Orlando's

Original Art Expo

January 26 to 28, 2024 - Orlando, Florida
Presented by Comic Art Fans & Comic Art LIVE

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About OAX

The inaugural 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 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 Art Collectors. The annual show promises to be an intimate and immersive three-day can’t miss party and networking event focused entirely on this art collecting genre.

Our event begins Friday, January 26th from 6-9pm EST with a VIP Reception and CAF 21st Anniversary Party with most Artists and Exhibitors in attendance. Over the weekend the Show floor will be open from 10am to 5pm EST both Saturday, January 27th and Sunday, January 28th. The OAX Art Auction and pizza party is Saturday evening from 6-8:30pm EST.

OAX's main partner for marketing and collector outreach is Comic Art Fans (CAF), the global hub for all things original comic art, as well as CAF's twice annual two-day virtual convention, Comic Art Live (CAL) and the CAL YouTube channel. OAX will be leveraging its core competencies and partnership with CAF to make high-impact newsletter and video announcements over months leading up to the show opening.

DATE January 26 to 28, 2024

LOCATION 5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL

SHOW SPONSORS













Guests

OAX expects to bring in nearly 100 exhibitors, which includes a minimum of 60 Artists plus well-known Art Dealers, Reps, and Auction Houses along with up to 500 Art Collectors from around the globe.

Sean Gordon Murphy Artist - Writer

Mike Allred Artist - Writer

Laura Allred Artist

Adam Kubert Artist

Bob Layton Artist, Writer, Filmmaker

Amanda Conner Artist - Writer

Jimmy Palmiotti Artist - Writer

Simone Bianchi Artist

George Pratt Artist

Allison Sohn Artist

Adam Hughes Artist

Gerhard Artist

Dan Jurgens Artist - Writer

Kevin Nowlan Artist

José Luis García-López Artist

John Beatty Artist

Matt Wagner Artist - Writer

Bill Morrison Artist

Dan Brereton Artist

Greg Land Artist

Simone Di Meo Artist

Ben Templesmith Artist

Joshua Cassara Artist

Ken Lashley Artists

Nick Dragotta Artist

Nick Pitarra Artist

Geoff Shaw Artist

Chris Stevens Artist

David Finch Artist

Shawn Crystal Artist

JG Jones Artist

Dave Johnson Artist

Brian Stelfreeze Artist

Clay Mann Artist

Erick Grove Artists

Andy & Veronica Fish Artists

Manix Abrera Artist

Mico Suayan Artist

Harvey Tolibao Artist

Von Randal Artist

Matthew Allison Artist

Aaron Conley Artist

Jonathan Wayshak Artist

Joe Dragunas Artist

Daniel Govar Artist

Tony Moy Artist

Sanya Anwar Artist

Ryan Odagawa Artist

Paolo Rivera Artist

Joe Rivera Artist

Maxi Dallo Artist

Jim Mahfood Artist

Geof Isherwood Artist

Michael Golden Artist

Bob McLeod Artist

Myles Wohl Artist

James Martin Artist

Jose Marzan Artist

John K Snyder III Artist

Pre-Con OAX Exclusive Opportunities

OAX is providing Attendees with exclusive pre-show opportunities to purchase original art from Guests and sign-up for events happening during the show. Follow the banners below to learn more about each opportunity! Contact Us if you have any questions related to the exclusive opportunities.












































































































Comic Art Dealers, Reps & Auction Houses

OAX exhibitors will include Comic Art Dealers, Art Reps, and Auction Houses.

Space is limited, so if you're interested in exhibiting at OAX, then Contact Us today!

























































Publishers & Affiliated Partners

OAX exhibitors will include Comic Art related Publishers and Vendors.

Space is limited, so if you're interested in exhibiting at OAX, then Contact Us today!



















Comic Art Collectors

Comic Art Collectors are the lifeblood of CAF, and make up the majority of the Sellers during the twice annual Comic Art LIVE virtual art con hosted on CAF each May and November. If you're a Collector who would also like to have a table at the show you're in luck because we're reserving a limited number of tables to make up the first ever Collector's Alley at a show.

Space is limited, so if you're interested in exhibiting Contact Us today!









Art Exhibitions at OAX

OAX is about elevating comic book, illustration, and narrative art. For our inaugural show, we’re proud to have arranged several key exhibitions of Original Artworks that’s sure to surprise and excite our Attendees and Exhibitors. There will be works of Classic Illustration and Imaginative Realism on display along with a gallery showcasing Marvel Trading Card artworks, two galleries of never before displayed art by Adam Kubert, and an incredible selection of iconic comic art from the Metropolis/ComicConnect collection. We’ll also have a gallery displaying more than 60 artworks that will be up for sale during OAX's Saturday night auction.



