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    P.O.W.! Challenge 56 (A-B) Steampunk and Vision Quests

    P.O.W.! Challenge 56 (A-B) Steampunk and Vision Quests


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    All future POW! Challenges will roughly follow the format below, unless otherwise noted for a special event.

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    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 56A: A Steampunk Love Story

    Bring the Victoriana! Give us pages of Steampunk, gadgetry and monocles. Extra points for those who give that authentic woodcut look. The general theme is up to you, but make sure to get the love in. Whether it's man-woman, man-man, man or woman-steam gadgetry, whatever. It's a love story, give me the love.

    Topic 56B: The Vision Quest

    This isn't a World Mythology quest, but it's close. Make it psychedelic, make it metaphorical, make it meaningful. Lean into African and/or Australian themes. The nice one here is that it doesn't need to be linear or have a strict narrative, or even make strict sense, but bonus points come from putting in lots and lots and lots of colour.

    Either or Both-Deadline: Sunday, January 15th, 2012, 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)


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    So, anyway, are Australia and Africa mandatory or merely suggestions?
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    Oo! I'm in for Steampunk Romance.

    I'll try starting off with a script this time. My comic is based on the ballet called Capellia, though I've changed the ending for a darker conclusion. I'm setting it in a steampunk Bangkok. I have 48 hours worth of airplane rides between now and the due date, so this will give me something to do. The dialog is crap...I know.

    Page 1 - Doctor Coppelius creates the windup girl
    - 3 Small Panels - Doctor Coppelius puts the final touches on the windup girl - Inserting gears, sewing parts, putting in an eyeball.
    Narration spans all three panels: "Whether out of genius or vanity..."
    - We see the final product sitting up on the table (beautiful Frankenstein) with the Dr. grinning
    - She emerges into a courtyard and raises her face to the sun (the Dr stands in the doorway).
    - Franz sees her from his balcony and wonders who she is. "Who is this beauty...this vision of perfection?"

    Page 2 - Franz falls in love
    - Close up of the Windup girl looking intently at a butterfly on her mechanical finger. Off stage: "Hello?"
    - Franz running into the courtyard huffing... "Hello!"
    - The windup girl regards him without emotion.
    - Franz takes her hand and we have 3 panels of him dancing with her.
    - We see Franz walking away completely smitten (comically...like hearts in the eyes or something silly).
    - Swanhilde (his betrothed...which has forgotten about), sees him with the windup girl and is angry. "Humph! I'll show that lousy sap!"

    Page 3 - Swanhilde masquerades as the Windup Girl
    - Windup girl with Swanhilde's hand over her mouth
    - Swanhilde pulling windup girl into dark..she is abducting her
    - Swanhilde tying up windup girl
    - We see windup girl in the background, bound and naked. Swanhilde is wearing her clothes and painting her face to look like her. She is considerably heavier than the windup girl.
    - She is outside in the same courtyard, comically echoing the scene from page 1.

    Page 4 - Franz finds out he is in love with a windup girl
    - Calls on the doctor in his lab.
    - Asks for the doctor's permission to wed the girl
    - The doctor laughs and tells him she is just a doll, a plaything.
    - Franz storms away embarrassed and vengeful

    Page 5 - Franz breaks the windup girl
    - Franz confronts the windup girl (which is really Swanhilde). "You...you...played me like a fool. We'll see who the plaything is now!"
    - Silouette of violent scene
    - Franz hits her in the back of the head with a large wrench.
    - Franz is suprised to see blood and realizes what he's done.
    - "I just wanted you to notice the fool you were being."
    - Last panel - we see wrench in hand, gripped tight and the windup girl looking up at him expectantly.
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    arttourney - only suggestions. I'm a laissez-faire topic setter.

