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I used to just make my own, with a super-nice printer that did wide-format prints, but since I stopped doing artist alleys, I got rid of the printer. (I wasn't using it enough to keep the ink from drying out, and it's not worth having to drop $100 on a full set of ink for the, like, two prints I wanted per year.)

I signed up for an art show (not alley) at a convention later this year, and while most of my stuff is going to be originals, I'd like to put some limited-edition prints in, but they need to be fine-art quality, probably giclee prints, not just your average Staples color print.

Assume that I don't have any mom-and-pop print shops near me, and need to do this online. Where do you get your prints made, what is the quality, and roughly how much does it cost you?
But not here! They're over on my original-works DA account: :iconsfolse:.

Dream of the Goldfish by sfolse  Horns by sfolse

Trying to get a few done for a convention this weekend. :)
Presenting...the ALL-NEW* and IMPROVED

Artist Alley Survival Guide!

FEATURING....

its VERY OWN DOMAIN NAME!

www.artistalleysurvivalguide.com



* For variants of "all-new" that include "the original text plus some editing and updating, especially in the payment methods section"
I just uploaded the bloody and non-bloody versions of Waterfall to sell as digital prints. It's an experiment! If you want a HIGH RESOLUTION (although still jpg because I need to keep the PERFECT version for myself!) digital file that you can print out yourself, hie on over to THIS LINK or THIS LINK and buy away!

Cheap, too! 250 points each! (That's somewhere around $3 US in real money.)



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I just created a new DA account to feature my original works. Find me over at sfolse. Plz don't report me for uploading my own works there. :)

Commission information: HERE
I just created a new DA account to feature my original works. Find me over at sfolse. Plz don't report me for uploading my own works there. :)

Commission information: HERE (you may have to click the link twice because I don't know why.)
NOTE:  I almost never log in any more, so I probably won't see comments left here. E-mail me if you want a reply (personal email in my Devious Info section below, or email commissons@magatsu.net).

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All righty, then. I've set up an announcement list via Dreamhost to notify interested people when I'm open for a commission. This way, I have an idea of people who are interested, but it's not a list of commitments to do art, because I always fail at meeting that sort of commitment if I ahve more than one person on a list.

Anyway. Stuff to know before signing up:


1) Dreamhost is weird in sending stuff out. I have no control over when messages *actually* go out from it, so you might receive the message several hours after I send it. This also means that I might have sent it 2 hours ago and you may still have a chance to be the first to respond. :)

2) I also have no control over *your* email host and when they send messages out. If you reply to me immediately, it might be hours before your provider sends it, although that tends to be rare. (I did once receive an email fourteen months after someone sent it!)

3) You don't have to be actively seeking a commission to be on the list - if I send out that I'm open and you don't have the $$ for one at the time, just delete the message.

4) You should be able to subscribe and unsubscribe yourself, but if that doesn't work I'll happily do it for you.

5) Once I've accepted a commission I'll send out another message on the list that it's now closed. It will most likely be first-come, first served (exception being if you got the immediate previous commission - I'd like to give others a chance!), unless we start talking and I don't feel I'm up to your request at that time.

6) You will get NO OTHER MAIL from this but my announcements of opening and closing, and perhaps a list of general prices/styles and other info like that (and the VERY occasional test message to make sure it's working!). If you do get something not directly related to the purpose of the list, it means that Dreamhost is compromised and spammers are sending messages out.

7) Don't worry about sending a detailed message in reply to the announcement if you're interested: just a quick "hey, me!" will do, and I'll get back to you for details if you're the first, or if the first doesn't work out and you're the second).

Right! Ready to sign up?

magatsu.net/commissions/



(Also, little-known secret: you can also just email me directly and ask if I'm willing/able to take a commission right then. The answer might be No, but I sometimes have time in the next few days when it hasn't occurred to me to post about it. If it seems you're consistently getting messages too late to get one, try just emailing me. :D)

Prices tend to start at $100 for a realistic digital painting of one character with a simple background and I add $$ for more details - another character, complex background, etc.  For simpler pics, like a cel-style manga/anime feel, it starts closer to $50, with additional $$ for additions. If you're on the announcement list and I'm open, feel free to email me and discuss the price - I don't consider that you've committed to the purchase until after you've heard my quote and you've said yes. (If you say no after I quote, there are no hard feelings! I understand! Don't be shy!)

LJ Secret Santa fanart exchange, A-Kon stuff, etc

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 21, 2010, 8:20 AM
If you want to contact me, email works better than DA notes. Email address down below my ID on my DA page.

Commission info!
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Yuletart (a Secret Santa fanart exchange on Livejournal) is open for sign-ups!

I've been very scarce around these parts, but that's because I haven't been doing much art lately - I've been working on the ProjectA-Kon official website (the new site design isn't live yet! the old one, which isn't mine, is still up!) and some other stuff for the new A-Kon PR and Marketing committee, and have been working on possible new stuff for artist alley tables because I have been re-bitten by the SEWING BUG. And there's an original fiction project I'm working on. And I've got a coding project for a cosplay database that's partly done. Oh, and Toby and I are going to England and Wales in a couple of weeks. :D

And I have to fit my actual job in there somwhere, too.

So, yeah, very busy, not much time.  If you're JUST DYING for more of my deathless prose, you can follow me on Livejournal or Dreamwidth.

And speaking of A-Kon: if you attend A-Kon, please go fill out this short survey. I, and the rest of the PR/Marketing committee, would appreciate it very much! Thank you!

