Artist Alley Comics Fest was founded in 2015 on the principle of giving opportunity and visibility to independent comic artists who have traditionally been overlooked or shut out by events that are motivated to give platform to established voices.
Our festival is a minimally curated event, without assessment of aesthetic or narrative quality. Judgements for acceptance as an exhibitor are based on an artist's ownership of their work, a prohibition of hate speech and advocation of violence, and a minimum approximation to the definition of "comics artwork."
Like a great many unique and innovative comic creators, AACF finds its home in Portland, Oregon.
Our debut event took place on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015, at The Spritely Bean, the late indie comics café. This year's event will take place on Saturday, August 5th, 2023 at Leodis V. McDaniel High School.
Our goal is to showcase the talents of independently creative voices in comics by giving the public a place to interact with comic creators. While publishers and distributors are welcome to apply for exhibition space, those who are willing to be represented by comic creators are likely to receive greater consideration.
Questions or suggestions regarding the Artist Alley Comics Fest event, our policies or the ArtistAlleyFest.com website can be submitted via our Contact Page.