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    P.O.W.! Challenge 15--The Messenger

    P.O.W.! Challenge 15--The Messenger


    P.O.W.! Challenge 15
    Deadline: Sunday, October 26, 2008, 11:59 pm anywhere in the world.

    Topic: The Messenger


    We're back to comics, and this one was inspired by a post that Arttorney made in the "Words before art" section. His suggestion involved a bike messenger, but I've purposely left out the word "bike" to widen the possibilities a bit. His original post is below for your reference. You can interpret the art any way you wish, and the more creatively, the better. Any media. B&W or Color.

    You can present your solution as a minimum of TWO to a tentative maximum of SIX pages which adhere to standard comic specs as below...and, yes, you can have the first or last (or both) as a splash page if you want. You can go to additional pages without asking if you have a decent idea that requires it--just don't get too extreme on page counts

    Standard Comic Book Size:

    --Trim size: 6 5/8" x 10 1/4"
    --Live art area: 6" x 9"
    --Bleed size before trimming: 6 7/8" x 10 1/2" (1/8" in all directions)

    This thread will be the place you ask questions on this challenge, trash talk, post WIPs and post your final art. See the READ THIS FIRST thread for all specs.

    Good luck.

    P.O.W.! Challenge 16 will be posted before Sunday Midnight, October 26, 2008.


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    SPLIT

    One idea I had back when I rode a lot was future noir story that focused a little more into bike art, like in the early going of Akira before it went all hocus pocus and giant blob oriented.

    Lane splitting is allowed in California. For those not in the know, that means you can ride your bike between the rows of cars along the dotted lines. It's kind of maniac behavior but can really get the adrenaline going.

    Many attorney services exist in the large urban areas which hire bikers or bicyclists as messengers because of their increased abilities to beat traffic jams (and deal with gas prices).

    How does this all come together? Well supposing a couple of bike messengers are having lunch down town after their pickups or deliveries and they get their bags crossed. Then it turns out that one of them is working for the evil firm from Hell and gets killed when it turns out he no longer has the bag with the Maltese Falcon, or O.J.'s bloody clothes or whatever the hell was in there. Then the other guy finds out about this (and probably about what is in the bag he inadvertently got) just in time to start the great series of chase escapades and meeting all the cyberpunk weirdos who might be able to help him somehow (or might betray him, who knows). Ramble Ramble Ramble.

    What's in the bag? It's got to be something incredible to drive the story arc onward into ever more hair raising escapades. What kind of characters does our hero know that he might be able to go to (for change of identity documents, or to tell him what the hell the thing in the bag is). What are the inevitable assassins like?

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    A little note here for all of you who have supported the P.O.W.! Challenges...

    A lot of people posted "O'BOY!" comments when this idea was originally announced, but the actual involvement by the membership has been rather abysmal. We have five or six steady people who really put their hearts into doing (or trying to do) something every single Challenge (or at least as often as they can), but it's getting to the point where I'm going to start thinking about closing down this section. Making happy noises and promises is one thing--actually doing something is another. If there doesn't seem to be any interest over the next few challenges, I'm going to assume this is a waste of time, and close it down so somebody with a better idea can get a chance in here.


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    Thank you Ilaekae.

    @ other folks: It looks like you gotta use it or it falls off. Next thing you know, we'll have Furniture Assembly Instructions of the Week (FAIOW) or Can Label of the Week (CLOW). At least in here we can have fun.

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    I'd hate to see this section closed down, Ive missed 2 deadlines for this coz of silly ol work and I think it's a cool challenge area...and to be replaced by CLOW instead would be horrible, I'm in for this for this round....oh and a side note that was a cool idea for having a writer supply a script to draw to for "The Otherside"

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    K here is the begining of the story i've come up with, pardon my poo spelling.

    Opening - Inside a labratory - Present Day

    Group of scientists in discussion over a ordinary looking man they are watching in a containment room through a digital two way mirror.

    "Good Morning Sarah" the man says

    "How does he know we are here, can he here us?" One of the scientists leans over and whispers.

    "Sssh" Another replies.

    Sarah reaches over and hits the intercom button.

    "Good morning John, how did you know I was here?"she asks worridly

    A smirk cross over Johns face

    "You would be suprised of what we know." "And we have a little proposition for you"

    Sarach quickly switches of the intercom with her trembling hand

    "oh my god, he is infected."

    Thats all I got so far, the idea is john has been infected with some nifty Nano-bots and john aint john any longer and boy does he have plans for them.
    Any tips of crits would be great, especially with writing as I'm more a picture person myself, trying to keep the story basic but interesting...just wanna get onto the drawing

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    Yahaaa

    Don't close it down old cat! I have been awol for a bit but I'll throw in some garbage! It'll be just like old times. You'll never get me to shut up now!!! Bwah hah hah hah etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grief View Post
    !!! A New Challenger Approaches !!!
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    (on topic, does it have to be attorney's brief, or can any messenger running with important news/package theme be good enough?)

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    Arttorney's story line is just where the idea came from. You can use it if you want, or go in an entirely different direction, as long as it involves a messenger as the main character.

    I'm having flashbacks to one messenger I used back in the 80's that had the most incredible body and a passion for skin-tight Lycra outfits. That chick caused more wrecks while on her bike than any drunk driver that ever existed.

    I think I'll use her in my attempt if I can work it out.

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    I think my idea would be hard to do anything with in six pages so I was going to style mine as "Chapter One" anyway.

    The current title reminded me of "The Messenger" a song on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Eno/Byrne. [Edit: Actually it's "The Carrier" so once again I only think I know what I'm talking about] There are an awful lot of ways "The Messenger" can go if your imagination runs a little wild.

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    Man am I ever a pussy. Well I don't think I'm going to be finishing this since I realized that I HATE comics (reading and drawing) so... yeah .... sorry

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    Sonna bitch am in!!!

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    The Messenger

    First timer here. Thought I'd try my hand. I've always been interested, but it's hard to find the time. Anyway, here's a WiP from page 1.

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    I'm in...


    I hope this challenge continues...but the last challenge really wasn't my cuppa fun.

    I'm drawing a blankin my sketchbook, that is

    Ye-ha! I actually completed my site.Check it out
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