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DEVIANTS ACCEPTING COMMISSIONS:

(In alphabetical order)

ayuICHI
Cacodaemonia cacodaemonia.deviantart.com/jo…
chou-roninx chou-roninx.deviantart.com/jou…
Elizabeth-EvilChibi
FallenSiren fallensiren.deviantart.com/jou…
fleetfoot
grieving-lost-soul Note for info!
Ilenora www.serpentinemoon.com/eternit…
Kauritsuo
Lady-Mayev
Linake linake.deviantart.com/journal/…
Miyukitty miyukitty.deviantart.com/journ…
neogio neogio.deviantart.com/art/3000…
nightambre
pchaness
Phaiyle phaiyle.deviantart.com/journal…
QuantumEldrAg quantumeldrag.deviantart.com/j…
Salahare www.freewebs.com/salahare/cont…
ScorpionOcean scorpionocean.deviantart.com/j…
shinkamalei shinkamalei.deviantart.com/jou… ($6 lineart special!)
Shira-chan shira-chan.deviantart.com/jour…
Sydia
TalentlessAssassin
wind-hime-kaze wind-hime-kaze.deviantart.com/…
Wolverina
wyndstar wyndstar.deviantart.com/journa…
Oribuu
Zoro-Chan zoro-chan.deviantart.com/journ…

(Wanna be on this list? Drop a comment letting me know, and if you've got a page or journal entry with commission info on it, link me!)

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My MangaBullet page - mind clicking on it to increase my click-through stats? :D If you create an MB account after clicking through, I might get a prize, but you don't have to do that.


  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: blessed, blessed silence
  • Reading: my Kindle
  • Watching: Project Runway
  • Playing: Professor Layton
  • Eating: chocolate!
  • Drinking: Dr Pepper

Photoshop CS5 Content-Aware Fill

Journal Entry: Mon May 31, 2010, 2:39 PM
If you want to contact me, email works better than DA notes. Email address down below my ID on my DA page.

Commission info!
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A quick review of Photoshop 5's new Content-Aware Fill is up at my Livejournal.  If you have a comment that you'd like an answer for, leave it over at LJ or, if you don't have an LJ, you can sign in with an OpenID at the Dreamwidth crosspost (link at the review). Or my email address is on my DA home page, LJ and Dreamwidth profile pages, if you don't have an OpenID.

It's mostly because I utterly fail at responding to comments on DA in a timely fashion. (The restrictive comments policy at LJ is due to anonymous people leaving provocative drive-by comments and never coming back to engage in conversation, which is just rude, IMHO. If you're going to leave a comment, you should a least bother to read the replies.)

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DEVIANTS ACCEPTING COMMISSIONS:

(In alphabetical order)

ayuICHI
Cacodaemonia cacodaemonia.deviantart.com/jo…
chou-roninx chou-roninx.deviantart.com/jou…
Elizabeth-EvilChibi
FallenSiren fallensiren.deviantart.com/jou…
fleetfoot
grieving-lost-soul Note for info!
Ilenora www.serpentinemoon.com/eternit…
Kauritsuo
Lady-Mayev
Linake linake.deviantart.com/journal/…
Miyukitty miyukitty.deviantart.com/journ…
neogio neogio.deviantart.com/art/3000…
nightambre
pchaness
Phaiyle phaiyle.deviantart.com/journal…
QuantumEldrAg quantumeldrag.deviantart.com/j…
Salahare www.freewebs.com/salahare/cont…
ScorpionOcean scorpionocean.deviantart.com/j…
shinkamalei shinkamalei.deviantart.com/jou… ($6 lineart special!)
Shira-chan shira-chan.deviantart.com/jour…
Sydia
TalentlessAssassin
wind-hime-kaze wind-hime-kaze.deviantart.com/…
Wolverina
wyndstar wyndstar.deviantart.com/journa…
Oribuu
Zoro-Chan zoro-chan.deviantart.com/journ…

(Wanna be on this list? Drop a comment letting me know, and if you've got a page or journal entry with commission info on it, link me!)

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My MangaBullet page - mind clicking on it to increase my click-through stats? :D If you create an MB account after clicking through, I might get a prize, but you don't have to do that.


  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: keyboards clicking and servers whirring
  • Reading: About a million books
  • Watching: Mythbusters!
  • Playing: Okami
  • Eating: pork chops!

Hey, here's a tip...

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 24, 2010, 9:44 AM
If you want to contact me, email works better than DA notes. Email address down below my ID on my DA page.

Commission info!
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...if you're going to copy panels from a manga for your comic, you should probably pick something less well-known than Bleach.

news.deviantart.com/article/10…

community.livejournal.com/blea…

Sheesh.

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DEVIANTS ACCEPTING COMMISSIONS:

(In alphabetical order)

ayuICHI
Cacodaemonia cacodaemonia.deviantart.com/jo…
chou-roninx chou-roninx.deviantart.com/jou…
Elizabeth-EvilChibi
FallenSiren fallensiren.deviantart.com/jou…
fleetfoot
grieving-lost-soul Note for info!
Ilenora www.serpentinemoon.com/eternit…
Kauritsuo
Lady-Mayev
Linake linake.deviantart.com/journal/…
Miyukitty miyukitty.deviantart.com/journ…
neogio neogio.deviantart.com/art/3000…
nightambre
pchaness
Phaiyle phaiyle.deviantart.com/journal…
QuantumEldrAg quantumeldrag.deviantart.com/j…
Salahare www.freewebs.com/salahare/cont…
ScorpionOcean scorpionocean.deviantart.com/j…
shinkamalei shinkamalei.deviantart.com/jou… ($6 lineart special!)
Shira-chan shira-chan.deviantart.com/jour…
Sydia
TalentlessAssassin
wind-hime-kaze wind-hime-kaze.deviantart.com/…
Wolverina
wyndstar wyndstar.deviantart.com/journa…
Oribuu
Zoro-Chan zoro-chan.deviantart.com/journ…

(Wanna be on this list? Drop a comment letting me know, and if you've got a page or journal entry with commission info on it, link me!)

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My MangaBullet page - mind clicking on it to increase my click-through stats? :D If you create an MB account after clicking through, I might get a prize, but you don't have to do that.


  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: keyboards clicking and servers whirring
  • Reading: About a million books
  • Watching: Mythbusters!
  • Playing: Okami
  • Eating: pork chops!

Quick Art Tip

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 14, 2009, 2:48 PM
If you want to contact me, email works better than DA notes. Email address down below my ID on my DA page.

Commission info!
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...or, Why Relying On Photo Ref Is Not Always A Good Idea. (subtitled: Why We Can Often Tell You're Tracing By The Mistakes You Make.)

