Every year we select a local charity to fundraise for at the convention, but this year we are changing up our long running tradition ever so slightly to help one of our own.

In November 2018, our long time Security Officer, Henry Rouse, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. Henry has helped us out at Shuto Con so much over the years that we wanted to help him out in any way we could. So the 2019 staff and I decided that we would like to try to help Henry with his medical costs so he could focus on healing. At the convention this year we will be collecting donations for his medical treatment at Registration, and we hope to do a charity event at the con to collect additional donations. More details on that will follow closer to the con, along with details on how you can help.

In the mean time though, Henry's friends have started a GoFundMe page to help him in the beginning stages of his treatment. We are encouraging everyone to visit this page and donate if you can.

Thank you!



2019 Program Booklet Cover/Badge Art

From Dec 3rd, 2018 – Jan 3rd, 2019 we will be running a contest open to all Artists of all artistic levels to design our 2019 Program Booklet Cover Art/Badge Art. The winner of our contest will receive a free Shuto Con 2019 Artist Alley table (8ft table-clothed table) on March 22nd - 24th, 2019 and two 3-day membership badges. The artist will also get advertising for his/her studio on our Artist Alley page and be given honorable mention at our opening/closing ceremonies. If an Artist already submitted payment to our Artist Alley they will receive a full refund for their table at the convention!


Program Booklet/Badge Art Contest: For this contest we are asking for Artists to portray Shuto Con in a fun and artistic way. The two main focuses of our convention are Artists and Interactive Cosplaying, and we would like for Artists to consider these focuses when creating their artwork. Full color submissions are encouraged, but our official colors are True Red (C:0 M:100 Y:100 K:0), Rich Black (C:40 M:40 Y:20 K:100), and White (C:0 M:0 Y:0 K:0). All artwork must be in JPG or PDF format, must be 7”W x 8.50”H in size, .25" bleeds, and must be at least 300dpi. Larger files will be accepted, but must not exceed 19 MB in size. All artwork must be sent to to be considered.

The submission(s) MUST include our mascot, Sumi-jaki, in an inventive and creative way. Some examples for including Sumi-jaki in your artwork are; your ORIGINAL (meaning never used before in another publication) character holding Sumi-jaki as a doll, Sumi-jaki bouncing around an original character, or your original character cosplaying as Sumi-jaki. Sumi-jaki's image may only be used just as it is pictured (for a 3-dimensional reference, Sumi-jaki is round but squishy like a blob or pillow, has cone like curved “devil” horns, and always sticks out his red tongue with a line down the middle of it). No additional appendages or facial expressions may be added to Sumi-jaki. Sumi-jaki's reference image may be borrowed from our website. Sumi-jaki may not be used in anything other than these contests unless you have Stefanie Black's written consent.

Submissions are limited to three pieces of artwork per person.

Only ORIGINALcharacters/drawings will be accepted. Please do not submit artwork of copywritten characters, characters in cosplay from another Anime/Manga/Game, characters already used in previous Shuto Con designs (except for Sumi-jaki), or characters you have already published. If you submit a character to us that has already been published, even if the colors have been changed or it has other differences, you will be instantly disqualified from the contest.

The winners will be determined by the Shuto Con Officer staff at their January monthly meeting. A winner will be announced around the beginning of February.

By submitting your artwork to our contests you are allowing Shuto Con and Shuto Events to use your Artwork in any way they see fit. This includes but is not limited to promo material, media use, banners, etc.






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