One art contest is strictly for the T-Shirt contest and another for the Mega Art Contest. If you would like to see people wearing your artwork as a badge or be on the covers of our printed guide then you’ll want to enter the Mega Art Contest. If you want your graphic artwork to be on our T-shirt, you should enter the T-Shirt Contest. We do make yearly changes to the rules and guidelines so please read over them in detail.
All winning Art Contest entries will receive a 10′ x 12′ corner booth along with 4 Artist Alley badges. This will be 3 6′ tables. It may be divided up to allow a friend or colleague to sell there too. This will have a retail value of $1100. The art contest will be the only way to obtain this kind of booth within Artist Alley. The table setup will be U-SHAPED at an end cap.
T-Shirt art entries must be in by June 1st, 2023. The Mega Art contest will end on June 1st, 2023 at 11:59PM CST.
While we will encourage our female mascot Sana and the chibis to be utilized, we are looking for ALL types of artwork. Also, there is no limit on the number of subjects that can be in the art piece. Navy, Pirates, Ships and other ocean scenery are encouraged. Please make sure the artwork is not overtly sexual or disturbing which would tick off sensitive people. The design needs to show some influence from the Japanese art style if at all possible. We are leaving it up to the artist to come up with the design. If you need some inspiration, be sure to look over previous entries from 2009 – 2022 galleries (top of this page).
Please look through our galleries for references to our mascot Sana and the chibis. Below is the original concept art of Sana and our Chibis if you’d like to see their designs but you are not required to mimic the style. We want to see entries be diverse in design. You are not required to incorporate Sana as it may be any gender in the art piece at the artist’s discretion.
(Per Our T-Shirt Printer)
Use a maximum of 4 colors. This includes black and white. (If we print on dark shirts, we’ll add an underbase. A base is separate from white, and NOT counted in the artist’s maximum 4 colors.) Note: if you plan to present your design on a black t-shirt, you can use the t-shirt’s color as your black line; therefore it doesn’t count as one of your max 4 colors. Colors should be Pantone Solid Coated. RGB.
T-shirt Color: Although Black t-shirts are King, you may choose a t-shirt color that best suits your design from the following: Ash, Black, Deep Forest Green, Deep Red, Deep Royal, Gold, Light Blue, Light Steel, Maroon, Navy, Orange, Purple, White, or Yellow.
The winning entries will each receive a 10′ x 12′ booth (3 TABLES TOTAL) within the Artist Alley section with four Artist Alley badges ($1100 value). All T-shirt entries that are not selected for first place will be automatically rolled over into the MEGA Art Contest. The winning artist table is non-transferable and the winning artist (or their selected helper) must be present at the convention as we will not allow the selected artist to sell through proxy sales
ONE Winner Selected: 1 Cover Art Mega Art selected on the cover of the Printed Guide. As a result, each winning artist will be awarded a 10′ x 12′ booth (3 TABLES) within Artist Alley with four Artist badges (good for all 3 days of the convention) for this year at San Japan ($1100 Value) [WINNER MAY REQUEST A SUBSTITUTE PRIZE BUT IT WILL BE LESS THAN 1/3rd OF THE RETAIL COST OF A BOOTH]. The winning artist booths are non-transferable and the winning artist must be present at the convention as we will not allow the selected winners to sell through proxy sales. If you would like to split the booth with a friend, you may.
Special Prize Selection: Based on selected Mega Art entries received we may decide to use some entries for additional parts of the convention. We will notify the artist and notify them about compensation offers.
We also will be selecting up to 16 entries from both contests as FINALISTS. These art pieces will be used for our different badge designs for attendees along with staff badges.
If multiple entries are submitted by an artist, we reserve the right to select and use those multiple entries for badge materials. If there are multiple entries by one artist selected, that artist will be awarded one table and two badges.
The prize for all finalists will be the chance to purchase an Artist Alley table and it will include one additional Artist Alley badge at the discount rate of $70 total (a discount from $325). Even if you only need one artist badge it will still be $70. Furthermore, Finalists must be present at the convention to redeem their table as we will not allow proxy winners. There will not be any table transfers or refunds to finalists. Also, all finalists and winners will still need to have a Texas State Tax ID # in order to obtain a table. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE GIVEN.
A link will be sent to all winners and finalists by no later than July 30th of the convention year after the entries have been selected. If the artist finalist has already purchased an artist table, they will be issued a refund of an upward of $225 ($145 if only purchased a table and no additional badges). Also, if a finalist does not want a table they will be offered a discount code for two complimentary badges to the convention. No other compensation will be given to artists if they decline the complimentary badge and/or table.