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17 October 2011 @ 09:20 pm

It's been about two weeks and since no member has commented saying that they'd be interested in a final challenge (which is a little bit sad to be honest, but not all together unexpected) it looks like it's time to just close down this community. I'd like to express my sincerest gratitude to any and all members that participated in this icontest (be it through submitting and/or voting) for your support. Even though we haven't been around that long, I'm really going to miss this place. If ever I decide to re-open the community, you will hear from me, but for now this is good-bye.

If you are still looking to make anime/manga/game icontest entries, please check out the following (mostly active) affiliates:

animanga_itest - an icontest dedicated to a different series each week
anime_abc - an alphabet based icontest representing a different letter each week
icon_tournament - a lims community featuring one-on-one battles
anime_eloquence - an textless icontest using provided song lyrics as inspiration
manga_character - an icontest dedicated to a different character each week
manga_itest - an icontest dedicated to all animanga series
mc_awards - an icontest dedicated to all main characters
otp20in20 - an icon challenge to make 20 pairing/ship icons in 20 days
shoujochallenge - a varied icon challenge community for all shoujo series
shounenbattle - an icon battle for all shounen series
simple_icontest - an icontest for icons focusing only on cropping and colouring
talesoficontest - an icontest dedicated to the entire Tales of... series
title_awards - an icontest where you use the provided title(s) to make your icons
vgicontest - an icontest dedicated to all video games

And of course, I'd love to see any of you CLAMP fans over at clamp_icontest!
04 October 2011 @ 05:57 pm
Ok, I've kept you guys waiting far too long (a month flies when you're putting off making a difficult decision) but honestly I was really feeling the strain of a dying icontest community (in general, not just my own) and I needed to step back and think about how it was impacting my ability to mod, as well as my interest in continuing to do so. I understand the attraction of 20in20/challenge communities, but I also don't want LJ to lose all its traditional icontests, because they're two very different things and we need both of them!

However, with all things considered, I don't think that the icontest community can handle the 'strain' of having three more icontests running and I honestly don't feel I can handle the pressure of trying to keep three icontests alive during such slow times. I've decided the best thing to do is to close two of my communities: game_abc & mixnmatch_itest and focus all my attention on the remaining one: clamp_icontest. While I had high hopes for both and considered many other options before finally resting on this decision, Game ABC has a much smaller fan-base and Mix 'n Match Itest is just still too new for either to warrant the measures needed to increase their activity. It seems less risky to stick with the one that has been around the longest and had the highest participation levels overall throughout, plus it will always be my first <3

That said, I'd be more than happy to run a final challenge (some sort of icon pair, I already have a few ideas) and give this community a proper send off... but only if there are enough members willing to participate, as I don't want to waste anyone's time. Leave a comment here if you're interested. Otherwise, this is goodbye (unless you happen to be a CLAMP fan, in which case I'd love to see you over there) and I do thank you all for the fun times while they lasted! Of course, there is always the chance that things will pick up again and I'll find a way to re-open, but for now this is where I leave you or in the words of Barney Stinson:

"I can't be with you" *BOOM* "...right now" *creak*
23 August 2011 @ 05:29 pm
Honestly, even with the reminder and extension we were still rather short on votes... but I don't want to delay results any longer since we have clear enough winners, so let us just hope for a better turnout next time.

Thanks to everyone that was able to submit and/or vote, especially if you did both, your participation is much appreciated. Now it's time to put your hands together for Week 21's winners:

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All winners listed above are entitled to banners, just go to custom_banners or cb_overflow and request one.

Sorry for keeping you waiting, but there won't be a challenge this week after all. It's just that the stress did not end with the weekend and I still have a lot of things on my mind... *fingers-crossed* things should be back up and running by this weekend.
21 August 2011 @ 01:41 pm
I haven't forgotten about posting new resources, it's just this weekend has turned out more hectic than anticipated and I'm trying not to be stressed out by both real life and online commitments that all need my attention >.< I may not be able to get that post up until later tomorrow night, depending on how things go, so my apologies.

In the meantime, our voter turnout is very low at the moment and we're going to need some more participation to avoid an extension. So if you have the chance and haven't already, please leave a comment at this post with your vote. You have until later tonight Sunday, August 21st at 10:00 PM EST to do so, thanks in advance and kudos to those who have already done so, I really do appreciate it.

