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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.

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Character Design Contest ♯84- Hair Raising

So, now that we’ve got the easy stuff out the way, lets move on to something a bit more challenging shall we. This week I want you guys to create the best hairstyles you can using heromachine. We’ve done poses, costumes and faces, so we might as well do hair. One stipulation I have for this weeks challenge is that your entries must be headshots. I don’t mind if you do faces and such for your entries, but I will be judging purely on the hair.

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 ♯83 (Modern Age) Poll

Character Design Contest ♯82 (Silver Age) Winner

This weeks poll was close all week, with the top four being within a few votes of each other up until last night, when the top 2 pulled ahead by a couple of votes. Still, there was only a vote between the top 2 anyway, but only one could come out on top. And that person was Vampyrist for Doc Starr. Congrats Vamp and well done to everyone else who entered.

82- Vampyrist-StarrSilver

New Guardians Of The Galaxy Cartoon

Apparently Marvel is releasing a new Animated Version of the Guardians of The Galaxy to air on Disney XD.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=54379

First Looks: Wonder Woman

So here is are first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from the uncoming Batman vs Superman Movie.

wonder woman movie

The Big Question: Comic Book Art

So, I don’t know if everyone has been reading all of the comments for this weeks CDC, but there has been some discussion (amongst the obvious definitions of when certain “ages” of comics start/ end) between myself and William Peterson about the merit of modern comic book art styles. WillyPete hates them, judging by his comments, whereas I, who has grown up with this sort of art being the norm, quite like them. So I want to get your guys opinion on it. Do you like the art style of modern comics, or do you prefer the older silver/ bronze age art styles?

For the sake of ease we’ll define Silver Age as the 1960′s, Bronze Age as 1970′s and the Modern Age as post 2000, just to clear up any confusion and to make sure we don’t go into the 90′s hate again, because we can all agree that was mostly rubbish and anyway that’s not what I’m talking about.

Also, if you guys want me to make this an on-going weekly blog post again like it was last summer, I’m open to it. I’ve got one, maybe two ideas for questions, but if you want to make suggestions, I will take those into consideration.

Anyway, JR out.

The Special Poll Position: Batgirl Redesign – Results

Batgirl Costume Tests

Ok one week has past since I put this redesign up for discussion and your vote and the results are in. I asked you if you Loved, Hated, or were just Meh to this Batgirl costume and this is what you, our fine HeroMachine community has told me based on your votes.

Love It: 188 votes

Meh to it: 89 votes

Hate it: 38 votes

So it appears that more of you guys and gals out there love this design then those that hate it and are meh to it combined! It is interesting to note that as WillyPete pointed out though the vote was so heavily slanted towards loving it yet no one from that camp came forward to tell us way. So here is one last chance for you to come forwards and let us know your reasons behind the way you voted. Don’t be shy we don’t bite around, well not much away!!

Kaldath’s Caption Contest #36

Ok boys and girls, strap on your thinking caps because it is time for another caption contest. This week I need your best dialogue for the worlds “Mightiest Mortal” Captain Marvel:

captain marvel 1

The usual rules apply, You are limited to Three (3) entries which are due by 2 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday July 29th.  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 #35 – Results

Last week I asked for your best replacement dialogue for the following image:

MoonKnight - Batman 1

And here are my top five entries:

Lionheart:

Potty emergency, I had bean-burritos for lunch!!!!!

*****

GuyGenesis: 

Stand aside Bat, a new moon shall brighten this dark knight!

*****

Frankie:

“Move aside…say, have you been working out?”

*****

gemmashine12 :

RUN AWAY! I mean…ahem…I’ll let you handle this one.

*****

Jawsabi 

That new Beach Barbie is mine. MINE I SAY!

*****

In the end there can be only one winner and that winner is ……………

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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.