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Have you ever wished you could see the character you’ve imagined drawn out in perfect detail by a professional artist, but you just don’t have the skill to do it yourself?

Thanks to HeroMachine, now if you can imagine it, you can create it, absolutely free. With thousands of hand-drawn custom-colorable line art, you can outfit any character from any genre. Whether you’re an RPGer who wants to bring a character sketch to the game, a novelist who wants to capture that perfect face to refer to as you write, or a gamer who wants a more comics-style rendering of your warrior, ninja, wizard, or archer, HeroMachine can bring that illustration to life.

Just choose the type of item you want, click on it to add it to the canvas, and choose your colors. In minutes you can build your very own customized, beautiful character sketch.

Click here to see a gallery of some of the best creations by other HeroMachiners.

Otherwise, get started with HeroMachine 2 (the easiest to use) or HeroMachine 3 (fully functional but still in development, with many more options).

Character Design Contest ♯83- Modern Age

Ok guys, we’re going to skip over the Bronze Age this week and go straight into the Modern Age of comics. This means you’ve got a bit more leeway on your character design, as this period covers the 80′s, 90′s and the 21st century, so hopefully you’ll find something inspiring amongst those three.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). The winner gets to claim a custom made item from dblade to be put into heromachine, so long as the item conforms to his prize rules, which you can find here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/dblades-whiz-bang-item-dispenser/. Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯82 (Silver Age)- Poll

Character Design Contest ♯81 (Golden Age)- Winner

This weeks poll was very close between two entries right from the start. And it was only around Thursday that our eventual winner actually took the lead. And that winner is Candruth, for The Silver Siren. Congrats Candruth, please talk to dblade about your prize, and well done to everyone else who entered.

81 Candruth- The Silver Siren

The Big Question Special: What Is Going On With Marvel?

Okay, so we all know the editorial staff at Marvel have been making some…… let’s be kind to them and say, interesting decisions over the last 7 or so years, but really I don’t know what to say about this one.

http://time.com/2987551/thor-marvel-woman/

So, there is a precedent for this, al-be-it a veeeeeeery flimsy one. After the events of the Ragnarok storyline in Thors comics, Loki possesses the body of Sif for a while. But that’s a very weak precedent for this sort of thing. I mean Thor is Thor, big bloke with a hammer. The only time in the original Viking legends he comes close to going TG (that’s transgender for those of you who don’t know) is when he cross dressed in order to sneak into the hall of some giants who had stolen his hammer from him. One has to wonder why Marvel are doing this. I’m all for having more major female heroes, but this doesn’t strike me as the way to do it. I mean Thor isn’t a title it’s a name, it’s a character. Captain America is a title, The Hulk is a title, Thor is not (not that I’m saying they need to replace Cap or Hulk with female versions, we already have one for the Hulk in She-Hulk and the last time Cap was replaced it lasted all of 5 seconds before Steve Rodgers was back in the spandex). Or we could do the smart thing and just introduce more female heroes, without screwing with established characters.

But that’s not the only thing I have for you guys today. Nope from movie land we have this piece of absurdity.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/136178-Fantastic-Four-Reboot-Movie-Wont-Be-Based-on-Any-Comics

So, let me get this straight, you’re going to be making a comic book based superhero movie, right, with characters with 50+ years worth of backstory and history, right, but you’re not going to be paying attention to any of it? Plus, to stick a dagger right into the heart of all the fans, you’re not even going to be using the team name at all outside of the title? Really?

Really?

I’m done. Bye. I have nothing more to say on this matter.

Special Poll Position: The Batgirl Redesign

Batgirl Costume Tests

http://www.mtv.com/news/1864359/batgirl-exclusive-dc-comics/

I am bringing “Poll Position” out of semi-retirement to discuss this new Batgirl costume. What I want to know is weather you the HeroMachine community “Love”, “Hate”, or are just plain old “Meh…” to this design?

Here are my feelings on the redesign. While I think this is a nice looking costume and well designed with the exception of the combat boots which are just way to clunky looking for me, I do not feel this is a good fit for Batgirl. I just don’t think it works for a acrobatic, martial arts using, non-super powered crime fighter. The aforementioned boots give the outfit a sense of being weighted down and slowing especially in comparison to the sleeker look to the rest of the costume, and the leather jacket  looks like it would restrict her movements, especially in the shoulder area making it difficult to fight in.

So in conclusion while I like the costume in general, on Batgirl I Hate it. So what are your opinions? Lets us know what you think by voting in the poll and by commenting below.

Kaldath’s Caption Contest #35

Ladies and Gentlemen it is again time for our weekly caption contest and this week I want your best replacement dialogue for the following image of Moon Knight and Batman:

MoonKnight - Batman 1

The usual rules apply, You are limited to Three (3) entries which are due by 2 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday July 22nd.  Of course I as always expect you to keep your entries no worse then PG-13 in nature and that you follow all the normal rules of the forum when writing your caption for the above image. That being said I wish you all Good luck!

Kaldath’s Caption Contest #34 – Results

Last week I asked you to give me your best dialogue for this image from the Anime Series “Unbreakable Machine Doll”:

UMD 1

Here are the ones I consider the top five from the entries that were received:

*****

Herr D

Raishin: I thought you wanted to look nice today?

Yaya: WHAT DID YOU SAY!?

*****

Wild Card

Raishin: Ok, your cooking isn’t that bad.

Yaya: Never call it dog food again!

*****

Wild Card

Raishin: I said I like your Cat

Yaya: Who are you calling FAT!!

*****

Hexadecimal 

Raishin: *GASP* .. All I said was “get a grip”!

Yaya: AND HOW’S THAT WORKING FOR YOU!?

*****

Frankie

Raishin: “Achk! I’m not..chklk! sure you’re..kkk! doing it right. K-k-k-chklk!”

Yaya: “Shut up! I’m an excellent masseuse!”

And your winner is …………..

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Character Design Contest ♯82- Silver Age

So, as we did that Golden Age last week, this week we’ll do the Silver Age. So design wise think of characters introduced between 1956 and 1970. If you really want to make things interesting you can redesign/ relaunch one of the characters you entered in last weeks contest (if you entered) like DC and Marvel did during this period. However this isn’t a requirement.

No prizes for guessing what next weeks contest is going to be.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). The winner gets to claim a custom made item from dblade to be put into heromachine, so long as the item conforms to his prize rules, which you can find here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/dblades-whiz-bang-item-dispenser/. Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯81 (Golden Age) Poll

Character Design Contest ♯80 (Steampunk)- Winner

It’s been a while since we broke the 200 votes mark for a CDC poll. We’ve come close a few times but we haven’t done it since CDC 68 back in April. But this week we broke it, which is brilliant. But that’s enough rambling from me because we have a winner to announce. ANd that winner is Nug for his Violinist. Congrats Nug, please speak to dblade about your prize, and well done to everyone who entered, especially our finalists.

80 Nug- The Violinist