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Character Design Contest ♯118 (Non-Standard) Poll

Character Design Contest ♯117 (Inspired By Music (Again)) Winner

Okaaaaaaay. Well then. I look away for a week and come back to find my poll has been completely flattened by some manic in a steamroller. Yeah, I know the pic is awesome, but I wasn’t expecting it to get double the votes of all the other poll entrants combined, that’s taking it a bit far don’t you think? But anyway, taking the win this week, for a truly beautiful piece of art, is Thundersong for The Moon Represents My Heart. Congratulations Thundersong and sorry to everyone else who entered that you had to get flattened like that.

117 Thundersong- The Moon Represents my Heart

First Official Look at Jared Leto as The Joker – Suicide Squad


JReviews: Avengers- Age Of Ultron

So ladies and gentlemen, the even you have all been waiting for. The second Avengers movie has hit the big screens. But is it better than the first one?

Warning, spoilers ahead.

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Open Critique Day #23

Again, I won’t be very active on this this week, but I promise next week I’ll be around! I promise!

As for how this goes, you post a work of yours, finished or WIP (aka work in process, for those who are new to abbreviations), and then others give you critiques on your work.  I do not mind if you post the occasional non-HM picture or piece of writing. Just make sure that you only post pictures that are your own design and not any that copyrighted or based off of copyrighted characters. 

Also, if you post a work, it is highly recommended that you also give someone else a critique.

Characters Of the Week: Ubiquitous Pixel- Warrior Of The Light & Skoul- Crimson Beast

You know, the other day I realised that I’ve featured the same four people on COTW for the last 5 instalments (3 of them in one go at one point) and, of course,  I’ve failed to not feature one of them again this week. But in a nice twist, I’m going to feature someone new as well, because both characters deserve a spotlight. We all already know about Ubiquitous Pixel here on COTW, he can pose in some amazing ways, his shading rocks and, in this picture particularly, he sure knows his way around a pair of wings (just look at the bit where the two wing items join). So yeah, UP have another COTW nod.

Survive _zpsyo8m2ccd


Gallery: My Collection Of Creative Imagination

Now, on to our other featuree, this time from Skoul. This one is full of attitude. The sneering face, the uber flashy mane of hair (which is shaded to perfection), the badass costume (which is both understated and flashy at the same time) and the pose. Then you have the lighting. The light source is shown perfectly just by the highlighting. You can tell that the light is coming from the top right of the character, just by where the highlights lie on the characters body. I love the way that the light is really intense on the right but then gets more faded as you cross to the left (which is very noticeable if you look at the legs). Great job.

Gallery: Skoul’s Mind

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Avengers Re-imagined. Stunning!

Copy and paste – some day I’ll figure out how to actually add a link! lol

(Edited  by Kaldath to make the link clickable )

Geek Quiz ♯21: Superman

I think we all know the deal by now. It’s a quiz. It’s about Superman. Go answer some questions.

As per usual, 10 questions/ 20 points to get. The answers will be below a jump from the post whilst on the main blog page, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, take a look at the questions on the blog first. And obviously Don’t Post Answers In The Comments.

1. In which month of 1938 was Action Comics 1 (the debut of Superman) published? (1)

Bonus: Who were the creative team behind the Superman concept? (2)

2. When was Superman first flight? [Month/ Year or Comic/ Issue No.] (1)

3. Which of these Golden Age Superman Villains debuted first? (1)

A) Lex Luthor   B) Mr. Mxyzptlk    C) The Ultra-Humanite   D) Toyman

Bonus: In his first appearance Lex Luthor was only called Luthor. When was his first name revealed? [Month/ Year or Comic/ Issue No.] (1)

4. What are the first names given to the Kents in the Golden Age version of Supermans origin? (1)

5. Which of these parts of the Superman mythos was actually first introduced in the comics and not in another medium? (1)

A) Kryptonite    B) Jimmy Olsen   C) X-Ray Vision

D) Superman/ Clark Kent marrying Lois Lane

Bonus: When do each of these debut in the comics? [Month/ Year or Comic/ Issue No.] (4 points)

6. In what year did Braniac debut? (1)

Bonus: Which other famous Superman villain also debuted the same year? (1)

7. Name General Zod’s two henchmen. (2)

8. What is the name of Superman’s Earth-3 counterpart? (1)

9. What is the name of Lois Lane’s sister? (1)

10. When did Superman die at the hands of Doomsday? (1)

Bonus: How long was Superman “dead”? (1)

Answers below the jump. X-Ray vision will not help here.

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Kaldath’s Caption Contest #63: Results

Last week I asked you all to give me your best dialogue for this image:

Superman 1

and the top five entries according to me are:


So the IRS said I owe them a few bucks so you are my first installment
Wayne M
They found me. I don’t know how, but they found me. Run for it, deer! IT’S THE LIBYANS!
What? You told me to bring a few bucks for gas.
The games up Dr Deer! You’ll be spending your next half-life in jail.
 Mad Jack 
Okay, I’ve got radioactive material and an animal, now all I need is some sucker that I can test my “marvelous” theory on.

Say, Jim-mmmmmy … ???


And The Winner is ……………………………..

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Gallery Grabs: DJuby

So, as last week we had one consummate Canadian as featuree, why not have another one this week. And as we had a theme of shading last week, lets go with costuming for this week, because, if you haven’t twigged yet, we’re talking about djuby this week, so the word costume is going to appear a lot (and I mean a lot). So buckle up, you’re in for a ride.

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