    Codexier - exciting! Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh, so to speak.
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    Totally want to do the steampunk one. I love the Victorian era, and steampunk's pretty damn cool. Looking forward to it and what everyone comes up with. Now I just need to get something going...
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    Ah, this sounds great! i'm a fan of victorian era finery from mouldering lacquered stripe hatboxes to outsized queen victoria's bloomers on auction. And special bonus happy treat for me - i fell in love earlier this year so i have lots of great fresh source material and a need to record. prolly i'ma push my piece a little more toward turn of the century edwardian / just before wwI / dieselpunk kind of aesthetic if that's okay.

    gotta write write write for now! brainstorming > beats development > add to slag heap > outline > roughs

    wasn't there talk of a collaborative project?

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    GRLILLO-GROD! yup, but Ilaekae was out of town and hasn't all the balls lined up right this second. The team-up throwdown is coming soon!
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    okay i have been struggling with the cloud to discern something compelling, then a little while ago i remembered this little gem that i found online um... 4 years ago?

    Okay maybe not so much love but still titilating and at least lovely.

    ANON, LONDON - 11 APRIL
    We met by the river, just in front of the Eye, and it was good to see him again. We didn't have much of a plan for the day so we wandered across the river and up to Oxford Street. After that we weren't really sure what to do. We were going to have some lunch and we were just thinking about where to eat when we came across Hyde Park. I saw the park and I knew what would happen if we lay down together there, and I wanted it; somehow I knew he wanted it too. It was warm and sunny, unseasonably so, and we stretched out side by side on the dappled grass.

    We talked and talked, and I made a really long daisy chain, which he picked the daisies for. Whenever he handed me one, our fingers would sort of linger. What happened next felt like a dream, because it was so silent and serene. My hand was on his hand - we weren't holding hands then, just my fingers resting on his palm. Then, and it was completely quiet, neither of us said anything, we just stroked each others' hands and fingers; I ran my hand up and down his arm very gently; I could hardly breathe. I could feel his fingertips trace my palm, and I ran my hand up his arm and across his chest, and then back, slowly.

    My head was right next to his and I touched his hair. I giggled a little, and then I kissed his cheek. He turned his head gently over and I kissed his lips. My first kiss, and it couldn't have been more special.

    from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/6290950.stm
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    Ooooh the vision quest one sounds like fun , I love a good love story too but I dont' know if I'm up for drawing cogs and wheels on everything . Besides I have been reading about Peyote and Ayahuasca for a story cool.
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    so i guess that's it....for now... i just gave up my wacom tablet. which was my only way too post my half ass art work here
    but it was for a good cuase. my cousin seem's too think he knows about art becuase he took some graphic design classes and is still using a mouse too do his digital work most likely with vector graphics. he needs this tool.............................................. .besides i need to upgrade!!!!!!! so that will be my christmas present this year LE1600-1700's are dirt cheap finally i can afford one! yeah!
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    I'm definitely doing the Steampunk one. I'm going to base it off an interview I heard on the radio. It's a married couple were the husband got aseptic meningitis and lost his memory of everything that happened before 1995 and his wife had to teach him how to talk, walk, read, eat, etc and she never divorced him or put him in a care home because of her marriage vows and she loved him. It was very beautiful and I almost cried on the way to work. To steam punk, I think I'll make the husband mostly cybernetic instead. I'll have a script shortly.
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    i'm aiming for the vision quest....hope i don't miss the topic too much
    here's the first three panel inked, what so you think? is the (storyline-) gap between the second and the third to big? Well actually there isnt a story between, but maybe how he walks out of the door or down a stair or something like that...
    it wouldn't be a problem but i want to keep it simple, otherwise i'll never ever get it done...:-(
    Codexier: Sounds a lot like "Der Sandmann" by E.T.A. Hoffmann, a german writer, which is actually the base for the ballet (the story is a lot darker than the one of the ballet) and one of my favorite books! Looking forward to see a steamy Bangkok!
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    ex-machina I think the transition is fine, it's a couple of panels that set the scene. If you're doing the Vision Quest story you can be as disjointed as you like any way. Vision/Dream logic doesn't have to be linear. I know this is probably the mundane scene for the set-up, but it can be cool to hint before the Vision part that things are already disjointing.
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