All right...we're back on schedule
again. And since I'm clearly insane, I'm going to stick with the
daily comics for a while yet.
Summer Contest #4 has now officially ended. Fifteen limericks were submitted; you can see them all here
. A lot of creativity went into these things. Points will be awarded as follows:Nobilis:
3 points. Nobilis's limericks are in a special category of
their own. Basically, Nobilis won the contest with the very first
post, which contained limericks in English, Swedish, and German.
Later, Nobilis added one in Latin, one in French, and another one
in English. All of them make perfect sense, and most of them scan
and rhyme well. Here's the first English one (with Nobilis's
later corrections), just so you can see what was on offer:
Marie often lives in illusion--
Can there be a logic conclusion?
Will Casey unveil
What happened for real?
No, we shall all drown in confusion.
has the advantage of being a sly poke at my propensity never to reveal
anything while also providing a real possibility for the end of the
comic. Will I eventually take pity on you all? Only time
Basically, I'm taking Nobilis out of the contest so the rest of you have a chance...but not without some lovely, lovely points.
categories I originally proposed were creativity, logic, and
technical beauty. I've sort of replaced them with "the limericks
I like the most," but to be fair, I am impressed by creativity, logic,
and technical beauty (as well as humour, which I forgot to mention) in
my limericks. So I have four more points to hand out, one to each
poem. The four poems I have chosen are:Laura:
Now Casey's a misunderstood
Field agent and with time he should
Find out Evil Marie
Is as real as could be,
But sometimes she dreams that she's good.
like the oddly wistful last line on this one. It also has the
advantage, like Nobilis's first English limerick, of providing a real
Right now, Marie wants to scream
Until Santa brings her some ice cream
The tuba goes swish
Also, Casey's a fish
In the end, it was all just a dream.
poem basically hits on the one type of ending that I shall never ever
use. The whole "It was all just a dream" trope maddens me unless
it's used very, very well, which it almost never is. And no, I
don't count Marie's hallucinations here, as she knows she's
hallucinating, and the very fact that she is hallucinating brings with
it real-world consequences. At any rate, I enjoy the cheerful
randomness of this poem. Perhaps Casey is
A Canadian lass named Dumont
Felt denial of guilt an affront
Though she'd pushed blame behind:
But she had to unwind
So she wandered, the Fates to confront.
way Canadians pronounce "Dumont" actually means that it doesn't really
rhyme with "affront" and "confront" (actually, the American
pronunciation doesn't entirely rhyme either), but it looks
like a rhyme, so yay. This is a rather sober limerick that
describes the current plot quite well and gets into Marie's motives.
It doesn't quite provide a potential ending, but it provides the
beginning of one. I approve of it.Lumair:
Casey liked Marie, so he kissed her
They fought, but he found out he missed her
And then fires began
The undead mouse ran
And guess what! Marie was his sister!
I'm marking a lot of Star Wars
essays at the moment, so I enjoyed the
Luke-and-Leia vibe here, as well as just the fun twist at the end of the poem. This one wins for "zingiest final line."
loved all the limericks, and I especially thank those of you who had
never written limericks before and were trying them for the first time.
Kudos goes to Nobilis, Laura, Erwaro, Tuxgeo, Lumair, Mercenary
Pen, Dances With Fish, Nuttycat, Emily, and Preethi for
participating. I apologise if I've inadvertently left anyone out.Summer Contest #5 Rules:
It's time for a new contest. Hurrah!
week's contest involves art. Before you panic, keep in mind that
stick figures can be art, as can ASCII. You may also use my
stuff or various comic-creation sites online. Go wild and crazy.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to create a one-panel scene between at least two WoB
characters of your choice and post it somewhere online, then link to it
in the comments section (or mail it to me if you can't, but be aware
that I will share it; if you take this option, let me know what name or
alias you want displayed). Again, stick figures are an option
here. The panel should involve at least two of the following
elements: Casey's mom, a shiny object, bricks, Master Ramsay, the
Elvis, maple doughnuts, Christmas, the number seven, and a ukulele.
Seeing as this is WoB
anniversary week (which is part of why that seven is in there, though
the number is otherwise important to the comic), I'll have multiple
points up for grabs. I'll award first, second, and third prizes;
the winners will gain, respectively, three points, two points, and one
point. There is no limit on the number of panels a single person
can enter. The deadline is this coming Sunday at midnight EDT.