Comic Market 2018

The Comic Market is for Independent Illustration Artists that focus on self-printed 2D printed/painted media. Materials may vary between paper and canvas media. Most plastic, metal, or 3D material cannot be sold in this section.

Please read the following carefully as several major changes have been made to the Comic Market Policy, effective immediately.

Who classifies as a registered artist in the Comic Market?

An applicant to the Comic Market must meet the following preliminary conditions:

  1. The Applicant is representing his/her individual body of work — without the use of a representative or agent — and has excluded any commercially published works or works represented by a commercial publisher;
  2. The Applicant will represent at least 50% of the merchandise on the table they are registered to.
  3. The Applicant must be at least 18 years of age by February 23, 2018, as per Ontario regulations and be able to supply a Government-Issued ID.

Please note that tables cannot be filled by individuals whose names are not registered to the Comic Market.

Application Procedure

Anime North’s Comic Market is a full random lottery.

To submit a lottery application request, an online form will be posted at the top of this page for the applicant to fill out on Friday, February 23, 2018, 8:00 PM ET until Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:00 AM ET. Please review the listed requirements in the section above as you will need to supply the information during that time.

Starting 2018, assigned lottery numbers will no longer be sent out to the Applicant, but a confirmation that their application has been entered to the lottery will be sent to the supplied email by March 2, 2018. If the Applicant has not received a confirmation that their application has been entered to the lottery by the afternoon of March 3, 2018, we advise the Applicant to contact Comic Market Staff at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Comic Market Staff will contact the applicants picked in the lottery as well as those added into the waiting list on the evening of March 4, 2018.

Registration Requirements

An Applicant who has applied to the Comic Market must:

  1. Not be registered to a Pro Plaza table or be on the Pro Plaza waiting list.
  2. Not be registered as a Primary Artist in the Crafters Corner or be on the Crafters Corner waiting list.
  3. Not be registered to sell their work in the Vendors Hall (Dealers Room), and/or have any work or merchandise represented for sale in the Vendors Hall on consignment.
  4. Provide links to 2 similar and finished (works that are ready for sale) art samples along with their lottery application request. No Photographs of Work In Progress or rough Sketches, or Sketchbook pages will be accepted this year.
  5. Have a website/portfolio for your represented work that includes the art samples the Applicant have sent for Staff to review. Be reminded that Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy, or other sales sites will not be accepted as a website.
  6. Represent his/her own body of work and not act as a proxy or representative for another artist.
  7. Represent 100% of the merchandise present on the rented table if alone, and at least 50% of the merchandise on the table if sharing with a Secondary Artist.
  8. Supply a preliminary merchandise list and have all listed items approved.
  9. Have read and understood both the Anime North Convention Policy and the Comic Market Policy and Contract Agreement for 2018.
  10. Have confirmed that the applicant(s) be at least 18 years of age by February 23, 2018.
  11. Be in possession of a Government-Issued Photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc.) on May 25, 2018 for the sign-in process. Please be aware that Anime North Exhibitors will no longer be accepting Health Cards as of 2018 in accordance to the Personal Health Information Protection Act.

If you identify yourself a Trans* (i.e. transgender, intersex, genderqueer or otherwise) artist, there will be a portion on the online lottery application form so you may inform** the Comic Market Staff of any concerns regarding your legal and your gender expression names. This is NOT for artists who wish to put their nicknames on their badges; this applies ONLY for trans artists. If you wish for this consideration, you must advise staff during the lottery application so that they are aware.

**N.B.: This is for legal and administrative purposes and will not affect your eligibility to the Comic Market.

Table Information

The Applicant is offered one table maximum, no exceptions.

An artist table measures approximately 2’ x 6’ and can have a maximum of two (2) chairs.

  • Table with one artist admission costs: $180.00 CAD + 13%HST
  • Secondary Artist or Helper admission (max of 1) costs: $60.00 CAD
  • Table cloth deposit costs: $10.00 CAD

The Applicant must purchase their Secondary Artist or Artist Helper’s admission through the Comic Market. Please refer to Secondary Artist/Artist Helper Section for further information.

