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    P.O.W.! Challenge 28, 29, 30--The Funnies!

    Greetings, Kiddies! Welcome to Challenge 28.

    ...actually it's Challenges 28, 29, and 30. We're going to try something a bit different this time out, and it's definitely not a comic BOOK page.

    We're doin' the FUNNIES!

    Over the next six weeks, we will produce 15 newspaper comic strips, five each on a separate topic/genre, due in two week increments in order.

    The newspaper strips have been going through many changes over the last 20 years, most of them to the bad, but the dedicated idiots that produce them just keep on embarrassing themselves anyway. Now it's time for you guys to get a taste of what they have to put up with.

    There are different types of approaches in story telling, most of which you can identify from a quick scan through your local newspaper funnie pages...

    1. The long story, which runs from one strip to the next, often without an actual "punchline" at the end of each individual day's strip. "Mary Worth," "Spiderman," and "For Better or Worse" are good examples.

    2. The Continuous gag strip, which is set in one specific world but each individual day's strip is a stand-alone gag panel, like "Dilbert," Zits," "Peanuts," and "Get Fuzzy."

    3. The single gag strip, which usually has each day's strip as a self-contained gag, often with no relation in time or space with the strips before or after. Often, there are no permanent characters from strip to strip, though many have recurring characters. "Non Sequitur," "Frank & Ernst," and the box-panel-strips "Bizzaro," "Real Life Adventures," and "Pluggers."

    NOTE: You can use any of these approaches/formats above for any of the topics below.

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    Topic A: Five Strips--Humor/Bizzare (basically anything from slapstick to the sublime to totally off the wall, as long as it's funny).

    Deadline: Sunday, August 23, 2009

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    Topic B: Five Strips--Adventure/Drama (western, cop, private eye, military, medical, etc. The characters and story-line should be recognizable and "expected" from day to day, and can be humorous if desired, though the genre is the important thing).

    Deadline: Sunday, September 6, 2009

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    Topic C: Science fiction/Horror (Must be "spacey" or contain various examples of the "undead" or "unknown." These can also be humorous if you wish.

    Deadline: Sunday, September 27, 2009 (Extended one week)


    Any entry in before it's no longer 11:59 pm anywhere in the world makes it.

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    Mechanical Specifications:

    BLACK & WHITE ART ONLY! (Can include some basic gray values, but it's best to keep it simple.) Art must be horizontal and at least partially boxed (have a physical rule around it of some sort).

    Reproduction/AND POSTING SIZE: 5-1/2" x 2" (14cm x 5cm)

    If you want to WORK at 150% (half up) in size: 8-1/4" x 3" (21cm x 7.5)

    If you want to WORK at 200% (twice up) in size: 11" x 4" (28cm x 10cm)

    These last two will obviously be reduced to the first size before posting.


    Comic strips are very small, so simplicity in both art and approach are a necessary evil, as well as readable text. For this reason, it's not recommended for novices to work above 200% because art that's too fine or detailed will either disappear or turn to mud. Text must be readable, so be extra careful how blabby your characters or the narrator are.

    The topics must be done in the order I have them above, and each set of five strips turned in by THAT deadline. Otherwise, it's wide open. The strip dimensions do NOT include any title you may wish--these are usually placed at the top of the strip at the left, and your name is at the upper right a bit smaller, both OUTSIDE the limiting box.

    I'd suggest taking a look through your local funny page section of your newspaper to get a feel for how the "pros" do things. Good Luck. Any questions, post 'em here and I'll get back to you ASAP.
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    bloody brilliant, kitty!!!

    just what i needed: a new bag.
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    I'll just provide real life stories of my far-off home world.
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    Yet another CA activity I have no choice but to take part it in... This will definitely be fun! And will give me an excuse to break out the Calvin & Hobbes yet again...

    One question: How many strips for Topic C?
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    Welcome aboard. Looks like it's also five, to me.
    Over the next six weeks, we will produce 15 newspaper comic strips, five each on a separate topic/genre, due in two week increments in order.
    After I finish framing the fine art piece I have to deliver to a show this weekend, I hope actually to place some "art" in the box I made so far. I thought up my second scenario and I have high hopes it will be a little less dry than the first one.
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    Those are cool. I like the third one and the fifth one the best.
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    strip dimensions

    Some funnies, such as Dennis the Menace, Family Circus, the Far Side (which is the gospel of humor), Ziggy, and I believe even Bizarro, are more of a large square. A one panel type of thing. Your required dimensions don't take this into account.

    So, is this cool? Probably more for the first five strips than the other ones.

    See attached example:

    DOODLING is like Crack!
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    Great idea for a POW! I had no idea how hard it must be for comic strip creators to work in so small a space... no wonder Bill Watterson was fed up. But it's still fun to do!

    Anyway, I figured I'd do the comics based on my friend's adventures working in a petshop. So here's the character design and comic #1...

    Kev - I like your concept - it reminds me a bit of this website: http://penultimate-panel.blogspot.com/
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    I'm talkin' road rage in little bitty clown cars. Look both ways when you cross the street.
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    Comic #2 - final size and large version - plus a large version of comic #1. And by "large," I mean a size where you can actually see something.
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    Damn! Arish gonna whoop some ass!
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    hey all ,

    i ve been alurker here for a long time but i thought i d give this one a try

    since these are my first comics, please crit the hell out of them.
    hope that after resize someone can still read the text :p

    EDIT: i just came home from vacation and i m posting these now. i know i ve passed the deadline, so they won t matter for the polls.
    anyway, i m mostly posting them for crits

    @arish: thank you very much the critique. I ve tried to improve my lines in the last 3 but i m not sure it s any much better
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