The Artist Alley is the hub for all professional and amateur artists. This special area is where these artists display and sell their art and related products. They also meet with the fans face-to-face and many do live sketches for commission, as well as sign and sell previously published works. Small Press is a big part of the Artist Alley and features mostly amateur artists and publishers who are trying to make their way into the industry. Many professional artists working today cut their teeth in the Small Press grassroots before breaking into the mainstream publishing industry. Very often, the participating Small Press publishers offer items that have no other distribution than FAN EXPO Vancouver, so this is the only chance fans have to see and purchase their wares.