In today's Big Picture, check out picture #5, captioned "Jonathan Horton of the U.S. performs his routine on the vault during the qualifying round of the World Gymnastic Championships in London, England on October 13, 2009."

Take a look at his hands.  Do they seem strange to you?

If not , read this:  the human hand is usually approximately the length of the face from chin to hairline, or about 2/3-3/4 of the length of the forearm.  And thanks to the laws of perspective, when an object is in front of another object, the object in front looks bigger than the one behind it.

Now look at his hands again.  Yup, they seem smaller than they should be.  This is partly due to the angle at which they are in respect to the camera, but it's mostly because the photographer is shooting from a very long way away with a long lens, which compresses elements together and screws up perspective.  Not in an extremely noticeable way, because our brain knows what hands on the end of outstretched arms held front of a person's face should look like and compensates for it.

But once you abstract that one step farther by, say, drawing a picture of it, your brain stops compensating so much and starts registering something as wrong. So if you're relying on the photograph and not your experience in drawing humans in a live setting, you might not realize exactly *what* is wrong, just that something is wrong.

This is where people who trace can mess up.  Tracing is an awesome way to learn stuff that you just can't pick up by observation alone - I've used it to work out what an artist's style is and to instill a bit of it in my fingers, and occasionally I'll give a quick trace to elements in a picture I can't get right (relying only on photos I own the copyright to or have permission for, in this case), but I'll go back and fix any errors in perspective or distortion that the camera's lens has given to it, and that's something you can't learn how to do quickly, and it's hard to learn without live models.

If you see some art that looks remarkably good in some respects, but which contains perspective errors like that, chances are the artist is relying too closely on a photo for the picture.  Unless they're going for a specific effect, as in this video realism tutorial where the artist is specifically keeping the distortion you get from being close to the lens because he wants that uncanny look in his final piece.  I've got the full video where he explains it.  But you can usually tell these sorts of people because the rest of the painting it *too* good for it to be an error, if that makes sense, or their other artwork shows they understand perspective and proportion.


ETA: It's VERY obvious in photo #34 - Kyoko Oshima is extremely distorted by the lens.

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DEVIANTS ACCEPTING COMMISSIONS:

(In alphabetical order)

ayuICHI
Cacodaemonia cacodaemonia.deviantart.com/jo…
chou-roninx chou-roninx.deviantart.com/jou…
Elizabeth-EvilChibi
FallenSiren fallensiren.deviantart.com/jou…
fleetfoot
grieving-lost-soul Note for info!
Ilenora www.serpentinemoon.com/eternit…
Kauritsuo
Lady-Mayev
Linake linake.deviantart.com/journal/…
Miyukitty miyukitty.deviantart.com/journ…
neogio neogio.deviantart.com/art/3000…
nightambre
pchaness
Phaiyle phaiyle.deviantart.com/journal…
QuantumEldrAg quantumeldrag.deviantart.com/j…
Salahare www.freewebs.com/salahare/cont…
ScorpionOcean scorpionocean.deviantart.com/j…
shinkamalei shinkamalei.deviantart.com/jou… ($6 lineart special!)
Shira-chan shira-chan.deviantart.com/jour…
Sydia
TalentlessAssassin
wind-hime-kaze wind-hime-kaze.deviantart.com/…
Wolverina
wyndstar wyndstar.deviantart.com/journa…
Oribuu
Zoro-Chan zoro-chan.deviantart.com/journ…

(Wanna be on this list? Drop a comment letting me know, and if you've got a page or journal entry with commission info on it, link me!)

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My MangaBullet page - mind clicking on it to increase my click-through stats? :D If you create an MB account after clicking through, I might get a prize, but you don't have to do that.


  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: keyboards clicking and servers whirring
  • Reading: About a million books
  • Watching: Mythbusters!
  • Playing: Okami
  • Eating: pork chops!

State of the Telophase

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 28, 2009, 3:08 PM
If you want to contact me, email works better than DA notes. Email address down below my ID on my DA page.

Commission info!
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Mostly moved. Just going back to our apartments tonight to finish cleaning and picking up the few remaining items. And then this whole process will be DONE.

The cats are more-or-less adapting to the new house. Sora, my 12-pound, 11-month-old kitten, is not adjusting too well to the fact that he is not the only man in my life, and thus is more skittish than usual.  So we have now instituted a policy whereby Toby feeds the cats, so that Sora will start to think of him as the Bringer of Food.  It works so far only as long as Toby is holding the bag of food, during which time he is Sora's best friend. After he puts it down, Sora gets skittish again. :)

No internet at the new house yet: there's a comedy of errors involved that I won't go into now, but the upshot is that the AT&T Uverse people can't install until an electrician grounds the plugs (it's an older house, so not required to be up to code), and we're bugging the property management company every couple of days about that. So I'll be even scarcer than normal until that's done.

And with all the up-and-down-stairs involved in moving from two apartments into a house, the arthritis in my foot is acting up and my knees aren't very happy about it. MY WARRANTY HAS EXPIRED

Sigh.  Will (eventually) post more. :)

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DEVIANTS ACCEPTING COMMISSIONS:

(In alphabetical order)

ayuICHI
Cacodaemonia cacodaemonia.deviantart.com/jo…
Elizabeth-EvilChibi
FallenSiren fallensiren.deviantart.com/jou…
fleetfoot
grieving-lost-soul Note for info!
Ilenora www.serpentinemoon.com/eternit…
Kauritsuo
Lady-Mayev
Linake linake.deviantart.com/journal/…
Miyukitty miyukitty.deviantart.com/journ…
neogio neogio.deviantart.com/art/3000…
nightambre
pchaness
Phaiyle phaiyle.deviantart.com/journal…
QuantumEldrAg quantumeldrag.deviantart.com/j…
Salahare www.freewebs.com/salahare/cont…
ScorpionOcean scorpionocean.deviantart.com/j…
shinkamalei shinkamalei.deviantart.com/jou… ($6 lineart special!)
Shira-chan shira-chan.deviantart.com/jour…
Sydia
TalentlessAssassin
wind-hime-kaze wind-hime-kaze.deviantart.com/…
Wolverina
wyndstar wyndstar.deviantart.com/journa…
Oribuu
Zoro-Chan zoro-chan.deviantart.com/journ…

(Wanna be on this list? Drop a comment letting me know, and if you've got a page or journal entry with commission info on it, link me!)

