First of all, we'd like to thank everyone who participated in the contest! The response was much bigger than we anticipated, and we got a lot of amazing entries! So many in fact, that paring down the entries to find the winner was very difficult! There were a LOT of good entries, and often it came down to the smallest of errors or faults that would be grounds for disqualification. In the end, it came down to a handful of factors:
-Personality: A lot of the best entries had characters with wonderful personalities, but they were occasionally too strong or too reminiscent of another waitress. A super-grabby or touchy-feely character would basically be stealing time from Penelope, for instance, and that doesn't work out in either character's favor.
-Realism: I know mentioning realism in relation to Juggalos is deservedly scoffed at, but a big part of the Juggalos story is that it's a fantastical element injected into a real modern world. There were several characters that were utterly delightful and would have fit perfectly into, say, an anime series about a restaurant with hyper-curved waitresses, but in a restaurant on planet earth near the eastern seaboard of the US, the characters just didn't make sense.
-Fit: Some of the characters submitted were of such complexity and bombastic presence that they were better suited as a main character, rather than replacing a secondary character. They had tales that were begging to be told in some other restaurant, but for the story focusing on Maddi and Trixie, they were just too big of spotlight-stealers to be a good fit.
So, with those criteria in mind, here are our winners!
In Third Place, we have 's Viivi!
Viivii had a wonderful visual design, an interesting personality, and loads of spunk. Maybe too much spunk, even, as her willingness to confront the more assertive aspects of main cast- Riley, Trixie, etc.- put her in a position of fighting battles which, narratively, should be Maddi's to overcome as the main character.
The Runner-Up, meanwhile, is 's Alexis!
Alexis had a great backstory, and good interactions with both the Juggalos staff and the other characters in his story. Perhaps a little *too* comfortable and accommodating with the growth and changes, perhaps reflecting an expansion author's mindset more than a normal college-age woman's, but it was a very close race all the same.
Finally, The Winner, after much deliberation, is 's Sandra!
Along with being one of the few entries to cross paths with all five of the primary cast in a way that seemed natural and in-character, Sandra struck that fine balance of having personality enough to be distinct when called to the spotlight, yet easy enough to fit back in to the background when needed. For Juggalos, for Working Girl, for what we needed from this contest, Sandra was the best fit, and so she is henceforth an official Juggalos waitress!
Now let it be said again, as it was said in the rules: This contest was NOT About the best art, the best story, or any other quantitative metric. It was all about the best fit. There was a ton of amazing art and wonderful stories that would have made great characters and stories in another narrative universe. As good as they may have been, though, they just didn't necessarily fit into our story universe.
Thanks again for all who participated, and chapter 16 is already underway with the new waitress!