Pop Quiz 18 Winner

Thanks to everyone who flew their Geek Flags proudly in yesterday's Pop Quiz! Absent the ones that gave me a "download.php" file when I right-clicked them (this means you if you don't see your entry here) and ZForce, whose web server was unfortunately down, here are all of the entries for your enjoyment:

Those are all really cool. The thing I like about the Pop Quizzes is that they let people show off their creativity in ways you wouldn't expect, and this week definitely delivered.

Among my favorites this week were Celtic Dragon, FRM, Harlequin, Jack, Johnny Gear, Kytana, whoever submitted "logo.jpg" (not eligible for a victory since there's no creator name on the file, but still a nice effort), NHA247, Thundersong, Vampyrist, and Wildcard. I thought all of those did a great job capturing a design that looked like it could be an actual flag. Many of the others were also nice designs, but I didn't think they looked "flaggy" enough, or were too plain, or were reproductions of existing flags.

Taken purely as an image of a flag, I loved Celtic Dragon's. But I can't pick it as the winner because it fits into the category of a (very awesome) reproduction of an existing design. I wish there'd been an explanation of what it represents if it's not just the USA's original, but alas, I can only judge by what I am given.

Ultimately, then, I find myself torn between Harlequin's design and Jack's. With Harlequin's, I love the color and the flow, but I sort of feel like it's almost more of a book than a flag, with the clasps and bindings and such on the top, bottom, and corners. I dig the detail of the writing, though, and I believe that this could be a real thing.

With Jack's, I find the colors a little lacking, but I can easily imagine this as a "United Federation" sort of flag representing four different nations, with each triangular piece the complete flag of that particular country. Then they're all bound together in the group flag. Or something. Again, with no real explanation it's hard to know.

This is a really tough choice. But after much thinking and wavering, I'm going to go with ... Jack. I feel like there's more of a story there waiting to be told, and overall it feels more like the sort of construction that would, practically speaking, be possible to put onto a real flag.

This was a close one, though, and could really have gone either way.

Congratulations to Jack and all of the other folks who took the time out on a busy weekend to play along. Thank you all!

21 Responses to Pop Quiz 18 Winner

  1. FRM says:

    congrats! my favorites were Harlequin’s, Vampyrist’s, and Kaylin’s.

  2. Jack says:

    I won! This is awesome! Although it was quite close. Congrats to all the finalists! πŸ™‚

  3. Congrats, Jack. I like the design and history of the flag. Though it says to me “revolution” rather than “united world government.”

    A lot of quickies and some very intricate works for this one.

    My personal picks are:

    * BenK22’s Grameray – simple example of heraldry
    * Harlequin’s Flag of the Red Overlords – very elaborate
    * Keric’s Vidia – arcade-style!
    * wildcard’s Nova Alliance – it could fit a near future or full-fledged space opera campaign
    * ZForce’s Oridiana Flag – reminds me of many former British colony flags woven with local tradition

  4. TOOL says:

    I thought Celtic Dragon’s Tattered Flag was pretty cool idea.

  5. Kaylin88100 says:

    Thanks FRM πŸ™‚ I liked yours.
    Congratulations to Jack, I thought you deserved to win.
    I agree with Jeff and FRM that Harlequin’s was very cool. πŸ™‚

  6. Viknix 29 says:

    I won.Yeah.I Tried before with my Characters but never won.I am glad you picked mine for the entries.It is not perfect but i like the others.They are great. 3 Cheers for them

  7. punkjay says:

    Wow Jack! Your flag is cool. Simple elegance.

  8. Captain Kicktar says:

    As awesome as most of these are, especially the ones you highlighted, I have trouble imagining them being real flags because of how complex they were, admittedly, it is hard to make a cool flag that is also simple. Still, cool flags non the less.

    Congrats, Jack, your flag is simple enough that you gain my oh so important seal of approval.

  9. Kalontas says:

    I, too, think a flag *should* be relatively simple. There’s a reason almost everyone in the modern world is flying a bunch of colored stripes – it’s practical.

  10. Harlequin says:

    Grat everyone and gratulate for Jack.

    What a suprise the result. For me Really. I really not inspired to make something. I think a lot what i do. I really no idea. I see my bookshelf and see the book of the RPG games M.A.G.U.S where there the War of the Flags. Red Flagwearer are the good guys (very relative thing what is the good side). And the elven runes i wrote down Mirace Adaptia Gunman Urus Sorate – M.A.G.U.S. Thanks all the positive feedback. Inside i always hope, but really hard to see to always loose only for a little. But this is the life, btw next time maybe i lucky.

  11. Herr D says:

    congrats to Jack, Harlequin, and other finalists. Mine was a parody of the Virginia flag, maybe a flag to the nation of laughter.

  12. Keric says:

    The Atomic Punk, thank you
    Congrats Jack

    I am happy that my first attempt made the finalists =0 !

  13. Kytana says:

    Gratualition the winner. First and second are the best.
    But i like the drelladeflag too.

  14. ProwlerKnight says:

    congrats to jack ^^ really awesome flag, love the design.

    and thanks to jeff for the pop quiz topic ^^, i knew i wouldnt win but it gave me the motivation needed for making my group a flag lol, so in all i feel like a winner anyways as should everyone else.

  15. Jack says:

    Alright, Jeff, could I get another SotD with these two characters fighting back-to-back against a horde of robots?



    No mask on the girl plz? :3

  16. Myro says:

    Congrats Jack. Really liked Harlequin’s and Vampyrist’s flags as well.

  17. Jeff Hebert says:

    We’ll throw it on the list, Jack, thanks!

  18. celticdragon says:

    Congrats Jack!!! Nicely done! Thanks Jeff For the nod! I was Trying to go with an appocolyptic representation/recreation of the origional rallying point for people to fight for what they believe in!

  19. Sebastian978 says:

    I think logo.jpg was from me. I put that below the one I submitted because I wanted to show what the actual Karma logo was and how I changed it up to be on the flag.

    Congrats to the winner!! I often wonder why I didn’t win but then see the winner and think “oh ok, that blew mine out of the water”. This winning flag is a prime example of that.

  20. Me, Myself & I says:

    Some pretty neet entries here.

    Hey Jeff, I don’t recall, have you done any pirate or swashbuckler competitions?

  21. Jeff Hebert says:

    Me, Myself & I:
    Some pretty neet entries here.

    Hey Jeff, I don’t recall, have you done any pirate or swashbuckler competitions?

    Welcome back, MMI!

    I think the only pirate-ish one we did was contest 88, “Space Pirate”.