One of the premiere Art Dealers in the field, Shasta/Phoenix will be exhibiting at OAX and bringing with them original art for sale from some of the leading artists that defined 20th century imaginative illustration and comic art. Stephen Korshak and Lauren Stump will be at the booth to discuss the pieces and provide historical context. Along with offering illustration and comic artworks for purchase, Shasta/Phoenix provides valuation and brokering services while also specializing in the publishing of art books featuring well- and lesser-known fantasy and science fiction illustrators.

We’re also proud to announce that OAX will have a special gallery set up to display a selection of pieces from The Korshak Collection, a world-class illustration art collection that’s been show in museums around the world. OAX attendees will be treated to works by Frazetta, Bok, Brundage, Finlay, St. John, and many others in an intimate setting. The gallery will be available to view for the duration of OAX, and Stephen will have scheduled times in the gallery on both Saturday and Sunday to talk about the pieces on display and answer your questions.

The Marvel Card Archive, in collaboration with Steven Walbroehl, is excited for the Original Art Expo (OAX) to exhibit original art examples from the Marvel Masterpieces (1992-2023) and the Fleer Ultra Spider-Man (1995-2017) trading card series. For the first time, fans will be able to view in person the evolution of the series over almost three decades and appreciate examples of some of the best comic/fantasy artists, including Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Joe Jusko, Dan do Santos, Simone Bianchi, Adam Kubert and Greg & Tim Hildebrandt.

The Marvel Card Archive is an ode to the Marvel Trading Card Hobby and includes:

Examples from every published, pack-inserted U.S. Marvel card
from 1966 to 2007 (excluding 1/1s and back variations)
Hundreds of pre-production pieces including uncut sheets, printer proofs, and production samples
Over 2,000 original published artworks used for Marvel (and some DC) trading cards spanning 100+ different Marvel sets, 150+ different artists, and 500+ different characters
A compendium of sketch cards, spanning the first ever official sketch cards ever created (not Marvel) and examples from almost every Marvel card sketch card set issued

OAX Schedule

OAX will be held from Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 28 with details on each day provided here.

Programming

  • Day 1 - 26 January 2024
  • Day 2 - 27 January 2024
  • Day 3 - 28 January 2024
Accommodation
  • Day 1 - 26 January 2024
    18:00 - 21:00 Opening Reception

    * ticket only reception dinner + open bars
    * show kick-off with nearly all OAX artists/exhibitors in attendance
    * incredible networking event for collectors, artists, dealers, sponsors, and other exhibitors

    Speaker : Bill Cox
  • Day 2 - 27 January 2024
    10:00 - 17:00 Show Floor Open

    * Gallery Room 1 - large collection of Adam Kubert art on display for the first time
    * Gallery Room 2 - 60+ art pieces for OAX Auction on display
    * Artist Experiences - special, interactive events with select artists (additional cost, details TBA)

    17:30 - 20:00 Pizza and Art Auction

    * pizza party + cash bars during live auction of 60+ art pieces - in person viewing of art + final bidding exclusive to show attendees

  • Day 3 - 28 January 2024
    10:00 - 17:00 Show Floor Open

    * Gallery Room 1 - large collection of Adam Kubert art on display for the first time
    * free sketches + signatures during TBD time slot(s) from participating artists (details TBA closer to show)
    * Artist Experiences - special, interactive events with select artists (additional cost, details TBA)

Purchase Tickets

VIP tickets available limited to 150 + Show tickets available limited to 500 total.

We offer a Couples price for each ticket option below. "Couples" are not you and your friend. We might ask you to tongue wrestle if we doubt they are your significant other. Don't test us!

All children of attendees aged 16 and under get in free.

Weekend VIP

$ 300 /1 person Couples $450

  • Friday night private reception dinner + open bars + CAF Anniversary party
  • Admission to full show
  • Special year one OAX reception/show lanyard
  • OAX swag (TBA)
  • full access to Adam Kubert + OAX Auction gallery rooms
  • Saturday night OAX Auction + pizza party with cash bars
  • Sunday - free quick sketches/signatures from participating artists during TBD time slot(s)
  • Artist Experiences - special, interactive events with select artists (additional cost, details TBA)









One Day

$ 110 /1 person Couples $160

      SATURDAY FEATURES
  • Admission to full show
  • full access to Adam Kubert + OAX Auction gallery rooms
  • Artist Experiences - special, interactive event with select artists (additional cost, details TBA)
  • Saturday night OAX Auction + pizza party with cash bars
  •   SUNDAY FEATURES
  • Admission to full show
  • full access to Adam Kubert gallery room
  • Artist Experiences - special, interactive event with select artists (additional cost, details TBA)
  • free quick sketches/signatures from participating artists during TBD time slot(s)





Accommodation & Travel

Accommodation and travel info - information below or email us for further help.

