From the desks of our Donations Director (Dom) and Donations Coordinator (Julia)…
Calling all artists! It’s that time of the year! We’ve received a lot of questions about the RTSQ charity auction already and are excited to see so many artists interested in contributing this year. It can’t happen without you and we’re trying to make it as easy as possible for everyone interested in donating. We often get asked, “What kinds of things should I donate?” The results in past years have been jaw-dropping to say the least. Our brains have been wrapped in tinfoil, popped in a microwave and thrown in the sun. Which has then exploded.
Based on reactions from both artists and fans over the years, here are some guidelines we hope you’ll find useful or inspiring. We find that most donations fall into one or more of a few basic categories, so we’ve outlined some below to help out with your questions. By no means are donations limited to these categories though! We’re more than happy to take donations of things that don’t quite fit in any of the suggested categories!
RED VS BLUE
This is an obvious one–people love it all! Drawings, paintings, digital and physical. And don’t be afraid to think outside the major characters! Caboose, Church and Sarge are certainly well loved, but trust me: minor characters are craved too. There has been a lot of love shown to creations involving Carolina, Tex, Church, Wyoming and Meta! Meta! Meta!
Linh produced a complete set of personalized character undergarments…
We’ve also had ponies show up at the auction!
This category generally includes live action projects such as The Gauntlet, A Simple Walk, Immersion, and RT Shorts. It could also include the video podcast, Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures, and anything that might concern the company, cast, and crew themselves more than any other category. Take, for example, the “Rooster and Teeth” logo below. Last year, Ben McSweeney, the artist behind the logo, donated his first and only hand-drawn logo in over a decade.
Maybe we’ll see some “Joe The Cat” and The Slow Mo Guys creations this year. Or perhaps something with puns?
Your imaginations know no bounds and that was strongly demonstrated here last year. We had hand-carved Tower of Pimps soap bars, a Lord of the Rings style map of Achievement City, hand-crafted Minecraft props, personalized shoes, and more.
We also loved your depictions of the lads and the gents. Hopefully we’ll get to see more Edgars, comicized or gameified versions of the group, plus X-Ray and Vav!
There was a crazy demand for RWBY last year and the show wasn’t even out! Are you excited for Volume 2? Show us your RWBY pride!
GAMING, INTERNET, AND OTHER MISCELLANY
Got something geeky? Something you know this community would love that doesn’t fit the other descriptions? Get in touch with us and let’s make it happen! Last year we had a bevy of video game items from the 405th, 343 Industries, The Behemoth (they donated a boxwood of figures from their games!), and more. And remember that everyone gets excited for custom items! In 2012, HellsAngel donated a working portable XBOX 360!
In general, we absolutely love all of the community and industry support we’ve received in the past and we can’t wait to see all the great items in store for this year! On that note, we do want to request that any items you donate be one-of-a-kind. Items intended for the auction need to be unique in some way and thus only obtainable at the auction; this ensures that people will be more excited to bid on them. We are not asking for the rights to your creations! You should feel free to keep copies of anything you create. We are just asking that any distribution of other copies of your creations take place at some point after the auction, out of fairness to our donors. Not sure if your idea is unique enough? Just ask us! We don’t bite.
Still need more inspiration? Why not check out our Auction Mega-Post from 2013?
We will be accepting donations until May 30th, 2014 at the latest. You can submit your donation by filling out the donation form! Thank you for helping us, Enim Filii, and we will see you in July!