Artist badges must be visible at all times when the artist is inside the convention facilities as per agreement with the Anime North Convention Policy. Even if the individual is cosplaying, he/she is required to follow this rule without question.

Tables may only be set up by the primary Applicant and his/her Secondary Artist/Artist Helper. They may not bring in non-artists (i.e. anyone without an artist badge or not registered to the artist areas of the convention) to help with set up. If additional help is needed, volunteers designated by Comic Market Staff will be available during setup.

Secondary Artist/Artist Helper

The option to add a maximum of one applicant, an Artist Helper or a Secondary Artist, to a table will be available after the Comic Market Lottery Results are posted and you are confirmed a table.

If you wish to add an Artist Helper or Secondary Artist to your table, you will need to contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive instructions. There will be an online form supplied by the Comic Market Staff for the primary artist to fill in.

You may register a maximum of one additional name per table once you are confirmed a table in the Comic Market through the Lottery.

Please note that an Artist Helper or a Secondary Artist must pass and meet the requirements listed in section Registration Requirements, and have the required information ready for submission when requested.

Artist Helpers do not need to submit any artwork samples.

All Secondary Artists or Artist Helpers are required to sign and submit a contract, different from the Primary Artist’s, to be a valid participant in the Comic Market. This contract will be supplied by Anime North Comic Market Staff after the request from the primary Applicant has been approved.

Table Cloth Rental

The applicant is welcome to supply and use their own table cloth as Comic Market tables do not come with a tablecloth.

If the applicant requires a tablecloth, Comic Market rents them for $10.00 CAD/each during sign-in.

Art Club

The Comic Market no longer accommodates Artist Groups or Art Clubs. Applications are open only to individual artists.

Registration and Payment

Once you have received confirmation for a table, your table registration form along with the Comic Market Policy and Contract Agreement 2018 will be sent to you.

Please know starting 2018 that the option for Credit Card/Online Invoicing will be available.

Refund Policy

As of Anime North 2018 the Comic Market will no longer be offering refunds on cancelled tables, artist, or helper badges.

Tables and artist admissions cannot be credited or rolled over for the next year.

Open Hours

Open access to convention attendees (times are subject to change):

  • Friday, May 25, 2018: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET;
  • Saturday, May 26, 2018: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET;
  • Sunday, May 27, 2018: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET.

Sign-in information will be supplied to the artist participants closer to the convention date. Please review it carefully once you receive it.

Sale and Display of Merchandise

Merchandise

Artists may sell and create their art and merchandise in the Comic Market, so long as the content sold at their table does not include copyrighted images that are already licensed by other companies.

Only the artwork of the artists registered to the table may be sold at that table. They may not represent any artist that is NOT present at their table or registered with the Comic Market at any time.

As of 2018, Acrylic Printed Keychains and Vinyl-type stickers will be permitted for sale in the Comic Market. This is the only new exception for this year.

EXCEPTION: the sale of collaborative doujinshis, art books, and original comics is only allowed if the collaborating artists are present at the convention OR a waiver form is produced — one that is signed and dated by all artists involved — allowing the sale of the item at Anime North 2018. Note that this exception does NOT include collaboration prints.

Merchandise Prohibited from Sale

  • Craft, 3D merchandise, Fabric, wood, and metal media are not allowed to be sold in the Comic Market.

    Examples of prohibited items include tote bags, purses, glass work, metal keychains, wood carvings or wood accessories, metal work, logo or emblem decals, resins or plastic media, pillows (dakimakura), t-shirts and other apparel, jewelry, plushies, etc. Please refer to the Crafters Corner for the sale of craft or Hand Made merchandise;

  • Applicants may not sell any craft item commissions behind a Comic Market table just as Crafters Corner Artists are not allowed to sell illustration commissions behind a Crafters Corner table;

  • Text heavy images on buttons, bookmarks, or stickers are not allowed for sale in the Comic Market. Buttons must contain at least 50% illustrative artwork.

