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UTENSIL CONTEST November 12th, 2010, 3:08 am
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pompi, September 13th, 2010, 1:20 am
The last two chapters of UTENSIL are in the works, so to celebrate the closing of the experimental comic, I'll be holding a contest.


ONE Printed Volume of UTENSIL, color cover, approximately 400pgs B&W COMPLETE (or an art commission by me if you don't want the book)
Depending on the amount of entries there may or may not be 2nd/3rd runner-up prizes and/or consolation prizes for entering.

(the 5th year anniversary of the launching of UTENSIL)

Rules & How to Enter:
1) Draw anything UTENSIL related and you're good to go!
2) Your submission(s) should be 100% your own work. If you plan on collaborating, all parties must be participating willingly. Only one prize will be given out, so you better share.
3) Other submissions: If drawing isn't your specialty, then feel free to send in whatever else you've got! Just let me know before-hand (as soon as possible) so I can adjust judging criteria to be fair, give you some tips maybe, and we're good.
4) Submit as many entries as you want. Black and white, color, digital, traditional, any size will be accepted.
5) There is no minimum nor a maximum number of characters needed to be put in the entry. However, the main focus should be UTENSIL characters. If you have an original character of your own, you may put them in but only as a background/side character. Do not put in characters from other existing series without proper permission from the original artist(s).
6) No adult material, PLEASE. I have nothing against it, but R18 just doesn't fit the image of UTENSIL, I'm sorry.
7) To submit your entry, send me an email at pencilblotch AT yahoo DOT com or PM me on SJ with the file attached or uploaded to a webserver of some sort. Put "UTENSIL Contest Submission" if you're indecisive of what to put in the subject title. I will respond to your email to tell you I have received your entry.

1) Judging will be done by me (Pompi) and two/three other hand-picked judges. But overall most of the judging will be done by me.
2) A prize for "Voters' Choice" may be possible, but only if I receive enough entries from different artists.

Judging criteria:
Submissions will be judged by a rubric to prevent any personal opinion from impacting the results. The points scale will not be revealed, but here are some hints!

Just to be clear, drawing ability will not be the main factor in this contest! Here's the main points:
1) Character fidelity
The characters that you draw needs to be recognizable and in-character.

HOWEVER, this doesn't mean you have to copy my art-style exactly. (NO!) I highly discourage you from doing so. I'm more interested in seeing your take on my characters. For example, if you draw Charon, he just needs to look and act like Charon-- gray-blue hair, glasses, emo-cut, bad attitude, etc.

You can also draw whatever pairing you choose, even if it's not supported in this comic. (I won't hold it against you during judging! In fact, I'm interested in seeing whatever it is you've got. XD) The non-canon pairings might be difficult, but if you can somehow prove to me that it makes sense, you'll get extra bonus points taking on the challenge.

2) Make it interesting!
Anything can happen! You can have something simple like a conversation between two characters or UTENSIL characters wearing something other than that boring school uniform, or even UTENSIL in a different setting/alternate universe!


Now I'll be holding a Q&A about the contest right here. Got questions about the contest? Want hints/tips for your particular idea? Then fire away in the comments on this page!

All hints and tips are available for public viewing to be fair. Anonymous posting is enabled so I won't answer questions relating to the contest in emails, PMs, or comments that are not on this page.

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User's Comments:

salis, November 12th, 2010, 9:56 am
ALRIGHT! A UTENSIL CONTEST!!! You can totally count me in, Pompi! Eee, I'm so excited for this! Already my mind is filling up with ideas for my entry! I hope a lot of people enter.
I love the picture too! Even your sketches are awesome! Such great expressions! And you're so thorough in explaining the contest that I can't think of anything else but this to ask you: Will those who have drawn fan art of UTENSIL in the past be able to enter their old fan art in this contest? I was just curious, since I know a lot of people like to do that.
Anyways, I can't believe this comic is so close to ending! Only two chapters left! So... does Melia get paired with anyone at the end?? I... my wanting to know is killing me. You gotta tell me!

SakuraTenshi, November 12th, 2010, 10:24 am
alright!!! I've already got a few ideas!!!!! you can sign me up for this contest! 8D good luck to all that enter!

...and I can't believe there's only two chapters left! yikes! it'll be sad to see the ending, but exciting as well D= though, I hope you'll be able to work on a new web comic too =D

RainRose, November 12th, 2010, 1:46 pm
Alright! I'm so in! I have an pwning idea!
Can we use the little wannabe ninjas?

pompi, November 13th, 2010, 1:50 am
@salis Q: Will those who have drawn fan art of UTENSIL in the past be able to enter their old fan art in this contest?
A: Yes, they can! Old fanart does not get automatically entered in the contest, so they need to let me know through the email provided above.
(As for the ending story though... I can't say. >w>; )

@RainRose Q: Can we use the little wannabe ninjas?
A: Of course! Feel free to focus on any of the side characters.

ninjakitties, November 17th, 2010, 11:26 pm
This sounds AWESOME :D

pompi, December 22nd, 2010, 1:10 am
@doody_machine No, no need to put your real name on the art. A signature would be preferred. Feel free to sign it under whatever name you like.

If you happen to win though, I may ask for your real name when I get around to mailing out the prizes... (or at least give me a real-ish sounding name. Haha.)

salis, January 16th, 2011, 6:12 pm
Ooh wait, you're not going to give the winner both prizes? Like, a printed volume of UNTENSIL AND a commission from you? Whoever wins will have such a hard time choosing!

pompi, January 17th, 2011, 6:28 pm
Hmm!! You make a good point, actually. Depending on the amount of entries, I will consider giving both, especially since the books won't be hitting the printers until I'm done with the comic... but I'll have to think about it. ;v;

However, the initial prize is the book and a commission is the alternative. So for now, you can safely assume it's one or the other.

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