Rick and Morty has already inspired McDonald's restaurants to resurrect Szechaun Sauce, and now the popular Adult Swim cartoon is the basis for a t-shirt design contest presented by Hot Topic stores. One grand prize winner will be awarded $2,000 and have their design featured in Hot Topic stores and the Hot Topic website, while select runners up will receive $300 and have their designs featured online.
The official announcement is below:
Artists, creators, Rick and Morty fans!!! The time has finally arrived!
Hot Topic has partnered with For Fans By Fans and it's time to submit your award-winning talents to the RICK AND MORTY FAN DESIGN CONTEST – featuring the judging prowess of the incredible JUSTIN ROILAND, the voice of Rick and Morty! So sharpen up your Pencilvester and send us your best designs inspired by the world of Rick and Morty! This is a unique chance to design the licensed merchandise that YOU want to wear. Top designs will be awarded cash prizes and sweet, sweet bragging rights.
Not an artist? Aw, jeez.
You still have an important job! VOTE on your favorite designs and tell us what you want to see made into official Rick and Morty merchandise!
So take off your pants and get schwifty because it's time to show us what you got!
Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 pm PST on November 15 and ratings will remain open until 11:59 pm PST on November 22. Artists can submit their contributions (up to ten per creator), download the submission kit and rate designs at the official For Fans By Fans website and contest portal.
Hot Topic is looking for original and stylized designs inspired by Rick and Morty, featuring logos, icons and characters found in the show. The rules warn against using the logos of Rick and Morty and Cartoon Network, suggesting designs should instead imagine they're "part of the Rick and Morty world." The contest is also only allowing characters from the show to be used — originally created characters won't be accepted.
Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty creator and "Rick" and "Morty" voice actor, Joe Enriquez, Men's Novelty Tee Buyer for Hot Topic, Brandon Lively, Adult Swim Creative Director, and Elyse Salazar, Adult Swim Associate Designer, serve as the judging panel.
You can view artist submissions and cast your votes for the art you'd like to see win at this link.