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The No Brand Con XI offered a fine selection of wares for attendees looking to add to their collections. Between the Vendor Rooms and the Artist Alley there were a wide range of products to choose from. Whether it was fan art, original art, manga, anime, collectible merchandise, swords or t-shirts it could be found at this year’s No Brand Con.
The Artist Alley was located in the hallways from the gaming rooms to the Vendor Rooms. All traffic between panels and events led past the artists and several artists sat behind tables covered with their work. Each artist had something different to offer as you could see many carrying pieces of fan art. But there was also a good mix of original work.
The wares varied but many tables were filled with stickers, buttons, and books. The books ranged from comic books to graphic novels. Some of the graphic novels had been originally released as web comics and then compiled into graphic novels.
Many artists were taking commissions on work specified by fans. The cost of a commission was dependent on content and style but the con-goer could commission the artist to draw an item of their choosing. Many con-goers have their own characters that they wish to have drawn up for them so some commissions were quick sketches that could be completed immediately and others were more in depth and required the customer to come back later.
Upon entering the first vendor room the con-goer was greeted by tables of merchandise. Directly to the left of the doors were tables of manga, some at clearance prices and in front of the doors were corsets and skirts next to collectibles and a little more manga. On the left side of the room were more collectibles and authentic Japanese kimonos and both the corsets and the kimonos could be tried on before a purchase decision was made.
Through another set of doors was the second vendor room which contained an even wider variety of merchandise. To the right was the No Brand Con table. Here Con-goers could purchase No Brand Con t-shirts, shot glasses, window clings, and the Is My Roommate Dead? Stick. Other tables contained buttons, anime, t-shirts, fleece hats, wigs, collectibles, swords, books, and tabletop games (such as Magic cards).
The vendor rooms had set hours and closed by 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday (the last day). The artists in the Artist Alley could open and close their tables whenever they wanted and on Friday and Saturday, some artists remained at their tables until almost midnight.
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