Character Contest 48: The Circus is in Town!

I have a cool idea for a character team contest, but I'll have to keep it in my back pocket (currently kept on Facebook) for a few weeks as I have a different idea for this week, then we'll probably do Halloween. So be warned!

In the meantime, I have a new challenge for you all -- design the coolest character illustration or other scene somehow depicting the concept of a carnival or circus! Bearded ladies, strong men, lion tamers, killer clowns, ringleaders, trick horse riders, general carnies, Captain Cotton and Candy, if it's associated with circuses or carnivals, it's fair game.

The person with the winning entry as selected by our expert panel (i.e. me) will win their choice of either a portrait or item to go in HeroMachine 3, or a custom black and white "Sketch of the Day" style drawing (also by me). The rules otherwise are the same as always:

  • All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like ImageShack, PhotoBucket, the UGO Forums, 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 cannot have been used in any previous HeroMachine character design contest;
  • Please name your files as [your name]-[character name].[file extension]. 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). If you see "preview" or "rotate" somewhere in the link you're probably doing it wrong.
  • All entries must be in by next Monday, when I'll choose a winner, who will receive his or her choice of any item or a portrait to be included in the final HeroMachine 3 program, or a "Sketch of the Week" style black and white illustration.

Good luck everyone!

184 Responses to Character Contest 48: The Circus is in Town!

  1. Dammit, Jeff! I was seriously thinking about taking a week off from character design, and concentrate on catching up on my sleep. Especially with the crunch at work this week. But now you’ve done this, and I already have an idea I want to use. Sigh This is going to be a long one.

  2. Here’s another….though this one if retarded…..
    http://i552.photobucket.com/albums/jj348/gtamythmaster43/tedtakesflight.png
    It’s called “Ted takes flight”!!!
    😀

  3. Killer Clowns, Carnal Carnies, Fiendish Freaks. . . SWEET!

  4. entry #1

    your not so typical, typical twisted circus clown. be amazed and horrified when you see: Freik!

    http://i948.photobucket.com/albums/ad330/onikagenoken/heromachine/joel-Freik.png?t=1287444231

  5. I’m Baaaaack 😀
    And this is JUST the challenge for me!
    Be prepared 😛

  6. @Jeff: Can I use a character that I’ve posted on open critique day?

  7. I think I’m going to revisit an old creation of mine and give him a makeover utilizing the newer items and the methods I’ve learned since I made him. Very interesting contest…

  8. entry #2

    “Come one come all to Demetre’s Russian Circus! Be astounded and amazed at such acts as: Freik, Mark the Mad Midget, Tanya the tiger and many more!” That is the sign outside Demetre’s Russian Circus. however, what they don’t tell you, is that the majority of people who go to the circus leave it alive. all the acts are wondrous, and all equally deadly. many go to see Demetre’s Russian Circus, and most disappear mysteriously. those who don’t become part of the show, either as new acts, or as Freik’s new juggling tools.

    http://i948.photobucket.com/albums/ad330/onikagenoken/heromachine/DametresRussianCircus.png?t=1287446484

  9. Alex (10): There’s no formal rule against it, I don’t think, but somehow it seems unfair … But like I said, there’s no rule or anything, so I reckon you can go ahead.

  10. http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/1170/theflamemaster.jpg

    the flame master, that one took me a long time, hope you like it.

  11. I don’t know why no one ever mentions the others creations….Asder’s “Flame Master” is probably going on Jeff’s list. It looks pretty cool, like the arm pose and the fire ACTUALLY looks like it’s coming from his mouth.
    Nice job Asder! Also why don’t you guys tell me what you think of mine? Also Alan Bates “Dr Trapeze” is pretty funny and the only thing that doesn’t “work” for me is the background otherwise it is pretty good. 🙂

  12. samurai pineapple

    when i first saw this fella he was down in florida at pizza hut ordering 250 pizza’s, he could crush your head inbetween his toes, he can eat over 400 chicken wings in 10 minutes, he holds to this day the world’s most fattest man medal, ladies and gentlemen i give you……

    Fatty Fatty 2 by 4
    http://i1035.photobucket.com/albums/a433/samuraipineapple/hm3-beta1-5.png

  13. @Myro (#3): I hear ya! As much as I love the Character Contests, I have to work some time. I’m no good at “Caption This”, that’s when I catch up on sleep. 🙂

    @Jeff: Just curious. I’m using my personal website with the images posted as “AtomicPunk-Character.png”. Just right click and “Save As”. That work?

    Here’s an entry for CC 48 from “the portfolio.” I upgraded this character from 2.5 to 3.0 Alpha:

    http://members.cox.net/freethespam/circusperformer.html

  14. ladies but more so gentalmen…step right up and gaze at the one and only living breathing myth of a WOOBACHUCKIE!!

    http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o229/jimmyhulk/thelivingwoobachaki.jpg

  15. Jason Ransom….I think that counts as a Rule34…..xD

  16. hey to be honest if idont win then i just hope ppl will laugh

  17. idk i just itd be funny

  18. I loves me some evil clowns… should be a lot of entries from me this week. 😀

  19. http://i624.photobucket.com/albums/tt323/Brambles_2009/TheRingmaster.png

    The Ringmaster is an evil villain who uses his magic pendant’s power to hypnotize and enslave helpless victims to perform in his circus for eternity.

  20. The Ringmaster can also use his powers to cast spells, conjure demons, and travel through the planes of existence.

  21. Dudes come on! Stop posting on the Ugo forums! I want to SEE your stuff not log in every time!!!

  22. “I now present to you my amazing assistant, the lovely… the spectacular… Lady Vilya!”
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49575899@N06/5095604997/
    (Sorry for the background- it was too late to change it)

  23. Watson Bradshaw

    Entry 1

    Pandora the Ring-Mistress.

