Pop Quiz – Spirits of Autumn – Results

First off, I have to give a shout out to this week's honourable mention Wood Nymph by Brons. The ombre effect and print in the sheer gown is really top notch work.

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And now to this week's winning entry Autumn Satyr by Cliff. More of the fine work we have come to expect. Well done you!

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Thanks to all who entered.

Demolishing A Mystery, Or: Why I Never Want To Know The Joker’s True Identity

I’ll admit, this wasn’t what I was originally going to write about this week. I’d been working on something else, but then I saw this article on a sidebar: We are Finally Going to Learn The Joker’s True Identity! The moment I saw the title I knew I’d have to save my original topic about revisiting a childhood TV show to see how it fared now, and talk about this instead. I know this article is from a few months ago now, but the idea of it still bears discussion.

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Character Design Challenge #188 – Masterworks. – Results

Well I gotta say ... I thought this topic would be much more popular than it turned out to be. Not sure if folks found it intimidating or just a bad idea. Anyway, three brave souls undertook the challenge brilliantly, but one really nailed it.

This week's winner is HerrD. Well done you!

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Pop Quiz – Spirits of Autumn

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Your Pop Quiz challenge this week is to design a mythical woodland creature – sprite, faerie, elf etc - that embodies the spirit of Autumn.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or 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 must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • 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 at 6pm Eastern on Sunday, September 25th.

Anime Talk: Live Action Ghost In The Shell clips!


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A live action version of the Anime Movie Ghost In The Shell is in fact a real thing, and in the past I have written two posts about this subject, the first one when I first found out about this project ( Read it HERE ) and the second a look into the controversy and accusation of "white washing" by Hollywood because Scarlet Johansson was cast as the Major ( Read that one HERE ). Well now I am writing to share with you all some clips I just saw on ChrunchRoll's news section from the movie which are on youtube. You can see those clips HERE. 

Now there isn't a lot we can learn from the clips as they are so short, however there is one thing we certainly can learn from them. One of the fears surrounding this film by the fans of the source material is that the setting would be changed. It was feared that the story would be removed from Japan and placed in a futuristic version of New York, or LA but from what we can see in these clips that fear can be put to rest or so I hope anyway. These clips make me more hopeful for this movie and now we just have to sit and wait too see weather Ms Johansson can do the role of Motoko Kusanagi.

Character Design Challenge #188 – Masterworks.

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Ok folks, this week your CDC Challenge is to select a portion of the painting above – The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh – and recreate it using HeroMachine.

There is no limit on the number of entries. Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck. The contest will close at 9:00am Eastern on Sunday, September 25th.

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. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. 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.

 

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • 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).

 

Pop Quiz – I Dream of Genie – Results

Well this proved to be quite a tough decision. All the entries were good, but I was torn between Cliff and Xinmodic for their very creative use of objects.

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That being said, I think I have to give the edge to Cliff this week. The colouring and detail is really exquisite.

Thanks to all who entered.

Character Design Challenge #187 – Your Choice of Sides – Results

Honourable Mentions: AMS and Xinmodic

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And this week's winner is AMS for his Shooting Star - very retro and appropriate ti the period.

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Great job everyone...thanks for entering.

 

 

Pop Quiz – I Dream of Genie

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Your Pop Quiz challenge this week is to design a Genie’s bottle. Do not…and I cannot stress this strongly enough…do not include the genie. The bottle and only the bottle

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or 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 must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • 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 at 6pm Eastern on Sunday, September 18th.

The Dark Side of the Fandom

(Apologies for not having this up sooner, my computer decided to be uncooperative)

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Hey everyone, I wanted to talk to you today about something a bit more serious. In terms of mainstream acceptance and sheer scale of dissemination through popular culture, it has never been a better time to carry the title of ‘nerd’ or ‘geek’. If you look at the films with the highest grossing openings, not only are the top three spots held by geek culture movies (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and The Avengers) but in fact the top thirteen places are held by films within the genre, only interrupted by Furious 7. You can walk into any Target, Spencer’s even Wal-Mart and easily find a plethora of clothing, accessories, and collectibles to proudly proclaim your love of all things geeky. Conventions are huge and plentiful, with cons like E3, the New York Toy Fair, and San Diego Comic Con becoming entities unto themselves as places of premiere news, trailers, and announcements to both geek and mainstream media. We made it guys, widespread acceptance!

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