"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
- Paul Atreides, Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert
In the Creator's Alley, Archon wants to showcase the artists and creative minds of speculative fiction and let you watch them work their magic before your eyes.
Welcome to Archon 41. First off, we are revising the name of The Artist Alley to The Creator's Alley. We feel this will be much more inclusive to all the creative speculative fiction fans out there...Artists, Crafters, Makers, the whole lot of you.
The Alley will be open 5 p.m. on Friday until Noon on Sunday.
Want to learn more or order something else from an artist you saw at our latest event? A PDF contact list of participants will be available soon.
To be updated as we get closer to the event.
If you are an artist, crafter, or other creative soul wishing to showcase your talents, scroll down and read the requirements.
The Creator's Alley will consist of 25, 8' x 30" tables at a cost of $75 each and will be open for the duration of the convention from 5pm on Friday until Noon on Sunday. You can sell or promote your creative creations freely from these tables.
If you had a table at a previous Archon, I will try to assign the same table for you this time around. Creator's Alley participants are required to have con badge. Please take this into consideration when registering your table. There are no membership/table combos available.
For more information, please continue to check this page. The rules and forms (Creator's Alley Packet) are available from the Download area below. Please be sure to read the Contract, as it contains some may contain changes from a previous year.
Do you sell merchandise at fairs, festivals, flea markets, or craft shows? If so, you are a retailer and you must collect and pay Illinois sales taxes. Whether this is a full-time business or a hobby, you are subject to the Illinois Retailers' Occupation Tax. This form will be available from the Download section below, closer to event date.
Registering for the Creator's Alley is available through our on-line portal while pre-registration is active.
The Gateway Center is charges $75 for electricity. Any group that needs electricity will need to let your activity organizer know.
The information below is typically available after the 1st of the year.
John Sies is a cartoonist, artist, and budding author who left his comfortable Illinois home on Earth to live on the distant alien world of Texas (San Antonio, specifically) in 2011. He splits his days between teaching Elementary Students Computer 101 for the NEISD School District, and writing/art projects.. His recent works include The Forest For the Trees in the horror anthology, Ghosts: Revenge, and the SF humor story, The Weber Defense in the Kindle specific ezine, KZINE, coming out in January 2016. Detailed info at his website, www.artczar.org, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.