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February 25, 2014 - Lottery Results and Waitinglist

As of February 23, 2014 10am EST, Lottery Results for Comic Market tables have been posted. You may view the results here

For more updates, please refer to this thread.

February 16, 2014 - Application Period CLOSED

As of 11am EST, the Comic Market is no longer accepting application submissions.  Staff is now processing the applications that were submitted in the 14 hour open window.  Please refer to the automatic response you received from the e-mail in regards to the details of when lottery tickets will be released.

We thank you for your patience and good luck to all the applicants.

Please refer to immediate updates located in this thread.

February 15, 2014 - Reminder for application opening date and time. 

Please remember to make note that applications are not being accepted until after 9pm EST.  Resending them over and over will not change this fact, so we ask artists to wait until the date and time stated in the information below.

We also ask that after 9pm EST on February 15, 2014, please address all questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Changes for the 2014 Comic Market Applications

Please note the following changes to Comic Market Applications will apply this year.

  • Applications will be a FULL LOTTERY.
  • We will only be accepting completed/finished art work for artist’s work samples.
  • The sales of prints, keychains, and such merchandises as collaborations will only be permitted when both artists are registered to the Artist Tables. However, there is an exception for fanzines, doujinshi, artbooks, etc.

Note: We advise any artists who plan to purchase their membership separate from the table, to NOT purchase your membership via a group. If you do not have an event brite ticket by the time the application window opens, you will not qualify for a lottery number.  Again, this only refers to persons who have purchased their memberships separately/ahead of time before applications, and do not plan to pay for a membership with their table fee in the event that they successfully acquire a table from the lottery.

1. What is the Comic Market?

The Comic Market is open to amateur 2D paper media artists only. This area is for artists who wish to sell prints, small paper media merchandise, and do on-the-spot commissions for convention attendees.

What classifies as a registered artist in the Comic Market?

  • A registered artist is an individual whose name appears on the Comic Market registration form who has fulfilled the following conditions:

    1. The individual has signed the Policy and Contract Agreement;
    2. Their registration has been confirmed by the Comic Market Coordinator.

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

  • Comic Market Artists must be of amateur level, meaning that:

    1. The artist 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 artist is using the table to display his/her artwork and skills to the public as a hobby and not as a main source of income/revenue;
    3. The artist must be at least 14 years of age by May 23, 2014.

2. Location

The Comic Market will be located next to the Dealers Room in the Toronto Congress Centre.

3. Table Information

Each artist may apply for one table maximum, no exceptions.

An artist table measures approximately 2’ x 6’ and can have a maximum of two (2) chairs and two (2) artist ribbons. Please note that the artist ribbons do not count as convention badges and must be attached to the badge in order to be valid.

  • Table with a convention badge costs: $135.00 CAD
  • Table without a convention badge costs: $95.00 CAD

You may purchase your secondary artist or helper’s badge if he/she has not preregistered. Please contact the Coordinator for procedures and information.

Convention badges and artist ribbons must be visible at all times when inside the convention. 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 artist and his/her helper/secondary artist. You may not bring in non-artists (i.e. anyone without an artist badge and ribbon) to help you set up. If additional help is needed, volunteers will be available during setup.

Artist Helper/Secondary Artist

You may register a maximum of two names per table. If you have a helper, please include his/her name and contact e-mail in the original table request or send an e-mail subsequently to register him/her. Your helper or secondary artist will then receive a helper/secondary artist registration package.

Please note that a secondary artist or helper must also have the items listed in section 4. Registration Requirements. Helpers do not need to submit any artwork samples.

4. Registration Requirements

Each artist who wishes to apply to the Comic Market must:

  1. Submit two (2) finished and signed art samples along with their reservation request on Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:00pm EST.

  2. Indicate if you have pre-registered ahead of time or if you are purchasing your membership with your table.

    If you have purchased an Anime North Membership ahead of time, you are required to attach a copy of your EventBrite Anime North TICKET (it is a PDF sent to you after purchasing your membership via e-mail) to your e-mail application for it to be valid.

