ACFI Artwork/Creations Q&A
Howdy, y’all! As ACFI is a big convention now with a large cast of characters, of course folks are wanting to give us creative works based off of them… and of course there are some questions about them.
Not to worry! We’re here to answer those questions.
Q: I really want to draw some fanart, but I don’t know where to submit it to… where can I do that?
A: That depends on what you’re drawing it for! If you’re submitting the artwork to the conbook, please refer to our Conbook Submissions Page for more information on how and where to submit the artwork or story, as well as our legal policies on your submissions. If you’re drawing it purely as a personal project and as a gift to the convention (and intend to post it mainly to Pinterest, a Furaffinity or Deviantart page, or any other such social media hub), don’t feel you need to submit it anywhere! Just be sure, as a common courtesy, to inform us of the art you wish to draw (a request for permission isn’t necessary, but very much appreciated!) and inform us of where you plan to post it so we can be sure to give our generous donator a shout out on our own social media platforms!
Q: So does that mean I can take commissions featuring your characters?
A: Not if you’re taking cash! We cannot allow this for the legal issues surrounding it, plus the fact that we would, at the very least, be forced to take at least a small cut of your payment for the project as a licensing fee. Under the Fair Use clause of United States copyright law, we can allow you to create fanwork of our characters, but only insofar as you either don’t make any profit off of it, or pay us a small licensing fee for the artwork; no ifs, ands, or buts about it, it’s in the law.
Q: How do you define fanwork?
A: Any creative work—be it an art piece, a story, a piece of music, a sculpture, etc.—created by a third party; in this case, a first party would be one of our event staffers, a second party would be a licensed contractor (an artist commissioned for an artwork, for instance), and a third party is anyone not officially connected with the convention in any capacity. In short, anything officially commissioned for or bought by us becomes a first or second party creative work, but anything else is purely fanwork, as we didn’t officially commission it or request it.
Q: Okay, so what characters can we use in our fanworks? What kind of content, situations, or stories can we put them into? Will you have references for art and stories?
A: Any of them! As far as fanworks go, we can’t control the content as it is purely a work of fanfiction or fanart and therefore completely non canon. We will have reference sheets available for our cast of characters, but as for the stories… we can’t allow a third party to have access to our story bible. Sorry. Trade secrets, intellectual property and all. If you wish to canonize your story or artwork, however, well… that’s a question for Production to answer. Please direct those inquiries to Conbook Submissions Page with the subject header “REQUEST Canonization inquiry”.
Q: What about NC-17, NSFW, sexual content, or anything of that nature? Is that fair game?
A: Absolutely not! We ask that you please keep your works restricted to G-or-PG-rated works, please, since it is very likely that a child could stumble across your work. While we acknowledge that we can’t explicitly control every piece of artwork out there, we do wish to try and limit the amount of risqué material out there featuring our characters.
Q: So does that mean you might ask that a picture be taken down if you don’t agree with it?
A: Possibly. It depends on the situation. If a work is found to have been profited from without our prior knowledge (be it written or verbal), it is within our rights to issue a cease and desist until such time as we can work out a licensing agreement; for other works, we might gently request that an image be removed if we disagree with it.
Q: Would you take legal action in such circumstances?
A: It’s always a possibility, though we very much want to avoid such disagreements. Which is why this page was created!
Q: All right, so who do I go to for questions?
A: It’s more of a “where”, really:
* For questions about general artwork and fanart, please contact Conbook Submissions Page with the subject header “REQUEST Fanart inquiry”.
* For questions about the ACFI Fictional Universe and stories based therein (and which are not related to the conbook or are purely works of fanfiction), please contact Conbook Submissions Page with the subject header “REQUEST Fanfiction inquiry”.
* For art and story submissions for the conbook, please refer to our Conbook Submissions Page for more information on how and where to submit the artwork or story and be sure to read our legal section.
* For all other inquiries, please contact Conbook Submissions Page with the subject header “REQUEST General inquiry”.
Q: And what if I want to become a commissioned contractor for the convention?
A: We hear those requests, too, and we’d be glad to have enthusiastic talent on board! Please direction your questions to Conbook Submissions Page with the subject header “REQUEST Commissions”.
Q: I have one other question…
Q: Why does June Raccoon not wear any pants?
A: (long, awkward silence)