Friday, March 25, 2011

Submission Guidelines

This project is open to everyone, but please take a look at the following guidelines:

Artwork should have something to do with Japan, preferably something personal. The idea is to express what Japan means to you via memories, direct or indirect experience, feelings, thoughts or abstractions. You can write about how you played a lot of nintendo as a kid, how you studied karate, a Japanese person who had a lot of influence on you, or even write about this recent disaster and how it has affected you. Ideally these pieces should mean a lot to you, so that they can have an impact on the reader.

length: submissions should be anywhere from 1-5 pages, but there is no real upper limit. Due to time constraints I imagine most submissions will be around 1-2 pages. Single drawings are also acceptable if you have any trouble creating a longer strip.

submission limits: Artists can and are encouraged to submit as many pieces as you like.

format: The format has not been finalized but it will likely be digest size, or about A5 (half A4 - 5.5'x8.5' in American paper sizes) Art should be oriented vertically. Art can be any size but should conform to these basic proportions.

File specs: Art should be black and white or gray scale with a resolution of at least 300dpi and no larger than 600dpi. I would prefer the file type to be TIFF, PSD, EPS or PDF. High resolution JPEG scans are also acceptable but this type of compression will result in a loss of quality. Please contact me if you have any questions about format or specs.

deadline: I understand we all have busy schedules, some of us more than others. However in the interest of making this have the best reception possible, time will be the largest factor working against us. I would like to receive all artwork by April 20th, 2011. This gives everyone exactly one month. Again, I realize this deadline may put quite a strain on everyone and I value your time, but I would like this book released while Japan is still in the limelight and I anticipate that Japan's rebuilding process will be revisited about a month after the disaster. A timely release is key for this projects success. This will also allow some time for editing and layout.

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