NYAF Mega Mascot Design Contest!

We are thrilled once again to partner with the New York Anime Festival to sponsor an art competition that will decide their 2009 convention mascot. We are also thrilled to partner once again with Del Rey Manga to provide the winner of said competition with a staggering 50 manga shipped to their door.

Here's how to enter:

(1) Read through all the rules on this page to see if you're eligible and able to enter

(2) Sign up for a free theOtaku.com account

(3) Fill out a contest entry page with your information for prize fulfillment. The information on this page will be kept 100% private.

(4) Visit the official challenge page for the mascot contest and click 'Submit' on that page. This will automatically add your entry for consideration.

(As a bonus, the winner of this challenge will receive a ruby medal on their portfolio, the other finalists will receive a gold medal, and everyone else will receive a silver medal)

Here are the rules:

In 2008, the New York Anime Festival brought Yoshitaka Amano, Hideyuki Kikuchi, Masaharu Morimoto, Rie Tanaka, Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, and many, many more Japanese popular culture icons together. This September, NYAF is ready to give you more! But before the New York Anime Festival can take place, it needs a 2009 mascot – and the New York Anime Festival is looking for your help!

Just like the Olympics and Tokyo Anime Fair, the New York Anime Festival features a new mascot every time out, and theOtaku.com, Del Rey Manga, and the New York Anime Festival have teamed up to select the New York Anime Festival's 2009 mascot.

Last year, Chibizilla, winning the hearts of anime fans, and was chosen as the 2008 New York Anime Festival Mascot and was seen all over our official program guide and on signs throughout the convention center! This year, wouldn't you love to see your character at the biggest anime festival in the North East? Thanks to theOtaku.com, Del Rey Manga, and the New York Anime Festival, you can!

Between now and April 29th, theOtaku.com, Del Rey Manga, and the New York Anime Festival welcome artists and anime fans from around America to think about what “Anime” and “New York City” mean to them and draw these thoughts into an original character. Whether it's big, small, a towering mecha, or chibi, we want to see your entries!

Once all the entries are in, theOtaku.om, Del Rey Manga, and the New York Anime Festival will be selecting ten finalists that will be put on display at the New York Anime Festival booth at Sakura Matsuri (May 2nd-3rd at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, NY -- http://www.bbg.org/exp/cherries/sakura.html). Sakura Matsuri attendees will vote for their favorite, with the character receiving the most votes being crowned NYAF's 2009 mascot. On May 7th, the winner will be revealed!

Sounds good? What are the rules?

  • You must be 13-years-old or older.
  • You must be a US or Canadian resident.
  • Your art must be original. (No using the characters from Negima.)
  • Your art must be at least 300 dpi.
  • Your art must be in JPEG format.
  • Your art must be accompanied by your full (real) name, e-mail address, age, and phone number.
  • What about the prizes?

For all the nitty gritty about the contest rules, click here.

This is your chance to get your artwork in front of over 15,000 anime fans! The 2009 New York Anime Festival mascot will grace the convention's program guide and appear on signs throughout the event, and to make sure the winner's name is known, he or she will be profiled in the New York Anime Festival's program guide beside the 2009 mascot.

And, there's more! The creator of the winning New York Anime Festival mascot will receive a copy of all of the New York Anime Festival's swag (T-Shirts, Posters…) and take home 10 weekend passes to the 2009 New York Anime Festival!

We're not done yet, as Del Rey Manga will be giving the winner an instant collection -- 50 volumes of manga!

Our nine other finalists will each receive one weekend pass to the New York Anime Festival and series starter packs from Del Rey with the first volumes of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Orange Planet, and Yokai Doctor!

So, break out the pencils, fire up the Photoshop, read through the official rules, and submit your original mascot!