    It is spoken of in the shadows, the Circe De Femme fatale. A all female travailing show with some of the most desirable and dangerous women you would ever lay eye on. They are lead by Pandora, the madame of these seductive oddities who seems to be the only one with the will to control them all.

    body: http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/hm3contest48pandora.png

    face: http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/ringmistressface.png

  24. spidercow2010

    “There’s nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight.” — Lon Chaney Sr.
    http://www.deviantart.com/download/183185610/2010spidercow_psychozo_by_spidercow2010-d312ax6.png

  25. This is Clowny!And if you think that he’s not funny….he will come and get you!!! PS:THE DETAILS ON HIS FACE WERE TOTALLY MADE BY ME(SOME OF THEM):

    http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=72293&d=1283513041

  26. Nicholas (27): What’s your problem getting to the UGO forums? Are you blocked by your service provider, or is your account on the forums not working for some reason?

  27. Me, Myself & I

    When I’m at work I can not access the UGO forums either. Our service provider blocks it out. At home I can access UGO fine.


  28. his story is

    He was created by a mad scientist and dubbed HOMO ELAPHANTIS.
    His creator could no longer care for him and sold him to a circus were he was whipped and beaten in to doing tricks.
    He escaped and now he protects his fellow elephants from circuses and zoos and he never forgets his abuse and will take his revenge

  29. RINGMASTER
    Leader of the villainous Circus Macabre
    http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=73242&d=1287507270

  30. Ladies and gentlemen…who am I kidding, there are no ladies and gentlemen in this crowd. Lunatics and she-devils, welcome to the Circus of Crime! I am the Ringmistress!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=613953&l=d6cd5e20ba&id=1815191475

  31. Our first act for your pleasure (and someone else’s pain) is the lethal laughing liquidator himself…Bango the Clown!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=613952&l=e14229c4e7&id=1815191475

  32. Enjoying the show? Good! Now, I give you Sampson, the strongest man in the world…and a great legbreaker!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=613970&l=ea35a7d4e9&id=1815191475

  33. Jeff, that clown picture is unnerving. I swear it’s staring straight into my soul. Brr!

  34. http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/2829/beasttamer.jpg

    between camera flashes and mist comes the beast tamer

  35. I’m afraid of clowns, so i won’t be making any of them for this, but I do have a few entries. First, is the amazing Fire Eater!

    http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/af278/mmasur719/August%2027/fireeater.jpg

  36. @Galahad (51) LMAO! That looks like it’s going yo need some Pepto in an hour.

  37. This is Goliath, the Strong Man, appearing with The Tumble Twins and Chim-Chim, the premiere acrobatic team!

    http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/af278/mmasur719/August%2027/GoliathandtheTumbleTwins.jpg

  38. Daniel england

    hazuse – the strong freaky animal trainer

    http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/2735/hm3beta3r.jpg

  39. CARNIVAL SIDE SHOW
    Welcome to the show!… The Ringmaster proudly brings you The World’s Tallest Man, The Strongman, The Bearded Lady, The Sword Swallower, The Fire Eater and The Lion and Tiger Tamer!

    http://i820.photobucket.com/albums/zz123/gargoyle323/CC48-The%20Circus%20Is%20In%20Town/Gargoyle323-CarnivalSideShow.jpg

  40. Watson Bradshaw

    ENTRY 2

    YASMINE THE BLADE WIELDER

    Another beauty from the Circe De Femme Fatale is Yasmine. A mute with a fascination with sharp implements. No Man is a match against her playthings and once she has you in her sights there is no escaping. Enjoy the Show!

    Body: http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/hm3contest48Yasmine.png

    Face: http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/yasminehead.png

  41. Huh, funny that this is the theme. I’ve been trying to make a ‘Dark Carnival’ themed group and I’ve had this fellow kicking around in my head for a while.

    Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Welcome! To! The! CARNIVAL! Prepare to be startled, amazed, and otherwise stupefied! Prepare to witness amazing displays of human strength, skill, and speed! Prepare yourselves for the most amazing show under the big-tent! Ladies and gentlemen, I am your Ringmaster, and this show is all. For. You…..

    http://img810.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=theringmaster.png

    (One image is with the facepaint he wears for shows, the other is just what he would look like without it.)

  42. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1193873&l=184ad05d30&id=1589732210

    Well the lion is probably a frivolous use of the necronomicon
    and that lion tamer knows it, with torn pant leg and whip in hand rushes off to the one man who can stop this blight.

  43. Killjoy –

    A sadistic former clown from a traveling circus. They say she ended that way because of a troubled childhood and certain biological tests they did on her that shattered her psyche. But either way, she’s out there with razor claws and out to get revenge on the people who wronged her.

    http://i862.photobucket.com/albums/ab183/knitesoul/killjoy.png

    Headshot:
    http://i862.photobucket.com/albums/ab183/knitesoul/killjoy_hs.png

  44. @Gargoyle323
    Your Carnival Side Show is pretty cool. I like the wide variety of characters you used. You did an amazing job with the stage, my favorite part, but the overall creation is great.

  45. @Gargoyle323 (55): That’s going to be a tough one to beat. I really like the Borat-looking ringmaster, but the whole picture is top-notch.

  46. I’m glad I’ve got a week on this one. I’m having trouble getting my characters right, haha. I’ve got one about 78% finished and another somewhere in the 30% range with three more to go.