ATTENTION: Voting has been extended until Monday, August 22nd at 10:00 PM EST due to a severe lack of votes, please participate if you are available and haven't yet cast your ballot!
20 August 2011 @ 09:28 am
Ideally at least one more entry would have been appreciated, but seeing as this challenge has already been running for two weeks, we're moving forward regardless. We have 4 gorgeous icons for Week 21, thanks so much to everyone that was able to participate for their support! And now the hard part, choosing from them...

Please vote for your two favourite icons (1st, 2nd) in order of preference, as that is how points will be awarded. There is no Third Place or Special Category this week due to the limited number of entries. No voting for yourself, check the userinfo section for all rules and more information. Your vote should look something like this:

42, 90
First: 42
Second: 90

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You have until Sunday, August 21st Monday, August 22nd at 10:00 PM EST to cast your vote, no late ballots will be accepted unless an official extension is given. Remember that we're still a new and relatively small community, so please take the time to vote (especially if you entered to be fair to the other contestants) your participation is really needed here.

Week 22's resources should be posted later on tonight when I get home from work asap
18 August 2011 @ 05:43 pm
Your icons using Week 21's resources are due tomorrow night Friday, August 19th at 10:00 PM EST and we still have less than five entries at the moment, which is the minimum number needed to hold standard voting, as there will be no further delays/extensions. If you have the time to submit an icon or two, and haven't already done so, please leave a comment at the submission post by the deadline. I'm grareful to those that have already entered, but would really appreciate the added participation.
13 August 2011 @ 09:33 pm
So yah, hi, I'm back. On Tuesday afternoon my computer decided to crash and didn't want to start up again. After a good deal of running safemode, doing diagnostics and even attempting system restores, it became clear that while my harddrive was fine my operating system had somehow become corrupt and needed to be re-installed via a factory reboot >.< Fortunately a friend from work who majors in computer science was able to come by yesterday and do some stuff I'm not 100% sure I understood to access my harddrive with his own OS, retrieve my files and back them up before re-installing Windows to eliminate the risk of losing everything I didn't already have saved externally :)

Anyway, now that my computer appears to be back to normal (although with that odd new-car smell) we can get back on track. I've decided to treat this post as a reminder and move the original deadline until next Friday because of the lack of both mod presence and entries thus far... plus the fact that I already have so much else to catch up on this weekend.

There is currently 1 amazing entry using Week 21's resources so more are definitely still needed and appreciated. Be sure to use get your icon(s) in at the submission post by Friday, August 19th at 10:00 PM EST. Kudos to those who already have and thanks in advance to anyone else that is able to participate.
09 August 2011 @ 10:08 am
Sorry for the delay, yesterday was rough >.< Thanks to everyone that was able to submit and/or vote, especially if you did both, your participation is much appreciated. Now it's time to put your hands together for Week 18's winners:

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All winners listed above are entitled to banners, just go to custom_banners or cb_overflow and request one.

Don't forget to make your icon(s) using Week 21's resources and submit by Friday, August 12th at 10:00 PM EST. Suggest new resources at this post, to be used for future challeges.
07 August 2011 @ 11:16 pm
Unfortunately we still don't have the minimum number of votes required to post results with confidence at this time. As such I'm extending voting until later tomorrow night Monday, August 8th at 10:00 PM EST, though I may close the polls earlier if we get enough ballots quickly, hopefully by then we'll have clear winners to announce. If you haven't voted yet, especially if you entered, please do so here as your input is greatly needed and appreciated; thanks to those that have already for your patience.
07 August 2011 @ 09:29 am
ATTENTION: Don't forget to vote for Week 20's icons here by later tonight at 10:00 PM EST. We still need a lot more votes to meet the minimum participation requirement and avoid an extension!


You may submit two different anime, manga or video game icons, using at least two of the provided resources for each of them. Please see our userinfo section for more information plus all other rules and requirements. Any additional questions, just ask.

Your resources for Week 21 are as follows:

Ryoki Tachibana from Hot Gimmick by Miki Aihara

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A Pictorial Illustration Of A Heart Inside A Speech Bubble by Imagezoo

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PROVIDED TEXTURE (suggested by snm_queen)
Paper Edges by spooky_window

Rolling In The Deep by Adele

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To submit leave a screened comment at this post with your icon, url, character, series and which two provided resources you used along with any additonal credits/info like so:

Yuna from Final Fantasy X
Provided ________ & ________

[additional resource credits or information]

You have until Friday, August 12th 19th at 10:00 PM EST to submit. Good luck everyone!