  3. Represent his/her own body of work and not act as a proxy or representative for another artist.

  4. Have read and understood both the Anime North Convention Policy and the Comic Market Policy and Contract Agreement for 2014. Failure to do so will result in the immediate forfeiture of your table application and future applications to the artist areas.

  5. Be at least 14 years of age by May 23, 2014.

  6. Be in possession of a Government-Issued Photo ID (e.g. health card, driver’s license, passport, etc.) on May 23, 2014 for the sign-in process.

    Please be aware that using false identification or lending your ID to someone else during sign-in is a criminal offence. This will result in the immediate forfeiture of your table and the denial of future applications to the artist areas.

Listed secondary artists must comply with items number 1 — 6; listed helpers must comply with items number 3 — 5 of section 5. Application Procedure.

Please Be Aware: Multiple applications will result in the automatic denial of an applicant, along with any individuals with records of cheating and/or policy breaches in previous years.

5. Application Procedure

The 2014 Application Request Period is now finished.  Please wait patiently for Staff to contact you or for the results to be posted.

Anime North Comic Market is a full random lottery. Results will be posted on the Anime North Message Boards on February 23, 2014. This post will be linked in the Comic Market section of the Anime North website.

Any reservations that are sent before and after the designated open application request dates will be invalid and ignored.

6. Art Clubs

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

7. Registration and Payment

Details regarding registration and payment will be sent to the artist(s) once they receive a table reservation confirmation from the Exhibitors Staff.

8. Refund Policy

If you have registered for a table with the Comic Market but cannot attend Anime North 2014, please contact the Comic Market Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by May 9, 2014 to arrange a refund. You cannot apply for a refund after this date. Credit for table payment will not be issued.

Please note that pre-registration refunds are not handled by the Comic Market. You must send a separate refund request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information, please refer to the Anime North website under the Registration menu.

9. Open Hours

: Friday, May 23, 2014: 3:00pm – 5:00pm EDT.

Please advise the Comic Market Coordinator if you are unable to arrive during this time.

No-shows by 11:00am EDT on Saturday May 24, 2014 will have their tables reassigned. Failure to follow these rules will result in the loss of your table without refund.

  • Open access to convention attendees: Friday May 23, 2014: 5:00pm – 10:00pm EDT.
  • Open access to convention attendees: Saturday May 24, 2014: 10:00am – 8:00pm EDT.
  • Open access to convention attendees: Sunday May 25, 2014: 10:00am – 5:00pm EDT.

Times are subject to change.

10. Sale and Display of Merchandise

A. 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. You may not represent any artist that is NOT present at your table or registered with the Comic Market at any time.

EXCEPTIONALLY, 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 2014. Note that this exception does NOT include collaboration prints.

I. Merchandise Prohibited from Sale
  1. Craft, 3D merchandise, and non-paper media are not allowed to be sold in the Comic Market.

    Clarification: paintings done on a canvas or canvas board, laminated paper magnets, Mylar/paper buttons, and acrylic case/paper art key chains are allowed.

    Examples of prohibited items include tote bags, shrink dinks, pillows, t-shirts and other apparel, jewelry, plushies, etc. Please refer to the Crafter’s Corner for the sale of craft merchandise;

  2. Comic Market Artists 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;

  3. Text heavy images on buttons, bookmarks, or stickers are not allowed for sale in the Comic Market. Buttons must contain at least 50% original artwork, and all text must be handwritten. Proof in the form of a screen capture or PDF may be required.

