As convention season starts to kick off into high gear, allow me to interject a reminder: artists working the artist alley are people too. We’re exhausted and we’re putting ourselves out there for your scrutiny, so please… be polite?

These are my four big tips for how to treat exhibitors in the artist alley. If you follow these tips, you’re immediately a winner in my book. Your mileage may vary, but I’d wager you’ll be a hit among all the other artists in the aisle as well.

I dedicate this post to 98% of the people who swing by my table at each event I go to. You guys are awesome, well-behaved individuals and it is a pleasure to interact with each of you.