Character Contest 12 Winner!

I admit, the whole "Image Nineties" contest was pretty specific, and probably meant that a lot of people not as "in" on what went down during that decade were probably turned off, BUT ... the entries I did get made me laugh. Like, a lot. So it was all worth it in the end!

Having said that, I think even those who aren't as morally outraged by the artistic excesses of super-hero comics in the Nineties will get a kick out of these Honorable Mentions and, of course, the overall winner that appears at the end of the post.

Without further ado, let's jump in the Wayback Machine!

The first entry was, in fact, the first entry, and I got such a chuckle out of it I had to include it. So thanks, Berserker! Your use of pouches to cover almost every square inch of the character is truly an inspiration to us all. His super power must be the ability to instantly recall the exact location of everything in his plethora of pouches. If you could capture that and sell it to women with excessively large purses, you'd make a fortune.


Next I wanted to spotlight two attempts at doing full-on comic book covers, both of which are just great. I love the character designs and the way the covers came out as well. First is Imp's "War Wolf" number 1:


And next is MartianBlue's "Whisper", which has the best "fog" effect I've seen yet in a HeroMachine image.


Rancid also did interesting things with layout, and put together what I think is one of the best custom poses I've yet seen. Leaving out the forearms completely and putting the foot right behind the right leg worked really great. While the claws and the open mouth are definitely Nineties Image, overall I'm including this one much more for the awesome pose than how well it met the contest criteria, because it just looks so good.


Two of the entrants produced actual cool characters, who literally would have fit right in (in a serious way) with the kind of comics that were successful in the Nineties. Since they do not actively mock the Image stereotype I didn't pick them to win, but they're great designs and definitely worthy of your time to look at. First is Rancid again, with a Witchblade sort of homage that uses a black background and blue flames to nice effect:


Timespike's "Bloodblade" also fits the bill, looking kind of bad-ass with that scarring or whatnot on the right side of his face. The porcupine-like assortment of blades jutting out all over is very much within the cliche, so kudos for that, but unfortunately the guy just looks too cool to win this sort of mean-spirited mock-fest. If only Timespike had no artistic integrity!


Finally, I wanted to bring you the First Runner Up and the Winner, both of which I think captured what I was going for very nicely -- outright silliness and completely hyperbolic kitsch. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. First Runner Up Ian, for instance, hits all the high notes: the hiding of the feet, the gaping mouth, the excessive hair flying every which-way, the plethora of weapons and spikes, the nonsensical color scheme, and the obnoxious violence-related name. The real clencher, though, is the machine gun that shoots swords! Why oh why did Image not think of that twenty years ago, they might have made millions! I mean, more millions.


The overall winner, though, was pretty clear to me, as judged by the "How loud did I laugh when I first looked at it" scale, was Fishpants' "KillZone":


Not only does he hit a lot of the major cliches, he ALSO has an onomontoPOWia, which is one of the best parts of the whole decade! Plus, this pose just screams "ACTION!", practically bursting right out of the screen. I loved it the instant I saw it. Well done, sir! Fishpants wins either a caricature of his head or any one item of his choice to be included in the final HeroMachine 3 application, congratulations!

Many thanks to everyone who entered, I know this was a lot more insider-y than most of the contests, but I hope you enjoyed seeing the great illustrations that resulted and got a chuckle out of them.

I'll post the next contest later today. We're going to take a break from character designs to do another Caption Contest for a little variety, so dust off your "funny" hats and get ready to bring the hilarity.

20 Responses to Character Contest 12 Winner!

  1. Hammerknight says:

    You got this one in early Jeff. Good job everyone.

  2. Legatus says:

    Good choice Jeff.
    Congrats to the winner and all runners-up.

  3. Jeff Hebert says:

    Thanks guys! I am happy I got this out before noon, I hate doing it so late.

  4. chase says:

    All those are good congrats guys!

  5. Hammerknight says:

    So what’s next.

  6. Matt says:

    Well done guys (War Wolfs face really freaked me out, but I dont know why).

  7. RSC5 says:

    Congratulations to the winners and creators of such horrifying monstrosities! (I don’t usually get to say that in a positive way.)

    As soon as the contest was announced, I began work on a particularly inspired heroine with huge boobs, metal underwear, and all of the hyper-muscled (yet somehow anorexic), broken back proportions associated with this artstyle.

    Then I lost both my freetime and internet until today. Oh well! It gave me a headache to think in such ugly aesthetics anyway…

  8. Fishpants says:

    Wow! I was hoping for an honorable mention maybe. Had fun doing this. Congrats to everyone, so many cool and/or funny entries! Rancid’s flying/leaping pose is awesome and so is that background of creepy trees. It amazes me what you’re all able to do with this.

  9. berserker says:

    thanks for the honorable mention
    and i was trying to make people laugh with pouches so i guess i succeeded
    now time to go think of something to do
    hmm maybe go create some chars for the game i want to create

  10. Haydnc95 says:

    what do you meen by Caption Contests? oO
    but congratz every1 πŸ™‚ they were all well good :L

  11. Whit says:

    It’s a contest that’s being resurrected. Jeff posts a panel from an old comic strip, with the piece of dialogue omitted. We compete by supplying the speech balloon with a funny/appropriate/whatever line. Jeff picks the funniest/most appropriate/whatever one as the winner.

  12. Haydnc95 says:

    arrrrgh, that sounds boring ¬¬ πŸ™
    another contest im not apart of πŸ™

  13. berserker says:
    this i think might be from the ninties but im not sure it was a link in an email someone sent me

  14. J says:

    what exactly is nonsensical about red, blue and grey?

  15. Jeff Hebert says:

    The colors themselves are not nonsensical, it’s the way they’re spewed all over him like the aftermath of a greenhorn’s first barrel roll.

  16. darkvatican says:

    Congratulations to Fishpants & all the otehr entrants. I was rolling on the floor laughing at this contest’s entries.

  17. rancid says:

    oh we were SUPPOSED to mock the 90s lol. redundant dont ya think. i tried to make that pose look like a liefeld cover including the character but it ended up being better than his.
    that character does fit the 90s cliche with the mask style-flame head-mish mash of concepts and the similarity to other characters (fire storm). a part of the 90s was also blatant imitation not just pouches

  18. The Imp says:

    The best thing about Fishpants’ dude is the way the rocks cover up the feet. It’s so well done I didn’t even notice it at first. Congratulations!

  19. Timespike says:

    Congrats, Ian and Fishpants. Those entries are both utterly hysterical!

  20. violodion says:

    Ian’s _Bloodspatter_ entry deeply saddened me. Why could Ian not simply make a machine gun which shoots machine guns?? Saint Rob cannot be pleased.