Rick and Morty™ Design Contest

About The Contest

 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!


Grand Prize winner has been announced!

About our Guest Judges:

 Justin Roiland:  Justin Roiland is an American actor, voice actor, writer, director and producer. He is the co-creator and executive producer for Adult Swim’s hit animated series, Rick and Morty. He voices both “Rick” and “Morty” in the series and also the character of "Lemongrab" in Cartoon Network's award-winning animated series Adventure Time.

In 2016 Roiland launched SquanchGames, a new virtual reality game publishing studio, with games veteran Tanya Watson. The studio recently published their first VR game, Accounting, with developer Crows, Crows, Crows.


 Joe Enriquez: Joe is the Men's Novelty Tee Buyer for Hot Topic.  He has been a part of the Hot Topic family for 17 years.  Joe loves Pro-Wrestling, Heavy Metal, and Cats.  He also enjoys Karaoke.


Brandon Lively:  Creative Director, [adult swim]

Brandon has been a part of [adult swim] for over 14 years and is responsible for all off-air creative, including marketing for show campaigns, stunts, digital and social. Brandon has also gained over a decade of experience directing [adult swim] events for Upfront, Comic-Con, premiers, tours and screenings. He also oversees creative for all consumer products.

A Savannah, GA native, Brandon holds a degree in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts’ acclaimed graphic design program. Prior to joining [adult swim], he was Art Director at Capricorn Records.


 Elyse Salazar:  Associate Designer [adult swim]

Elyse is currently an illustrator and designer with [adult swim], working primarily with Rick and Morty consumer products and brand assurance.

Originally from Florida, Elyse studied at Ringling College of Art and Design, receiving her BFA in Illustration and later earning a MFA in design from Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta. Prior to her work with [adult swim] Elyse freelanced as an editorial illustrator and designer, creating works for publications such as Smithsonian Magazine and PlanAdvisor Magazine.

How To Enter

DOs & DON'Ts

1. Do: Make something original. Research to make sure your idea isn't already out there.

2. Do: Make stylized art! Get inspiration from Rick and Morty!

3. Do: Use logos or icons that can be found in the show.  Please, however, note that if it's a fairly simple or generic logo, make sure that we do not already have it on the website.

4. Do: Have fun and be creative!

5. Don't: Use the Rick and Morty or Cartoon Network's Logo. When creating your design imagine its part of the Rick and Morty world.

6. Don't: Submit similar versions of the same design. This will only divide your votes and hurt your chances of winning rather than help it.

7. Don't: Use any copyrighted, 3rd party or inappropriate materials.  This contest is to submit art designs to be officially licensed.  If it is too obscene or mixes 3rd party, or copyrighted materials, it will NOT be approved.  BE TASTEFUL - adult content can be funny, but it doesn't mean you would want to wear it on a tee.  Please stay away from polarizing topics.

8. Don't: Submit images or pictures from the show.  Please create your own art!  

9: Don't: Create your own characters for the show. Only characters from within the show are allowed.


To see our full set of Contest FAQ, please click here.

To see the Official Rules, please click here.


Q: The submission kit is not downloading.  I need help!
A: Please email [email protected].  We should be able to send you one directly.  Or try clicking here to see if it will directly download for you.

Q: What are the three "Additional Design Images" for?
A: One upload should be JUST the design itself so we can see it clearly. The other images, if you choose to upload them, can be other images of your design. Please remember that each design should be its OWN submission so don't use them to upload multiple designs.

Q: I'm having trouble uploading my images for my submission. What's going on?
A: Please make sure that each image is exactly 1000x1000px JPG, GIF or PNG and each image MUST be under 2MB.


Q: How many designs can I submit?
A: For most contests you can submit up to 10 designs unless otherwise stated.


Q: What file format do you accept?
A: All entries must be in one of the following file formats: GIF/PNG/JPG


Q: If I am a finalist, how large does my high-res art need to be?
A: We recommend that your file is done 15in x 19in at 300 dpi or as close to it as your art program can handle.  If your artwork is too small, it won't work on a t-shirt and it can hurt your chances of winning.


Q: Is it ok for me to promote my designs to people I know to come and help rate my designs?
A: YES!! We encourage every artist submitting to the contest to promote themselves and their designs to friends, family and followers.  Through our experience we have found that more ratings help us determine what the fans really want as winners!  Please feel free to promote yourselves!


Q: It’s been more than 2 business days and I don't see my design on the site.  What’s going on with my design?
A: We review every submission we get before they are made live for viewing and rating.  We will make every attempt to review submissions within 2 business days.  Please note, if you’ve done any of the following we will not accept the design into the contest and you may not be notified.

- Your design has inappropriate materials or elements.
- Your design uses other copyrighted material.  This means you are using other people’s intellectual property in your design you do not have the right to. No mash-ups!
-You've used a design created by someone else as your own.
- It’s not an eligible design for a different reason.  We will contact you directly to notify you of the reason it was not accepted. 


Q: I see people cheating.  What should I do?
A: Please email [email protected] detailing what you are suspecting.  The more details you can give the better we can make our decision.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.  ODDS OF WINNING WILL DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED.  The Hot Topic Rick and Morty Design Tee and Apparel Contest (the “Contest”) begins October 18, 2017 and ends November 15, 2017. Must be 14 or older to enter who, at the time of entry, reside in and are physically located in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada (excluding Quebec).  One (1) winner will win $2,000, four additional finalists to win $300. Ten entries per account during the Sweepstakes period.  Total ARV of all prizes is $3,200. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules for additional eligibility restrictions and complete details.  Sponsored by Hot Topic, Inc., 18305 E. San Jose Ave, City Of Industry, CA, 91748 United States (“Sponsor”) and administered by Imaginary People, 2010 E. 15th Street, Los Angeles, California, 90021 United States (“Administrator”) To see the full rules, please click here


Prize Info

Grand Prize (1): One (1) winner will receive a Grand Prize of $2,000.00 and your design featured in Hot Topic stores and online at hottopic.com and other retailers!

Finalist Prize (4): No less then four finalists will each receive $300.00 and your design featured online at hottopic.com and other retailers!