Also read Otaku Mascot Guidelines
Okay, so you want to submit your own mascot creation to Otaku World. That's good --
and we appreciate all submissions. However, there are a few guidelines you need to
understand and pay attention to before sending us your mascot.
First and foremost
, please read the
Otaku Mascot Guidelines
to make sure your mascot
is the best it can be. Then read the rest of this page.
Make sure of who owns your art
Make sure your artwork is your own. If you must use someone else's artwork then
you must have explicit permission to use that artwork in your mascot.
If you use another artist's work for your mascot without permission
and that artist requests the mascot be removed because you don't have that permission,
we will be obliged to remove the mascot until the situation is corrected. If you have
been given free subscription time for the mascot, we may withdraw that free time at
What You Can Earn and How to Earn It
You can earn a free month of subscription time to Otaku World for each mascot
of yours we post. However, there are three conditions to getting the free time:
There will be a 1 month waiting period.
The mascot must get above a certain approval rating at the end of the 1 month.
To get any rating, at least 5 people must vote for your mascot. For an original
image mascot (done by the mascot creator), the approval is 65% or better. For images
that are not done by the creator (i.e., from .GIF or .JPG images), the approval must
be 90% or better.
You can request your mascot not be subjected to any voting. Just let me
know that you do not want your mascot put up for voting. This means you will not
earn any free time but your mascot will still be available for downloading by
subscribers. Occasionally, some creators don't care about voting results or the
free time so this No Vote policy is available.
These conditions are to allow others time to look your mascot over and see if they
like it or not.
Removing Your Mascot
What We Want to See in a Mascot
A mascot must have at least two actions in addition to a
click action. Of course, the more actions you have, the more interesting
Important! The click animation must be special in that it is seen only
when the mascot is clicked on. The click animation should never be part of the
main sequence of actions.
Click sounds are optional. If you do use a sound,
make it as small as feasible. If you use voice, keep it to 8-bit 11Khz or
8-bit 22Khz (this resolution is perfectly fine for voice).
Note: a sound file recorded at 16-bit 44Khz is four times larger than
a sound file recorded at 8-bit 22Khz.
The overall size of a mascot file must be 500k (512,000) bytes or less. Large mascots
take longer to load on a person's desktop. A good mascot can readily be created in under 100k.
Use 8-bit color depth (256 colors) art whenever possible to keep
the size of your mascot to a reasonable level. However, all of the
art in all frames must be 256 color: the Otaku Mascot sets the color depth based on
the frame with the highest color depth.
Note: true color (24-bit color depth) is three times larger than
an 8-bit color depth image. High color (16-bit color depth) is two times larger.
How to Submit Your Mascot
Make sure you have set the Creator Info for your mascot. This includes
the name of the mascot, your name, how you can be contacted, and some information
about the mascot itself. All of this information can be set from the Otaku Mascot Editor
by clicking the Creator Info button.
Once you have all the details set on your mascot, publish it using the
Publish button in the Editor. The single file that is created is what you will
Important! Submit only the mascot file that ends in .mascot.
Send your mascot by e-mail as an attachment to
Be sure to include your name and the name of the mascot in the e-mail message.
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