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Character Design Challenge 301 – Tis the season to be fugly!

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Your challenge this week is to design the ugliest Christmas sweater you can imagine.

Whether you are a pullover, cardigan or sweater vest aficionado, throw all caution and taste to the wind, and just have fun!

No limit on entries this week.

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 warning. 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.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close on Sunday, December 11 at 9:00am Eastern.

 

Trailers of the Week!

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Well, we've had another week with lots to talk about. We’ve got movie trailers, gaming trailers, and TV trailers that have all dropped for a wide variety of properties. I’ve got five I’m going to look at, so let’s get started! I’m going to talk about these in order of release and that means first up is….

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Character Design Challenge 197: 300! This…is…HeroMachine! – Poll

So here we go guys! The winner of this contest is in your hands. You can vote once a day for your favourite three entries. I will only vote in the case of a tie because I am basically drunk with power.

Voting will end at 9am eastern on Sunday, December 11th.

Poll Position: Greatest Character Portrayals In Comic Book Movies

The right casting choice can elevate a movie to the next level. Even a bad film can be salvaged by an outstanding performance by one of the cast. And whilst though it is somewhat of a new genre in terms of the history of cinema, the comic book movie genre is a good example of this. Finding the right actor to portray a long established and beloved character is a difficult task, so when it happens, it can be magical. So this week we're going to decide who the best casting choice in the history of comic book movies was. We are looking at any actor to portray a character who originated in a comic book. The film does not have to be a Superhero movie, any film adapted from a comic book property will count.

As per usual, I've given you 10 to start and you can add your own. Please remember that when you add your own entry add them with the actors name and the name of the character they portrayed, along with the movie/ movie series in which they are acting.

What Were They Thinking: Out of the frying pan and into the (Star)fire

So, DC. They've been very kind to me over the last few weeks, giving me plenty to talk about on this series, where we take a look at all of the stupidest, most misguided things in the history of the comic book industry, thanks to their New 52 relaunch. And this week is no different. I promise I'll go back to slagging off Marvel next week, hell I might even have a go at Image if I can find something of theirs that's worth the time. But DC have done a lot wrong over the last half a decade and they're an easy target. Don't worry, they're big boys, they can take it. Anyway, this week, sexism, because that's always fun.

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The List: Top 10 Marvel Superheroines

So, this poll was an interesting one. There were a lot of good inclusions, some questionable ones (whoever was trying to get all the DC superheroines on the list, you get a sarcastic round of applause for being so amusing) and some very unexpected results.

Considering that Marvel doesn't have a lot of solo superheroines in the same sort of league as those DC has (with most of the entries on the list being most famous for their work in various teams) you would expect the vote to be somewhat close, right? Well...

Honourable Mentions: Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel), Emma Frost, Elektra

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Character Design Challenge 197: 300! This…is…HeroMachine!

Ok folks. Through what could be a combination of black magic and new math, CDC 197 is, in fact, the 300th CDC. So it is time to pull out all the stops, and give us your best HM skills and tricks.

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Your challenge is to create a warrior prepared for battle. It can be male, female, human, alien, mech…whatever you like, but you get one entry only.

All entries must be in by 9am on Sunday, December 4th.

Each entry will be included in a week long poll posted later that day. You will be able to vote for your favourite three entries once a day. Voting will close at 9am on Sunday, December 11th. Results will be hidden until voting closes.

The winner will receive a first class ticket to the HeroMachine Hall of Fame courtesy of Jeff Hebert himself!

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: 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 warning. 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.

 All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

 

 

 

Character Design Challenge 196 – Big Time! – Results

Wow! Amazing entries this week! Honourable mentions go to bluntobject and hermansmellville.

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And the win this week goes to Legatus. Well done you!

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Tune in tomorrow for a very special CDC!

Poll Position: Greatest Magic Users In Fiction

Ok, for this weeks poll lets take a look at magic. Specifically, who is the greatest, most memorable and/ or most influential magic user in fiction. Now, we are only looking at magic users in the sense of wizards, witches, warlocks and mages, so no gods or magicians (so people who perform magic tricks but have no magical power), and fiction can cover any of the following; Books, TV, Film and Comics/ Manga, so no real life magicians (who wouldn't count anyway because they don't have any actual magical power).

As usual, I've given you 10 examples to start with, you can add your own, but please make sure you put the series the character is from in brackets next to your submission, otherwise they won't get added to the poll.

What Were They Thinking: Now that is insane

So last week on What Were They Thinking (the series were we take a look at the stupidest most ill-advised events in comic book history), we talked a lot about DC comics. And we're going to again this week, because whilst doing my research for last weeks post, I came across the utter gem that was the "Harley Quinn Art Contest". Enjoy.

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