  47. Watson Bradshaw

    Entry 3

    Tallulah the Trapeze Artist

    The High Flier of the Circe De Femme Fatale. Tallulah is only happy while up in the air.

    http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/hm3contest48talulla.png

  48. @ Jeff (36) I’m not blocked it just doesn’t register after I’ve signed up it says confirm and it never goes thru. It just sits there and waits…and waits…It’s not my computer because Ugo’s sites work well on mine it also “waits” on the library connection too…So it’s kind of annoying not seeing what the others are up to. Thats why I CAN’T wait to see the winners. 🙂

  49. Copernicus the Clashing Tamer

    Copernicus the Clashing Tamer likes to clash things, fashion, emotion, heck, he’ll even make two animals get along that probably would never encounter each other…as demonstrated by the lion and the fox.

    http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=73262&d=1287563432

  50. Watson Bradshaw

    ENTRY 4

    Cecilia the Clown

    Next up from Circe De Femme Fatale comes a whirlwind of bodypaint and frantic energy, this dame of desire will entertain you with her daring stunt chimp General Lee-Roy Bananas. Her sensual and playful dancing makes your guard goes down leaving you on your feet and craving more.

    body: http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/hm3contest48cecille.png

    face: http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/cecileface.png

  51. spidercow2010

    THE THINGMASTER-
    “Welcome, ladies, gentlemen, boys & girls, children of all ages! Inhale deeply the miasma of popcorn & greasepaint & sawdust; gasp & whimper in stark terror as you witness Death-defying, well-nigh supernatural feats; thrill to the hallucinatory spectacle of the mindbending and the incomprehensible! Sit back and enjoy! Enjoy the last– er, that is, the greatest show you will ever see!”
    http://www.deviantart.com/download/183288179/2010spidercow_thingmaster_by_spidercow2010-d314i2b.png

  52. spidercow2010

    In response to Nic/Gta etc.43’s desperate plea for attention (#16), let me say that, speaking for myself, I don’t really have time to post reactions to other heromachinists’ stuff; if I comment on one, I’d have to comment on others. And even if I had the time for that, my workplace’s firewall blocks a lot of the submissions, and I’m having problems with Ugo similar to yours, so there’d be a buttload of art I can’t see to comment on.
    That said, my favorite piece of yours is Ted Takes Flight(#4), although it gets kind of muddled and indefinite in the deep background. A close second is Pork Chop (#19). Will he also wok your dog?
    And now, as an inadequate concession to fairness, I must add that I also like Mysterious Zed’s Phantom Clown (#18), esp. in his Twisted Candy Form, and hey, Watson Bradshaw, a valiant and ambitious attempt with Tallulah (#63). This is precisely why I nominated thighs with full kneecaps in the re-gifting poll! But noooo! We reeally neeeded hook swords!

  53. spidercow2010 – Wow! (#66) Don’t care what comes after this, this is the winner right here! Everything is just so well done with this image! Excellent, bravo!!

  54. Nicholas,

    What account name are you using to sign up? Email it to me if you don’t want to post it here. I’ll see if I can tell what’s wrong from the back end.

  55. spidercow2010

    @Wesley Belk: It ain’t over ’til the bearded lady sings…

  56. spidercow2010

    While I’m here, I feel honor-bound to point out that the Vermilion Vespanaut is still up at the top o the page where the most recent winner belongs.

  57. Is everyone enjoying the show? Well, too bad! Now your humble Ringmistress would like to present a most amazing act! Notice the man beside the large sphere; he is the pilot of said sphere! That amazing orb can travel as fast as a cannonball! It can go through anything, be the target a bank vault wall, the hull of a nuclear submarine, ANYTHING! Pleas give a big round of applause to…THE HUMAN CANNONBALL!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=614887&l=b228a564c5&id=1815191475

  58. http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/9301/alanbatesmervothemagnif.png

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls of all ages, step right up and see Mervo the Magnificent risk life and limb against Murdos, the lion no man can tame! Watch as death defying bravery clashing with the unrelenting savagery of Africa!”

    “Can our Famous Beast Master overcome the King of Beasts in it’s most evil form?”

    *CHOMP*

    “No! No he can’t!”

  59. Does working on HTML pages (notepad) mess with your work on other word pages? Twice now I’ve gone through 30 entries or so and written down what I liked and when I have gone back to that document a day later to continue on going through entries the stuff I had saved the previous day is lost. As a result I am getting further and further behind going through these because I keep having to retrace my steps.

    @spidercow2010: I love that Lon Chaney Sr. quote.

  60. Thanks Martian Blue and Myro! Glad you liked it.

    spidercow2010(71)- WOW! Thingmaster is very well done. I think we will be seeing him again next Monday! Great job!

  61. http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/1381/aleksa.jpg

    Aleksa is in town and she brought her freakshow

  62. Jeff (74) I use the user of course of course. :p
    I always use it… I like some of these characters….I’ll have to up the anti….damn alot of these are good, so many I can’t even tell them why I like them!

  63. http://i552.photobucket.com/albums/jj348/gtamythmaster43/GtaMythMaster43-Shrink_Woman.png
    The shrinking Woman!! Beware! Do not enter the stage with her or you will be the next poor soul to be shrunken!!!
    😀

  64. All though SpiderCow was being a jerk his ThingMaster is pretty cool…>__>

  65. Gargoyle323 that set should be a win or a close second easy!
    Lots of good ones coming out…not sure who will win! This is fun! 😀

  66. Opps…typo on (83) I meant I use “GtaMythMaster43” on everything…

  67. Watson Bradshaw

    Entry 5

    Lady Kitka: the savage-tamer

    Next from the Circe De Femme Fatale comes Lady Kitka a cool Russian that can control any wild beast or man. Her cold hard stare and silently powerful nature can make any man her pet.

    http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/hm3contest48LadyKitka.png

  68. samurai pineapple

    this man has been to the darkest, deepest, filthiest places on this earth to find animals and make them his own. You can give him any animal on this earth and he can tame it right away. ladied and gentle men i give you…..