    Clarification: buttons with only the name or appellation of the character portrayed are NOT allowed. This applies to all fanworks.

  • Solicitation buttons or any merchandise such as “Will Yuri for Yaoi” and “Free Hugs” are not permitted for sale in the Comic Market;

  • Buttons and artwork with emblems, symbols, logos or other copyrighted and trademarked insignias are not allowed;

  • Fan works of any Disney, Marvel, Pixar or Star Wars characters are not allowed to be sold in the Comic Market (e.g. Pirates of the Caribbean, Spiderman, WALL-E, Labyrinth, Gravity Falls, etc);

  • ‘Homestuck’ and ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ fan works are not permitted for sale in the Comic Market in accordance to the wishes of the creators. For more information, please contact the copyright holders for these series’;

  • Replication/Tracing of existing artwork and merchandise such as official artwork from other licensed creations or artworks are not allowed;

  • The resale of food, used goods, or retail items (like pocky, art books, or doujinshi made by non-registered artists) is not allowed;

  • The sale of sexual paraphernalia of ANY sort is prohibited in the Comic Market.

In case of doubt, please contact the Comic Market Coordinator for approval of your product(s) with a photograph of the product in question.

Licensed Names and Trademark Use

The use of Official or Trademarked names of characters and their licenced show names in any language is prohibited for use on displays and merchandise. Please refrain from marking merchandise with Licenced or Trademarked names and use creative names instead, to avoid breaching Trademarks and Copyrights.

Photography Prints and Photo-Manipulations

Photographs and photo-manipulations may only be sold if the model is the artist. Photographs and photo-manipulations of inanimate objects may only be sold if they were taken by the artist and are not stock photos or modifications of existing stock photos.

Proxy Selling of Merchandise

The Comic Market emphasizes that an Applicant must not sell any artwork or merchandise made by other artists. Failure to comply will result in the forfeiture of the participant or participants’ table(s), and future applications by all parties involved will be automatically denied.

If the Applicant is interested in selling their work through a representative, please refer to Anime North’s Gallery Momiji for more information.

Preorder Sales of Merchandise

The Comic Market allows transactions of preorder sales so long as they remain to be paper media items (i.e. Prints, comic books, artbooks) created by the artists registered to the table. Using the Comic Market table as a pick-up station for trades and sales of items (i.e. Cosplay items, Costumes, commissioned crafts, etc) not permitted to sell at the rented space is prohibited. Such transactions must be arranged outside the convention and all its rented space.

Please refrain from bringing or displaying prohibited items for sale in the Comic Market tables.

Raffles

Holding raffles at the Comic Market is prohibited.

Collaborative Works

Print Collaborations

Print collaborations are only allowed for sale in the Comic Market if they involve a maximum total of two (2) individual artists who are registered and present at the Comic Market. There are no exceptions to this rule; waivers will not be accepted from artists that are not present in the Comic Market.

Doujinshi & Fan Fiction

Doujinshi to be sold in the Comic Market must contain 85% art. Fanzines or fanfictions are not allowed to be sold in the Comic Market, although original illustrated novels are. A signed waiver is required from all artists who have participated in the creation of the doujinshi or illustrated novels.

Displays

Artists may set up their reserved space as they see fit so long as it is safe, stable, does not interfere with other artists’ spaces and/or violate any Anime North AND/OR Toronto Congress Centre regulations. The reserved space is limited to the area provided by the convention.

If the applicant’s display falls or harms another participant or attendee, they will be asked to take the display down immediately.

Tables and chairs supplied to participants by the venue should not be used as ladders or supports for displays. The Applicant must be aware that the convention and the venue is not liable for any injuries sustained by the mentioned activity before, during, and after the convention.

Balloons are not permitted inside the venue and may not be used for displays. They will be asked to remove these items from the premises immediately, and the Applicant will pay for any fines issued by the venue.

Prohibited actions surrounding displays are as follow:

  • As stated above, labelling official/licensed names of series’ on sale items or displays;
  • Attaching anything to the wall/glass surfaces by tacks, pins, tape (or by any other means);
  • Drilling holes, driving nails, hooks, screws or tacks, or making any alterations to any part of the Center or its equipment, including the tables;
  • Using helium balloons as a give-away item or as part of a fixed display;
  • Using tables and chairs as ladders to reach displayed work.