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My MangaBullet page - mind clicking on it to increase my click-through stats? :D If you create an MB account after clicking through, I might get a prize, but you don't have to do that.


  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: keyboards clicking and servers whirring
  • Reading: About a million books
  • Watching: Mythbusters!
  • Playing: Okami
  • Eating: pork chops!

Mooooving sucks!

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 17, 2009, 11:19 AM
If you want to contact me, email works better than DA notes. Email address down below my ID on my DA page.

Commission info!
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Moving from an apartment to a house.

Packing madly. Packing packing packing packing.

Movers come tomorrow morning.

Cannot wait until this is all over.

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DEVIANTS ACCEPTING COMMISSIONS:

(In alphabetical order)

ayuICHI
Cacodaemonia cacodaemonia.deviantart.com/jo…
Elizabeth-EvilChibi
FallenSiren fallensiren.deviantart.com/jou…
fleetfoot
grieving-lost-soul Note for info!
Ilenora www.serpentinemoon.com/eternit…
Kauritsuo
Lady-Mayev
Linake linake.deviantart.com/journal/…
Miyukitty miyukitty.deviantart.com/journ…
neogio neogio.deviantart.com/art/3000…
nightambre
pchaness
Phaiyle phaiyle.deviantart.com/journal…
QuantumEldrAg quantumeldrag.deviantart.com/j…
Salahare www.freewebs.com/salahare/cont…
ScorpionOcean scorpionocean.deviantart.com/j…
shinkamalei shinkamalei.deviantart.com/jou… ($6 lineart special!)
Shira-chan shira-chan.deviantart.com/jour…
Sydia
TalentlessAssassin
wind-hime-kaze wind-hime-kaze.deviantart.com/…
Wolverina
wyndstar wyndstar.deviantart.com/journa…
Oribuu
Zoro-Chan zoro-chan.deviantart.com/journ…

(Wanna be on this list? Drop a comment letting me know, and if you've got a page or journal entry with commission info on it, link me!)

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My MangaBullet page - mind clicking on it to increase my click-through stats? :D If you create an MB account after clicking through, I might get a prize, but you don't have to do that.


  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: keyboards clicking and servers whirring
  • Reading: About a million books
  • Watching: Mythbusters!
  • Playing: Okami
  • Eating: pork chops!

Back from AnimeFest!

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 8, 2009, 10:30 AM
If you want to contact me, email works better than DA notes. Email address down below my ID on my DA page.

Commission info!
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...where I shared my table with the talented Shira-chan. Although I had WAY TOO MUCH CRAP on the table, so it kept encroaching upon her space and she was forced to stake her claim on 1/3-1/4 the table most of the time. Sorry!

Sales: slow, as per usual for all cons this year.  I've decided to hold back on going to so many next year, just the local ones, and focus on getting more new stuff out as I think part of my slow-sales problem is that the people who buy art have already seen all my stuff. :) And I'll wait out the economy a bit.

Last time I got my hair cut, my stylist told me - not asked, told :XD: - that he was going to get a shadow box and that he was going to sell some of my kanzashi on consignment. Hee!  I figure I'll cut down on the number I bring to cons, and mostly focus my efforts in that direction on the consignment stuff.

The 80s are back.  There were spontaneous outbreaks of breakdancing at the con.


Also have FINALLY updated the commissions list below. :D

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DEVIANTS ACCEPTING COMMISSIONS:

(In alphabetical order)

ayuICHI
Cacodaemonia cacodaemonia.deviantart.com/jo…
Elizabeth-EvilChibi
FallenSiren fallensiren.deviantart.com/jou…
fleetfoot
grieving-lost-soul Note for info!
Ilenora www.serpentinemoon.com/eternit…
Kauritsuo
Lady-Mayev
Linake linake.deviantart.com/journal/…
Miyukitty miyukitty.deviantart.com/journ…
neogio neogio.deviantart.com/art/3000…
nightambre
pchaness
Phaiyle phaiyle.deviantart.com/journal…
QuantumEldrAg quantumeldrag.deviantart.com/j…
Salahare www.freewebs.com/salahare/cont…
ScorpionOcean scorpionocean.deviantart.com/j…
shinkamalei shinkamalei.deviantart.com/jou… ($6 lineart special!)
Shira-chan shira-chan.deviantart.com/jour…
Sydia
TalentlessAssassin
wind-hime-kaze wind-hime-kaze.deviantart.com/…
Wolverina
wyndstar wyndstar.deviantart.com/journa…
Oribuu
Zoro-Chan zoro-chan.deviantart.com/journ…

(Wanna be on this list? Drop a comment letting me know, and if you've got a page or journal entry with commission info on it, link me!)

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Congratulations to the winners of the AutoShoujo Cover Contest!

The rules of the contest were to generate a title from the AutoShoujo Random Title Generator, create a story about it, and then to create the cover of the book, manga, or DVD of that story.

FIRST PLACE: Clockwork Boyfriend Tomorrow -- Shira-chan

Clockwork Boyfriend Tomorrow by Shira-chan

Rachel:  A brilliant mélange of shoujo plot tropes, from the "you must be my servant" bargain to the rock band to the tragic car accident, but the heroine holding the literal key to the hero’s wind-up heart elevates the whole thing to cracktastic genius.

wintersweet: One of the most expressive covers with great facial expressions and a really imaginative take on the title, which did a great job of working in established manga/anime tropes. It's also very well designed and laid out, and looks very professional.

telophase: Rachel and wintersweet cover it all: awesome graphic design and attention to detail, like picking the absolute right font for the title and echoing it on the back, intriguing characters, and a crack-filled plot!


