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  • Listening to: Rain on the window
  • Reading: jon.com for typos and edits
  • Watching: My daughter's cats while she is away
  • Playing: With a lank of hair that keeps falling in my face
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: The same
As artists and writers, you know creativity is subjective. One person's passion is another person's prunes. This contest proved two things: that statement about subjectivity is oh-so-true; and dA has some incredibly talented members!

There were 19 entries in the contest, and each had something that made it special... so special that the five judges picked five different winners! Our compliments were many, and our scores were all over the place! We all gravitated toward the same set of great shirts -- about 10 in all -- but what I needed were the top three! In the end, I threw out the high and the low for each shirt and tallied the rest to get a more balanced decision.

We did run into one problem. I had not specified in the rules that the shirt had to be economical to produce. I should have, but frankly it never occurred to me that the entries would be so complex. It took us no time at all to realize that the winning designs would need fine tuning to make them suitable for production. So the shirts offered for sale on jon.com will not be exactly as you saw them here, but, hey, I figured no one would buy a shirt -- no matter how cool it was -- if it had to retail at $100 US!

One more thing I would like to say before I reveal the winners. The judges did a fabulous job. It took lots of time and care. I am grateful to them beyond knowing. They each had expertise in different relevant professions, from graphic design to photography to web design to marketing -- and all had an intimate knowledge of the novel. Each made their decision independently of the others.

And what was their decision? (insert drum roll here):
  
First Place to ThundersSilence for
jon.com shirtB by ThundersSilence

Second Place to Young-Hoon for
Voyeur. Now. the T-shirt by young-hoon

And Third Place to LunaticStar for


In the People's Choice poll the winner was:
LunaticStar for


Do you know what I found so frustrating and sad about this whole event? Adding up the scores and thinking over and over "Wow! That shirt is amazing and deserves to win", followed quickly by "Gee, that other shirt is amazing too but it won't win."

To the entrants: My undying thanks. Your shirts blew me away. To the winners: I'll be sending you notes soon about your prizes and what we would like to do to adjust your designs for production. And to everyone: I'll let you know when the shirts are available for sale. To paraphrase Arlo Guthrie from Alice's Restaurant, "If one of us buys a shirt and wears it, folks will think we're crazy and leave us alone. If two of us buys a shirt and wears it, they'll think we're both gay and leave us alone. But if ALL of us buys a shirt and wears it they'll think it's a movement! The jon.com movement... and, baby, they'll be right!"
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ZomaS-M Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
:boogie: Awesome turnout!
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
That it was. I think I'll join you in dancing. :w00t:
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ZomaS-M Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
:dance: :heart:
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
It's been so long I forgot what I win. Lol. :D Thanks Denise and thanks everyone for being so awesome, and congrats ~young-hoon and ~ThundersSilence

Yippie kay yay. :santa: :D
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
You get your choice of any of these three prizes: a year-long subscription to dA; a set of the four winning shirts; or an autographed copy of jon.com. And THANK YOu for entering such cool designs.
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
I have to pick? Ohhh curses! I suppose my amazing Black powers won't change your mind. Just kidding. :D I'm honored to have won anything at all. *grin*
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Check your notes. Actually you get to pick TWICE, thanks to nailing the People's Choice award too -- you greedy, greedy girl.
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
*snortgigglegrin* *Mr.Burns hand motion*
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
:trophy:
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LeonieSainteVire Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
WOW! Congratulations to the winners! I cannot wait to buy mine!
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Me too! Your shirts did extremely well, btw. It was hard not having at least one of them not end up in the top three. It certainly wasn't because they weren't wonderful -- all the judges loved them.
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LeonieSainteVire Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
::smiles::It is okay. I did not have huge expectations. I did it to have fun, and hopefully help create a buzz. I am one of your biggest fans, and I get vicarious enjoyment in your successes! ::hugs::
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Friends like you and a few other special ones I've met here on dA are more valuable than all the success in the world. :glomp:
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Zer0Hawke Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Awesome ^_^ Way to go everyone!
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
What great entries we had to choose from! I kept shaking my head and saying how will we ever choose?
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Zer0Hawke Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
Well, it had to be done, and I think you all chose well ^_^
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
Thank you. Me too, although I hate to give up any of them! (And am trying hard not to.)
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ThundersSilence Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH *SCREAMS*


*runs five times around house*


WAAAHHHH! how cool! XD

muahahahaha :dance: :boogie:
oh, and congrats to the other winners XD
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Much deserved! Take another lap around the house. All three of your designs ended up at the top of three judges score cards, but they each prefered a different shirt. Then again, that happened a lot with a majority of the the designs. They were all sooo good it was tough narrowing the list of 19 down to just 3. This was one time when being a judge was brutal.
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ThundersSilence Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
argh, i believe it! and i am so happy i made it :D
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
A true multi-talented woman! Costumes, jewelry, illustrations and now t-shirts. :notworthy:
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ThundersSilence Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:blushes: thank you!!
uhm.. what do you mean, not worthy? who wrote that awesome piece of a novel in the first place, eh?
:hug:
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
Gee, thanks.
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Mithgariel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats to the winners and you, too :D
They look amazing. I sure would love a Jon shirt :D
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
You will have your pick -- as soon as we tweek them a bit. I wish I didn't have to. They were amazing right from the start.
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Mithgariel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Oh yes. I am VERY happy I didn't have to judge :D I'd have gone nuts. I mean - I am very much a NOT-T-shirt person, but I love these.

What do you think the app. price will be?
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
I have no idea yet. Like I said in the journal, we have to simplify some of them to make them more affordable. We'll start on that hopefully this week.
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Mithgariel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
OK. Just curious if I could ever afford one.
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
I'll let you know as soon as we've done some design work and research with the t-shirt vendor.
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Mithgariel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, dear.
I hope you're not too exhausted with all this :hug:
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Crazed, actually, but loving it.
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
Ha! I love that Guthrie quote...congrats, winners! Great designs!
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Weren't they though? FYI: your design was near the top of every judges list, and was cited numeorus times for its clean look and direct message. Off an on as the scores came in, the version on the white background flirted with the top spot. Watch for a note from me soon.
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
Aw, thanks for that! You always wonder what judges think when they make their choices. :XD: It was fun to see all the designs come in, and my personal fave was up there with the judges' top three, so it's all good! :iconlunaticstar: kicks butt...
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
You're so nice. :heart: Thanks. ^^ It was your original eye painting that inspired me. (No, you're the best! HA).
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
I think she was surprised to win -- happy of course -- but a tiny bit surprised.
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azrael1984 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Yey!!! :D :D :D Congrats to all the contestants who won - and even to those who didn't win. :) All the entries were amazing.
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
I adored them all. I may approach some of the non-winners about offering their designs for sale later on after the book has been out for a while. If they don't mind, that is. I hate giving up ANY of them.
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azrael1984 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Ooh yes, that does sound like a very good idea. :) Some of the ones that didn't win were really really good and i think would make awesome t-shirts.
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denlm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
I could open a storefront with just these shirts! They were all remarkable.
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azrael1984 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Indeeds. :)
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