Original Comic, Illustration & Narrative Art Show
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OVER 80 ARTISTS, ART REPS, ART DEALERS & AUCTION HOUSES WILL EXHIBIT AT OUR INAUGURAL SHOW NEXT JANUARY PRICES INCREASE AUGUST 1ST SO GET YOUR TICKETS NOW
The 1st Annual Original Arts Expo (OAX) is being held in Orlando, Florida on January 26 to 28, 2024 at the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Studios and will exclusively showcase original comic, illustration, and other narrative art forms with the aim to immediately establish itself as the premiere visual storytelling art event in the United States. OAX has been designed from the ground up to celebrate the attending Artists while honoring Original Art Collectors. The show promises to be an intimate and immersive three-day can’t miss party and networking event focused entirely on this art collecting genre. As part of the show’s philosophy, OAX will coordinate unique art drops, commission opportunities and experiences with Artists and OA Sellers to present Attendees with many unique collecting opportunities that they will get nowhere else.
Allison Sohn and Adam Hughes Attending OAX!
Longtime friends of CAF, Allison Sohn and Adam Hughes, are joining an already incredible list of Artist Guests with talent across the spectrum of our hobby. We’ve already announced a stellar list of Artists including Sean Gordon Murphy, Mike & Laura Allred, Adam Kubert, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Bob Layton, Andy & Veronica Fish, Bob McLeod, George Pratt, Dan Jurgens, Kevin Nowlan, Manix Abrera, Gerhard, Matthew Allison, Aaron Conley, John Beatty, Mico Suayan, Harvey Tolibao and Dynamite Sketch Cover Artist Ken Haeser.
We’ll continue announcing updates to this list over on the Comic Art LIVE YouTube channel, and talking regularly with attending Art Reps, Artists and Dealers who are exhibiting at OAX. Exhibitors who have signed on to be a part of the first OAX include 4C Comics, Anthony’s Comic Book Art, Will’s Comic Art Page, ComicConnect, ComicLink, Coollines Artwork, Essential Sequential, Got Super Powers?, Hake’s Auctions, Heritage Auctions, Jade Giant Comic Art, Next Comic Art, Panel Page Art, Romitaman, Scott Eder and TDArt Gallery.
For tickets we’re offering a WEEKEND VIP option, a WEEKEND ticket, and SINGLE DAY tickets. The VIP ticket gets you into the private opening Exhibitor Reception and CAF Anniversary Party on Friday night plus both days of the show.
We’d like to encourage couples to enjoy the weekend together, so there’s a special rate to add your significant other for the reception and weekend, or single day tickets. Children of attendees 16 and under get in free. Click Here for ticket prices and more information about the benefit of each ticket level.
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For the first time in the history of pop culture events we’re also providing an Art Collectors Alley for Collectors who also wish to exhibit at OAX. Collectors are the lifeblood of the twice annual Comic Art LIVE event held on CAF, and we’ve set aside a very limited number of tables for those wishing to have a space on the OAX floor. We know you’d probably want to share the booth with another Collector so we have special pricing available. Contact Us for more information!
Exclusive Commission Experience
with Mike & Laura Allred at OA EXPO 2024
Mike and Laura Allred have been making fantastic artwork together for over 20 years, and now you can own an Original Artwork created just for you by the pair. Along with Mike and Laura’s standard commission options, exclusive to this opportunity are 3 different painted commission options from Mike. These Allred Atomic Art Pop paintings can be either 2′ x 3′ or 3′ x 4′, and have up to 3 characters with a simple or limited background, and they are guaranteed to blow your mind! As part of this exclusive Commission Experience at OA Expo, purchasers will get to hang out with Mike and Laura Allred for one hour to pick up their commission in the OAX VIP Room. You’ll be able to get your photo taken with the talented pair, items signed, and you’ll also receive some bonus Atomic Art Pop Swag to boot!
THE HOTEL & VENUE
OAX has secured a stunning, natural light filled 20,000 square foot space to conduct the main show that will be supported by a reception desk and war room for exhibitors. Additionally, a spacious and peaceful outdoor courtyard has been reserved for the ticket-only opening reception to be held on the evening of Friday, January 26. Rooms have been secured in the hotel’s North Tower, with the elevators located directly across from the reception desk and main entrance. The hotel has an official affiliation with Universal Studios, whose entrance is located directly across the street. Free shuttles are available to and from Universal Studios’ City Walk, and it’s less than 15 minutes away by foot.
We’ve negotiated a fantastic, peak season rate of only $169 per night at the show’s venue, the DoubleTree, with no additional resort fees. Want to extend your stay? Good, because we’ve got the hotel to allow you to book rooms three days before and/or three days after the show, as long as rooms are available. The standard room configuration is with two queen size beds, though some rooms are available with a single king size bed. Click here for more information about the hotel. We’ve blocked off a good number of rooms, and they’re likely to sell out, so please reserve your dates ASAP. When the number of reserved rooms begins to run low, we’ll ask the hotel for additional rooms, though we can’t 100% guarantee they’ll accommodate our full request.
OAX AUCTION SATURDAY NIGHT
OAX will hold an in-person only auction on Saturday, January 27 that will start at 6pm, one hour after the end of the regular show hours of 10am to 5pm. The event is going to be a pre-party before everyone goes out on Saturday night, with multiple cash bars and enough pizza for as many as 400 attendees.
The auction itself should have between 60 to 100 original art pieces created by attending artists ranging in value from $100 to $10,000. Also, we’re working to have many auction pieces where 100% of sales will be going to a relevant non-profit organization, most likely The Hero Initiative, who support comic book creators in their time of need. If you are interested in providing a piece of art for the auction please contact us for more information.
The auction pieces will be submitted by artists over the months leading up to the show and will be periodically revealed on the OAX web site, Comic Art Live YouTube channel, and through CAF newsletters. All auction pieces will be posted publicly by OAX in early January 2024, when proxy bidding will begin. Proxy bidding will close one week prior to the start of the show. OAX attendees will have two big advantages: seeing all the art in person in the OAX gallery room and being the only ones allowed to bid during the live auction on Saturday night.
The DoubleTree is officially affiliated with Universal Studios and has a kiosk across from their reception desk where you may purchase tickets. Universal’s entrance is located directly across the street from the show venue. Free shuttles are available to and from Universal Studios’ City Walk, and it’s less than 15 minutes away by foot.
OAX will be looking into group pricing for a Monday, January 29 trip to Universal, and will make sure to let you know in advance of the show. Universal Studios is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Diagon Alley + Hogsmeade + King’s Cross Station) along with rides based on Marvel (Dr. Doom, Hulk, Spider-Man), Jurassic Park, Minions, Revenge of the Mummy, E.T., Fast & Furious, Moana, Men In Black, Simpsons, Transformers, and so many more.