] Reminder: We're going back to our normal format now that the Illustration Challenges have started...sort of. We're going to keep the A and B format, with one Challenge from us here, and the second Challenge from a list of suggestions from our loyal participants, would-be participants, and that green-haired chick on Second Avenue who drinks a lot and giggles funny...
E will become C from now on, and we'll add some weird stuff sometimes just to throw you a curve...for example--this month (and possibly a bit longer), we're asking everyone to create a new banner for P.O.W.! (...see below).
THERE HAVE BEEN MAJOR CHANGES MADE as of last Challenge, SO READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY!
All future POW! Challenges will roughly follow the format below, unless otherwise noted for a special event.
Every Month (more or less), three (3) Challenges will be posted from various sources--A, B, and C. All (except where noted) will run simultaneously. One (C), will be kind of easy and may seem a little beginner-ish to some people, but it's to introduce people who have rarely done sequential comics to some of the techniques, approaches and such they need to advance to the "Three-Quarter-Pounders-with-Cheese, please" level.
You can do any one, two, or all of them if you wanna make your mommy really proud. If you're a bit unsure of yourself yet, you can try doing the C part of each challenge. It will be a bit easier and less nerve-wracking because we're treating C as a kind of "learning the basics" kind of thing.
In all cases, you can interpret the art any way you wish, and the more creatively, the better. Any media. B&W or Color, unless we specifically point out otherwise.
Topic 54A: The Bird Races...
This is open to a number of possibilities. People who race birds, like pigeon racing type stuff, people who race ON birds as if they were horses (obviously sci-fi/fantasy), people who race on FLYING birds as if they were airplanes, etc. The birds could be any size, any type (real or imaginary), in any genre it makes sense to have them, INCLUDING sentient bipedal birds who race as humans would against each other in track and field events. What constitutes a "bird" can be as open to conjecture as you want it to be, as long as they have feathers....including people dressed up in bird costumes...
Topic 54B: A Halloween Event in Your Past...
This was inspired by a suggestion by Angel Intheuk, and has the possibility of being a lot fun if you give up trying to be honest, especially if we limit it to HALLOWEEN. The event should be real, the story should be real at its base, BUT minimal to MASSIVE exaggeration is encouraged, accepted, and shall be considered ...ahhhh...literary embellishment. Any event of any kind that occurred anywhere YOU were ON HALLOWEEN that you were involved in. I...WILL...wince and arch my eyebrows if there is mention of an anal probe, so be forewarned...
Either or Both-Deadline: Sunday, October 30, 2011, 11:59 pm anywhere in the world.
You can present your solution as a minimum of THREE to any practical maximum you wish 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--just don't get TOO extreme on page counts. REMEMBER: You don't have to have a complete comic to qualify for polling--if you realize you're running out of time, try to get at least THREE pages finished by the deadline. That's all you need to qualify for polling..
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)
P.O.W.! Challenge 54C: Birds and/or Halloween Costumes...
If you're kinda new to this stuff, here's a little thing you can work on without losing your mind...and fingers...and sleep...and this time, you can do one of two different things, or do a couple of both.
This seems simple, but the first is BIRDS. Try to capture the essence of birds in simple drawings--little bird, big birds, imaginary birds, running birds, flying birds, etc.
Have some fun with creative Halloween costumes that could be used by kids or adults that could be made with a minimum of money and a maximum of creative ingenuity. Just sketches, again.
Deadline: Characters E: Sunday, October 30, 2011, 11:59 pm anywhere in the world.
AND A SPECIAL CHALLENGE FOR ALL YOU WOULD-BE DESIGNERS/COMIC ARTISTS OUT THERE...(extended to October 30, 2011)
WE NEED A BANNER/MASTHEAD/"LOGO" (whatever you wanna call it. It's our brand.) We'll decide the winner by poll, and if we decide we need more entries before polling, we will extend the deadline for this one for as long as it takes. This piece of art is forever, after all... or till last Tuesday--whichever comes last.
• This is Top-Grade Art, so do your best. No rough sketches, WIPs, or jelly sandwiches will go to polling.
• Size should be approximately 1000 pixels WIDE by 400 to 600 pixels HIGH.
• The banner should present a clear idea of what P.O.W.! is all about--SEQUENTIAL PANEL (and other types of) COMICS-- and all that goes into producing them. Should be multi-color, and strong and clear in its message, which is "WE DO COMIX HERE!"
• Unlike the other Challenges (COW, CHOW, TEEN, etc.), we don't need an area for specs or "rules" for each individual challenge, because we're too diverse in approach to tie down to one set of specs.
• What we DO need is the wording, "P.O.W.!" and "PANELS OF THE WEEK CHALLENGE." Nothing else is necessary, unless you want to continue the tradition of the tagline, "Created & Published by the @&$#!! Members of Conceptarts.Org Forums."
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.