables available than normal. Because of this, for 2021 only, the initial 28 tables will be selected via a jury selection. We will inform selected artists by email by August 1st. Selected artists will have three days to pay for their table. If you are selected and you fail to pay for your table within three days, then your table will be offered to an artist on the waitlist. If you are selected and for whatever reason you cannot pay for your table within three days, please email us at [email protected]

If, as time goes on, the general safety restrictions ease, we will move the tables closer together and add more tables to the room. These new tables will be chosen by random, so newer artists are still encouraged to apply. Even if you feel like you cannot compete with professional artists who have been selling at conventions for years, you still have a chance to be chosen for one of these tables that open up. We will post the waitlist on this page by August 1st. We will be returning to random selection in 2022, since hopefully by that time the world will have fully returned to a state of normal and we can have our full-sized artist alley once again.

All artist submissions have until the application window closes on July 17th, 2021 to submit a completed and signed copy of their Artist Alley contract. It is the responsibility of the artist to make sure that the artist alley contract is completely filled out when it is submitted. Anyone who submits an incomplete contract and does not send us a corrected copy by July 17th, 2021 will be disqualified from the selection.

If two artists wish to be placed in tables next to each other, they may include their requests in their application or email the Artist Alley coordinator at [email protected] and all consideration will be made to their preferences. There will be two chairs provided at each table. If additional chairs are needed (within reason), artists may include their request in their application or email [email protected] with their request and we will do our best to provide more chairs.

To save time before applications open, be sure to register your account in our online registration system.

Examples of what is OK to sell vs. what is NOT OK to sell in the Artist Alley

Artists must sell only their own work in the Artist Alley, no commercial merchandise (either new or used) is to be sold. No food may be sold or given away in the Artist Alley, with the exception of individually wrapped commercially-available candy. No copied artwork in part or in whole may be sold. This includes traced or "eyeballed" artwork, or copying trademarked logos. We will not accept any representatives from multi-level marketing companies.

Examples of what is allowed or not allowed to be sold in the artist alley include (but are not limited to):

-Fanart, as long as the design is your own original creation.

-Cosplay props, as long as they are not copies of commercially-available props. These by nature are generally copied from their source material, but the purpose of the prop is generally to be as show-accurate as possible.

-Trademarked logos that are part of a larger work. For example, if you use the bat-symbol in a painting of Batman.

-The use of commercially-purchased stickers, comics pages, magazine pages, character fabric, etc. when used as part of a transformative work, such as resin work, collage, or decoupage… as long as these were legally purchased by you.

-Eye-balled or otherwise traced artworks, this includes copied poses with different clothes, hair or facial features.

-Exact copies of existing artwork, even if drawn or painted in a different style.

-Trademarked logos directly copied onto stickers, jewelry, clothing, glassware, cross-stitch, etc. without drastically changing or otherwise parodying the logo.

-Images from Google copied directly onto stickers, jewelry, clothing, glassware, etc.

-The use of any images downloaded and printed off of Google in transformative works without being legally purchased by the artist.

Please carefully read the Artist Alley contract for a complete list of rules.