The man who introduced my wife and I seventeen years ago, our good friend JJ Baskin, has just been diagnosed with brain cancer. He's a wonderful man, an incredible father, and a fantastic husband. He and his family are concentrating on staying positive and focusing on the fight with an eye to a long and happy future, so I want to help bring them a little lightness in this dark time.
So I've added a drawing of JJ to the "Head-Winners" set of HeroMachine 3 items (because one thing he definitely is, is a winner!):
Your challenge is to create a character featuring JJ's likeness somewhere (presumably on the end of the neck where it would normally go, but I know you all well enough to know by now that "normal" doesn't necessarily apply!). He loves to laugh, always with a joke at the ready and a kind or sarcastic word as the occasion permits, so feel free to go for humor if you like. Or sci-fi, fantasy, modern warrior, whatever you like. He's got a great group of supporters who are called "JJ's Fight Club":
one week (until Saturday, May 3) two weeks (until Saturday, May 10) to submit your entry, and normal contest rules apply.
I'll select a winner, who will receive their choice of a free custom color illustration by me; a custom item to go in any HM3 slot; or their likeness to join JJ's in the Winners set. I'll also post some or all of the entries to JJ's Facebook wall by way of encouragement, I think he'll get a kick out of them.
Thanks in advance for your positive energy, your creativity, and for the happiness seeing all of your entries will hopefully bring JJ and his family!
Mighty God King has ranked all 32 Marvel movies released since 1998 and while I haven't seen all of the entries, I think he has the others in about the right order. I just saw "Winter Soldier" a couple of nights ago and I am still pumped up about it. Usually I think of "Iron Man" as the top film, but he has a point about the closing act being fairly weak, particularly after seeing the Winter Soldier fight scenes.
How about you, where would you rank them?
When I was a kid, the only super-hero action you could get was on Saturday mornings, and then only from the classic "Super Friends" cartoon. Looking back, I realize it was a pretty bad show, but as I said it was the only game in town. So I watched the living daylights out of it.
All these years later, I only remember two things, both thanks to Aquaman:
- When crossing the street, look left, right, then left again.
- If you get something stuck in your eye, pull the upper lid out and down on top of the lower lid. You'll tear up and wash out the obstruction.
So there you have it. He might have been terrible at fighting super-villains, but he could teach the heck out of child safety. Thanks, Aquaman!
Friend of HeroMachine author Ian Thomas Healy still needs to hear from you winners so he can get your prizes to you! He says:
Related to the Jackrabbit contest from last month: Okay, the contest is closed and the trailer is finished! You can see the final product at http://youtu.be/kQ4eWr9S86o. I used pictures from Keric, Melmo44, Mr. Nobody, and RobM, but since I had so few entries, I’ll send ebooks to HerrD and Calvary_Red as well. Send me an email with your format of choice (Kindle, EPUB, or PDF) so I can send you the ebook. ian AT ianthealy DOT com.
Mr. Nobody’s picture made me laugh out loud when I saw it. Great job! You win the signed ARC. When you email me, include your mailing address. Thanks for playing, everyone!"