#VoteNEVERDIE

Design for NEVERDIE Studios

Artists Selected On
February 9, 2016
Jon Jacobs, one of the pioneers in Virtual Reality who created the iconic VR character "NEVERDIE," is campaigning to become President of Virtual Reality, running in the first-ever VR Presidential election.

Artists from around the world are invited to submit visual assets (GIFs, posters, graphics) that can be shared through NEVERDIE Studios’ social channels, promoting the "Vote NEVERDIE" campaign to elect Jon Jacobs as the first President of Virtual Reality.

Submissions should be inspired by existing iconic presidential campaign imagery as well as Jon's campaign slogan "I Am My Avatar." Artists may choose to illustrate over one of the provided images of Jon, or create something entirely original. Take a look at this mood board for visual inspiration.

Two artists, as selected by NEVERDIE Studios and the panel of judges, will each receive $1,000 and have their work used in the official campaign. Five Highly Commended and one Popular Choice will each receive $500.
the career opportunity
Two artists, as selected by NEVERDIE Studios and the panel of guest judges, will each receive:
  • Inclusion of their work in the Vote NEVERDIE campaign and supporting materials
  • $1,000
Five Highly Commended artists will each receive:
  • $500
NEVERDIE Studios is giving $500 to the Popular Choice submission (the host will select out of the top 10 most shared), so be sure to upload your entry and share your submission page with your friends.
about neverdie studios
NEVERDIE Studios was founded in 2008 by Jon Jacobs creator of the iconic Avatar known as NEVERDIE a Virtual Reality celebrity, globally recognized as a pioneer of pop culture in Virtual Worlds. NEVERDIE Studios specializes in producing Iconic Virtual Reality entertainment; including Pop and Rock Icon destinations for Michael Jackson and Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead and Hollywood Movie inspired experiences that include KING KONG, ZOMBIE KONG and The THING in partnership with NBC Universal, Licensing and Partnerships. NEVERDIE Studios operates and develops the ROCKtropia Virtual World and Poptropia, a Pop Culture Virtual Reality Hub.

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meet the judges
jon neverdie jacobs
Jon was born in England in 1966. As an actor and filmmaker he has made over 30 indie movies including The Girl with The Hungry Eyes, Hey DJ the Movie and Lucinda’s Spell. In 2002 he created the now World Famous Avatar NEVERDIE in Entropia Universe. In 2008 Club NEVERDIE entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Valuable Virtual item. Jon founded NEVERDIE Studios in 2008 and has worked with some of Pop Cultures’ greatest icons including Michael Jackson and King Kong. In 2015 Jon decided to campaign to become the First President of Virtual Reality so he can champion a future where everyone will have the chance to make a living and fulfill their dreams in Virtual Reality.
Wendy Zaas
Wendy Zaas has 20+ years of public relations agency and in-house corporate communications experience highlighted with award-winning campaigns for industry giants and upstarts. Her resume includes partnerships with the “who’s who” of the consumer electronics industry and popular consumer brands, including Zynga, Myspace, Kraft, Activision, EA SPORTS, id Software, Nvidia, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, General Motors, Scion, Kodak and Giorgio Beverly Hills. Zaas has established long-term partnerships with her clients some spanning more than a decade across multiple companies and industries. A key to ongoing success has been her innate ability to listen and connect the dots to create new mutually beneficial relationships between brands, products and services.
Tom Everhart
Tom Everhart (born on May 21, 1952 in Washington, D.C.) is a world renowned American artist. He is the only artist authorized to paint Peanuts comics strip characters.
creative invite guidelines
  • This opportunity is open globally to those who are at least 18 years of age at the time of submission. Void where prohibited by law.
  • All entries must be original artwork (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright materials other than those provided) but can be pre-existing or created especially for this opportunity.
  • Artists may upload up to 10 submissions.
  • Artists may choose to illustrate over one of the provided images of Jon, or create something entirely original.
  • Designs should be created within one of the standard art design specifications (1,200 x 628, 1,200 x 900, 1,200 x 444, 250 x 250, 300 x 250, 160 x 600, 728 x 90).
  • Artists should retain their original artwork files but designs must be submitted in JPEG, PNG or GIF max size 10MB.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • The Selected Artists will be required to sign a copyright agreement which assigns ownership of their work to NEVERDIE Studios for global usage.
  • Artists that are not selected will not give up any rights to their work, however NEVERDIE Studios has the right to promote their work on their channels in connection with this Creative Invite. All artists will be credited accordingly.
  • All submissions will feature as part of a global gallery with public sharing on Facebook and Pinterest during Open Review.
  • When sharing submissions on social media platforms please use the hashtag #VoteNEVERDIE.
  • Selected Artists must respond to Talenthouse within 2 days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to remove inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions as well as submissions that do not fit the brief or guidelines.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
how neverdie studios will choose
NEVERDIE Studios and the panel of guest judges will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules. Their selection will be independent of social shares.

As soon as you have submitted your work, feel free to start sharing your submission page on Facebook and Pinterest. These shares will count towards the Popular Choice award. Please note, it does not impact your chance of being chosen as a Selected Artist if you choose not to share.
Key Dates
  • Submit By:
    January 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM
  • Open Review Starts:
    January 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    January 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM
  • Artists Selected:
    February 9, 2016
All times are in Pacific Time.