    Jack Zeigler
    http://i1035.photobucket.com/albums/a433/samuraipineapple/hm3-beta1-6.png

  69. Amazing pose on the Rodeo Jester: this week’s win for sure!

  70. (90) at gargoyle…that is messed up…

  71. entry #3

    There is a new act in town. Come on down if you dare, to see wonders and see despair. If want some fun and fright, you should stop by perhaps tonight. If you would hear our morbid tones, then come to Hell’s Circus to to see Funnybones.

    http://i948.photobucket.com/albums/ad330/onikagenoken/heromachine/joel-Funnybones.png?t=1287638167

  72. At the Carnal Carnival, Bobby and Jessie hid behind a tent for a private moment, but what was a moment to them was hours in reality -and when they finally crawled out of their crawlspace the Carnival had closed for the night. If they only knew what a mistake they had made by lingering after hours. . .

    The Carnal Carnival is a wondrous place to take your significant other on the weekend: just never, NEVER be caught on the grounds after the Carnival closes at Dark Light -because that’s when the Carnivore Carnies get very, VERY hungry: They give Chile Con Carnie a whole new meaning.

    http://www.deviantart.com/download/183385699/carnivore_carnie_by_vonmalcolm-d316lb7.png

  73. Carnivore Carnie Jump Page:

    http://vonmalcolm.deviantart.com/art/Carnivore-Carnie-183385699

    I could have used those crouching legs with this one!

  74. @GtaMythMaster43: Um…thanks…I think… (#85)

  75. And now folks, I give you Ling Shu the Contortionist! What’s that, you’ve seen this kin of act before? Oh no, my fiends! You see, Ling doesn’t contort herself! Using her incredible psychokenetic powers she contorts the bodies of others! Here she is, the interrogator extrordinaire…LING SHU THE CONTORTIONIST!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=615528&l=e742b949f0&id=1815191475

  76. Watson Bradshaw

    Entry 6 and final

    Liza the Tightrope Walker

    Lastly from the Circe De Femme Fatale comes Liza. This nimble lady lived a hard life on the streets of London until Pandora found her and gave her the chance to hone her craft. this little minx have all the men looking up as their jaws hit the floor.

    body: http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/hm3contest48liza.png

    face: http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/lizaface.png

  77. Ugh. This was a migraine inducing task, given the way HeroMachine fought me almost every step of the way. I can’t even count the number of times I had to restart this, because my saved information was so faulty I couldn’t even use it. I’m more relieved than satisfied that I got this entry finished.

    But, on with the show.

    Seriously, did we honestly make it all the way to Thursday, and no one booked a knife-throwing act? Well, don’t say Myro doesn’t come through.
    I give you Gian Carlo el Magnifico,the main performer of the knife-throwing act at Le Cirque de la Mort, or Circus of Death for those of you that don’t speak French. A man with ineffable accuracy, and mustache-twirling cruelty, he is available for hire for both children’s birthday parties and assassinations (no refund if el Magnifico decides to close a contract murder during your child’s party).

    http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv217/Myrowire/Hero%20Machine%20Contest%20Entries/myro-gian_carlo_el_magnifico.jpg

  78. @Myro: That setting is great!(#99) Good luck with the contest!

  79. spidercow2010

    “. . . Circus attendees agree Strangling Brothers Circus management incurs no liability and will be held blameless for any injuries or damages, foreseen or unforeseen, incurred during performance . . .”
    http://www.deviantart.com/download/183396072/2010spidercow_circus911_by_spidercow2010-d316tbc.png

  80. spidercow2010

    Does this happen to anybody else?: you’re rotating something, and you’re done rotating it but the cursor doesn’t “let go” of the rotator dial, so as you mouse off to do something else the object keeps rotating? Or is it just me?
    While I’m here, it occurs to me that it would be awesome, though probably impossible, to cobble a whole lot of these entries into one massive circus tableau. Does anybody have the wherewithal and obsessiveness to do that?

  81. spidercow2010(102): Happens to me all the time. Also, count me out on trying to patch together all the entries into one massive circus-based tableau. At least until after the weekend. Stupid el Magnifico took to much out of me.

    Danny (100) Thanks.

  82. spidercow2010 (101): Also, I don’t know if I’m just that tired (quite likely), or your picture is that funny (still very possible), but the rampaging elephant disaster had me laughing myself to tears. Yeah, I need some sleep.

  83. Spidercow: Yes, the rotation issue happens to me.

  84. @spidercow: happens to me too: How about this semi-annoyance: you put an item near an edge, right where you want it, and when you click on it to color it, pattern it, etc., it jumps towards the center and you have to re-position it.

  85. spidercow2010

    YES!

  86. @Spidercow 104: OMG! That is a winner!

  87. The Dark Carnival, a last chance haven for the truest freaks and outcasts.
    Toxie the Clown
    http://picasaweb.google.com/Phatchick96/HeroMachine#5530551086554743762
    Like the Joker, Tori Bellows was doused by toxic waste but in her case the results were more than just cosmetic. Her green glow of chlorine gas can only be kept in control by her special costume and she can’t get closer than 3 feet to anyone or they could be poisoned.
    Serpentina
    http://picasaweb.google.com/Phatchick96/HeroMachine#5530551090167702290
    Sabine was just an ordinary bayou until her mutant appearance sprouted in her mid teens. When her very religious parents thought she had become a demon they tried to kill her and to escape she fled into the swamps. For the next 5 years she lived, communicating with reptiles and avoiding people until Mr. Dark discovered her and offered he a new home and family.
    Mr. Dark
    http://picasaweb.google.com/Phatchick96/HeroMachine#5530561770529881346
    Mr. Dark, owner and ringmaster of the Dark Carnival.
    The Living Wonder
    http://picasaweb.google.com/Phatchick96/HeroMachine#5530551093927987394
    A reproduction of a freak show poster I actually saw as a kid.

