Special Contest for JJ Baskin

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":

You've got 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!

21 Responses to Special Contest for JJ Baskin

  1. Herr D says:

    –Sounds like a good reason for a contest to me!

    Let’s kick this off with the obvious . . .


  2. JR19759 says:

    I don’t think I’ve actually entered a contest since last summer, but inspiration struck. I dunno why, but your friend struck me as the sort of man who would look good in a top hat.

    To Mr Baskin, I send my well wishes. I hope you can overcome your illness as soon as possible.

    JR out.

  3. Jeff Hebert says:

    Thanks for breaking the streak, JR! Many thanks to Herr D and Lime as well, I really appreciate this.

  4. Jeff Hebert says:

    And AMS, sorry bud, didn’t mean to skip you! I actually sent that one to JJ this morning while he’s in radiation treatments.

  5. ams says:

    No worries. Hopefully, it brought a smile to his face during this difficult time.

  6. Jeff Hebert says:

    I’m posting one of these a day to his Facebook wall so he has something fun to see while he’s sitting through radiation treatments. Thanks again, all, I hope we get more — if you know other HeroMachiners please encourage them to stop by and leave their creation.

  7. djuby says:

    Any way the deadline can be extended for this? Really want to get a pic together, but with the forums down can’t load the pic in my gallery.

  8. Jeff Hebert says:

    Good call, djuby, I’ll extend the deadline another week. I’d love to get more of them together, JJ said they’ve really been fun and he’s liked having them.

  9. Skoul says:

    Get well soon JJ! All the best!

    And here’s his picture, that I hope cheers him up.

  10. Jeff Hebert says:

    Thanks Skoul, that’s great! I just posted it to his wall.

  11. Jeff Hebert says:

    Thanks Cliff!

  12. Sean Claes says:

    I worked with JJ a handful of years ago… and if there’s one thing I know… it’s that JJ Baskin is magical.

  13. Jeff Hebert says:

    Thanks Sean and djuby! I just posted Sean’s to JJ’s Facebook page, djuby I’ll do yours tomorrow. I’m trying to post these daily so he has something fun in the mornings while he’s on his way to radiation treatments.

  14. djuby says:

    Thanks Jeff. Hope it brightens his day a little. When I was undergoing chemo and radiation two friends took turns posting the world’s most ludicrous hats and shoes to my email daily. It added a much needed chuckle.

  15. Jeff Hebert says:

    I love it, djuby!

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