DCC18 Artist Valley: 400 Creators and Merchants Make It One of the Biggest and Best in the U.S.

by | May 28, 2018

It just wouldn’t be a comic convention without comic book artists and writers. So it’s with great pride that we say Artist Valley at Denver Pop Culture Con (Denver Pop Culture Con) is one of the biggest and best in the country. And that’s not by accident.

We’ve worked hard to bring together a who’s-who list of comics and graphic novel creators as honored Denver Pop Culture Con guests. In 2018 we will have more than 80 top creators in attendance! Names like Frank Miller, Kevin Eastman, Jody Houser, Christopher Priest, Neal Adams, J. Scott Campbell, David Finch, Greg Capullo, Alitha Martinez, and many, many more.

And, one of the great things about Artist Valley is that it’s always free to meet your favorite comic creators and take selfies.

Just walk right up, they would love to meet you.  If you ask nicely, autographs are usually free — and you can get a sketch or “commission” from artists, too.  (For a reasonable price, all depending on the artist.)

In addition to the comics guests, Artist Valley features almost 400 comics-related and pop-culture-themed artists and exhibitors. Our goal is to make it your yearly one-stop-shop for the highest quality original and printed art, materials and merchandise.

Pro Tip 1: If you’re new to the con or have never participated in getting sketches or commissioned art from one of the guests in Artist Valley, we highly recommend you check it out. Sketches (usually no extra charge) and commissions (fee-based, paid directly to the artist) are amazing ways to take home one-of-a-kind, original artwork from your favorite creators. 

Pro Tip 2: This year we are honored to have the legendary Frank Miller attending. To meet Frank, get autographs and take pictures, you will need to purchase a special Frank Miller Experience Package. Learn more and purchase HERE. 

Pro Tip 3: This year we’re not only honored to have the amazing Kevin Eastman attending – but this is the first year that Kevin has agreed to participate in the Epic Photo Ops program in the Celebrity Summit Attraction Area. This means that you can get a professional photo taken of you (and up to three friends) with Kevin. You can even pre-order and schedule the shoot in advance. Visit Kevin’s page on the Epic website HERE to learn more and pre-order! Also pick up a copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #83 from IDW with the exclusive Denver Pop Culture Con Eastman Variant Cover – at the Denver Pop Culture Con Merch Booth.

Need more details? The FAQ below will answer many of the questions we receive the most, including step-by-step instructions on how to get sketches and commissions if you’ve never done it before.

But, if there is still something you need answered, please don’t hesitate to send email to info@popcultureclassroom.org. We’re here to help!

What is Artist Valley?

Artist Valley is one of the largest Attraction Areas at Denver Pop Culture Con where the world’s top comics artists, writers and publishers are located, PLUS hundreds of comics and artist-related exhibitors offering a huge range of products for purchase.

We’ve worked hard to put everything for the comic and graphic novel fan in one place, making it easy to find and meet your favorite creators, buy their latest comics (and other comics related merchandise), then turn right around and get them autographed for free by the creator. And, in many cases, you can buy a creator’s latest books from them directly!

Are All the Comics Guests Located in Artist Valley?

Yes, all Comics Guests are located in Artist Valley, where they are available for you to walk right up, meet them, get autographs, get pictures and discuss your favorite books and characters — all at no extra charge!

Note: Many comics creators will sign your copy of a comic for free, but some of the more popular artists will charge for signing multiple comics. Some also charge for signing “graded” comics. Ask them to make sure.

Can I Meet, Get Autographs and Photos with the Comics Guests in Artist Valley?

Absolutely! In fact, unlike Celebrity Summit where autographs and photos require an additional fee, there is no additional cost for meeting Comics Guests in Artist Valley, chatting with them, getting autographs, and even getting selfies with them.

Note: Many comics creators will sign your copy of a comic for free, but some of the more popular artists will charge for signing multiple comics. Some also charge for signing “graded” comics. Ask them to make sure.

Does It Cost Extra to Meet Comics Guests, Get Autographs or Photos in Artist Valley?

Nope. Unlike Celebrity Summit where autographs and photos require an additional fee, there is no additional cost for meeting Comics Guests in Artist Valley. You can walk right up, meet them, get autographs, get pictures and discuss your favorite books and characters — all at no extra charge!

Note: Many comics creators will sign your copy of a comic for free, but some of the more popular artists will charge for signing multiple comics. Some also charge for signing “graded” comics. Ask them to make sure.

Will There Be Long Lines to Meet the Comics Guests?

Lines to meet Comics Guests in Artist Valley are rare, but they do happen. If there is a Comics Guest you really want to meet and/or have something signed by, we suggest checking in at their table occasionally to see how big the crowds are. If there is a particularly long line, try coming back a little later.

Will the Comics Guests in Artist Valley Also Be Doing Panels?