  88. This mild-mannered circus concession stand employee stops selling popcorn and candy and springs into action when danger strikes. He fights with the power of carbonated soft drinks and his magical fiery cotton candy. When the lion tamer loses control of his beasts, Concession Man is ready to stop them!
    http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx88/jzelger/ConcessionMan.png

  89. VonMalcolm (109)Not only does that happen to me, but also I will drag objects around, click to set them down, and when I go to do something else, the cursor will still have a hold on them, and drag them all over the place.

  90. Regarding the rotate dial sticking and similar oddities, two things are to blame:

    1. I did a crappy job of coding it.
    2. Sometimes Flash does get stuck if for some reason the mouse moves unexpectedly quickly. The way the code works is, it is all dependent on the Flash engine detecting certain events. The relevant code for the dial depends, for example, on detecting the “onMouseOut” event. That means whenever the Flash engine detects the mouse has moved out of the area bounded by the rotate dial, it’s supposed to end the “The user is dragging this control” batch of code. But sometimes the mouse moves out of the area too fast and the engine doesn’t detect it, so you get stuck with it still in the “on” position.

    Which comes back to point 1, which is I need to do a better job of state detection to make sure it’s not stuck even if the engine fails to detect the event.

  91. @Jeff: The above are minor annoyances, and in a bizarre way add to the charm of HeroMachine: The big issue for me is when HeroMachine only saves half of your character: I (ashamedly/proudly) put crazy time into these creations: when only half of my character loads (usually forewarned by clicking on one item and getting another before my last save) or a freeze happens: that’s the hair puller.

    I have found that being proactive lessons the damage: saving constantly and also reloading your character the instant HeroMachine begins ‘acting up’: It is better to have to redo one or two items then redo half of your character.

    P.S. Saving the patterns for last is the best advice I have gotten: you can really load up your character with a lot of items and their colors, but once you add those patterns things slow to a crawl.

  92. CIRCUS IDOL
    “In the jungle, the mighty jungle
    The lion sleeps tonight
    In the jungle, the quiet jungle
    The lion sleeps tonight”
    “Wimoweh,wimoweh,wimoweh,wimoweh…”

    http://i820.photobucket.com/albums/zz123/gargoyle323/CC48-The%20Circus%20Is%20In%20Town/Gargoyle323-CircusIdol.jpg

  93. samurai pineapple

    When a rich industrial waste compay owner pours a vial of atomic waste from bombing in area 51 into a cotton candy spinnig machine he had no idea what he was getting into.

    Captain Cotton

    http://i1035.photobucket.com/albums/a433/samuraipineapple/hm3-beta1-7.png

  94. sup guyz, my first time entering a contest but not my first time on heromachine! will be posting more of my awesome creationss!

  95. hopefully the link shows if i did it right

  96. You guys are making this to hard on Jeff!!! There are so many cool entrys this week! He’ll have to pick like 30 runner ups! xD

  97. SP (118) best entry of yours! xD
    It’s so epic…..it…it braught a tear to my eye…

  98. 101 (winston bradshaw) I couldn’t help but to say…wow! Nice background, the pose is believable! Very nice!

  99. entry #4

    by now ladies and gentlemen, I’m sure you think you’ve seen it all. you’ve seen elephants and lion tamers, acrobats, and even knife throwers. however, I guarantee that you’ve never seen an act like this: Punjar the bulimic sword swallower!

    http://i948.photobucket.com/albums/ad330/onikagenoken/heromachine/joel-Punjar.png?t=1287708452

  100. Watson Bradshaw

    Joel (123):) I don’t know art, but I know what I like!

    Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 (121) thanks for the compliment, I was really trying to go for a sense of how high up she was (hope that came through).

    Myro(102) you are not the only one with a knife thrower, I did mine way back at (56)!

    I think I could do ten more characters, I loved this circus themed contest. But I don’t want to give Jeff to much work for monday!

  101. Glad you like my entry Watson, but lets not “BRING THIS UP” again. (sorry couldn’t resist)

  102. Watson.(124) I stand corrected. And I admit Yasmine looks less psychotic and more attractive than Gian Carlo. But don’t let him know I said that.

  103. @MartianBlue (#117): I think you just won the contest. “Freakshow” is really good!

  104. Oh yea also my character is actually based after Heath Ledgers “joker”!
    (THE JOKER and henchmen)

  105. @Watson Bradshaw (Liza #101): Excellent illusion of height.
    @Gargoyle323 (Circus Idol #116): Distinctive lions, with 3 different personalities. Impressive.
    @MartianBlue (#117): Freakshow is jaw-dropping.

  106. Now my partners in crime, I give you Sean the Amazing! This escape artist can phase through solid matter unharmed! Behold…THE ESCAPE ARTIST!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=616034&l=f7c7f76221&id=1815191475

  107. Watson Bradshaw

    spidercow2010 (104) Thanks for the shout out. Love the stampeding elephant pic, great use of perspective and a real feeling of danger.

    MartianBlue (117) great job on freakshow, totally want to know how you got the toes coming out of the boot?

    Myro (126) don’t worry I wont tell him, but maybe the two should meet and grab a slice…Now that’s a bad pun!

  108. Watson (130): Owww! That pun actually brought me physical pain.

  109. u guyz think u can help me find a name for this hot warrior princess!?!? created her yesterday nite…feel free to throw some ideas at me!

    spazz

    http://s102.photobucket.com/albums/m109/ALOYSIUS09/?action=view&current=mysteryg.png

  110. I think I’ll only be able to do one a week, from now on.

    This week’s offering:

    Fencer, sword swallower, knife trhower, juggler: André Justicé was an expert at them all, and used to always draw a crowd.

