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Character Design Challenge #338 Results

Honourable Mentions: Zelldevine- Oakold & HerrD- Realty Pupal

Winner: Calvary Red- Congratulations, your Marcury morphed into Jupiturn

What Were They Thinking?: I Red This And It Blue

In the world of comics, change is inevitable. When you have characters that have been in publication for 80, 70, 60 or 50 years, some elements are going to become stale. Of course, changing back is also inevitable but we've covered that a lot recently and I'm kinda done moaning about Marvel for the moment (for the moment). But anyway, as I was saying, sometimes characters need a bit of a shake up to make them interesting again. For example, The Flash switched Barry Allen for Wally West. And then you had the original shake-up of The Avengers team, that swapped Ant-Man, Wasp, Iron Man and Thor for Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, with only Captain America remaining from the original line-up. But what about bad changes? Well, this is What Were They Thinking, the place where we look at all of the stupidest, most ill-advised things in comic book history. So of course we've found some pretty bad changes. Like this one:

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The Mummy Spoiler Free Review

Well, we’re back again with another movie review. Today we’re going to look at an interesting one: the first (second? third?) revival of the Universal Monsters and the beginning of their own, new cinematic universe. I’m talking of course about, The Mummy. Now there’s been a lot of really bad buzz about this one, so we decided to see what all the fuss was about. As usual, no spoilers ahead.

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Caption Contest #103

Ok guys, time for another caption contest, where you have to come with the funniest replacement dialogue for a random comic panel of my choosing. This week you have to come up with the best replacement dialogue you possibly can for this panel:

Everyone can have a maximum of 3 entries, entries must be in by next Wednesday (Sept 27th) and All Entries Must Be PG-13.

Character Design Challenge #338: Transformations

Ok guys, for this weeks challenge I want you to create a picture of a person undergoing some kind of transformation. I don't mean a normal looking person changing into a superhero outfit, I want a person changing form. So that can be changing into an animal/ monster, height/ weight/ muscle gain, changing genders etc. the change must be physical and noticable. You can do either a before and after image, a mid-transformation picture or, if you're feeling brave enough, a sequence. (EDIT: Should have made this clearer, you're submissions should just be in one picture).

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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in 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 :,ImageShackDeviantArt, or whatever - Please do not use Photobucket);

  • 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, September 24th at 9:00am Eastern.

Character Design Challenge #337 Results

Again, we didn't have many entries for this weeks contest, which isn't great. However, as with last week, the quality of all entries was very, very high.

Thing is though, as good as the other two entries were, there could only really be one winner for me. And that would be the person who, in my opinion, used the restrictions of the contest in the most inspired way. And that would be SprocketSauce for their excellent cubist piece Prism.

Well done Sprocket, that's two in a row now.

What Were They Thinking?: Nat Zee Best Idea

Sometimes there are ideas that you'd just assume no-one in their right mind would ever be stupid enough to try, even in the world of comics. But this is What Were They Thinking, where we look at all of the stupidest and most ill-advised things in all of comic book history, so we've covered most of them, from a racist vampire who spread AIDS instead of vampirism to a man who attached a cannon to his crotch to make up for certain inadequecies.  And the storyline we're going to talk about today certainly falls into that category. And I'm sure everyone knows what is coming next...

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Caption Contest #102 Results

Ok guys, last week I asked you all to come up with the best caption possible for this panel:

And here are your top 5:

Calvary Red: Behold pure chaos: The New 52

GJC6664: And in my new movie series, all of your reputations will be destroyed (except Wonder Woman’s)!

GJC6664: Witness the power of the Darkseid of the force!

Rekulhs Nathe: Bless you.

The Atomic Punk: Much to the Caped Crusader’s lament, Darkseid called forth the spirit of William Dozier!

But there can only be one winner and that winner is...

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Star Wars Episode IX Updates (and IT)

New word from Lucasfilm and Disney!

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Character Design Challenge #337: The Shape Of Things To Come

Ok guys, this week I want you to create the best character you possibly can. They must have a face, clothes and recognisable hands and feet, although hair and facial hair are optional. The catch? You must create your character using ONLY items found in Insignias- Standard, Insignias- Shapes and Background- Shapes. You cannot use items from any other item slot, no body parts, no tops, no pants, no hands, no feet and no hair, just shapes. Your characters can be anything you want; superhero, fantasy, sci-fi etc. so long as they are entirely made up of shapes.

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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in 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 :,ImageShackDeviantArt, or whatever - Please do not use Photobucket);

  • 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, September 17th at 9:00am Eastern.