SECOND PLACE: Number One Singing King -- AmbrMerlinus

Number One Singing King by AmbrMerlinus

Rachel: I loved the wacky yet poignant premise, which mashes up two shoujo perennials-- genderbending and a talent contest -- into the tale of transgendered singer Thomas/Amanda, who may lose his chance at singing fame if he takes voice-changing testosterone, and pins his destiny to the outcome of a drag king contest. Truly a manga-worthy plight-- and one whose more detailed description seems supportive of all the myriad ways in which people can express their gender and their sexual orientation.

wintersweet: This entry was one of the ones where I focused on the story. It's intriguing and something I'd be very likely to pick up if I had a chance.

telophase: The design of this cover is simple and dramatic, showing that you don't always have to throw everything plus the kitchen sink into a design to make it effective.  I also love how the protagonist is faced with an agonizing choice to make between his dreams and his heart.



THIRD PLACE Absolute World-Class Childhood -- Achiru-et-al

Absolute World-Class Childhood by Achiru-et-al

Rachel: The inventiveness of using more autoshoujo titles as individual episodes, the amount of work it took to generate all those screenshots, and the playfulness and charm of the art and story combine to make a remarkably plausible DVD.

wintersweet: This was my vote for first because of all the work put in on the screencaps (they even look like animation stills, not just small rectangular art), the use of even more Autoshoujo titles as episode titles, the believably bizarre "everything in a blender"-style plot, and the detailed design. It looks like a ton of work was put into it!

telophase:  Everything from the color scheme to the font to the graphic design of this entry screams professional. Add in a cracktastic storyline, and you've got a winner!

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We would like to extend congratulations not only to the winners, but to everyone who entered: you guys turned out a fantastic bunch of manga, book, and DVD covers and made it very, very hard for us to judge this contest. You should have seen the emails we sent back and forth lamenting that we couldn't give out more prizes, and whining about how hard it was to narrow our choices down!

We've included some Honorable Mentions on this journal entry, to single out some of the other outstanding entries, but, really, you are ALL wonderful and we thank you for sharing your thoughts, creativity, and hard work with us.  If you ever publish ANY of the stories we saw here, we'll be right there at the bookstore!


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HONORABLE MENTIONS and JUDGING PROCESS

You can find our honorable mentions and an explanation of the juding process at this journal entry.


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ALL AUTOSHOUJO COVER CONTEST ENTRIES

There was one non-DA entry, Will La Puerta's My Shinigami Secretary.  Below, find the rest of the entries posted on DA.

Absolute World-Class Childhood by Achiru-et-al Welcome to Misty Road by AdventureAddict Number One Singing King by AmbrMerlinus The Portrait of Secret Roses f by ayuICHI The Portrait of Secret Roses b by ayuICHI Dokidoki Lucky Mermaid front by ayuICHI Dokidoki Lucky Mermaid back by ayuICHI Never Secret Airship by Ayuna-chan :thumb130123921: :thumb130124183: ::Land of Scrapped Shinigami by cerine Delinquent Shadow Road Front by Chaos2112 Delinquent Shadow Road Back by Chaos2112 Society of no Flower by claes-gascogne :thumb128637623: :thumb128678167: :thumb128679558: :thumb128692197: :thumb128678937: :thumb128679196: Crazy Crazy Rainbow by Denna The Melancholy of Fun Life by Denna Memory of Tomorrow Splendor by Draw4life Auto ShOjo Cover 1 of ? by Elkian Snowy Rose by Green-Raincoat Autoshoujo Cover contest SUS by hiei14 Autoshoujo Cover Contest SCE by hiei14 :thumb127695158: :thumb133562167: He Is My Sweet Tea pg 1 by kana-kana He Is My Sweet Tea pg 2 by kana-kana Pastel Secret Girlfriend pg 1 by kana-kana Pastel Secret Girlfriend pg 2 by kana-kana X Bittersweet Knight pg 1 by kana-kana X Bittersweet Knight pg 2 by kana-kana :thumb133653461: :thumb133429855: Bitter_Angel_Hearts by Sprucie Heaven's Pet Gods by Sprucie :thumb129195570: :thumb129195723: :thumb130819486: Celestial Lies by Lyssasoulless Passionate Shadow Happiness by m3ru Contest: Moonlight Tea Club by NekoNamiCosplay  Contest: Peach Spirit Maid by NekoNamiCosplay 100 Percent Whispers by Naka-ko Please Save My Whisper Shadows by Naka-ko Contest: Sky Battle Cocoa by nekomukuro La Petit Amnesiac Boyfriend by NotoriousZilo Cyborg Fashion Bakery by OverChasm I'm Attack Blues by OverChasm La Petit Clumsy Present: Front by KnotInTheCoffin La Petit Clumsy Present: Back by KnotInTheCoffin Broken Tangerine by Rekslare :thumb133472988: :thumb133590789: :thumb128818345: :thumb128818625: Clockwork Boyfriend Tomorrow by Shira-chan Sword of the Judo Mages by Shira-chan Magical Kitten Empress by silverluna Society of Sweet Apocalypse by silverluna :thumb131176989: Cute Sugar Petshop by sjf9687 Hell Code Mystery by sKETCHII-mop Divine Costume Kiss by Sozzi-Pierogi :thumb130399082: 100 Percent Broken by springdaemonbrian  :thumb128547102: :thumb133391982: Number One Gentlemen by invertings AutoShoujo Cover Contest Entry by x-GreenTeaMochi-x :thumb128579723:

AutoShoujo Cover Contest Winners!

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Congratulations to the winners of the AutoShoujo Cover Contest!

FIRST PLACE: Clockwork Boyfriend Tomorrow -- Shira-chan

Clockwork Boyfriend Tomorrow by Shira-chan

Rachel:  A brilliant mélange of shoujo plot tropes, from the "you must be my servant" bargain to the rock band to the tragic car accident, but the heroine holding the literal key to the hero's wind-up heart elevates the whole thing to cracktastic genius.

wintersweet: One of the most expressive covers with great facial expressions and a really imaginative take on the title, which did a great job of working in established manga/anime tropes. It's also very well designed and laid out, and looks very professional.

telophase: Rachel and wintersweet cover it all: awesome graphic design and attention to detail, like picking the absolute right font for the title and echoing it on the back, intriguing characters, and a crack-filled plot!