Hilton Doubltree Entrance to Universal
5780 Major Blvd
Orlando, FL
(415) 292 - 0100



HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONS

UPDATE 12/13/2023 - OUR BLOCK OF ROOMS AT THE HILTON DOUBLTREE IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT.


Close Alternative Hotels Include:

Holiday Inn and Suites Across from Universal
https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/orlando/mcous/hoteldetail
The Holiday Inn and Suites has discounted the $17.95 Destination/Amenity Fee to $8.00 per night for your group. The rates shown for the two room types are valid through 1/9/2024.

The show venue is DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.


At the time of check-in, each guest will be required to present a major credit card, on which DoubleTree may place a hold or process a prepayment in the amount of the guest's estimated charges. Again, room reservations may be canceled up to 72 hours prior to the guest's date of arrival without a penalty. No shows and cancellations that occur less than 72 hours of arrival will be charged one night room penalty.

* check-in time is 4pm and check-out time is 11am
* max occupancy per room is 4 people
* complimentary internet access
* complimentary use of newly renovated Fitness Center using room card
* discounted overnight self-parking rate of $20/day
* discounted event-only (non-overnight) rate of $11/day

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Studios
5780 Major Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
407-351-1000

Location

The DoubleTree is ideally located in Orlando, just 20 minutes away from the airport, and within 15 minutes of a huge number of restaurants, bars, and theme parks.

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 Sponsorships

OAX seeks to immediately be the premiere annual event for original art in the comics, illustration, and narrative arts space and will be an incredible opportunity for sponsors to reach people around the globe.

OAX is currently soliciting interest in several sponsorship opportunities. Interested? Then Contact Us today!

Panel Schedule

We're in the planning stage for Panels at OAX, but you can expect discussions with some of your favorite Artists, Art Dealers & Reps, as well as discussions about how to manage your collection and care for the artworks you own with regards to storage as well as restoration. If you have ideas for Panels - or would be interested in hosting one yourself - during OAX please Contact Us.

Frequently asked questions

Some frequently asked questions for you.

OAX TICKETS + REFUND POLICY

This is a first-year show, so we need your help to make it happen. There's no better way to do this than to secure your tickets/hotel rooms as early as possible and to get your friends to come along, too.

The VIP tickets get you into the private opening reception on Friday night plus both days of the show. We'd like to see couples enjoy the weekend together, so there's a special rate to add your significant other for the reception and weekend, too, plus children of attendees 16 and under get in free. Tickets are available for the full weekend, as well as for just one day. And maybe you just want to come to the reception? Great, that's available, too, just contact us.

And if you end up not being able to make the show, then you can cancel your hotel reservation up to 72 hours before your arrival with no penalty, and OAX ticket cancellations will be 100% applied to next year's show. Just email info@oa-expo.com with your request.

HOTEL ROOMS

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. And yes, there's NO DEPOSIT required, just your credit card information.

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 so 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.

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.

Rooms have been secured in the hotel's North Tower, with the elevators located directly across from the OAX reception desk and main entrance.

HOTEL ROOM BOOKING + POLICIES + PARKING

Reservations are made through the OAX-specific link we've provided or by calling 1-800-222-8733. Rooms must be secured with a valid credit card with NO DEPOSIT required. Reservations may be canceled up to 73 hours in advance of your arrival date.

At the hotel reservation link, dates are automatically set to January 26 to 28, 2024. To change dates, click "Edit Stay" and click the dates, which will open up a calendar. Select your new dates, click off the calendar, then click "Update" to register your new dates. From there, select the room type you want, then enter your payment/billing info to complete your reservation.

If you have any issues booking an extended stay, then please contact Rob Contino at DoubleTree Hilton:

Rob Contino
Group Reservations Coordinator
Direct 407.206.9865
robert.contino@hilton.com

At the time of check-in, each guest will be required to present a major credit card, on which DoubleTree may place a hold or process a prepayment in the amount of the guest's estimated charges. Again, room reservations may be canceled up to 72 hours prior to the guest's date of arrival without a penalty. No shows and cancelations that occur less than 72 hours of arrival will be charged one night room penalty.

