Japanese Animation Convention Searching for New Mascot

Manitoba’s largest anime convention is on the hunt for a new mascot for next year’s show.

Ai-Kon will take place July 15-17, 2011 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre and is calling on artists to create a new design for Aiko, the convention’s mascot.

The theme for Aiko 2011 will be “Celebration,” highlighting the 10th anniversary of Ai-Kon.

Contest rules and requirements:

  • Entries must be full-body images, with no background and should contain subtle integrations of the number 10, but not the main focus.
  • Images featuring poses, outfits and/or hair styles of copyrighted characters, or copyrighted characters themselves, will not be accepted.
  • No adult-themed images will be accepted. This will be at the discretion of Ai-Kon executives. Please ensure entries are suitable for all ages.
  • A maximum limit of three entries per person will be accepted.
  • All entries should be individual and not adjustments to an earlier entry.
  • Entries must be full-colour, 300 dpi resolution and submitted electronically in JPEG or PSD format. A smaller version of your entry may by submitted for judging as long as a higher resolution version is available.
  • You may also post artwork to your own web site, DeviantART account, or other hosting service and e-mail us the URL.
  • Do not use a watermark on your submission.
  • When submitting entries, please use the following naming format for your file: firstname_lastname_01.jpg (or PDF). If you are submitting more than one entry, please number them appropriately (i.e: firstname_lastname_02.jpg, firstname_lastname_03.jpg, etc.).

How to enter:

E-mail entries to art@ai-kon.org. The following information must be included with your entry:
-In the subject line, please list your real name, and Ai-Kon Mascot. (Ex: Jane Doe – Ai-Kon Mascot)
-Your real first and last name
-Your artist nickname (if you use one)
-Your e-mail address
-Your telephone number

Participants will receive a confirmation e-mail within a week of submission. Entries must be received no later than Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. and will be judged by Ai-Kon executives. The winning entry will be announced on or before Sunday, January 29, 2011.

All entries and rights to the images become property of Ai-Kon.

The winner will receive a free art table, a weekend pass to Ai-Kon 2011, and an Ai-Kon 2011 t-shirt. The winning entry will be used for Ai-Kon 2011 promotional materials and merchandise.

The two runner ups will receive a  free half art table at and a weekend pass to Ai-Kon 2011.

If you require further information on the theme “celebration,” please contact art@ai-kon.org.

Ai-Kon is Manitoba’s largest anime (Japanese Animation) convention and is an all-ages public event.


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