    Clarification: buttons with only the name or appellation of the character portrayed are allowed, provided the focus is the artwork;

  4. Solicitation buttons such as “Will Yuri for Yaoi” and “Free Hugs” are not permitted for sale in the Comic Market;

  5. Buttons with emblems, symbols, logos or other copyrighted insignias are not allowed. This includes ‘Reboot’ buttons and other such illustration-only designs on buttons;

  6. Fan works of any Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and Reboot characters are not allowed to be sold in the Comic Market (e.g. Pirates of the Caribbean, Spiderman, WALL-E, Labyrinth, etc). Stating that you did not know at the convention despite signing this contract will result in the immediate forfeiture of your table;

  7. ‘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;

  8. Replication of existing artwork and merchandise such as official artwork from other licensed creations or artworks depicting trademarks or copyrighted logos are not allowed and considered copyright infringement. These actions are prosecutable by law;

  9. The resale of food, used goods, or retail items (like pocky, art books, or doujinshi made by non-registered artists) is not allowed. If you wish to do this, you must purchase a Dealer’s Table. Please note that you may be fined by the Toronto Congress Centre if you are caught selling food outside of the Dealers Room;

  10. 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).

II. Photography Prints and Photo-Manipulations

Photographs/photo-manipulations may only be sold if the model is the artist. Photographs/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. The artist may be requested to provide evidential documentation for any questionable print(s) and/or photo(s).

III. Proxy Selling of Merchandise

The Comic Market emphasizes that an Artist 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 you wish to sell your work through a representative, please refer to Anime North’s Gallery Momiji for more information.

B. Collaborative Works

I. 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.

II. 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.

C. Displays

Artists may set up their reserved space as they see fit as 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 your display falls or harms another participant or attendee, you will be asked to take the display down immediately.

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

D. Adult Material

I. Display of Adult Material

Exhibitors 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 displays of adult material 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. Thus, you may NOT display any commission work that violates the above restrictions.

II. Approval of Adult Material

If you are selling any work in this category, you are required to bring a display copy of your work to the Exhibitors Staff information table where your work will be stamped with an 18+ or PG13 rating.

If your 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. Please note that showing and/or selling items which contain adult content to minors is punishable by law.

If your work received a PG13 rating, you may openly display it on your table.

The stamp allows security and convention attendees to know that your work has been approved for display by the Comic Market Coordinator. Please make use of this procedure to avoid problems during the convention as failing to do so may result in the loss of your table.

11. Protection of Valuables

Exhibitors 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 down at the end of every night; however it is still the responsibility of the artists/exhibitors to look after and ensure safe storage of their personal property.

12. Conduct

All participants MUST obey both the Anime North Convention Policy and Comic Market Policy and Agreement Contract for 2014. Blocking hallways, aisles, and fire exits will not be tolerated. Any behavior that disrupts the convention or the premises, or is considered by Anime North as damaging to individuals, property, or the reputation of the convention 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, please bring them to the attention of the Exhibitors Staff.

Please note that Anime North reserves the right to revoke or deny the application of individuals with records of serious offenses in any of our artist areas from previous years.

Failure to abide by the following rules may result in the loss of your table without refund.

Behavior not acceptable in the Comic Market includes (but is not limited to):

  • Selling a table to another individual;
  • Taking chairs from other artists;
  • Sitting and selling behind tables not assigned to you;
  • Allowing someone not registered to the Comic Market to sell at your table. Doing so is a breach of contract. The tables are only rented to the artists who have specifically registered for the area and signed the Comic Market Policy and Contract Agreement for 2014;
  • Selling your convention badge to another individual along with the table rented to your name;
  • Lending your convention badge to another individual not registered to your table;
  • Lewd behavior, intimate displays of affection, and touching inappropriate for a family atmosphere will not be tolerated in the Comic Market;
  • Harassment to Exhibitors Staff, Anime North Staff, Anime North Volunteers or other participants (i.e. disrespecting the staff’s authority, inappropriate language and/or behavior, etc.);
  • 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 their permission. This is a case of identity fraud and/or theft, and is punishable by law;
  • Offensive emails to Anime North Staff members, mass trolling (continuous posts of offensive messages) directed to Anime North staff members in electronic forums.

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 specified above.

All complaints, conflicts, or discrepancies concerning the Exhibitors staff and/or the artists should be directed to and only to the Comic Market coordinator/Exhibitors Director. You may contact the coordinator/exhibitors director at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Give staff at least 48 hours to respond back before sending another e-mail.

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