    But now the circus is failing, so he turns to crime… as The Blademaster

    http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy287/frevoli/Frevoli-BladeMaster.png

  111. Thanks everyone, I’m glad to hear my work is appreciated. Some really good entrants thus far, keep it up.

    @Watson(135) The boot was fairly easy actually
    Quick Recipe
    (1)Insignia Circle 95-40 / 18 / 155-568
    (2)Insignia Circle 100-50 / 18 / 154-548
    (4)Boot Full 150-125 / 0 / 193-521
    (3)Insignia Half Moon 40-80 / 90 / 157-538
    (5)Insignia Half Moon 18-36 / -120 / 172-568
    (6)Foot GiantSide 80-55 / -4 / 163-571 / mask to insignia(1)
    (7)Boot Short 150-125 / 18 / 201-521 / mask to insignia (2)
    *note* this is original size for Corn-Fed move position numbers and of course resize as needed*

  112. GalacticKetchup

    http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y375/MetaRaven/HeroMachine/Chucklenator.jpg

    The Chucklenator

    The Chucklenator is a cybernetic organism, stupid make-up over metal endoskeleton. Sent from the future to destroy Connor John and prevent him from stopping Carnival Day, the fateful day when the robotic circus Cyberdingus took over the world, killing most of the humans with corny jokes and cliched, unfunny slapstick. It brought with it only a comedy bomb, complete with fuse, that will ultimately blow it up after a game of hot potato with the straight-faced protagonist. But don’t worry, he’ll be back. In a tiny car. With 20 other clowns. And an elephant.

  113. @Jason Ransom That’s messed up! and totally hilarious and horrifing at the same time! I didn’t even know you knew my ex-wife!

  114. Introducing the amazingly, astoundingly, astonishingly sexy Queens of the Bigtop, Lila and Lisa: the conjioned twins!

    http://s1201.photobucket.com/albums/bb345/rini1031/Hero%20Machine%20Submissions/?action=view&current=hm3-beta3.png

  115. trapeeze flyer thru a ring of fire. practice of course.

    http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o125/onmission4christ/Fantasy/circus.png

  116. ((part of the bottem got cut, but it was audience))

    the circus presents: the Next Houdini

    http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o125/onmission4christ/Fantasy/houdini.png

  117. Ladies and Gentleman, Children of all Ages, may I present to you … the Circus!

    1~ Ringmaster
    FULL
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_Ringmaster01a.jpg

    FACE
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_Ringmaster01b.jpg

    2 ~ Acrobat:
    Full:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_Acrobat01a.jpg

    Face:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_Acrobat01a.jpg

    3~ Cannonball Kid- midget
    You have seen him before in Martial Arts, but this is a new manip of him as a Circus act.
    FULL
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_CannonballKid01a.jpg

    FACE
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_CannonballKid01b.jpg

    4~ Firedancer
    Full:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_Firedancer01a.jpg

    Face:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_Firedancer01b.jpg

    5~ Strong Man
    Full:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_Firedancer01b.jpg

    Face:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_StrongMan01b.jpg

    my wife was impressed by the circles made into bent bars, hope you all are.

    6~ Lion Tamer
    Very Siegfried & Roy I think.
    Full:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_LionTamer01a.jpg

    Face:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_LionTamer01a.jpg

    This is an actual person. An AWESOME Juggler par excellance!
    7- Viktor Kee – Juggler
    from Cirque du Soleil – Dralion show

    Full:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_ViktorKee01a.jpg

    Face:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_ViktorKee01c.jpg

    Here is a link to him on YouTube. You should check it out.

    There is another I want to do a midget acrobat named Alan J. SIlva. I saw him in Zoomanity in Las Vegas. He’s GORGEOUS.
    but don’t know if I will have time before Sunday night.

  118. Corrected links
    sorry it was early morning
    and when I THINK I’ve copied the link, it still has the previous link and doesn’t copy the new one. I know the problem, just don’t always notice when it happens.

    Acobat
    Face:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_Acrobat01b.jpg

    Strong Man
    Full:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_StrongMan01a.jpg

    Lion Tamer
    and actually he is a BIG CAT tamer, not just lions.
    Face:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_LionTamer01b.jpg

  119. From Ray Bradbury’s
    “Something Wicked This Way Comes”
    If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, these two might be lost on you.
    If you haven’t … I suggest you do read or watch it!
    11~ Mr. Dark
    Full:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_MrDark01a.jpg

    Face:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_MrDark01b.jpg

    12 ~Dust Witch – Gypsy
    In Nature I mentioned my love/hate relationship with spiders … this character left more of an impression on my than the rest of the movie!
    Full:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_DustWitch02a.jpg

    Face:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_DustWitch02a.jpg

  120. And from my own

    personal Circus

    Macabre ….
    13! A killer of a Clown!
    (What an appropriate number LOL)
    Heads:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_JugglingClown01a.jpg

    Head:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_JugglingClown01b.jpg

    our AD&D troop meat some Circus Fiends, while the party was fighting the front gaurds, Philander my Satyr Bard went around outside the tent Piping any and all to sleep inside the tent. Thanks to him the 4 town chidren were not sacrified to the Soul Gem and were returned to their parents once the party killed the front gaurds and we went inside to see everyone else including the children were sleeping.

  121. I really have to go to bed, wish we could delat4e our own posts

    THIS is the right link to Dust Witch face
    sorta anti-climatic now.. who cares what she looks like at this point.
    still … here it is … I hope:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_DustWitch01b.jpg

  122. Lots of good stuff! I better get whip cracking.

    And for Cliff, here’s the correct link to Dust Witch.

