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    P.O.W.! Challenge 36: Five Covers...

    P.O.W.! Challenge 36: Five Covers...


    Welcome to Hell!

    Elementary school is over, and you've all volunteered for the Marines. From now on, we're going to show those KON-sepschu-all skanks that think they rule this cesspool just how the grownups do it. I sound nice on this forum when I'm tired and trying to make things right that need lt, but once everything falls into place, I GET REALLY HAPPY...and when I get really happy, I become a homicidal prick...and you are all slow-moving targets.

    P.O.W.! is moving to the next level of bone-crunching tyranny. From this point on, you will be asked to stick to deadlines, follow the rules to the point of not being allowed to have sex for a year if you don't, and you will also be pitted up against every evil idea I can come up with to ruin your pitiful lives.

    To start this rolling, I AM going to be a bit sympathetic and allow some extra time due to the holidays, BUT...you take it as a chance to fuck off and watch reruns up to the day before the deadline, YOU WILL DIE! Publicly! I will crit you into the ground and send you crying to your mommas for every nit-picking little screw-up you try to get by me.

    YOU...WILL...DO...THE...FOLLOWING...as professionally and completely as your current level allows...and then some. Trying as hard as you can and failing will not piss me off, but slapping shit down as if you had no respect for your fellow travelers and their efforts in this hell-hole will not be forgiven.

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    P.O.W.! Challenge 36
    Deadline: Sunday, January 24, 2010, 11:59 pm anywhere in the world.

    Topic: Five Covers...


    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.

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    All due at the final deadline, and to include the following:

    • An appropriate high-impact and attractive image with an eye to attracting the primary audience I list with each cover.

    • The cover/comic title I assign below prominently displayed along with your name as artist/author as well as a small simple publisher's mark to read "CAPOW!"

    • Covers are to be 8-1/2" by 11" (22cm x 28cm) (51 picas x 66 picas) with an extra 1/8" (0.5cm) (1 pica) extension of the art in all directions, and all should be in Full Color, which does NOT mean that the cover can't be predominately white if that's appropriate to your art.

    NOTE ON COMIC SIZE...

    A number of people were confused by my jumping to another size for this challenge (the gray note above). To prevent any problems, I'm moving the sizes back to our usual Standard CB Sizes. If you've already started in the larger size, don't worry about resizing or re-proportioning your entry--I'll allow for it here. Sorry for any confusion.

    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)

    • Submissions should be 96 dpi jpegs at same size (unless the image manager disallows--just reduce slightly then), and titled in the following manner...

    Your screen name-POW36-A(or B-E as needed).jpg

    I would suggest doing your original art at 300 dpi same size minimum and making a copy for posting here, because there is a VERY strong possibility that ALL work from now on in this section may be reproduced in print...so if you fuck up, you don't get included...nyah nyahhhhhhh...

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    Cover A. Title is "FRACTURED." Theme/synopsis is Sci-Fi--A world has/is evolved/evolving with a slight post-apocalyptic feel to it that includes disparate races/species/etc. being forced to live together in as normal a situation as possible after they have all been stranded/dumped/voluntarily escaped to the world. This is NOT a "Us vs. Them" scenario. Think of it as a "We're all in the same boat so let's get along" story.

    Audience is adult/young adult/hopefully attractive to both genders.


    Cover B: Title is "BUTTON PUNCHER." Theme/synopsis is high-school coming of age/love story/drama where one of the two main characters is a 16-year-old professional assassin. Feel is romantic, humorous (ya'think?!?), and as serious or cartoonish in approach as you want.

    Audience is Teen/young adult/hopefully attractive to both genders, with slight leaning to the female reader.


    Cover C: Title is "SHADOWS." Theme/synopsis is horror/mystery, with a primary character who has a history of incredibly bad luck, but comes to realize that it is actually due to someone/somethng just out of the his/her peripheral vision that is actually manipulating his/her life for some unknown reason. Story is spooky, bloody and messy in both plot and lifestyle. The horror is more psychological than "CREEPY Magazine" blood, guts, and gore, even though it's loaded with all of the aforementioned.

    Audience is older teen/young adult/adult due to gore and such.


    Cover D: Title is "THE SEEDLING." Theme/synopsis is a young person--age 5-6--who has been raised in isolation from other children and is suddenly exposed to a new family, city life and school for the first time. The little one is extremely shy and reclusive, and story is concerned with how our little person slowly integrates into society.

    Audience is preteens to adult, and cover should be attractive to both extremes.


    Cover E: Title is "THE FIVE STARS." Theme/synopsis is stereotypical fantasy/swords and sorcery/mis-matched band of heroes on a quest kind of thing. Any approach is cool--Asian, LOTR, African, ancient, modern, whatever floats your boat. Be as creative in approach as you want--you know how this type of story works.

    Audience is Teen/young adult/adult/hopefully attractive to both genders, with very slight stress on the masculine reader.

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    This is an exercise in interpretation, originality (in approach), and marketing. You aren't doing a neato drawing/illustration. You are executing the primary first selling image of a mass market item that won't sell if no one picks it up. It's both illustration, conceptual art and graphic design. I'm the client, so if any of these don't sell and i can't afford my rent, it will be YOUR fault...and I will break every bone in your puny bodies before selling you into slavery. Enjoy.

    You are now a professional. Do the best you can based on your current level of skills--plus some--and I'll be happy. Those of you further along, this should come out at nearly the level for inclusion in the FINALLY FINISHED thread.

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

    Just a reminder--those of you who didn't get a chance to finish exactly the way you wanted to, or ran into deadline problems, remember there is a sticky section where you can post your stuff when you do get it up to speed.
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    Interesting. I'd say there are one or two would be illustrators around who could use the portfolio material. Wonder if they'll risk the bone breaking?

    Since the Title required to be on the piece and the file names, as commanded, are specific it does not appear that doing them in order is absolutely necessary.
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    So is it that, we can do either one of the five,,, Or do we have to do all five???
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    Same question as Hari Gopinathan, all five?
    Intersting topic anyway.
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    You...will...do...all...five...

    ...you clowns really think I'd give you five weeks for ONE cover? Get real...this is a test of working under deadline...and to prove it can be done, I'm doing it, too, and plan to finish early...

    ...and they don't have to be done in any specific order...the label is to make sure I get them right for the poll...

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    I would also recommend everyone flipping through this thread...

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=173315

    There's some amazing stuff posted here, and not all of it is massive heavy duty illustration that took weeks to do. Covers, by their nature, are more about IMPACT than they are about DETAIL alone. The trick is to get someone to notice first, be interested second, and to open the sucker third. Keep in mind that a cover is always immediately competing with hundreds of other covers, something the internal art of a comic doesn't have to do. Covers are conceptual design point-of-purchase tools before they're information or entertainment--pure marketing at its best.
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    Thanks Ilaekae

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    http://best.complex.com/lists/The-50...Covers-of-2009
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    It's going to be a lot, but I'll give it a try.
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    Ilaekae,
    I don't understand the 8-1/2" x 11" dimensions for a comic book cover.
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    It is very tempting. Time to start practicing some self-discipline and I may be able to get something. Will take some fiddling to figure out how to adjust to 8.5x11", but should be doable.

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    Had to knock out the horror one first. Pencils of cover C
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    I bumped the size to "letter" size only to give those of you who needed it as such a better sample printout. If you rather we stay with the standard sizes, I have no problem with going to the more normal standard size we've been using. I'll post a note at the beginning indicating this. If someone misses the note or has already started, I won't worry about it...

    Will that be okay with everyone?
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