Yes. The schedule of panels that our Comics Guests will be participating in will be posted on the Artist Valley Attraction Page and on the Denver Pop Culture Con Programming Page several weeks before the con.

Can I Buy Comics and Other Comics Related Merchandise in Artist Valley?

Yes! There will be dozens of exhibitors in Artist Valley selling a huge range of comics, manga and graphic novel related merchandise, including books from your favorite creators — many of whom will be appearing in Artist Valley as our honored guests!  Our goal was to make it as convenient as possible for you to buy the latest books and associated merch, then turn right around and get them autographed for free by the creators. And, in many cases, you can buy a creator’s latest books from them directly!

What Are “Commissions” and Why Are They Such an Important Aspect of Artist Valley?

A huge benefit of being able to meet your favorite Comics Guests in person at Denver Pop Culture Con is being able to have them create custom, one-of-kind art pieces you can take home.

Typically, guests in Artist Valley will collect requests for commissions on the first day of the convention (this year, that’s Friday, June 15). The Comics Guest then creates the commissioned art piece over the weekend, and the lucky fan takes it home on the last day of the convention (this year, that’s Sunday, June 17).

Remember: Commissions do cost an extra fee, paid directly to the artist, which varies based on the characteristics of the requested piece and each artist’s personal pricing. Some artists will accept credit cards, but some accept cash only. ATMs will be available for cash withdrawals onsite, but we recommend you bring spending cash prior to arriving at the convention to avoid ATM fees.

How Is a Getting a “Commission” Different Than Getting a “Sketch”?

A “commission” is a custom, one-of-kind art piece of art (often in full color, if desired) that you request from a guest in Artist Valley on the first day of the con, then pick up on the last day of con. Commissions cost extra, which you pay directly to the artist.

“Sketches” are (as the name suggests) rough drawings, typically in pencil, that you can request be done by a guest in Artist Valley on paper or another appropriate surface you provide. It’s typical for fans to bring their own “sketch books” in which they have been collecting sketches, sometimes over a considerable period of time, from their favorite artists.

Typically, guests in Artist Valley will do sketches at no extra charge, but there are a few artists who will charge a small amount for them.

How Do I Get a Sketch Done?

“Sketches” are (as the name suggests) rough drawings, typically in pencil, that you can request be done by a guest in Artist Valley.

To get a sketch, simply bring a piece of paper, sketch book or other appropriate item up to the table of your favorite creator and ask them if they would be willing to do a sketch on it for you.

Typically, guests in Artist Valley will do sketches at no extra charge, but there are a few artists who will charge a small amount for them. Some accept cash only at their tables, so be sure to bring some spending cash just in case.

How Do I Get a Commission Done?

A “commission” is a custom, one-of-kind art piece of art (often in full color, if desired) created by a guest in Artist Valley during the con, which you can then pick up and take home.

To get a commission:

Go to your favorite guest on the first day of the con, which this year is Friday, June 15, and give them the details of the commission you’d like them to create.

It’s possible to schedule a commission on Saturday or Sunday, but it depends on the artist. Many of the most popular artists will fill up their commission lists on Friday. This is one reason why it’s good to have a 3-day or Friday badge.

The artist will quote you the price for the commission, and once agreed upon, will create the commissioned piece of art over the course of the con.

Some artists ask that you pay in advance, others ask that you pay when you pick up the finished piece. Some artists even ask that you wait at their table while they draw it in front of you!

If you schedule a commission on Friday, it may not be done until Sunday – so expect that you may have to return on Sunday, June 17, to pay and retrieve your work of art.

Remember: Commissions do cost an extra fee, paid directly to the artist, which varies based on the characteristics of the requested piece and each artist’s personal pricing. Some artists will accept credit cards, but some accept cash only. ATMs will be available for cash withdrawals onsite, but we recommend you bring spending cash prior to arriving at the convention to avoid ATM fees.

8 Comments

  1. Natalle

    Hey fast question, when buying things in Artist valley do they accept credit/debit cards or is it cash only?

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    • Zoe

      Natalle, some artists will take credit cards but some will only take cash. I recommend bringing both if you want to bring a card.

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    • Hannah

      Generally it’s cash only, though I know some may have card readers on their phones. I’d recommend bringing plenty of cash though.

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    • Vee

      Usually Artist Valley takes Credit/Debit Cards via Square App but the signal at the Con can be terrible during Peak Hours. I recommend bringing Cash for all purchases. Just so you don’t have to worry about going to the ATM. If you have a hotel and are going for 3 days, you can just bring a certain amount of cash per day to the Con while leaving the rest at the hotel for safety.

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  2. Tim Beck

    If I purchase a Friday pass and agree to a commission from an artist on Fri, do I have to purchase a Sunday pass to enter back in on Sunday just to pick it up?

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    • Tara

      Tim, if you need to enter the building to pick it up, you will need a Sunday badge.

      Reply
  3. Scott

    Is there a 2D map that I can print out of Artist Valley???

    Reply

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