#09: Explore WonderCon’s Artists’ Alley and Small Press Areas!
Our Artists’ Alley and Small Press areas are a huge hit with our attendees, and for good reason! Between both areas, there are close to 500 amazing artists and creators to see, which can be overwhelming. Make the most of your time (and remain stress free!) by planning your visit in advance. Use our Artists’ Alley, Exhibitors, Fan Table, and Small Press Lists for the most up-to-date information on who’s coming and where they will be.
Not familiar with these areas? Both Artists’ Alley and Small Press feature some of the best and up-and-coming industry professionals in the comics, science fiction, fantasy, and related popular arts fields. Make sure to visit Artists’ Alley for your favorite artists and illustrators, including a lot of our special guests (TIP: This year’s Artists’ Alley has an amazing gathering of popular comics prots … check out that list and plan accordingly!) Interested in independent publishers? Head over to Small Press!
Navigating these areas can be tricky. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to spend an entire day there! We’ve compiled a checklist to help you traverse your way with ease:
Plan your route!
Use the links above to find out who will be at WonderCon Anaheim 2019 and where. A little bit of prep goes a long way.
There will be some essentials available in the Exhibit Hall, but you may want to think about bringing poster board, tubes, comic book bags and backing boards, original art rigid sleeves, or packing material to make sure your art and books makes it home safely. Don’t forget pens: bring permanent markers or colored pens for autographs.
Get Sketches, Prints, and Posters!
Many artists’ will do sketches for a fee! Bring a sketchbook; it’s much handier than a piece of paper!
A lot of artists offer prints and posters of some of their work, which you can get signed with purchase. Don’t forget to browse through portfolios and binders on the artists’ tables. They can’t display everything, and you never know what hidden gems are lurking in their binders.
Collect the business cards of artists whose work you like so you can visit their website or social media pages.
Don’t forget your manners. Be courteous and don’t ask the artists and creators to sign everything—choose your favorite items!
Keep it moving!
There’s a lot to see, but congestion and lingering in the aisles can create safety hazards and traffic jams.
WonderCon’s Artists’ Alley and Small Press areas are filled to the brim with amazing art, comics, books, and creators. Make sure you set aside enough time to see it all! Click here to see the exact locations for both areas on our Exhibit Hall Map!
Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Make it a WonderCon Weekend and stay at one of our hotels with special rates!