The Non-Existent contest, DeviantART's first official ANSI/ASCII contest kicked off on the 16th of October. It was originally going to end on the 25th of November, but it was extended for two weeks. Originally we had separate categories for ASCII and ANSI as I was really expecting some ANSI artists from the artscene to join the challenge, but no such luck. It turns out the people who have been making textmode art since the early 90s or even the late 80s were too busy basking in their elitism to participate. So in the end we had to combine the categories. Instead of handing out three prizes in two categories we now have a total of five prizes, including two copies of the Dark Domain DVD just like in the original prize list. And we added some surprise prizes to the list, as well.
The number of the entries wasn't so huge, but there were many top notch works, even from people who had never drawn ASCII or ANSI before. There were many