Each competing artist will be required to agree to the rules and regulations if they wish to compete.  The rules and regulations are posted here so that everyone has ample time to read through them before the conference. Any Conference attendee who is found to be in violation of these rules of conduct will first be given a single warning by an ISCA Board Member and then escorted from the competition ballroom if behavior is not corrected. Keep in mind that you are representing ISCA in all spaces both in and out of the conference areas. 

Please review and contact Executive Director, Kara Mundy at if you have any questions. Rules subject to change. Any updates will be posted online and at the conference. 


Competitor Registration includes a t-shirt, goody bag, admission to all seminars and the competition room, competition wall space and voting privileges. Registration also includes all provided meals (including the awards banquet dinner). You must be a Professional ISCA Member to register as a competitor.

Early Registration (through July 1st) – $300 
Standard Registration (July 2nd – Oct 23rd ) $350
Late Registration (Oct 23rd – Nov 6th) – $400
An additional late fee of $100 will be added to every ticket type (with the exception of day passes) after November 6th.

Non-competitor Registration is $200 and includes admission to all seminars, the competition room and all provided meals (including the awards banquet dinner). Non-competitors are more than welcome to create artwork at any time during the conference, but they are not allowed to display their artwork in competitive spaces within the competition ballroom, participate in the competition (except as subjects), or vote. Anyone can register as a non-competitor.


Name badges MUST be worn at all times during the conference. Your name badge will be used to grant entry to the ballroom as well as the classroom areas. There are no exceptions. If you are not wearing your name badge, you will be asked to get it before you will be allowed inside the ballroom or classroom areas. If you lose your badge, contact Kara Mundy at to get a replacement.

All in-person competing artists are allotted a space of no more than 2 feet wide (this may be less depending on the number of registered competitors and available ballroom wall space) on the walls of the competition ballroom. Artwork may extend above or below the blue painter’s tape used to delineate each competition space, however, it may not extend onto the floor. All 2-D art displayed during the competition must be contained within each artist’s allotted competition space. The edges of the artwork are allowed to touch, but not exceed, the blue tape which separates each space. One artist’s use of another artist’s competition space in addition to their own is NOT permitted. Artists must use the blue painter’s tape provided by ISCA to display pieces on their walls. 

There will be a designated display table for standalone 3-D artwork (artwork that is 3-dimensional may also be displayed on wall space if it can be hung using blue painters tape but must fit within the designated competition space). Each piece of finished 3-D artwork cannot exceed 8 cubic feet (0.23 cubic meters) in size. If the ISCA Board finds a certain piece of art to be in violation of space requirements, the creator of the piece will be notified and given the opportunity to either modify or remove it before judging begins. 

With the exception of board members and certain volunteers, no competing artists or guests will be allowed to enter the competition ballroom before 9:30 a.m. EST on Monday, November 14th. Any members or guests who leave any items in the competition room or set up their materials prior to 9:30 a.m. will have their materials removed from the room until all other competing artists have selected their space. 

Each competing artist can select an area of the competition ballroom to be their work area for the duration of the competition. Seating/work areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All attendees are responsible for their own artwork, supplies and any other belongings they bring into the competition room. The ISCA Board of Directors, its working staff, hotel staff or volunteers are in no way responsible for any lost or stolen items during the annual conference. Take caution in leaving anything in the ballroom unattended. The board tries its best to monitor the room, but it is your responsibility to keep your items (such as electronic devices, supplies, materials and personal belongings) secure and safe. Please be conscious of your surroundings and other artists’ areas of work. 

All art supplies, materials, and personal belongings MUST be removed from the competition ballroom by Thursday at 4 p.m. EST. Any such items left in the room by this time will be removed by the board members in a hurried and disorganized fashion.


Competition is open to Professional ISCA Members ONLY. Professional ISCA Members who are registered as a Competitor and paid in full will be assigned a designated “Wall Space” in which they will post their artwork for judging. Non-competitors are encouraged to create artwork to share, though they will not be assigned a designated Wall Space. Instead, they are encouraged to post their work publicly on social media. Non-competitors are also encouraged to join ISCA as a Professional Member and upgrade to a Competitor registration if they wish to take part in the competition (this can be arranged during the event up until we close the drawing room for voting).