SECOND PLACE: Number One Singing King -- AmbrMerlinus

Number One Singing King by AmbrMerlinus

Rachel: I loved the wacky yet poignant premise, which mashes up two shoujo perennials-- genderbending and a talent contest -- into the tale of transgendered singer Thomas/Amanda, who may lose his chance at singing fame if he takes voice-changing testosterone, and pins his destiny to the outcome of a drag king contest. Truly a manga-worthy plight-- and one whose more detailed description seems supportive of all the myriad ways in which people can express their gender and their sexual orientation.

wintersweet: This entry was one of the ones where I focused on the story. It's intriguing and something I'd be very likely to pick up if I had a chance.

telophase: The design of this cover is simple and dramatic, showing that you don't always have to throw everything plus the kitchen sink into a design to make it effective.  I also love how the protagonist is faced with an agonizing choice to make between his dreams and his heart.



THIRD PLACE Absolute World-Class Childhood -- Achiru-et-al

Absolute World-Class Childhood by Achiru-et-al

Rachel: The inventiveness of using more autoshoujo titles as individual episodes, the amount of work it took to generate all those screenshots, and the playfulness and charm of the art and story combine to make a remarkably plausible DVD.

wintersweet: This was my vote for first because of all the work put in on the screencaps (they even look like animation stills, not just small rectangular art), the use of even more Autoshoujo titles as episode titles, the believably bizarre "everything in a blender"-style plot, and the detailed design. It looks like a ton of work was put into it!

telophase:  Everything from the color scheme to the font to the graphic design of this entry screams professional. Add in a cracktastic storyline, and you've got a winner!

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We would like to extend congratulations not only to the winners, but to everyone who entered: you guys turned out a fantastic bunch of manga, book, and DVD covers and made it very, very hard for us to judge this contest. You should have seen the emails we sent back and forth lamenting that we couldn't give out more prizes, and whining about how hard it was to narrow our choices down!

We've included some Honorable Mentions below, to single out some of the other outstanding entries, but, really, you are ALL wonderful and we thank you for sharing your thoughts, creativity, and hard work with us.  If you ever publish ANY of the stories we saw here, we'll be right there at the bookstore!


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JUDGING PROCESS

In case you were wondering how we judged them, each of us - Rachel Manija Brown, wintersweet, and myself, telophase - compiled a list of our top 10 picks in order from 1 to 10.  Once we established that at least 3 entries appeared on all three lists, we assigned each position a number value: the first pick got 10 points, the second 9, and so on down to the tenth place, which got 1 point.  We added the numbers together for each entry on all three lists, and then sorted them according to the total, which gave us the top three picks.  Clockwork Boyfriend Tomorrow had 23 points, Number One Singing King had 22, and Absolute World-Class Childhood received 21.  You can see how close that was!

As always, judging a contest like this can be subjective, and perhaps you don't agree with our choices.  If that's the case, we encourage you to reward the person you think should have won! Buy them some paid time on DA, or feature them on your journal or even just drop a comment on their entry letting them know how much you like it!


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Rachel's Honorable Mentions:

Secret Clouds. I was entranced by the numinous, Miyazaki-esque premise, not to mention the eye-catching glowy fish. I was also amused by the blurb from DA Magazine.

Land of Scrapped Shinigami. Striking art and the irresistible subtitle "A junkyard that houses discarded psychopomps."

Sky Battle Cocoa. Absolutely convincing as sweet-enough-to-rot-your-teeth magical girl adventure. "Sky Battle! Transform!"

Gangster Zodiac Beauty. Lovely package and a delicious premise reminiscent of some lost Kaori Yuki manga. My favorite part was "her faithful valet, Calypso."

Cyborg Fashion Bakery. Completely adorable story, from a ninja whose name translates as "Shadow of the Eggplant" to the wholehearted enthusiasm with which the premise is embraced. What to do when androids and ninja are forbidden to associate? Run away together in your flying cake shop/boutique, and battle attack monkeys, pirates, and vampires on the side! (What, no zombies?)

Snowy Rose. Pretty art and a very solid story.

Floating Peach Dagger. This had me at the Hana to Yume mock-up, before I even learned that the heroine is a blind courtesan.


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wintersweet's Honorable Mentions

I really regretted not having infinite prizes so we could award prizes to several more, including...

Land of Scrapped Shinigami, which had possibly my favorite cover art and a great hook line on the back, and is another one I would really read.

Sky Battle Cocoa, which does a lovely job with magical girl cliches (and manages to make brown look cute).

Cute Sugar Petshop, which made my teeth ache with its cuteness but also has a really clever story to go with it.

#1 Rhythm Pirates, another one that nails the cel look and also incorporates more Autoshoujo titles as episodes, along with an interesting sf plot that's different from any of the others. (He is My Sweet Tea has a cute story and also used multiple titles--awesome! Since I wrote the generator, of course I love this.)

I love libraries and library-themed manga is practically a subgenre of its own, so I would actually pick up both There Can Be Only One Library Tale and Silent Whisper Library if I saw them in a store, because their stories were intriguing.

The art on Passionate Shadow Happiness was really striking (um, no pun intended) and really fit the story.

I enjoyed the detailed art, such as the sinister three-headed shadow on the cute puppy, and the story summary on My Shinigami Secretary.

There were even more, but I have to stop! Thank you so much to everyone who participated!


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telophase's Honorable Mentions

I loved the entries that Rachel and wintersweet feature above, but I shall use my space to point out a few I thought were great that did not appear on their lists.


100% Whispers.  I love the setup here, with a voiceless heroine holding an apparently impossible dream of becoming a singer. If I found this in a bookstore, I'd definitely buy a copy to see if and how the heroine achieves her ambition.

Heaven's Pet Gods.  Dramatic cover, and short but intriguing cover copy. I would have to grab a copy if I saw it in the store! (This is a case where more text about the story would be far less effective - the artist nailed it here.)

Bitter Angel Hearts.  OK, I'm a sucker for the good/evil pairings. This one looks promising!

