Fanime has posted details regarding next year’s requirements to sign up for artist alley. Much of their information can be found on their website at http://apps.fanime.com/2016/artistinfo/ regarding all the needed information to apply for a table for the artist alley.
What was found alongside the application was a voting criterion that will be addressed to all artists who want to apply. Prior iterations on registering artists for the artist alley included a first come, first serve basis. Fanime is the fourth biggest anime convention In the U.S., and getting a table for the artist alley is very competitive. Below you can view the entire document of what is listed for what criteria that needs to be fulfilled to be considered to be chosen to be in the artist alley.
In prior years Fanime has adopted the, "First Come, First Serve" rule, but proved to be much more difficult to get different artists tables rather then the some artists every year. So in attempt to limit which artists gets a table at next year's Fanime, it will be decided by a jury. As stated on Fanime's website:
"The identity of the artists will not have any bearing on the evaluation. We have 4-6 neutral judges reviewing your entries. This is so that we have a diverse group evaluate the submissions. We will primarily be looking at the works to ensure rule compliance and evaluate at a minimum bar. This is because of the lower number of tables and the high demand for table, that minimum bar may raise and lower depending on the number of submissions. Final selections depend on the quality of applicants rather than set judgment guidelines. There are a limited number of seats available relative to the huge application pool and selections will be made in order to maintain the Alley’s quality, variance, and success for both the Artists involved and the fans. We will not be doing a 'load balancing' based on art type or medium."
Art can be a very subjective topic, as well as every artists has his/her own artsyle when it comes to their artwork. Is it fair to compare chibi art to a life like drawing of Eren from Attack on Titan? Questions like these have already been brought up, or will be brought up. Fanime is trying find a way to make it a even playing field for everyone to apply, but when making decisions like these for artists people are going to be angry one way or another. This jury for Fanime is basically the same idea as the NCAA Football jury who decides which college football team is ranked, and if they will get into the NCAA college football playoffs. At the time of this posting, the application to submit is due by this Friday at noon.
Announced this early morning, the Hatsune Miku Expo announced that the concert tour is coming back to the United States starting in Seattle on April 23rd of next year, to a undisclosed date. MIku Expo has already listed several dates, and locations of upcoming concerts including:
Each concert is one week apart from each city, and soon more cities to be added on the list.Details on how much the tickets are going on sale for, are not listed at this time. However what is listed on the Miku Expo website are a few details regarding upcoming ticket packages including: VIP tickets, collectibles, early venue entry, and a short description of who Miku Hatsune is. For more information about this event, check it out at http://mikuexpo.com/na2016/.
Miku Hatsune is a singing program that was created in Japan by Crypton Future Media in 2007 and in 2013 called, "Vocaloid". This program allows anyone to create music using MIku's voice. Since the initial release Crypton Future Media has released more voice character programs, and has been a huge success. The popularity of MIku Hatsune has lead into video games, concerts, cosplay, and much more around the Vocoloid characters. Below is an example of what can be made in the Vocoloid program.
Source: Hatsune MIku Facebook