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April 1st brings with it a great excuse to get up to mischief and play a few pranks, and it’s no different in the anime world!  The Madman Fanzone art competition for April was full of trickery, japery and prankery!

We asked artists to create a piece that depicts a prank in action with an animated character pulling the prank or on the receiving end of a dastardly trick.

Read on for our winners and honorable mentions!


Pranks A Lot by Big Unit

It looks like this was the perfect competition for Big Unit, who pulls his first win after multiple contributions every month. This time around the typically inventive and cheeky concept works well with Big Unit’s bright and basic art style, as the members of Sesame St fall prey to some suitably classic and hilarious pranks! The perpetrator is the best part!

Big Unit wins 1st prize of a $150 Madman store voucher!

Second Place

soul eater by The_Toonologist

Some of the best pranks take advantage of the victim’s obsessions and character traits. Well, Soul of Soul Eater, of course, loves to gobble up bright orbs, only this time Black Star has given him a stinky egg with nasty results!  Fantastic prank and wonderful art that recalls the style and feel of the anime.

The_Toonologist wins 2nd prize of a $100 Madman store voucher!

Third Place

Strawberry Fool by AJchan

Causing many a Fanzone member to “aww” at the cuteness, AJChan and Strawberry Shortcake team up for one of the most innocent pranks in the competition, coupled with clear, crisp and colourful cartooning!

AJChan wins 3rd prize of a $75 Madman store voucher!

Fourth Place

Happy birthday, fools. by Veleven

And there’s always someone who doesn’t make out so well on April Fools day. Poor Usopp, with a birthday on April 1st, but noone will believe it.  The anguish!  Beautiful sketchwork, full of personality.

Veleven wins 4th prize of a $50 Madman store voucher!

Honorable Mentions

There were again so many good pieces out of the many wonderful entries that we wanted to highlight some more strong pieces. All of these honorable mentions will receive a surprise DVD! This month it’s NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE

Foolish…and damp by xFishyx
We couldn’t hold in our appreciation of this prank, however cruel it is to poor Ash! The scene is composed so clearly with great humour, we loved the evil look on Gary’s face and Ash is reaaaally busting!

The King Of Fools Part 1 by Corad

Another cool series of toons by Corad and Bijoux, this time our favourite was definitely this first piece, the original prank really tickled our funny bones, and was very appropriate to the victim.  Great work!

Fruits Basket prank by gizelmo
A great job capturing the look and feel of Fruits Basket, and a very fun and believable prank, played out nicely over the four panels we see here!

Zero Defaced by Jakron
Someone is going to be forced to fess up to this one!  Defacing Zero’s face and helmet is a little bit genius. Take a chill pill, Zero!

Ouran April fools by inuchobitfreak
A twist on an old classic, this time it’s no bear trap, it’s bear-as-bait! Fresh sketching and a bright colouring style add to the fun.

Reflection by kalgeo
An inventive prank indeed, using twins and a two way mirror to cause quite the freakout! Nicely sequenced, clever work by kalgeo.

Thanks to all who entered!

Of course there were many more great entries – all worthy of your time, comments and encouragement so Click here to Check them all out!

Keep coming back as we have more great Art comps all the time in the Fanzone!

Get your entries ready for the MIX N MATCH ULTIMATE CHARACTER art comp now!

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