Mascot Art Contest

2023 Theme: Fantasy

Do you have awesome Artistic Talent?


Anime Banzai has an amazing Mascot Art Contest! This contest is a chance for any artist to redesign Anime Banzai’s mascots, Ban and Sai, using their own style and incorporating the year’s theme. And the best part is you can win some really cool stuff if selected.

Girl's hand drawing anime manga sketch with alcohol based sketch markers.

Our Mascot's

Ban and Sai example

Deadlines and Rules

Group 1 Deadline: July 31, 2022

1 or 2 winners will be chosen for their artwork to be used at this year’s con to promote the 2023 convention. Entries that are not picked in 1st group will go towards the 2nd group.

Group 2 Final Deadline: December 31, 2022

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 years

For examples of previous years’ mascots go to:

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.


  • To submit, you must send your artwork, along with your legal first & last name, email, and phone number to [email protected]. If you have an artist name you’d like to be credited as, please 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. Vector images are appreciated where possible.
  • 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 very important!
  • Entries must have bothcolored and a line-art version included with the submission.
  • You must incorporate the Banzai colors of green and purple somewhere in the artwork.
  • Mascot can be full body or partial.
  • We have uses for both realistic and chibi versions, so you may submit either one or both.
  • The mascots may be submitted separately or together. If you submitted them separately, both are still due by 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 (except the Anime Banzai Logo of course).
  • You may enter more than one set of mascots, but you can only receive one prize!

Winner/Prize Information:

  • Multiple entries/artists will be chosen.
  • If your artwork is chosen, you will receive two (2) free admissions to the 2023 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 artwork was chosen, there are several options that will be offered on a case-by-case basis.

Anime Banzai reserves the right to use all entries for any and all promotional purposes for the Anime Banzai Convention and Utah Anime Promotions in perpetuity.

Example of where the artwork will be used:

  • website graphics
  • posters & flyers
  • advertising
  • certificates & awards
  • t-shirts & other merchandise
  • convention program booklet
  • badges

If you have any questions or concerns about the Mascot Contest, email us at [email protected] or click on the link below and fill out the form.

Please Remember: Submitting your art to the DeviantArt (DA) group does not count as submitting it to the contest! You must send your art to [email protected] to have you work considered for the contest.

Some of our previousWinners


Art by Galienyancats

2021 Finalist
Coming soon - blue neon light word on brick wall background
To be announced soon!