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San Japan: Art Contest – Info & Rules

The 2018 Art Contest has closed. See The 2018 Winners and Finalists

All winning Art Contest entries will receive a 10′ x 12′ booth along with 4 Artist Alley badges. This will be 4 6′ tables. It maybe divided up to allow a friend or colleague to sell there too. This will have a retail value of $595. The art contest will be the only way to obtain this kind of booth within Artist Alley.
T-Shirt art entries must be in by May 20th, 2018. The Mega Art contest will end on June 1st, 2018 at 11:59PM CST.  


There will be two art contests this year. One art contest is strictly for the T-Shirt contest and another for the Mega Art Contest. Both contests will have TWO winners selected. If you would like to see people wearing your artwork as a badge or be on front cover of the program book or our schedule guide then you’ll want to enter the Mega Art Contest. If you would like your graphic artwork to be used to on our shirt then you’ll want to enter the T-Shirt Contest. We do make yearly changes to the rules and guidelines so please read over them in detail.

Mega Art Contest Winner T-Shirt Art Contest

Theme: This year’s theme is Magical Universe. This is up to the artist interpretation if they want to go with a Magical Girl, Magical Theme, Or Magical Elements. We would request that not everyone submit in Magical Girl artwork as we are looking for diversity. It does not necessarily mean it needs to be certain style. The setting and background is up to the artist.

2017 T-Shirt winning art contest entry by Rey Triangle Art and Tori S.

T-Shirt Contest

Here are the rules & guidelines for the T-Shirt Contest (rules written up by our T-Shirt Printer):

Step One.

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.

Tee Colors


Step Two: Please save a copy of your design as a GIF, JPG or PNG (preferred). We require to have all layers in tact. Do not flatten your image when in the form of PSD, PDF or EPS.

The two winning entries will each receive a 10′ x 12′ booth within Artist Alley table with four Artist Alley badges ($595 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.

2017 Mega Art Contest Winners by skim and onemegawatt

Mega Art Contest

Here are the rules & guidelines for the Mega Art Contest:


Prizes for Mega Art Contest

We also will be selecting up to 15 entries from both contests as FINALISTS. These art pieces will be used for our different badge designs and event tickets for attendees along with staff badges.
If multiple entries are submitted by an artist then we reserve the right to select and use the multiple entries for badge materials. We will only be issuing one table and one badge even if multiple entries by one artist is used.
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 $50 total (a discount from $230). Even if you only need one artist badge it will still be $50. 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. 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 finalists by no later than June 25th, 2018 after the winners have been selected. If the artist finalist has already purchased an artist table then they will be issued a refund of an upward of $175 ($125 if only purchased a table and no additional badges). If a finalist artist does not want to purchase a table then they will be offered a discount code for two complimentary badge/passes to the convention. No other compensation will be given to artists if they decline on a complimentary badge.


This will be the only way artists who want to get an artist table at San Japan after Artist Alley table availability has closed in late February 2018.

This is what we request for all entries:


Upon submitting your entry, the artists agrees on the following:


Submissions for the T-Shirt contest must be made by May 20th, 2018 by 11:59PM. Submissions for the Mega Art must be made by June 1st, 2018 at 11:59PM.


If you have any questions then fill out the form on our contact page.


You are not required to pre-register for San Japan in order to submit an entry. We will be posting the winners a few days after both contests closed. We do not have an exact time or date on that announcement. Please do not nag us to make a decision as we may need up to two weeks to make a decision.


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