Rose of Marshmallow Tomorrow.  Our very first entry, and the one that made me realize how daunting a task we had ahead of us, if all the entries were even half as good!  A tough, fierce heroine on the front cover, and ... a bunny in coat and glasses on the back. I'd have to pick that up to see what it's about!

Hell Heartbeat Moon.  I enjoy darker, grittier manga and I love the setup in this one.

I was stunned by how fantastic all the entries were, and I'm not exagerrating when I say I'd pick any one of these off a shelf and take a look at it if I saw it in a a book or video store. Congratulations to all!


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ALL AUTOSHOUJO COVER CONTEST ENTRIES

There was one non-DA entry, Will La Puerta's My Shinigami Secretary.  Below, find the rest of the entries posted on DA.

Absolute World-Class Childhood by Achiru-et-al Welcome to Misty Road by AdventureAddict Number One Singing King by AmbrMerlinus The Portrait of Secret Roses f by ayuICHI The Portrait of Secret Roses b by ayuICHI Dokidoki Lucky Mermaid front by ayuICHI Dokidoki Lucky Mermaid back by ayuICHI Never Secret Airship by Ayuna-chan :thumb130123921: :thumb130124183: ::Land of Scrapped Shinigami by cerine Delinquent Shadow Road Front by Chaos2112 Delinquent Shadow Road Back by Chaos2112 Society of no Flower by claes-gascogne :thumb128637623: :thumb128678167: :thumb128679558: :thumb128692197: :thumb128678937: :thumb128679196: Crazy Crazy Rainbow by Denna The Melancholy of Fun Life by Denna Memory of Tomorrow Splendor by Draw4life Auto ShOjo Cover 1 of ? by Elkian Snowy Rose by Green-Raincoat Autoshoujo Cover contest SUS by hiei14 Autoshoujo Cover Contest SCE by hiei14 :thumb127695158: :thumb133562167: He Is My Sweet Tea pg 1 by kana-kana He Is My Sweet Tea pg 2 by kana-kana Pastel Secret Girlfriend pg 1 by kana-kana Pastel Secret Girlfriend pg 2 by kana-kana X Bittersweet Knight pg 1 by kana-kana X Bittersweet Knight pg 2 by kana-kana :thumb133653461: :thumb133429855: Bitter_Angel_Hearts by Sprucie Heaven's Pet Gods by Sprucie :thumb129195570: :thumb129195723: :thumb130819486: Celestial Lies by Lyssasoulless Passionate Shadow Happiness by m3ru Contest: Moonlight Tea Club by NekoNamiCosplay  Contest: Peach Spirit Maid by NekoNamiCosplay 100 Percent Whispers by Naka-ko Please Save My Whisper Shadows by Naka-ko Contest: Sky Battle Cocoa by nekomukuro La Petit Amnesiac Boyfriend by NotoriousZilo Cyborg Fashion Bakery by OverChasm I'm Attack Blues by OverChasm La Petit Clumsy Present: Front by KnotInTheCoffin La Petit Clumsy Present: Back by KnotInTheCoffin Broken Tangerine by Rekslare :thumb133472988: :thumb133590789: :thumb128818345: :thumb128818625: Clockwork Boyfriend Tomorrow by Shira-chan Sword of the Judo Mages by Shira-chan Magical Kitten Empress by silverluna Society of Sweet Apocalypse by silverluna :thumb131176989: Cute Sugar Petshop by sjf9687 Hell Code Mystery by sKETCHII-mop Divine Costume Kiss by Sozzi-Pierogi :thumb130399082: 100 Percent Broken by springdaemonbrian  :thumb128547102: :thumb133391982: Number One Gentlemen by invertings AutoShoujo Cover Contest Entry by x-GreenTeaMochi-x :thumb128579723:

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Project Blue Rose and More for Cheap! :D

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I've just added the ability to purchase downloadable copies of Rachel Manija Brown's and my manga Project Blue Rose, Project Blue Rose: Human Touch, and Spindrift at a steep discount – $3.00 each or all three for $6.50! (That's all three for less than the cost of one book!) Head on over to our Digital Downloads Store!

If none of this is ringing any bells, go to our website.

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The winners for the AutoShoujo Cover Contest have been chosen, and will be announced shortly, after I finish up the full writeup.  Stay tuned!

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Yuletart Secret Fanart Exchange!

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Last year, some of you were sad that you didn't learn of the Yuletart Secret Fanart Exchange until after the deadlines for signups were over.

THIS IS YOUR NOTIFICATION. :)  They've just posted this year's FAQ, and signups occur from  September 20 - October 10. You do not need a Livejournal to participate.

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Autoshoujo Contest OVER!

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And now to settle down and judge all of the entries!

Total count:  66 entries.  The full list is here, or if you want to see the picture thumbnails, you can check all of them but one out at my DA favorites, and the one non-DA entry out here. Both lists should be in alphabetical order by the contestant's name.

It's gonna be a tough job to judge! Expect to find out the winners by September 1st!

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Autoshoujo Contest Final Days! (and more...)

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 12, 2009, 9:17 AM
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AUTOSHOUJO COVER CONTEST! Deadline Sunday, August 16th.

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ETA: I've just added the third judge, rachelmanija, a pro writer friend of mine who can give us a writer's perspective on the entries. :D

If you feel so inclined, please publicize the contest.  Thanks! :D

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It's the last stretch of the AutoShoujo Cover Contest! 6 days left - the deadline is Sunday, August 16th (time zone not important - as long as it's the 16th somewhere in the world, you're OK!).  We've got lots of good entries already and can't wait to see YOURS!

I am also still collecting questions from convention artists to ask art buyers and non-buyers - I am remiss in not acknowledging you guys who've contributed so far, but I do appreciate it! Thank you!  I don't have a deadline yet on when I'm going to create the survey, but I'll let you know when I do.

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Autoshoujo Cover Contest!

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 12, 2009, 9:15 AM
If you want to contact me, email works better than DA notes. Email address down below my ID on my DA page.

Commission info!
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Find the winners HERE:  telophase.deviantart.com/journ…

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And now to settle down and judge all of the entries!

