VIZ Media and Announce Special First-Time Ever Bleach Design Contest

VIZ Media has announced a special first-ever Bleach design contest with Bleach licensee WeLoveFine. Artwork submissions will be accepted through midnight on April 8, 2014.

Artistic fans across the United States are invited to create original and innovative designs that will have a chance to become officially licensed Bleach T-shirts / merchandise. In addition to cash and other valuable premiums, one lucky winner will be awarded a Grand Prize package that includes airfare to Los Angeles, California and a full show pass to attend Anime Expo 2014, July 3-6, 2014, where they will meet the VIZ Media and WeLoveFine teams, and enjoy a fun weekend jam-packed with all things anime/manga.

The contest’s judging panel includes Bleach manga creator Tite Kubo and his series editor, Shueisha’s Yujiro Hattori, and representatives WeLoveFine, hip apparel retailer Hot Topic, and anime/manga/media site,

Full contest rules and a downloadable submission kit are available at:

All designs MUST incorporate characters and themes from the Bleach anime and/or manga series. Art pieces should be scanned and submitted to WeLoveFine. Submittals must be 100% original and exact copies or tracing of Bleach manga or anime will not be accepted.

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive an all expense paid, three-day two-night trip to attend Anime Expo 2014, the nation’s biggest annual anime convention to be held in Los Angeles, California, July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Prize package includes an Anime Expo membership badge, one round trip airfare ticket (limited to U.S. domestic flights only) and lodging near the convention center.

Other valuable prizes will also be awarded. Three (3) runner-up Guest Judge’s pick winners will each win a $300 Cash Prize. One (1) Hot Topic Pick winner will receive a $300 Cash Prize and have their design carried exclusively by Hot Topic; One (1) Pick winner will receive a $300 Cash Prize and have their design carried exclusively by; and One (1) WeLoveFine Pick winner will also receive a $150 gift certificate from

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