Who created the drawings for the five mascot finalists?
The concept drawings for each finalist (Griffin, King & Queen, Phoenix, Pug and Wren) were created by Torch Creative, a design firm based in Dallas that has worked with a number of universities in the past. These preliminary drawings are early sketches and they will be enhanced as the process moves along. The "heads" of each concept are the most fully developed aspect of each sketch. Once W&M chooses a mascot, the mascot "body" will receive more focus and effort.
Will we become the W&M Griffins (Kings and Queens, Phoenix, Pugs or Wrens)?
No! The Tribe nickname remains. This search is for a new mascot - we are, and will remain, the William & Mary Tribe.
What were the other ideas considered and why were they eliminated?
The Mascot Search blog offers some info on many of the ideas submitted. We’re going to steer clear of discussing the deliberations of each submission (there were more than 800) or choices that didn't make the final five. There were many good ideas and the committee had a very challenging task to narrow to the five finalists. These finalists were chosen because the committee felt they were the five very best options that best fit the criteria established at the beginning of this process.
Will the new mascot be identical to one of the five drawings prepared by Torch Creative?
No. The preliminary drawings of each of the five finalists are early sketches and they will be enhanced as the process moves along. Torch Creative provided the three drawings below - consider the progression of this alligator mascot from concept to final.