Displays overhanging into other Artists’ tables, doorways, corridors, safety exits or any other area outside the reserved space is not allowed.

Adult Material

Display of Adult Material

Artists may not display material depicting nudity or sexual conduct unless it is covered or displayed in such a way that minors cannot view explicit material. Adult material must not be accessible to minors in any way. No adult material may be sold, given, or distributed to a minor. The acceptability of adult material displays is at the sole discretion of the Comic Market Coordinator. Display content (such as images and signage) must not be derogatory in nature (i.e. racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise offensive to the general public).

This rule applies to all artwork on display at your table. You may not display any commission work that violates the above restrictions.

Approval of Adult Material

If the Applicant is selling any work in this category, they are required to bring a display copy of the work or works in question to the Comic Market Staff information table where the item or items will be assessed and stamped with a rating of 18+ or PG13.

  • If the Applicant’s work received an 18+ rating, it cannot be openly displayed on the table or be within the reach of minors. Such works can only be viewed by individuals over the age of 18 upon presentation of a valid photo ID.
  • If the Applicant’s work received a PG13 rating, they may openly display it on their table.

Liability and Responsibility

Artists are responsible for reading the information stated here in full, and for making sure they understand it before they apply. Anime North, Exhibitors and Comic Market staff and volunteers are in no way responsible for your failure to read these stated policies.

Artists are responsible for their own property, merchandise, and money. Under no circumstances will either Anime North or its agents be liable for loss or damages including but not limited to merchandise, equipment, or revenue. The Toronto Congress Centre will be locked at the end of every night; however it is the responsibility of the artists/exhibitors to look after and ensure safe storage of their personal property.

Neither Anime North, nor its agents, nor its partners are in any way responsible for injury caused by chairs, ladders, tables, stairs, or personal negligence. Exhibitors understand that they are responsible for their own safety and agree to release Anime North from any and all liability concerning lost goods and monies, or injuries by agreeing to participate as an artist or helper in the Comic Market.

Conduct

All participants are expected to respect and abide by both the Anime North Convention Policy and Comic Market Policy for 2018. Failure to abide these policies will result in immediate loss of any Comic Market privileges, loss of membership, and expulsion from the convention. If you have any concerns during the convention, we encourage participants to place them to the attention of the Comic Market Coordinator and/or Exhibitor Staff.

Behaviour not acceptable in the Comic Market includes, but is not limited to:

  • Selling or subletting the use of the rented table to another individual;
  • Selling your artist admission to another individual;
  • Lending your artist or helper admission badge to another individual not registered to your table;
  • Taking chairs from other artists or areas;
  • Allowing someone not registered to the Comic Market to sell at your table;
  • Breaching any of the convention policies, including but not limited to those governing fire exit, maximum capacities, harassment, PDA, and damages to convention reputation, other attendees, or facilities;
  • Applying for or signing in for a Comic Market space under a name not your own;
  • Posing as a registered artist by use of their identification with or without permission. This is a case of fraud and/or theft, and is punishable by law;
  • Sending offensive emails to Anime North Staff members, mass trolling (continuous posts of offensive messages) directed to Anime North Staff members in electronic forums.

Please respect your peers, your audience, your space, and our staff and volunteers. Help us make sure that you have a smooth Anime North experience.

Reservations for Comic Market tables are allocated at the sole discretion of the Anime North Comic Market Team. Anime North is in no way obligated to provide tables to any person, persons, or group, and reserves the right to decline applications from any person, persons, or group which have violated the Code of Conduct or Policy specified above.

All complaints, conflicts, or discrepancies concerning the Comic Market Staff and/or another Artist should be directed to and only to the Comic Market Coordinator.

Contacts

Exhibitors Director: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
General Comic Market Inquiry: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please wait 48 hours for a response when sending inquiries to these e-mail addresses.

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