    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_DustWitch02a.jpg

  123. Presenting “The Carousel Demon” straight from the “Carnival of Horrors” Project (2010):
    http://s861.photobucket.com/albums/ab175/KingSlaughter/Kingslaughter-CarouselDemon.png

    Some basic information: The Carnival of Horrors is an imaginatory nightmarish sighting, built within nightmares by children that have had traumatic experiences (e.g. fear of clowns) from circuses, carnivals, and other visits in similar themed fun parks… It is basically a fiendish carnival town, with grotesque circus freaks and monstrous creatures as its only inhabitants. Those vile monstrosities share one goal in common: To steal people’s FUN and replace it with complete terror…

    The Carousel Demon: An amalgam of a fiendish clown and a terrifying demon-beast, The Carousel Demon loves to steal and devour children’s cotton candy …and afterwards their souls…
    An excellent aerial rope acrobat, manages to maintain perfect balance on a tiny two-pedal wheel, despite wearing a pair of huge clownish shoes, while he gets rid of all aerial nuisances (like birds and bugs) with his plastic toy hammer.
    But besides his “colorful clowny” looks and his undoubted acrobatic skills, he is also an animal summoner and a soul entrapment freak; He can summon a variety of rabid circus animals that spin around his demonic throat-carousel, and he just loves to entrap souls within his pink cotton candy, just before he gobbles it, cause according to him, the souls make the candy sweeter…
    Just stay away from a nightmare like this… Keep your children safe from carnivals… if you can…

  124. http://img440.imageshack.us/f/hm3beta3.jpg/

    Sorry, forgot the back story hehe. Here goes.

    You run across the forest ringing the carnival grounds in delight, shouting to the trailing Derek, “You’ll never catch me!” A slight drizzle pours down over your sweat covered features, yet the astounding carnival still goes on, bringing a small flicker of light every now and then to accompany the moon’s dull shine. Your breath is heavy, and your legs weary, but you continue on with your game. When you spot a suitable section of brush, you slide into it and attempt to hold your breath still as Derek runs past. When his the sound of his footsteps are out of your range, you chase after him, hoping to give him a spook. When you round the corner of a large oak, you face an unbelievable horror. Derek is off in a bush, laying dead, while facing you is the Ringmaster, splattered with blood. “I’m sorry you had to see this,” he says. His eyes stare out of the darkness, piercing your very soul, sending shudders down your spine. The eyes aren’t even human, nor is his unbelievably pale skin. “Well, I can’t let you go of course,” he says, his voice shuddering with remorse. You are terrified, you have to escape, but you can’t find the will to move. He closes in, and soon you find his teeth sinking into you, your life slowly slipping away. -The Ringmaster’s Confession

  125. Here’s my circus 🙂

    1) Ringmistress

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/DSauce/DiCicatriz-Ringmistress.png

    She greets you at the entrance, the master of events at her mysterious little carnival. Don’t stare too long into her eyes, she’s been known to talk patrons into ‘volunteering’ for some of the more death-defying attractions…

    2) Ajak the Lion Tamer

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/DSauce/DiCicatriz-AjakTheLionTamer.png

    Inherited the position from his late father, Ajak was raised alongside the very lions who act in his show. Eventually the little cub who he thought of as a brother grew to be a proud and ferocious alpha male. During a particularly trying rehearsal, the alpha turned on his trainer. He dismembered Ajak’s father and turned on Ajak himself. Ajak managed to kill his ‘brother’ and now wears him in his act to honor his father’s sarifice.

    3) Helen the Strongwoman

    The strongest woman in the world, Helen will powerlift her way into your heart. Though her muscles are as solid as steel, a kinder soul you’ll never find. Beware her temper though, Helen’s been known to overreact to remarks concerning her appearance… with mortal consequences.

    4) Alyosha and Katerina Karamazov

    Gymnasts and acrobats of the highest caliber. Alyosha and Katerina were raised under the watchful eye of a clandestine Soviet super soldier program. The program sought to test the limits of the human body, the head scientist having a particular fondness for twins. Although they hardly speak a word, their lack of communication doesn’t seem to affect their act. The way they move together it’s as if they can tell what the other’s thinking…

    5) Sister Foresight

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/DSauce/DiCicatriz-SisterForesight.png

    A mysterious woman with the gift of future sight. Come to her tent and she’ll read your fortune, but be forewarned… you may not like what you hear…

    6) Festivus

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/DSauce/DiCicatriz-Festivus.png

    The centerpiece of Ringmistress’s entertainment spectacle. Festivus is a real crowdpleaser. If he likes you he’ll invite you to his trailer for some behind the scenes fun. Be sure to sign those legal release forms before you go!

  126. Links for 3 (Helen the Strongwoman) and 4 (Alyosha and Katerina Karamazov)

    3) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/DSauce/DiCicatriz-Strongwoman.png

    4) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/DSauce/DiCicatriz-AlyoshaKaterinaKaramazov.png

    Pardon my absent-mindedness 🙁

  127. hmmm, i posted, but i dont see it. did it lose it? cant remember which name used either. so if they happen to show up, ignore this.

    so incase it didnt go thru:
    http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o125/onmission4christ/Fantasy/houdini.png

    http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o125/onmission4christ/Fantasy/circus.png

  128. Ladies and gentlemen, marvel at the skill and bravery of the People Tamer – Master of Wild Beasts.

    http://members.cox.net/freethespam/peopletamer.html

  129. NOOOOO 154 beat me to it…nuts oh well…lol

    http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o125/onmission4christ/Fantasy/typerope.png

    type rope walker

  130. Atomic Punk thanks for watching my back, but I have posted the full shot link of Dust Witch … but those posts haven’t been accepted yet. I can see them waiting to be, but ya’ll can’t.
    Thanks again though.
    JEEZ I looked at entries tonight … I swear I didn’t steal anyone’s ideas, I had been busy all week and been busy with Halloween costumes and decorations. I still have several entries on my to do list, but some are the same ideas … although done differently … so it will depend on how I feel tomorrow wether I do them or not. This is why I like to post first then browse later LOL.

