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The Big Question: Comic Book Art

So, I don’t know if everyone has been reading all of the comments for this weeks CDC, but there has been some discussion (amongst the obvious definitions of when certain “ages” of comics start/ end) between myself and William Peterson about the merit of modern comic book art styles. WillyPete hates them, judging by his comments, whereas I, who has grown up with this sort of art being the norm, quite like them. So I want to get your guys opinion on it. Do you like the art style of modern comics, or do you prefer the older silver/ bronze age art styles?

For the sake of ease we’ll define Silver Age as the 1960′s, Bronze Age as 1970′s and the Modern Age as post 2000, just to clear up any confusion and to make sure we don’t go into the 90′s hate again, because we can all agree that was mostly rubbish and anyway that’s not what I’m talking about.

Also, if you guys want me to make this an on-going weekly blog post again like it was last summer, I’m open to it. I’ve got one, maybe two ideas for questions, but if you want to make suggestions, I will take those into consideration.

Anyway, JR out.

Character Design Contest ♯83- Modern Age

Ok guys, we’re going to skip over the Bronze Age this week and go straight into the Modern Age of comics. This means you’ve got a bit more leeway on your character design, as this period covers the 80′s, 90′s and the 21st century, so hopefully you’ll find something inspiring amongst those three.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). The winner gets to claim a custom made item from dblade to be put into heromachine, so long as the item conforms to his prize rules, which you can find here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/dblades-whiz-bang-item-dispenser/. Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: 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. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to 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.

Character Design Contest ♯82 (Silver Age)- Poll

Character Design Contest ♯81 (Golden Age)- Winner

This weeks poll was very close between two entries right from the start. And it was only around Thursday that our eventual winner actually took the lead. And that winner is Candruth, for The Silver Siren. Congrats Candruth, please talk to dblade about your prize, and well done to everyone else who entered.

81 Candruth- The Silver Siren

The Big Question Special: What Is Going On With Marvel?

Okay, so we all know the editorial staff at Marvel have been making some…… let’s be kind to them and say, interesting decisions over the last 7 or so years, but really I don’t know what to say about this one.

http://time.com/2987551/thor-marvel-woman/

So, there is a precedent for this, al-be-it a veeeeeeery flimsy one. After the events of the Ragnarok storyline in Thors comics, Loki possesses the body of Sif for a while. But that’s a very weak precedent for this sort of thing. I mean Thor is Thor, big bloke with a hammer. The only time in the original Viking legends he comes close to going TG (that’s transgender for those of you who don’t know) is when he cross dressed in order to sneak into the hall of some giants who had stolen his hammer from him. One has to wonder why Marvel are doing this. I’m all for having more major female heroes, but this doesn’t strike me as the way to do it. I mean Thor isn’t a title it’s a name, it’s a character. Captain America is a title, The Hulk is a title, Thor is not (not that I’m saying they need to replace Cap or Hulk with female versions, we already have one for the Hulk in She-Hulk and the last time Cap was replaced it lasted all of 5 seconds before Steve Rodgers was back in the spandex). Or we could do the smart thing and just introduce more female heroes, without screwing with established characters.

But that’s not the only thing I have for you guys today. Nope from movie land we have this piece of absurdity.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/136178-Fantastic-Four-Reboot-Movie-Wont-Be-Based-on-Any-Comics

So, let me get this straight, you’re going to be making a comic book based superhero movie, right, with characters with 50+ years worth of backstory and history, right, but you’re not going to be paying attention to any of it? Plus, to stick a dagger right into the heart of all the fans, you’re not even going to be using the team name at all outside of the title? Really?

Really?

I’m done. Bye. I have nothing more to say on this matter.

Character Design Contest ♯82- Silver Age

So, as we did that Golden Age last week, this week we’ll do the Silver Age. So design wise think of characters introduced between 1956 and 1970. If you really want to make things interesting you can redesign/ relaunch one of the characters you entered in last weeks contest (if you entered) like DC and Marvel did during this period. However this isn’t a requirement.

No prizes for guessing what next weeks contest is going to be.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). The winner gets to claim a custom made item from dblade to be put into heromachine, so long as the item conforms to his prize rules, which you can find here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/dblades-whiz-bang-item-dispenser/. Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: 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. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to 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.

Character Design Contest ♯81 (Golden Age) Poll

Character Design Contest ♯80 (Steampunk)- Winner

It’s been a while since we broke the 200 votes mark for a CDC poll. We’ve come close a few times but we haven’t done it since CDC 68 back in April. But this week we broke it, which is brilliant. But that’s enough rambling from me because we have a winner to announce. ANd that winner is Nug for his Violinist. Congrats Nug, please speak to dblade about your prize, and well done to everyone who entered, especially our finalists.

80 Nug- The Violinist

Character Design Contest ♯81- Operation: Golden Age

Ok guys, this weeks contest is going to be really simple. I want you to create a character in the style of the Golden Age of comics. If you don’t know what the Golden Age of comics is, it’s the period between 1935 and 1955, which was the birth of the superhero genre of comics. So think characters like the original incarnations of The Flash and Green Lantern.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). The winner gets to claim a custom made item from dblade to be put into heromachine, so long as the item conforms to his prize rules, which you can find here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/dblades-whiz-bang-item-dispenser/. Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: 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. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to 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.

Character Design Contest ♯80 (Steampunk)- Poll

Considering I didn’t know how well this contest was going to be received, I think it turned out alright, don’t you? Anyway, remember, Open Image In New Tab is your friend here, because y’all need to see these in full size. Good thing I’m not voting, because I think my brain would explode trying to decide.