Artist Alley: FAQ

What do I need to know about taxes related to selling my art in the Artist Alley?

You will receive a form at check in, you will need to fill out with the sales tax you collected. We will collect the sales tax and form from you before you leave on Sunday. Tax may be submitted in the form of check or money order. Otakon Vegas staff is unable to accept cash for the purposes of tax collection.

Is my stuff safe overnight?

We really want to remind you that because the Artist Alley is located on the Mezzanine, it is a public space. People will be able to walk through the area 24 hours a day. Please use your own discretion in what remains at your table when it is unattended. Otakon Vegas staff members, and Otakorp, Inc are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property.

Do tickets come included with a table purchase?

No. Tickets must be purchased separately from your artist alley table. The registration fee is just for the table. You are not required to go to the rest of the convention, but if you decide to do so (highly encouraged!), you must purchase a badge separately.

I don't have a government issued ID. Can I use my school ID instead?

Government issued IDs are all we accept.

I'm under 18 and want to sell in The Alley, what can I do?

Someone over 18 years of age would need to register on your behalf and be responsible for your table, all taxes and fees associated with registration, and participation in the Alley. Someone over 18 must be present at your table at all times. See the rules.

Can I use a logo in my art if I give credit to the copyright holder?

No. Our lawyers have advised us that logos are fairly complicated copyright issues. In order to keep things simple, we've disallowed the use of copyrighted logos. In addition, variations of copyrighted logos which the staff feel too closely resemble the original will be asked to take the art down and not sell any more of it.

What is "Official character likeness"?

Official character likeness is the actual image that was produced and distributed by the copyright holder. For example, a page from a manga is the official character likeness; but a fan created drawing of a character is not. The rule is intended to prevent people from cutting out pages from a manga, or printing screen caps from an anime and selling them as buttons, shirts, etc. You can put your own drawings on buttons, pins, hats or t-shirts, even if they're drawings of licensed characters. The quantity limits and copyright information rules still apply, though.

Why can't I sell art supplies or a cosplay repair kit?

The Alley is a place where artists can promote their art and interact with fans. There's really nothing artistic about selling markers, colored pencils or thread. Those are things that belong in the Dealers Room, not The Alley.

I think one of my pieces of art may be a problem, can I still bring it to the convention?

Yes, but you run the risk of being asked to not sell it. Since you probably don't want to go through the trouble of getting the prints made and bringing them to con on a gamble, if you have a question about a piece of art before the con then please contact the Artist Alley Staff through the Otakon Help Center and ask if it's okay or not. That way, if an issue comes up at con and the piece has already been cleared you won't have to spend time defending your art.

The rules say I can only pay my taxes with a check or money order. Where do I get a money order?

Research this ahead of time, and find out what works best for where you are staying, and when you will be leaving.

This post aimed at poker players (dated in 2010) includes the following tidbits about money orders:

  • MoneyTree, Flamingo 1/2 mi E of Strip, next to Jack-In-The-Box, open 24H, offers WU and free or cheap money orders, as well as envelopes and stamps.
  • The Vcom ATM at the 7-11 on the east side of the Strip north of the MGM Grand and south of Planet Hollywood (adjacent to Travelodge) offers money orders ..., if the machine is working, which is maybe 50% of the time.

What should I do if I need to arrive late, or leave early?

Please inform Otakon Vegas Artist Alley staff. We will begin to offer any unclaimed tables some time on Saturday. Also, it is important that we have you follow a straightforward check-out procedure to make sure that we've collected your tax forms, and have your table properly accounted for.