Monthly Archives: October 2010

Poll Position: Vote-Whoring With Wolverine

Shamelessly, I present the following Poll Position holiday-themed Wolverine question, pushing the boundaries of how shamelessly I can exploit a popular character to further my own popularity:

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Forthwith to the rolling in the muck!

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Caption Contest 85 – Tiger Guy

Figuring you all are a) busy creating costumes for real life (Halloween in America is coming up this weekend!), b) busy creating digital ones for Friday Night Fights (deadline is NEXT Friday, so get busy!), and c) we’ve had a bajillion character design contests in a row, I thought we should return to our infamous blank captions.

In honor of Halloween, I challenge you to come up with the funniest replacement dialog for what looks like a Trick Or Treat encounter gone awry:

The rules are:

Entries must be left as a comment or comments to this post;
Keep it clean, appropriate for late-night broadcast television;
No limit on entries but be a good editor for yourself and don’t just spam every idea that pops into your head, just the funny ones.

Deadline is next Monday, when I’ll pick a winner, who will receive their choice of any HeroMachine 3 item or a portrait, or a “Sketch of the Day” style custom black and white illustration.

Good luck everyone!

RP: Bold words from Explodes Into Urine Man

(From “Heroic Comics” number 1, 1940.)

Character Contest 48 Winners

Character Contest 48 was a lot of fun, thanks to everyone for taking us on a tour of your most demented, funniest, and in some cases SUPER circuses!

I’ve picked out the entries that I thought were either just flat-out the best, or had some particular feature I enjoyed, or that were in some other way outstanding. If you don’t see yours here, it’s not that it wasn’t good, it’s just that only a few can make it in.

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META: Internet wilderness

Due to horrible Internet access all weekend and continuing today, all posting will be delayed till I can get to the library. I’m investigating alternate solutions for access so I don’t go insane, but for today this is as good as it gets.

RP: Fine then, fire up the web cam

(From “Heroic Comics” number 1, 1940.)

RP: Certainly not while wearing a matching purse!

(From “Superman” number 246, ©1971, DC Comics.)

RP: Worst. Parents. Ever.

Son of Friday Night Fights!

Like a “dead” super-hero, Friday Night Fights is back from the land of the unliving and crashing into your computer! Wait, maybe that’s zombies I’m thinking of.

Regardless, the time has come again for an all-out, knock-down, drag-out fight pitting your creativity directly against other HeroMachine faithful in a week-to-week slugfest.

Here’s how it works.

You have two weeks to come up with five HeroMachine creations. Starting on Friday, November 5, I will post all of the “Play In” entries in one big cage-match poll. On Friday, November 12, the top 16 vote getters will face off in a series of head-to-head matchups in traditional tournament bracket fashion. On Friday, November 19, the eight winners of each bracket will face off in another round of head-to-head matchups, and so on until we have one overall winner.

This is a bit different from last time, in that instead of just doing a “first come, first in” qualification process, this time everyone has a shot at getting into the tournament. Who actually does will be decided by the community at large, removing me as the gatekeeper.

Which brings us to the subject of “Theme”. Your challenge in this Friday Night Fights is simple:

Create Robin Hood in Space.

That’s right, you will come up with five Robin Hood characters, designed to work as a cohesive team in the same space-based setting. You might choose to go with a space opera look like “Star Wars”, or a gritty techno-grunge “Firefly”, or mech-dominated “Robo-Tech”, or a magic-infused “Spacejammer”, or something entirely out of your own imagination.

Will you design their look as a cohesive team, like the Fantastic Four, the original X-Men, and the Doom Patrol? Or will you go with a team of highly stylized individuals like the latter-day X-Men, the Justice League, and the Avengers?

Whichever way you go, Robin Hood and his Band of Merry Men must all come from the same shared, space-based creative universe, and they must include Robin Hood himself; Maid Marian; Friar Tuck; Little John; and their nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Here are the rules:

  • By the close of business on Thursday, November 4, you must provide to me via email (afdstudios@gmail.com) five character images created via HeroMachine 3, that meet the following criteria. Note that your entry must include all five characters; incomplete character sets will be disqualified and will not be eligible for entry later on.
    1. Characters must include Robin Hood himself; Maid Marian; Friar Tuck; Little John; and their nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham;
    2. Images must be in JPG or PNG format;
    3. No outside manipulation by any image editor other than HeroMachine 3 except for basic cropping;
    4. Each submission must also include a brief description of the space-based setting the characters appear in, and a brief bio of each character.
  • On Friday, November 5, all qualified entries of the Sheriff of Nottingham will be posted on HeroMachine.com in a single poll.
  • On Friday, November 12, the top 16 vote-getters in the Sheriff of Nottingham poll will face off in a series of head-to-head match-ups featuring the Friar Tuck entries, with the #1 vote getter being matched against the #16 vote getter, #2 going against #15, and so on.
  • On Friday, November 19, the eight winners of each Friar Tuck contest will again face off in a series of head-to-head match-ups, this time featuring their Little John entries. Brackets will be re-seeded at this time, with the #1 vote getter from the previous week matching up against the #8 vote getter, #2 vs. #7, and so on.
    The eight entrants who did not advance in the tournament will also have their Little John entries featured in an all-in cage match, with the winner receiving their choice of any HeroMachine 3 item they like.
  • On Friday, November 26, the four winners of each Little John match-up will face off again in a series of head-to-head contests, this time featuring their Maid Marian entries. Brackets will again be re-seeded according to overall vote totals from the previous week.
    The twelve entrants who did not advance in the tournament will also have their Maid Marian entries featured in an all-in cage match, with the winner receiving their choice of any HeroMachine 3 item they like.
  • Finally, on Friday, December 3, the last two contestants standing will clash with their Robin Hood characters, with the top vote getting as of Friday, December 10 being the overall victor, joining the previous FNF winner Kaldath in the Ring of Honor, and receiving a custom color character sketch of whatever they like (within reason!) by Jeff Hebert. The runner-up will receive a custom black and white character sketch.
    The fourteen entrants who did not advance in the tournament will also have their Little John entries featured in an all-in cage match, with the winner receiving their choice of any HeroMachine 3 item they like.

Hopefully that makes sense. To clarify a bit, here is the bracket, along with each week’s character (not including the “Sheriff of Nottingham” play-in round):

To ease the burden a bit, I’ll do a Caption Contest on Monday, December 1 instead of another character contest for those of you who don’t want the stress of trying to do five characters and enter the regular weekly one as well.

If you have questions, please speak up in the comments. And good luck!

Open Critique Friday #3

If you have a HeroMachine illustration or another piece of artwork you’ve done that you’d like some help with, post a link to it in comments along with your thoughts on it — what you think is working, what you’re struggling with, etc. I will post my critique of the piece, hopefully giving some tips on how to improve it.

Of course everyone is welcome to post their critiques as well, keeping in mind the following rules:

  • Make sure your criticism is constructive. Just saying “This sucks” is both rude and unhelpful without giving specific reasons why you think it sucks and, ideally, some advice on how to make it better.
  • Each person should only post one illustration for critique to make sure everyone who wants feedback has a chance.
  • I will not critique characters entered in the currently running contest, as that doesn’t seem fair to the other entrants. You can still post it if you like for the other visitors to critique, but I will not do so.

That’s it! Hopefully we can get some good interaction going here and help everyone (me included!) learn a little bit today.

(Image © Judith A. Worley.)