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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.

The List: Characters I Want To See In The DC Expanded Universe (and those I don’t)

Ok, so, a couple of weeks ago I did a list of characters from the Marvel Universe that I most wanted to see introduced on the big screen and it was requested that I do a DC version of the list. That puts me in a bit of a bind because, whilst I do own a copy of Man of Steel, I've never bothered to watch it and I still haven't watched Batman vs. Superman (so sue me) so I'm not all that up on what they've done so far with their cinematic universe. Plus, DC's apparent aversion to movie origin stories (not necessarily a bad thing) does make it a bit harder to make a list like this. But, you asked for it, so who am I to say no. Of course, I have nothing but the finest of no faith at all in Warner Bros. being able to make a good superhero movie, but you've always got to hope right?

WARNING: Opinions after the jump. You have been warned.

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Pop Quiz Winner!

It was a hard fought battle this time around between AtomicPunk (so great you are back) and Melmo44. Frankly it was a battle between all four entries at the outset, but I eventually narrowed it down...finally.

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Please join me in congratulating Melmo44 on this week's win, and well done all!

See you Saturday.

Character Design Challenge #176- National Heroes

Ok guys, this week I want you to create a superhero based around a nationality. You can do any nationality you want, but we are only dealing with superheroes here, so no nation based supervillains. And obviously they can't turn out to be agents of Hydra all along.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). 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 Challenge #175 (TGT: Sci-Fantasy)- Winner

Honourable Mentions: Superfly30- (untitled) & Drummergirl4- Laser Dragon

Winner- headlessgeneral- Victor Zero

Pop Quiz: Totally Random

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Your Pop Quiz Challenge this week is to visit the link below and create a superhero (or villain)  using the random name and gender neutral settings on the generator.

http://superhero.namegeneratorfun.com/

When you post your entry, also post the character description created by the generator.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

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;
  • The image must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • 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). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.

This contest will close at 6pm Eastern on Sunday, June 26th

Friday Night Fights: The Final

Ok guys, it is the moment you've all been waiting for. Unless you haven't, but either way it's still happening. It is the final of this years Friday Night Fights. The semi0finals didn't disappoint, one having only 10 votes between the two entrants and the other having just 4 votes separating them. However, unfortunately we do have to say sayonara to both Vectorman316 and MLS from the competition. You guys may now post your entries if you so wish.

And with that, this is how the final lines up. Good luck to both competitors and may the best 'machiner win.

FNF Elimination Bracket

FNF: Final- Vampyrist vs. Linea24

Vampyrist- Cobalt

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Linea24- Zephyr

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Oh, and just for extra suspense, the poll result is hidden. You can thank me later. 😉

Update on Kaldath

Hey folks, Kaldath asked me to update everyone with his status. He is out of the hospital but weak as a kitten after 2 weeks in a hospital bed. He's not likely to return to HeroMachine for a few more weeks as the doctor is holding him out of work till September.

I know you all join me in wishing him a speedy recovery, and we'll try to hold things down here while he gets better.

The List: Top 10 Things Warner Brothers Would Need To Do To Make “The Sandman” Into A Movie

Ok, so some of you guys might remember last year there was a lot of talk about the DC Cinematic Universe, around the time the first details of Batman vs. Superman were starting to see the light of day. The list contained all the stuff you'd expect, Justice League, Shazam (no), Wonder Woman, Flash etc. But one thing stood out like a sore thumb. The Sandman, Neil Gaiman's seminal tour through the world of the dreaming, was among those projects slated for a movie debut. Now, apart from the fact that this film had been doing the rounds for almost 15 years by that point, it seemed like such a bad idea. How could they translate what is possibly the best work in the comic book medium onto the big screen without it ending up being a hollow facsimile of the original (hi Watchmen and V for Vendetta). Well, why don't we take a look?

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Character Design Challenge #175- TGT: Sci-Fantasy (Fantasci-fi?)

Ok guys, this week we're going to have a classic challenge category, a Two Great Tastes contest. However, rather than me give you one genre and then you pick another to fuse it with in your picture, I'm going to give you both genres. The two genres you must fuse in your entries this week are Sci-fi and Fantasy. Obviously, this means you can use any of the tropes commonly associated with either genre, so aliens, elves, orcs, robots, spaceships, dragons, sorcery and science are all there to make use of.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). 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.

Pop Quiz Winner!

Sorry for the delay...

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Please join me in congratulating HerrD as this week's winner. I always marvel at your unique approach to HM, and this piece is no exception.

Thanks to all who entered.

See you on Saturday.