Artist Alley booths can be grouped into General Categories. I have been collecting data for years, and here for the first time, I present my findings:
The Seasoned Anime Artist Booth: these artists almost always have 11ft diplsays, usually constructed from collapsible shelves or plastic piping. The artist themselves can sometimes be glimpsed through a tiny gap in their wall of artwork, usually drawing away, only emerging to conclude a transaction, and then quickly receding back to the safety of the artsy fortification.
The Shy Kickstarter Booth
These are the Artists trying to push their very first comic series, book etc. These artists are new, frightened of loud noises, and unsure of their surroundings. They can mostly be seen at sparsely filled tables. hiding in a sketchbook, awaiting to be discovered.
(they get much better by show 2)
The Steampunk Pirate Booth
these guys seemed to land somewhere between theatre students and Craft artists- usually strutting their goggled/bucked getup in front of the booth rather than behind it, they aren't afraid to put on a show if it means a purchase. Always interesting to talk to, and put more effort into decorating a booth than most.
The Grumpy Old Pro Booth these artists almost always have massive art portfolios ( around 22x36in books) and stacks of comics they've published 10+ years ago. these artists pine for the old days when comic cons were only about comics, and hate what you and your generation has done to their once tiny get-togethers they usually don't want much to do with you, and spend most of the show chatting with their old war buddies (whom also hate you)
The Loud Pushy Annoying Booth. (main habitat: Anime cons)
These booths usually have 1 artist, and 5 of the most high strung individuals you could imagine. All of this fun, fighting to fit behind a 6 ft table with 2 chairs. This booth will try to attract customers with high pitched shouts and nonstop bargin bellows. We all hate this booth.
To be continued...
Listening to: Edit
Watching: South Park
Drinking: lotsa water