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Solace 2009-01-02 16:45

SOTM 2009 - January (Space) - Entry Phase
!!!Welcome to the SOTM!!!

~Congratulations to Marina for winning the November Contest!~

The theme chosen for January is - Space.
What is that? See here for details.

About the SOTM:
The Signature Of The Month contest is open to all members of the Animesuki Forums. The goal of the contest is to provide a fun and competitive way of showing off and improving the signatures and personal skills of contestants. The winner of each months contest is given the privilege of choosing the theme for the next month.

The contest begins on the first of each month and consists of roughly two weeks of entry creation/submission, one week of voting, and one week off. The entry and voting periods may be extended or shortened slightly as needed.

About the SOTM Theme:
Each month prospective contestants are given a theme to base their entries on. This theme is decided by the winner of the previous contest. The theme can be anything, as long as it does not break forum rules regarding inappropriate material. At the end of the month, voters choose which entries they liked best out of all submitted entries and a new winner is decided. Themes cannot be used twice in a row.

The Rules of the SOTM:

1. Contestants are allowed to create, work on, and submit their entry from the start of the contest until two weeks from the start date. This period of time is specified by the organizer every month. Once the entry period expires, all submitted entries are gathered up and sent to the Voting Thread.

2. Contestants must submit original works. This means you cannot simply cut a picture out, slap your name on it, and call it your own. Claiming someone else's work as your own is also not allowed. Anyone caught doing this will have their entries removed from the contest.

To further expand on this rule:
2A. Unless proven otherwise, all entries made by contestants are derivatives of works made by someone else. Thus, no claim of "ownership" shall be made in reference to the image(s) used in the signature entry.

2B. Misrepresenting someone else's signature work for your own is prohibited and will result in an immediate expulsion of the entry and disqualify the contestant from the current month's contest.

2C. In the spirit of originality, "crop" sigs are frowned upon, but not discouraged; however, the contest organizer can call upon all contestants to show the source of their entry(ies) at any time.

2D. Also in the spirit of originality, new signatures are encouraged. However, if you feel one of your older signatures is perfect for the theme and wish to enter it, you may. Just remember that the signature still has to follow the rules stated above.
3. Contestants are allowed to create as many entries as they wish, but are only allowed to enter one. To submit an entry officially, the contestant must mark the post in the Offical Entry Thread containing that entry with the words "Final Entry", or they can submit the signature to the contest organizer using the private message function.

4. Contestants who wish to keep their entries private until after the submission period can private message the contest organizer with their entry. The entry will not be displayed until submissions are closed, unless the contestant displays that entry publicly.

5. Entries must comply with Animesuki rules regarding signature size. This means each entry can be no larger than 500 x 160, and must be less than 50,000 bytes. They must also comply with forum decency rules. If you think your entry will be offensive or reported to the moderators, don't post it, even as a joke.

About the SOTM Entry Process:

Every month, a new entry thread is created. Each month's entry thread is a central spot meant to give contestants a chance to create and improve their entries as well as their skills, in addition to providing them a place to post their official submissions.
The thread is solely about helping contestants with entries, and as such these things will not be tolerated:
1. Nonconstructive and negative criticism (if you truly dislike something about an entry, be polite and helpful)

2. Comments, questions, or complaints about General SOTM affairs

3. Flaming, trolling, and other uncivil behavior that breaks Forum Rules
Anyone disrupting the thread will be asked to take it privately, to the SOTM Generic Discussion Thread, or if the offense is severe enough - reported to the moderators.

This Month's Entry Period::

This months entry period officially starts Friday, January 2nd, 2009 and lasts until Friday, January 23rd, 2009. Entries will be gathered and put up for voting on Sunday, January 25th, 2009. Voting will end on the following Sunday.

The due date ends at 11:59 (midnight basically) UTC/GMT. The polling will be up one day later after 11:59 (again, midnight). I will try to be as lenient as I can with last minute submissions but only slightly.

It is up to you as a contestant to know what your time zone is in relation to UTC/GMT. I cannot do this for you.

Here is a site that can help you figure that out:

Good luck to all contestants, and most importantly, have fun!!!

Solace 2009-01-02 16:46


Yes, I know the banner says 2008. ;)

Solace 2009-01-02 16:47

**Reserved again**

CrowKenobi 2009-01-02 17:40

First out of the gate!

A temporary sig until I come up with something else... :p


EDIT: non-temporary sig possible entry 1:

SonyaTECH 2009-01-02 19:53

Pretty simple, I don't expect to win or anything, It's a Vandread.

KiNA 2009-01-02 21:55

OOO .. space .. @.@

Reporting for duty :o

Mon Cheri 2009-01-02 22:40

Final entry

Too lazy to edit and stuff :p

Cyz 2009-01-02 22:50

Felt like it went forever since the last SOTM :meh: Time to look for some stuffs to use.

Arceon 2009-01-02 23:38

Oooh, Space. Boy do I have some great renders for this. . .now to actually choose. . .

And man, I almost forgot about the SOTM, thanks to that one month absence xD.

Frailty 2009-01-03 01:06

first draft:

any suggestions?

ganbaru 2009-01-03 01:07


Originally Posted by Cyz (Post 2140096)
Felt like it went forever since the last SOTM :meh: Time to look for some stuffs to use.

It's true than the december's break seemed long.

ryuukazi 2009-01-03 02:38

gonna be pretty busy this month so got my sig done early.
Missed the SOTM themes <3

KholdStare 2009-01-03 02:49

First Draft?

konstargirl 2009-01-03 09:55

Space sounds interesting. :3 And nice entries everyone. =D

I want to participate but I don't now if there are any pokemon pictures that have a space scene in it.

Katocchi 2009-01-03 10:01

^ Just get the Pokemon Render and Put on Space Background .. :D

Cierra 2009-01-03 10:09

Here's my first try so far

Starry background self created!

Frailty 2009-01-03 10:12


Originally Posted by konstargirl (Post 2140718)
Space sounds interesting. :3 And nice entries everyone. =D

I want to participate but I don't now if there are any pokemon pictures that have a space scene in it.

Palkia is a space pokemon from its story background
Deoxys looks like from space :D

escimo 2009-01-03 14:59

Damn. I haven't got a single render that would even remotely fit the theme... So Star Trek NG it is... :D Kikin' it oldschool... (well not that old actually, but NCC-1710-D is the best looking of the bunch)

First Draft

Faeyice 2009-01-03 15:45

I'm just wondering, but would my current signature be acceptable for the theme?

Drake 2009-01-03 18:29

My first draft.

Not sure if im entirely happy so i may end up doing another.

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