  131. Madame Macabre: Your future is here.

    http://members.cox.net/freethespam/madamemacabre.html

    @Cliff: No problem.

    @Jeff: Almost forgot. Thanks for opening up the UGO forums. I can see entries now!

  132. Necrocide – http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a199/weareborg/Necrocide.png
    This is taken place in a world like the X-men and in the style of Marvel and this character is a mutant villain and no one knows just who he really is. For awhile he’s been called many names such as Unknown, Spider, Spiderking, Triblade, Spiderblade, Spade, Stalker, King and The Boss…but so far as the story goes, no one knows that his real name is “Necrocide”…and one other thing, he’s the leader of a villain organization which they call “The Spiders”

    Powers: Enhanced Strength, Fire/Ice/Electricity Manipulation, Super Speed, Regenerative Healing Factor, Super Agility, Super Sense like Spider-sense, Able to copy anyone’s fighting techniques, Razor sharp claws and Extra 4 arms all equipped with blades instead of hands and the blades are as strong as Wolverine’s adamantium…

    Necrocide –
    1. The Death, Destruction, And Eradication Of The Undead
    2. Killing something that’s already dead

    Mystic Spiderman – http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a199/weareborg/MysticSpiderman2.png
    The story goes that Peter Parker feeling lack of his abilities he asked Dr. Strange for guidance and training, Dr. Strange excepted Peter as his student. So when Peter was done with his training, he gain new powers such as telepathy, energy blasts, teleportation, astral projection, telekinesis, the creation of materials, such as food and water, energy shields, illusions, ability to heal himself or others using energy and the ability to fly if he chooses but he still prefers webslinging and he still has his original spider-like abilities. So when he came back Peter also changed the look of his Spidey outfit. He is now, ‘Mystic Spider-man.’

    Dragonfist – http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a199/weareborg/Dragonfist.png
    He is born half dragon and half human

    Dragnet – http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a199/weareborg/Dragnet1.png
    He is an absorber, he’s able to absorb the powers of everyone around him and use it as his own whenever he please

  133. http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt216/spazticarwen/melis-affaturnip.jpg

    Affie here is a royal court jester. She was hired less for her skill than the fact that she indulges his majesty’s delusions.

  134. 14~ Twin acrobats
    inspired from Cirque du Soleil picture.
    Full:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_TwinAcrobats01a.jpg

    Face:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_TwinAcrobats01c.jpg

    15~ Waterloo Twins
    Cojoined Twins inspired by Chang and Eng Bunker, Siamese twins from P.T. Barnum’s circus, but also twins (not co-joined, but identical) I knew (bibliclly) as a teenager, Bobby and Robby. I net them at Waterloo swimming pool, hence their name.
    Full:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_WaterlooTwins01a.jpg

    Face:
    http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_WaterlooTwins01b.jpg

  135. Gargoyle323 (171) You’re a hilarious sick $^#! I hope you know that.
    xD
    Also how in the bloody hell did you make that “Newspaper”???

  136. spidercow2010

    “…There is a nurse standing by to assist the squeamish. Fair warning, ladies and gentleman, this exhibit is NOT for children, the enfeebled elderly, or the faint of heart. Few, indeed, are those who can stand by without, at the very least, being–heh heh–SHOCKED by this nigh-incredible scientific demonstration of the awe-inspiring power of impervious Nature, mastered, and then UNLEASHED through the technology of ingenious Mankind! We know not where he comes from, my friends, or how he is able, time after time, to emerge unannihilated by the lightning’s wrath– but see for yourselves! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…Galvanico, the Electrified Man!
    http://www.deviantart.com/download/183872945/2010spidercow_galvanico_by_spidercow2010-d31h19t.png

  137. i named the file demonhunter-giggles.jpg , but im not sure if it shows up when its saved. if it doesnt, can someone please tell me how to properly save/upload it in a reply?

    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs926.snc4/73921_447680407290_708352290_5493170_1615150_n.jpg

    this is giggles. he worked in the circus until a terrorist bombed it, killing most of the people, including his family. after the attack, he went psycho, giving himself a chelsea smile and using a smile-like shaped blade as his weapon of choice. his shoes, gloves, bowtie, makeup, nose, and hair, glow in the dark.

  138. The Grumpy Balloon Clown:
    http://s861.photobucket.com/albums/ab175/KingSlaughter/Kingslaughter-GrumpyBalloonClown.png

    One of the most negative and gloomy characters in the Carnival of Horrors, Grumpy the Balloon Clown is defined as the utmost spirit of negativity and pessimism… Always carried by a deformed little girl that wears a hood, since he can’t walk by himself, Grumpy wanders around the Carnival of Horrors inside people’s nightmares to give them as many negative thoughts as possible and affect their emotions…quite badly… That is the reason why most people who have dreamt of Grumpy, wake up sad and weary the next day… Yet Grumpy doesn’t like his job, being negative and stuff… He actually hates everything about himself; the fact that he is both a clown (he detests clowns) and a worthless air balloon, depended solely on the ever-silent deformed little girl’s care…
    Guest star on the left: The Presenter. A deranged psycho in a suit who just loves to make announcements for the circus…

  139. great job sandcat (178)!

  140. @spidercow, electrified man just blew me away! What did you use for the texture on the jeans? weird detail to grab, but i’ve been struggling with clothing textures.

  141. ok, got to the library and am done downloading the entries. Finalists and winners coming up in an hour or two.

  142. Thanks demonhunter yours is pretty amazing too! 🙂 (177)

  143. Miguel George

    Demon clown:He kill you but not from laughter
    http://s1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee454/rafagazul/