For Anime Boston 2017's "Retro" theme, we invited all artists to participate in our Retro Art Contest. Rules for this contest can be found here
Entries were judged based on three criteria:
-Adherence to the 2017 theme of Retro.
-Creativity and Originality
-How well the artwork depicts the back story.
Judging was done by the Anime Boston Social Media Team, who organized the contest.
Below we have the Grand Prize Winner and Runner Up winner, followed by the ten Honorable Mentions. To see all other entries visit our Forums or Click here to view them all in our Photo Gallery.
The competition this year has doubled in size from the previous year and it keeps on becoming more and more competitive! We want to deeply thank all of the artists for your submissions. It's your participation that makes this Art Contest a success, and we will continue holding it each year as long as we receive submissions!
Title: Lightning Pair
Find Artist At: http://smrth.net/
Entry Backstory: “Aru and Ameko, two tired college students, share an apartment. This arrangement suits them: a pair of hopeless nerds holed up together with all the books and tools they need to study emerging technologies. A newly purchased telephone is their only real connection to the outside world, especially during busier weeks. Through it, they one day receive a strange call, and many more afterwards, filled with unusual instructions that test the strength of their minds, hearts... and hardware.
Next time: Will Aru ever be able to have a phone call with her mother without raising her voice? Stay tuned...”
Artist: Claudia Fung
Title: Punk Girlfriend
Find Artist at: http://callmecaptainclaudia.tumblr.com
Entry Backstory: “Her parents aren't home tonight. Her punk girlfriend sneaks in and gets a chance to cuddle the night away.“
Title: The Cell
Find Artist at: http://www.shattered-earth.com
Entry Backstory: A common feature of almost all anime we love as "retro" is knowing that every frame was painstakingly painted by hand using brush, ink, and paint. This is a homage to that certain flair that hand painted cel animation had, as well as its own peculiar flaws that will always be remembered and adored by those who love to revisit their nostalgic favorites. It's a feeling that's hard to re-capture, and hopefully in the future we'll fondly remember current anime as retro for it's own unique quirks too as the art of animation continues to advance!”
Title: Super CatGal Z!!!
Find Artist at: http://www.suzuran.deviantart.com/
Entry Backstory: "Come join us in our re-watch of the 1985 anime Super Cat Gal Z!! Watch Neeko and her crew adventure across the galaxy with the legendary MechaCat, a super robot with the ability to... well... fight only when it feels like it! Neeko and Mechacat must find a way to protect the universe while searching for the long lost legendary treasure: The Golden Space Tuna!”
Artist: Michaela Dutra-Lowell
Title: Anime Back in the Day
Medium: water color pencil, copic marker, digital
Find Artist at: http://www.mdutra-lowell.com/
Entry Backstory: "There was a time when all the anime clichés were new to me. It was a time when learning about new anime series was like hunting for treasure and you had to find them through luck and word of mouth. I remember late nights scouring the TV channels looking for anything anime to record on VHS tapes and excitedly sharing what I found with friends at school. Three cheers for the old technology that introduced the anime universe to many. Now if you’ll excuse me I am late for Anime School and a magical talking cat has stolen my toast."
Artist: Guinevere Reilly
Title: Sugar Sweet Super Spies!!~
Medium: Ink and Photoshop
Find Artist at: http://www.guineverereilly.com
Entry Backstory: "Sugar Sweet Super Spies~!! stars beautiful but dangerous girls, finding love by day, on deadly missions by night! The spy team, nicknamed The Poppies, has magical girl-esque dramatic personas that contrast with the seriousness of their work. The juxtaposition of cute girl power and thrilling spy peril makes this new series to die for any anime fan! Inspired greatly by Sailor Moon, Lupin III, Dirty Pair, and the work of Kaneoya Sachiko.”
Title: It’s ok Bro
Find Artist at: http://www.pegushi.tumblr.com
Entry Backstory: "Black hair guy received a text from his girlfriend, implying a breakup message. Blonde hair guy noticed his unusual reactions and asked him what’s wrong. After being informed of the bad news, the Blonde man replied: “It’s ok Bro. At least you still got me.”"
Artist: Theresa of SmallStuffDolls
Title: Cerulean Star
Medium: Size 10 crochet thread, polyfil, safety eyes, gouache, balsa wood, wood cut platform
Find Artist at: http://smallstuffdolls-gallery.tumblr.com or https://www.etsy.com/shop/SmallStuffDolls
Entry Backstory: "Her first Super Task was to fix the fist-sized hole in her bedroom ceiling. Eh, a well-placed poster would do the job. Why didn’t Grandma warn her that the paintbrush would burst into a 10-foot monster? No amount of grandmotherly eye-twinkle could get that message across.
Her story was written on old paper wrapped around the paintbrush’s handle. Grandma was a magical girl witch back in the ‘60s! Grandma finished the letter in shaky blue script: Tonight, you are Cerulean Star.
When Sara mounted the broom, her drab school uniform swirled with new color. Time to fly!”
Artist: Shinleinkanba Theory
Title: The End?
Find Artist at: http://enjou-shinleinkanba.tumblr.com
Entry Backstory: "My shiny cape triples my attack,
And there’s my buddies who have my back:
BISH, revive me if I die;
BOWM, watch it--you almost took my eye;
SORC, burn away them shrooms;
In the final fight on which death looms,
Let’s see who first meets their doom!"
Title: We'll be right back!
Find Artist at: http://www.chekico.tumblr.com
Entry Backstory: ""Akane, I need to tell you something... I... I love--!!"
Time for our commercial break! We'll be right back after a short message from our sponsors! Sit tight"
Artist: Tullia Leone
Medium: inkpen and markers
Find Artist at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry Backstory: "Humanity is plagued by a long-standing world war over the last fertile patches of land.
The conflict will destroy all life on Earth.
Japan secretly develops time travel technology.
Agent TT02 is sent to the past to collect the DNA of the greatest warrior of all times, Oda Nobuyoshi, known as the “god of war”, which will be used to produce an army of super-clones.
During her mission Agent TT02 realises that Oda is just a man.
He teaches her to respect nature.
Mission control realises that something is amiss. Agent TT01 is sent to the past…"
Find Artist at: http://csipo.tumblr.com
Entry Backstory: "Persimmon Boss and His Blue Boys are the toughest bosozoku gang in the class of 1979. They are also really good friends who would do anything for each other. Don't fight them! Be their friend! FUYU-GANG is the most helpful gang around. They are loved by everyone except their enemies."
Artist: Amilia St. John
Title: Kelly Orbit, Retro Star Destroyer
Find Artist at: http://milistjohn.com/
Entry Backstory: "Alright everyone, the year is 3192, the 90s are back and the race to the edge of space is on! The stakes are high as champions from all walks of life will cruise across the vast and unexplored expanse of the outer nebula. This year’s favorite to win back for her third year in a row is none other than Kelllyyyy Orbiiiiittttt! She may look cute, but careful racers, that bat packs a punch! Stay focused racers, it gets lonely out there"