The awards competition takes place over four days, and all artwork to be considered for judging MUST be created during that time (with the exception of specially designated competition categories). Any artwork found on a competitive display which was created by anyone other than a competing artist or known to be created prior to competition time will be promptly removed by a board member. Previous rules about having to be present in the ballroom while creating artwork will not be enforced. You may draw anywhere and at any time you wish, as long as it is within the window of time allotted.

All artwork remains property of its creator(s) but may be used for promotional purposes and reprinted in further ISCA materials.


All competing artists will be assigned a competition number and must caption all artwork posted during the competition with their assigned number, as well as labeling each individual piece of artwork with its own number for final competition voting reference. 

Each drawing must be labeled starting with your competition number followed by a dash and then consecutively numbered 1-99. For example: If your assigned competition number is 100, you would tape your artwork in the wall space labeled “100.” Each piece you post will then be individually numbered. Your first piece will be labeled “100-1.” Your second piece will be labeled “100-2.” And so on. This number should be easily visible on the piece itself. Use of letters to identify an individual piece of art will result in the disqualification of that piece. If the ISCA Board finds a certain piece of art to be improperly numbered, the creator of the piece will be notified and given the opportunity to fix it before judging begins.


Live Event Style Competition 

Formerly known as the Live Retail/Party Style Competition, competitors will have 30 minutes to draw live subjects in a party/event atmosphere. Competitors may draw in whatever style they want — black and white, color, heads-only, heads & bodies, digital, any size — though it’s suggested they work in whatever style/setup best reflects their own live drawing setup. Artists must write their competition number on each caricature. After the heat is over, artists have 10 minutes to hang their art on their wall. All Competitor attendees are given a ballot and are encouraged to vote, whether they participated in the competition or not. The artist with the most votes wins. Voting ends sharply after 1 hour. Voting criteria includes: Number of caricatures completed, likeness, artistic merit, humor and personalization.

Speed Competition 

The objective is to draw as many faces as possible in 5 minutes. There will be a first round qualifying heat, and the top five will compete in a final heat to determine the winners. 

Rules: Paper size should be no smaller than 5.5 inches (14 centimeters) by 8.5 inches (21.59 centimeters). Head and shoulders ONLY — no bodies or gags, and no floating heads. Profiles are also prohibited. Quality is a factor — only pieces considered “sellable” by a panel of judges will be considered. 

Likeness Competition 

(A warm up round, and three 10-minute official rounds). In each round, artists will have 10 minutes to draw the same subject. Paper size should be no larger than 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) by 16 inches (40.6 centimeters). Artists participating in the Likeness Competition are prohibited from adding bodies/gags to their drawings. Head and shoulders ONLY. The focus of this particular competition is getting really great LIKENESS while maintaining the defining qualities of caricature. Following each round, artists must write their competition number on each caricature and hang it on the designated wall space. Following the third round, artists will have the rest of the designated time to vote on their favorite rendition of each subject.


Studio Competition

Artwork must be no larger than 14” x 18” (35.56 cm x 45.72 cm). We recommend submitting prints or reproductions for 2-D artwork, however if you wish to submit an original piece, you do so at your own risk and ISCA cannot be held responsible for any theft or damage. If submitting a 3-D piece for the Studio Competition, then original artwork is perfectly acceptable, but though like 2-D artwork, you do so at your own risk. 3D pieces must also fit within the allotted  14” x 18” (35.56 cm x 45.72 cm) table space.

Studio Portfolio Competition

Each competitor has the option to submit a single portfolio of studio work to this competition. Portfolios must be no larger than 16” x 22” (40 x 55 cm) and must be contained in a single volume. The portfolio should contain pieces that best represent the artists’ studio work from any time in their career, but must also include at least one piece from 2022.

Live/Retail Portfolio Competition

This year, Live/Retail Portfolio submissions must be brought as physical printouts held together in some sort of binder or folder and must be contained in a single volume. Portfolios should be no larger than 16 x 22 inches (40 x 55 cm). The portfolio should contain pieces that best represent the artist’s live work from 2022 (live work is defined as any caricature created in a retail or gig setting). Reference images of the subjects MUST be included. 


