Drawing on inspiration all over again

May 16th, 2011

It’s Liliha Library Anime Art Contest time again. But before I get into the details of the summer edition of this contest, there’s one loose end from the last contest that some of you may be curious about.

When last we left our 2010 grand prize winner, Kamehameha-Maui sophomore Kaili Mossman, she had received a whole pile of goodies, including a three-day pass to the Kawaii Kon recently concluded. It was to be her first trip ever to the convention. So I zipped off an email to her shortly after the con ended, asking how she enjoyed it. I got my answer from her after a few days’ wait … ever the diligent student, she replied after she had studied for her final exams.

Although I had the three-day pass, I was only able to go for one day. I had a piano recital on Friday and I was going to spend time with my family on Sunday.  Although I only went for one day, it was a fun experience. True, it would have been more fun if I had gone with a bunch of my friends, but it was fun anyway.

Some of the cosplays were amazing and the magic show was magnificent.  The Artist Alley and the Dealer’s Room were wonderful as well.  I went in with a $20 budget and was able to stick with it, but I was unable to purchase anything from the nemu*nemu corner in the Dealer’s Room.  However, I did purchase nine buttons from various booths, a (Soul Eater) keychain, and a deck of (Kuroshitsuji) cards.  If I’m able to attend again, I will definitely raise my budget to at least $30.

Unfortunately, I don’t have many pictures.  I left my camera at home and a vast majority of the pictures on my phone were so blurry, I had to delete them.  :(

Next year, I will be president of the Japanese Club and will be trying to get the club to go to Kawaii Kon.  If everything works out, I may be able to meet you next year with the rest of my club.  :)

I’m really hoping I can meet Kaili next year in between my customary headless-chickening at the con. She seems like the type of person that parents dream their children will be as they grow up: super-talented, yet humble about it all.

So what to do for an encore? Simple: Take what made the first contest so great — invite students in grades 6 through 12 to submit anime/manga/video game artwork, stick a panel of esteemed judges (namely, nemu*nemu artist Audra Furuichi and your friendly neighborhood Otaku Ohana blogger) into a room full of that pretty art and some yummy chocolate-covered cookies, watch them slowly go insane trying to choose the creme de la creme — and do it all over again, except make it bigger and stretch it over a longer period of time.

So here’s the deal, kids: Starting from now and running through July 15, Liliha Library will be accepting original artwork done in anime style, both hand-drawn and digital art, submitted on white, unlined 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper. (Fan art of existing characters is okay; tracings are not.) Ten entries are allowed per person. Keep it family-friendly, too, as any pieces depicting violence, nudity, drug and alcohol use or smoking will be disqualified. We’re looking for the same things we were looking for last time: adherence to anime/manga style, creativity and originality, technical ability, quality of composition and design and overall impression.

Winners will be announced in July and be accordingly showered with swag. The grand prize winner this time around will receive:

  • From Sakura of America: A Manga-Comic Pro Sketching and Inking set, a red pen case and a Canson comic & Manga Artist Trading Cards
  • From Smith Micro Software: A copy of Manga Studio Debut 4
  • From Wacom Technology Corp.: A Bamboo Pen
  • A set of Copic markers
  • Other lovely things from fellow contest sponsors Right Stuf, Kawaii Kon, DC Comics and Tokyopop that we haven’t even seen yet (but we’re sure they’ll be freakin’ sweet)

First-prize winners will receive a Pigma Sensei kit, a red pen case, a Canson comic and Manga Artist Trading Cards and more mystery swag, and second-prize winners will receive the case and — you guessed it — even more mystery swag. The first 100 entrants will also get a free Sakura of America manga instructional booklet.

You can submit your entries at the library, located at 1515 Liliha St. Questions? Call Linda Mediati at 587-7577. And spread the word offline, too! Here’s the official contest flyer.

8 Responses to “Drawing on inspiration all over again”

  1. AniMatsuri:

    10 entries per person? Isn’t that a bit much?

  2. parv:

    Will the mail-in entries be accepted? If so, please list the procedure to get back the entries; I did not find a mailing address on the verbose poster

  3. Jason S. Yadao:

    @parv: I have a question in to Linda Mediati and will post something after I hear back from her.

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