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For posterity's sake, I will note that the Heliothaumic tattoo contest results are over here:…
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Kiyohara Takako, Ph.D., Sc.D., F.R.S. has rather a lot of tattoos. And, as time goes by, they steadily increase in number. Since she's been wearing a suit for this entire chapter, she might already have a new tattoo!

But instead of me just sort of making something up at the last minute, let's make things more interesting--

I'm giving you folks a chance to make an mark on the comic! Also win fancy prizes.

Here's how it works: Send your design for Takako's tattoo (including where it should go), along with a brief description of why you think Takako would emblazon herself with it, to in an email with "Takako" in the subject line.

A Grand Prize Winner will have their tattoo in the comic basically forever. They'll also receive a free, full-color commissioned drawing from me of whatever they want!

2 Runners-up will each receive a free, full-color commissioned drawing.

3 honorable mentions will receive black and white commissions.

The deadline is March 19th, and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter. Remember that Takako is a horrible nerd with no taste at all, so be as creative and weird as you like.
Heliothaumic is now offering fancy presents in exchange for donations! Don't you like presents?

Get the skinny over here, and throw a buck in the ol' tip jar.