More info:

* check-in time is 4pm and check-out time is 11am
* max occupancy per room is 4 people
* complimentary internet access
* complimentary use of newly renovated Fitness Center
* discounted overnight self-parking rate of $20/day
* discounted event-only (non-overnight) rate of $11/day

OAX ARTIST/EXHIBITOR/EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

There will be many, many announcements, pre-show art/commission sales, artist interviews, auction previews, and artist experience opportunities sent out between now and the show date. To make sure you don't miss anything, visit the OAX web site, subscribe to the newsletters on Comic Art Fans, and subscribe to the Comic Art Live YouTube channel.

https://www.OA-Expo.com
https://www.ComicArtFans.com
https://www.youtube.com/@ComicArtLive

CAN I BRING ART FROM MY COLLECTION?

Yes! That's what we want you to do! We expect a big percentage of attending collectors to bring portfolios to show off their art and to possibly trade and/or sell pieces with fellow collectors, art dealers, and attending artists. We've even dedicated a large area of the show floor for this to happen, with tables/chairs set up in front of the auction stage to accommodate well more than 100 people at any time for the entirety of the show. It's going to be a massive art fest!

OPENING RECEPTION

This will be a three-hour private kick-off event starting at 6pm Friday, January 26 and located outside in the beautifully appointed center courtyard of the hotel. Attire is anything you want from Psylocke cosplay to tuxedos, though no MODOKs allowed without prior written permission. There will be a selection of finger foods, main courses, and desserts on display from which to choose. And yes, there will be an open bar for all three hours of the reception with very short queues thanks to as many as seven bartenders making sure you never get thirsty. Did we mention you don't have to be up the next day until 9:55am for the 10:00am opening? You're welcome.

ARTIST EXPERIENCES

OAX will be offering a number of special, interactive experiences with select artists where you and a very small number of people will be able to spend one or more hours in a private room with an artist where you'll get art, signatures, swag, stories, and more. Look for these announcements through the OAX site, CAF newsletters, and on the Comic Art Live YouTube channel

GALLERY ROOMS

We've set up two rooms inside the show floor as galleries that will be accessible to all show attendees. The first gallery will house a large selection of never before displayed art by the brilliant Adam Kubert. That's all we'll say about that for now. The second gallery will house all the art to be auctioned off Saturday night. This will be your chance to see each piece in person and to decide what you want to go after.

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 (and other?) 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.

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.

We'll also be helping to ship pieces back to collectors.

SUNDAY FREE SKETCH + SIGNATURE EVENT

Is this Europe? No, it's Florida. On Sunday afternoon as the show begins to slowly wind down, many of the attending artists will be doing free quick sketches and providing signatures to attendees. Details on how this will work, and which artists are participating, will be revealed in the weeks leading up to the show.

We're hoping to see families travel together to vacation during the show and think that this Sunday free sketch event will be one to remember for many of their children.

OAX SWAG

All weekend ticket holders will get some swag, which is TBD. For now, one word: MegaCox.

DINING + BAR OPTIONS LOCALLY

The two showrunners, Bill and Kasra, both live in Orlando, and we'll be posting a downloadable PDF map with suggested places to eat, drink, and watch the NFL playoffs. Look for it at least two weeks before the show opens.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

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.

ANYTHING GOING ON AFTER THE SHOW?

Well, yeah. On Monday, we're going to put together a big group to go to Universal Studios together. Then we're looking at maybe trashing Bill's house. We'll probably have a few more announcements about cool stuff going on right after the show with some of them including OAX artists.

DISNEY WORLD

Disney owns all the things you love, like Star Wars, Marvel, and Minnie Mouse, and it's less than 15 minutes south of the show venue. Disney Springs is a popular and free outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment area to visit, too. And don't forget Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, too.

Find out more here:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com
https://www.disneysprings.com
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/animal-kingdom/

MUCH MORE THAN DISNEY TO SEE & DO

Check out these great places to visit! Travel times from the show venue are in parenthesis.

SeaWorld (10 mins south) https://seaworld.com/orlando/
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games (8 mins south) https://andrettikarting.com/orlando
Dezerland (4 mins east) https://dezerlandpark.com/orlando/
Gatorland (18 mins southeast) https://www.gatorland.com
Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center (1 hour east) https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com
St. Petersburg/Dali Museum (2 hours west) https://thedali.org

WILL THERE BE MORE FAQs POSTED?

By the looks of it, yes.

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