P.O.W.! Challenge 53 (A-B-C)
] 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 (AGAIN), 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 53A: Kids in Space...
Sorry--best name I could come up with... We're looking for "kids" (meaning age 12 and under) who are either in space, on an alien planet, or in some sort of weird space/time thing, basically alone or with maybe one or two HELPFUL adult types who could be human OR alien. The kids should be mostly human, though they may have weird pets or friends. I'm looking for a "if we stick together, we'll be cool" kind of thing. It can be as exciting or as mundane a life as you want for these kids--it's all up to you....
Topic 53B: Post-Apocalyptic Art Teacher...
This was suggested by Droid, and has the possibility of being rather interesting if you really think about the problems that both students and teacher would face in such a situation, especially when considering supplies and such. One of the things you definitely have to contend with is "Why is there an art teacher?" Just why would that be useful in such a dog-eat-dog world? I can think of a couple of important reasons, but I'm not gonna tell...nyaaaaah. Keep in mind that this Challenge is Earth-based, and Challenge A must be off-Earth.
Either or Both-Deadline: Sunday, October 2, 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 52C: Kids...
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...
We're back to character-types again, and these particular characters are both a pain in the ass to draw, yet extremely important as parts of many comic stories. We're drawing (loose sketches, with more finished items if you really get into it...) KIDS (age 12 and under), in various postures, and in various kid situations (running/talking/playing/etc.). These can range from "cartoony" to as almost-realistic ideas suitable for a comic. Posture, facial expressions, height and head-to-body proportions are important in making us think "kid" rather than "adult." You can be as weird as you wish in approach here, as long as it says "KIDS."
Deadline: Characters E: Sunday, October 2, 2011, 11:59 pm anywhere in the world.
AND A SPECIAL CHALLENGE FOR ALL YOU WOULD-BE DESIGNERS/COMIC ARTISTS OUT THERE...
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.
the wires around my wrist are for show!