A-Kon 25 T-Shirt Contest
A-Kon is looking for a special artist to do an amazing piece of work to help celebrate our 25th show. Since we have always been about the community, this contest is open to any and all artist (as long as you follow the rules).
The winning artist for the T-Shirt Design Contest will receive:
Two Free Shirts
Cash equivalent for two nights’ stay at the convention hotel
Published credits throughout the convention (including the website, flyers, etc.)
You need to act fast because the deadline is April 14, 2014.
Now for the fine print -
Please observe the following guidelines when creating your artwork. The A-Kon® staff will be reviewing all submissions based on these guidelines. The A-Kon® staff reserves the right to reject any submission, and may make revisions or send the artwork back for changes as it deems necessary.
Appropriateness to Audience and Theme: Does the artwork depict A-Kon® in a positive manner? Does it fit the defined theme? Is it anime or anime-related in some way? Please avoid any inappropriate use or representation of violence, profanity, drugs, or sex in the artwork.
Ability to be Reproduced across Multiple Mediums: A-Kon® artwork will used for various promotional purposes, including t-shirts, posters, flyers, program books. Please submit artwork that is scalable with minimal loss of quality (vectorized or lossless compression) and print ready (CMYK color, bleed spaces, etc).
Please refer to the Technical and Design Requirements section for more detailed information.
Art Quality: Please try to submit your best work. The A-Kon® staff will reject any submission if it feels that the art does not meet its quality standards.
Originality: Please observe international copyright laws when creating your work. Do not use any copyrighted characters or work that has been created previously for other clients or by others. If you use any fonts in your design, please ensure that they are of your own design or are in the public domain.
Please submit all designs to Mike Battle. For electronic files under 8 MB, please send them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For larger files and hardcopy formats, please mail to the following address:
Attn: Michael Battle
514 Blair Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75223
When submitting your artwork, please also include a link to your online portfolio (if you have one), and your contact information, including your real full name (pseudonyms and D.B.A.s are fine, but please don’t use your online alias), mailing address, email, and phone number.
Technical and Design Requirements
All artwork must be submitted in electronic format. Photoshop or Illustrator formats are preferred, but any format is acceptable. Please avoid lossy compression (i.e. jpgs).
55-60 lines per inch (about 140dpi)
Avoid use of gradient colors or blending black into any other color. The silk-screening process adds in the black layer as the last step, which could affect the art’s final look.
Use heavy lines and avoid use of fine details. Colors in the silk-screening process can bleed easily and cause a loss of fidelity in design and color in the final product.
25 years. 25 YEARS! That’s how long we have been having A-Kon. Wow! Not many Anime Conventions can say that, in fact we are the first one to hit that milestone!
We have evolved over the years, from a small group of few hundred to several thousand fans gathering in one place. Our Theme this year is: Celebrating A-Kon’s 25 years – Reflecting on the Past and Looking to the Future!
Please contact us if you have any questions about the theme. Though the convention does cross over into other elements of fandom, the artwork should focus on anime. These elements may be incorporated into your design, but keep the “25 Years!” theme in mind for the overall image.