The mascot contest is a chance for artists to redesign Banzai's mascots, Ban and Sai, in their own style incorporating the year's theme.
2022 Theme: Supernatural Horror (monsters, ghosts, yokai)
Round 1: July 31, 2021
1 or 2 winners will be chosen for artwork to be used at this year's con to promote the 2022 convention. Entries not picked this round will go towards the final round.
Round 2/Final Deadline: Nov 30, 2021
Any entries received after the deadline will be disqualified.
Information on our mascots:
Ban – blonde boy with green eyes; optional tanuki (raccoon dog) mask/features.
Sai – brunette girl with purple eyes; optional kitsune (fox) mask/features.
Both should be aged 16-25.
To submit, you must send your artwork, along with your legal first & last name, email, and phone number to MascotContest@animebanzai.org
. If you have an artist name you'd like to be credited as just let us know.
Entries must be a minimum of 300 dpi (unless vectored) for best print quality. Larger is fine, but please keep in mind email size limits. You do not want to send a broken image. Vectored images are very appreciated.
Photoshop- or Illustrator-ready files (psd, tiff, ai, eps, pdf, etc.) with transparent backgrounds are a plus, and will be requested if your art is chosen. Please don't discard your work files - they're important!
Entries must have both a colored and a line-art version included with the submission.
You must incorporate the Banzai colors of green and purple somewhere in your artwork.
Mascots can be full-body or partial.
We have uses for both Realistic and Chibi versions, so you may submit either or both.
The mascots may be submitted singly or together. If you submit the mascots separately, you must submit both before the deadline.
Nothing copyrighted/trademarked can be a part of your image. Everything must be original or generic enough that it’s not a specific item or character. NO LOGOS (ex the Banzai one of course).
You may enter more than one set of mascots, but you may only receive one prize.
Multiple entries / artists will be chosen.
If your artwork is chosen, you will receive 2 free admissions to the 2022 Anime Banzai convention and a swag bag.
One artist will be given the opportunity to have a table in Artist Alley.
If you have pre-registered before being notified that your art was chosen, there are several options that will be offered on a case-by-case basis.
Anime Banzai reserves the right to use the winning entries for any and all promotional purposes for the Anime Banzai convention and Utah Anime Promotions in perpetuity.
Examples of some of the items that need mascot art :
Posters & Flyers
Certificates & Awards
T-shirts & Other Merchandise
Convention Program Book
Please remember: Submitting your art to the DeviantArt (DA) group does not count as submitting it to the contest. You must send the email to have your work considered for the contest.