All caricatures created for competition must use conference attendees as subjects (no celebrities or non-participants, except in specially-designated competitions). ISCAcon is an all-ages event and will have attendees under the age of 18. While the ISCA Board encourages the creation of humorous, thought-provoking, insightful, and inventive artwork, the Board will disqualify artwork containing the following:

  • excessive use of nudity and/or adult language
  • racism, sexism, pornography
  • subject matter which could be considered vulgar, lewd, profane or highly offensive to any individual ISCA member or to the group as a whole

Keep your work professional and editorial comments about your models in good taste. The ISCA Board reserves the right to determine whether or not any piece of artwork on display is inappropriate or in poor taste. If the ISCA Board deems a certain piece of art inappropriate or in poor taste, the creator of the piece will be notified and given the opportunity to either modify or remove it. If you have a concern about any artwork please bring it to the board’s attention at any time during the conference or fill out our anonymous complaint form


At 3:00 p.m. EST the competition will end and no new artwork may be hung at this point. Attendees will then have one hour to pack up their supplies, clean their workspace and leave the ballroom. The ballroom will be closed and locked at 4:00 p.m.  

At this point, the ISCA Board Members will then inspect the displayed artwork in search of any possible violations. Artists who are found to have artwork displayed which violates any of the rules stated above will then be notified and given the opportunity to either modify or remove their artwork before voting begins.

Following the content survey by the ISCA Board, the ballroom will be open for voting from 6:00-9:00 p.m. EST. The award winners will be determined by a straight vote via ballot, open to all Competitor attendees. A ballot link will be posted with instructions on how to fill it out and submit. Only Professional Members registered as Competitors for ISCAcon31 may vote. We encourage every Competitor to look through every Wall Space and fill out their ballots accordingly.


Anyone wishing to sell merchandise during the con must pay for a Vendor Table ($75 USD), which may be purchased prior to or during the con by contacting the ISCA Executive Director, Kara Mundy. The term “merchandise” refers to items like art materials, books, or electronic items (in amounts greater than 5 units). 

Any attendees caught selling merchandise without having purchased a Vendor Table will be required to pay the Vendor Table fee. 


All competing artists attending ISCAcon should be free to work on their caricatures within a uniquely creative atmosphere. The ISCA Board aims to create a welcoming environment through respect, kindness and constructive communication.

Hate Speech or Bullying is strictly prohibited.
Degrading comments or artwork about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated. Anyone found making offensive or harassing comments or content will be removed from the event without a refund, at the discretion of the ISCA Board of Directors. For more information, please see ISCA’s Anti-Harassment Policy on

No Pricing Discussions. Price fixing is against the law. Any discussion of pricing within this group should not include actual numbers. For more information go to:

Personal Space and Property. The personal space and property of all attendees must be respected. This includes the space of each physical attendee, as well as the space they have selected within the ballroom. Please keep your area tidy so you do not encroach into another attendees’ space. Do not move, take, or dispose of other attendees’ personal property without their consent. This includes touching, damaging, or removing any artwork from wall spaces.

Unruly Behavior. We encourage everyone to enjoy their time at ISCAcon, but please keep in mind that this is a shared space and experience for all attendees. Disrupting the work of other attendees with loud music, physical disruption of their workspace, overly loud discussions, etc. is not acceptable. Disrupting seminars, awards, the live auction, or other scheduled events, is also not acceptable. Consumption of alcohol is not prohibited, but please keep your drinking discreet in consideration of fellow attendees, hotel policies and guests.  Any attendees found to be in violation of the above will be asked to leave the ballroom/classroom area. If the behavior continues, the attendee will be removed from the event without a refund, at the discretion of the Board of Directors. 

Event Conduct. When attending seminars, please silence your phones, tablets, and any other electronic devices. Please be sure to step fully outside of the classroom area before answering any phone calls and make sure the door is closed behind you. All classroom seminars, and the Awards Dinner will be recorded by the organization. Please refrain from recording, live-streaming and taking photos during the speaker events. This includes coming up the side aisles or crouching in front of the speaker. These activities disrupt all of the attendees in the immediate area. Any attendees found to be in violation of this will be asked to stop. If the behavior continues, the attendee will be removed from the event without a refund, at the discretion of the Board of Directors.