Total count:  66 entries.  The full list is here, or if you want to see the picture thumbnails, you can check all of them but one out at my DA favorites, and the one non-DA entry out here. Both lists should be in alphabetical order by the contestant's name.

It's gonna be a tough job to judge! Expect to find out the winners by September 1st!

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ETA: Just a few days left!  Take a look at the entries we've got so far!

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(Pass this on! Or, if you think it's worth it, please favorite my news article on this contest. Thanks!)

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go to Wintersweet's AutoShoujo Random Title Generator, pick a title, imagine a series/story based on that title, and to create a picture depicting the FRONT AND BACK COVER for either a DVD, manga, or book of the story you imagined.   This should be your artwork, concept, and characters, not fan art or using anyone else's work.

You may find the current contest entries at this link.

The front cover should have the title you used on it, and the back cover should have a short blurb describing the story in such a way as to make people want to read or watch it.  Look at the backs of manga, books, and DVDs to see how that's done. If the text is too small to read in the picture, also put it in the description.

Successful entries will be ones that show evidence in the art and back-cover blurb that the creator(s) has put thought into the story and characters.  Technical skill is less important than making us want to read or watch this story!

Prizes:

1st prize:  $30 gift certificate to Amazon.com, or dickblick.com, or cash via Paypal.
2nd prize:  $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com, or dickblick.com, or cash via Paypal.
3rd prize:  $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com, or dickblick.com, or cash via Paypal.

Deadline: Sunday, August 16th.

Rules:

1.  You may submit up to three entries, as long as they use different titles.

2. Collaborations welcome! However, if a collaboration wins first through third place, the prize will be divided among the people who collaborated: i.e., if Jane Li and Sabrina Schmidt collaborate on an entry and win the $30 first prize, Jane will get $15 and Sabrina will get $15.

3.  The cover you make does not have to be the first in a series; for example, you could come up with a cover for volume 3 of a manga series if you wanted.

4. You can put the front and back cover in one picture, or make them two pictures and upload them separately.

5.  Upload your picture to somewhere like DeviantArt, Photobucket, Flickr, Livejournal, etc. and EMAIL me, Telophase, the LINK to it at telophase14 (at) gmail (dot) com with AUTOSHOUJO ENTRY in the subject line.  DO NOT send the image itself to me, just a link. (The subject line is just to help me find them in my inbox; you won't be disqualified if you get it wrong). :D  Email is the best way to send it - if you send it via a note or comment on DeviantArt or LJ, I might miss it.  If you have not received a "Got it, thanks!" reply within three days of sending it, email and ask if I've gotten it.

6. All entries will be listed on www.magatsu.net/autoshoujo-cov….  If you wish to have yours removed after the contest is over, please contact Telophase at telophase14 (at) gmail (dot) com.

7.  If you have any questions, please ask!

8.  The entries will be judged by a panel of three judges - telophase, wintersweet, and rachelmanija.

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FAQ (To be added to as questions come up)

Q. Can elements in the picture be traced?

A. Yes, provided that (a) they are from photos you took, or (b) you own the rights to the photo or picture (for example, if you bought it on istockphoto.com), or (c) the photo or picture is in the public domain.  Public domain does NOT mean any picture found on Google Images - if you are not sure if a picture is in the public domain, send me a link to the site you found it on and I'll see if I can tell.  Or try morguefile.com, sxc.hu, or imageafter.com for free stock photos.  You might want to link to the pictures you used in the description of the pic to prove that you didn't trace the whole picture, so we can judge how much creativity you used in the overall composition.

Q. If I get inspired by the generator, can I create a whole story from it?

A.  Absolutely! Obviously, it's not part of the contest, but if you get inspired by the generator and write/draw a story based on a title from it, it's all yours! You can do whatever you want with it! I know that wintersweet would be thrilled to know that her generator inspired creativity in someone.

Q What's the official policy, if any is needed, on the unlikely event of competing entries with the same title?

A. Since it's impossible for any given contestant to know if somebody else managed to get the same title in the generator (although it's unlikely), they will be treated exactly like any other entry.

If one person submits two entries with the same title, I will assume that the second submission is meant to replace the first and remove the first one from the competition, as per Rule 1.  I would rather people exercise their creative muscles and try a different title.

Q. Can there be a special No-Prize for the best series that is emphatically NOT described in any coherent way by its title? (Sugar Star Princess Battle will be about, um, race jockeys. Grimy London robot urchin race jockeys!)

A. Oh, why the hell not?!  (For the uninitiated, a No-Prize is exactly what it says: no prize. Just a bit of recognition. :XD:)

Q. Does it have to be shoujo?

A. Nope! It can be whatever genre works for the title and the story!

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DEVIANTS ACCEPTING COMMISSIONS:

(In alphabetical order)

Cacodaemonia cacodaemonia.deviantart.com/jo…
Elizabeth-EvilChibi
FallenSiren fallensiren.deviantart.com/jou…
fleetfoot
Ilenora www.serpentinemoon.com/eternit…
Kauritsuo
Linake linake.deviantart.com/journal/…
Miyukitty miyukitty.deviantart.com/journ…
neogio neogio.deviantart.com/art/3000…
nightambre
pchaness
Phaiyle phaiyle.deviantart.com/journal…
QuantumEldrAg quantumeldrag.deviantart.com/j…
Salahare www.freewebs.com/salahare/cont…
ScorpionOcean scorpionocean.deviantart.com/j…
shinkamalei shinkamalei.deviantart.com/jou… ($5 lineart special! shinkamalei.deviantart.com/jou…)
Shira-chan shira-chan.deviantart.com/jour…
Sydia
TalentlessAssassin
wind-hime-kaze wind-hime-kaze.deviantart.com/…
Wolverina
wyndstar wyndstar.deviantart.com/journa…
Oribuu

(Wanna be on this list? Drop a comment letting me know, and if you've got a page or journal entry with commission info on it, link me!)

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My MangaBullet page - mind clicking on it to increase my click-through stats? :D If you create an MB account after clicking through, I might get a prize, but you don't have to do that.


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