Summer Contest #5 has had a small rash of last-minute entries
. I'll detail and link to them all below as I go through the winners.
contest had eight entries from seven people. There was some mild
rule-bending, but I don't mind. The entries will be judged on
their own merits, whether or not they conform exactly to the terms of
was a really tough decision. I know
everybody says that when announcing contest winners, but it really was.
All the entries were clever and clearly took the creators quite a
lot of time. I am therefore awarding all the entrants except the
three winners one point each (regardless, by the way, of how many
entries each had; the points go to the entrants, not the entries).
The first-place winner will receive
three points, while two second-place winners will receive two points
No one, however, will go away pointless. Kudos for all your
hard work and ingenuity.
I'll explain my justification more
clearly below, but for the moment, I'll just say that all three of the
winners succeeded in making me laugh aloud.
As I am not a believer in screwing around with people by announcing the winner last, let's start with first prize:1st Prize: Errol Elumir
Errol has a bit of an advantage because he actually has a webcomic of
his own. However, his entry just sort of works...while
simultaneously cheating, naturally. Errol replicates my style
quite successfully. There may just be some copying-and-pasting
involved here, but it's still pretty impressive how he's able to turn
himself and his bandmate Debs into Casey and Marie. The little
glowing Totoro in the second panel of his strip (he has suggested that
only this panel be considered if the "one-panel" rule was meant
strictly, but I'm easy) serves as a punchline not just to this strip
but to his own comic's previous references to said little glowing
Totoro. The humour works even without the two lead-up strips
(all three strips have been posted on the Fan Stuff
page). Kudos, Errol. Errol has received his first three points of this summer's contests.2nd Prize #1: Tarina
is Tarina's second entry. I like both of them, but the idea of
Evil Marie chasing Marie past a brick wall with a deadly ukulele just
kind of makes me happy. I'm not sure what that says about me.
Both Maries are nicely rendered and even shaded (something I
don't generally do myself). Tarina has earned her first two
points of this summer's contests.2nd Prize #2: Laura
was the very first entry. Laura captures the Master's tone
perfectly, and she has drawn a very nice Barbara. She even sticks
in a sneaky reference to Debs and Errol. She also manages to
insert a Doctor Who
allusion; she has Barbara playing a piece in 7/8 time, which is, as Laura hinted in her post, the time signature of this piece
. Let's just say that if you've been watching Doctor Who
for the last three years, you will recognise the music. Laura has earned two points.
The other five entries were, again, fantastic. Here's a (relatively) brief overview in order of submission:Nobilis
submitted via e-mail; you may find the entry on the Fan Stuff page.
Despite declaring an inability to draw people, she managed to
include two characters who just happened to be behind a brick wall.
The comic incorporated the required elements elegantly, even
managing to build the bricks into the story instead of leaving them in
the background.Dances With Fish
decided that surrealism was the way to go and actually managed to
include all, not just two, of the required elements. The comic
does include more than two characters, but no worries; rules are silly.
My favourite bit is Marie's reaction to the giant doughnut, which
seems pretty typical of her.Tarina's
other entry posits that Marie is definitely WoB
's mysterious fire-starter. Poor Elvis is the subject of her wrath. Actually, Elvis would already have been shiny before
catching fire; he's gold all over. I like Casey's expresison of bewilderment here.Lumair
, who submitted via e-mail (see the Fan Stuff
for the comic), gives us a beautifully rendered Casey pulling a bit of
a Hagrid (as Lumair has said to me) or possibly Orpheus. I should
say now that the reason I didn't include tentacles in the list of
required elements was that tentacles have a...special...place in
comics: in particular, in certain types of Japanese comics.
In cowardly fashion, I did not want to run the risk of hentai.
Luckily, Lumair's tentacles are, well, not that kind of tentacles.Erwaro
the final entrant, borrowed my art to create another surreal comic that
includes all the required elements. The number of bricks in this
comic is truly epic. The top half of the comic is decidedly odder
than the bottom half, especially considering the seven winged angelic
maple doughnuts and the saintly flying Elvis.
Nobilis, Dances With Fish, Lumair, and Erwaro have earned one point each.
you all for the entries. I'm sure I caused many of you to spend
time comicking when you could have been doing something productive such
as sleeping. That was, of course, my goal.
On to the next contest:Summer Contest #6:
week, we're back to little paragraphs. In this week's comments
section, please tell me what Marie's next move would be if she
subscribed to the philosophy, "What would Batman do?" Your answer
will likely depend on when
you submit your response. For instance, a Monday responder will
be working with less information than a Sunday responder. When I
judge the entries, I'll take into account when they were submitted, so
don't worry about that. Points may be awarded for creativity,
logic, and sheer insanity. If you submit early and actually
manage to guess what Marie will do by Sunday while still working the whole Batman thing logically into your answer
, you will receive a bonus point.