CONTEST: Design the first TalkRadar print ad!

Handy with a mouse? Fancy yourself a quality Photoshop wizard? Then you best step up and enter the TalkRadar Ad contest, which challenges you to design our filthy, stupid podcast's very first print advertisement. One lucky winner will see their ad run in an issue of Official Xbox Magazine and PlayStation: The Official Magazine this fall (just in time for the holiday rush!). Only one will win, and two runners up will recieve coupon codes for our Spreadshirt Store, but rest assured we'll post the best in an article further down the road.

What you need to do

Create a print ad for TalkRadar and submit a .JPG of the finished file to Sounds easy, but there are some guidelines to follow, and man are they ever boring!

-Must include the TalkRadar logo, which you can download here 

-You need to convey that this is a podcast, and that it posts Fridays on GamesRadar and iTunes

-GamesRadar logos and art are fine, but NO outside stuff. No other company logos or art - we don't own that!

-Needs to convey the attitude and irreverence of TalkRadar, why it's the best goddam podcast out there

-And on that note, you'll want to avoid some of the naughtier words heard in TalkRadar

-But feel free to use the hosts names and images, many of which can be found in our huge fan art thread

-Keep in mind you're designing this for a national magazine. It needs to hook people who've never heard of the show

-You'll need to submit two versions, as OXM and PTOM have different size requirements. For OXM, the bleed size is 8 1/4'' x 10 3/4'', with a trim size of 8'' x 10 1/2''. For PTOM, the bleed is 8 5/8'' x 10 3/4'', with a trim size of 8 3/8'' x 10 1/2''. Bleed is the entire image, trim is what you see in the magazine itself after it's been, well, trimmed.

-The winner will have to submit the final, print-quality version in another format. Photoshop users, submit PDF files at 300 dpi. InDesign users should submit as a PDF-X. Make sure you use high-res assets for the ad too, as this will run as a full page in a magazine. Google image search won't be enough!

To get you started

Consider some of these classic bits of fan art as inspiration. They're missing some of the key info that an ad would contain, and probably contain some copyrighted material, but the general look and feel are on point. Also check our fan art thread for other ideas, and the TalkRadar Compendinarium, which links to every single podcast page. They contain all the images of the hosts you'll ever need.

From: JohnRabbit

From: Twishart

From: KREATIVEassassin (dear Mr Patterson is no longer with us)

From: Hatebreeder

From: Batman5273

From: Vagrant

Head to the next page to read a whole mess of legalese. The short version: Open to US and Canada residents only, don't submit someone else's work or work you've entered somewhere before, and please for the love of Kratos include your contact information in your email submission. Deadline is August 11, winners chosen on August 13, we'll notify you via your contact email. And if you're under 17, why you gotta make this harder by being a minor? Then we have to do all that age verification stuff.

That about wraps it up. You've helped TalkRadar cling to life for two years - now's the chance to make it grow!


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Some of the best fan art we've ever seen



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  • Spybreak8 - August 2, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    That's pretty cool and my day off is coming up, hmmm.
  • lobsterhunt - August 1, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    dammit. I can't do it.
  • graboids - July 30, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    so many ideas, so glad we have until the 11th....
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - July 29, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    The winner gets their design run in two national magazines, exposing their work to thousands upon thousands of people. The runners up get $20. I'd say that first prize is the one to shoot for.
  • WoodyWoodrowAndThePanfluteOfDestiny - July 29, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    Can the R-Ape be in it?
  • Justheretowinshit - July 29, 2010 2:27 a.m.

    @Aeshir Aye, the shit to the left is the extent of my shitty Photoshopping skills, I have no intention of entering. Huge props to all those who do anyway, you've been entertaining us for nothing for a long time anyway, everyone who's been posting in the Fanart thread and getting their work recognized on the Tdar post and podcast every week deserve a lot more thanks than we can ever give them.
  • flabslapper - July 29, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    aw man, I can't wait to see everyone's entries! Maybe I'll try to make one, but man, you guys are really hitting the big time with an ad in print!
  • Aeshir - July 29, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    @Justheretowinshit Your username is fitting. But for reals, I bet they'd give out something anyways.
  • Justheretowinshit - July 29, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    So wait, the runners up get free stuff from, and the winner gets their artwork used without any compensation? I can see this only benefiting the people who are building a portfolio for some graphic design/advertising position. Not trying to be a dick or anything, but shouldn't the winner be getting something tangible too?
  • AlpineGuy - July 28, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    Holy crap, I need to get to work right away. This is so cool!
  • frogfromchronotriggerisactuallyjesus - July 28, 2010 10 p.m.

    damnit, i was hoping to see the ad in nintendo power
  • JoeMasturbaby - July 28, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    working on mine now! i also need an ad for my graphic design portfolio for college. balla.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - July 28, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    But as Brett says, we love it when you guys make art, and contest aside there's other stuff we can do to thank you. Did that come off dirty? Sorry.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - July 28, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    Sorry about the US/Canada restriction guys, we don't like it either, but things get all legal when we start running contests in other countries. Annoying technicalities, I know.
  • enlargedhousecats - July 28, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    too bad I can't join in the fun, stupid age.
  • abbottfrizzell - July 28, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    *off to buy photoshop*
  • hatebreeder - July 28, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    Woo Hoo, Fella's are legends! recaptcha - and mcgoorty lol wtf?
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - July 28, 2010 7:31 p.m.

    Submit as many as you like. And even if you're not in the US or Canada, go ahead and submit a design anyway. There are other ways we can get your work out there.
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - July 28, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    Another rule? It's spelled BARRATT!
  • zer0hvk - July 28, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    Gorrammit, I was gonna give it a try, too, alas, I'm in Mexico. Fuck.

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