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General / 2000AD Forum Sketch Competition #1: ENTRIES THREAD
« on: 06 February, 2021, 10:28:21 AM »
Let's get down to business. It's the inaugural 2000AD Forum Sketch Competition Entries Thread!

In case you missed the earlier post announcing the theme, this month it's: Postcards from Nu Earth.

Give us a snapshot of Nu Earth. Imagine you’re a war artist, or a photographer, or a random bystander, or a participant, and give us an image of the future war hellscape that is Nu Earth.

The only wrinkle is: no Rogue Trooper. He can’t be in it. Anything else. Chem-mists over the biowire, aliens haggling in the Gasbah, meds at work on the front line, Norts digging latrine pits… whatever! Something from Nu Earth that doesn’t have Rogue in it.

It doesn’t have to be something we’ve specifically seen in the strips, as long as it feels like it belongs on (or above, or underneath) Nu Earth.

PLEASE POST YOUR ENTRIES TO THIS THREAD!

This is a sketch competition — you can use whatever medium takes your fancy, digital, traditional, mashed potato sculpture,* but please don’t spend more than 45 minutes on any individual entry.

You can submit as many sketches as you like to the entries thread, but you’ll have to nominate one (of your own!) to go forward to the voting thread.

If you have any problems at all getting your image onto the forum (especially since there’s a size limit on attachments to forum posts) then send me a PM via the forum, and I’ll give you my email address so you can send me the image and I’ll host it on my Imgur account and post the entry on your behalf.

This thread will be open for one week only and will close on Friday 12th Feb, after which a voting thread will be open for one week from Saturday 13th Feb.

Get scribbling, Earthlets!  :D

*No straight photo manipulation though, please.

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(Just realised that I posted this to the Creative Common section, which doesn't get as much attention as the General section, where the old art comps were posted, so apologies for the duplicate post.)

So… it’s the first forum Sketch Competition. We may end up tweaking the format/rules to make it work better but, for now, here’s how it works:

The theme for this one is: Postcards from Nu Earth.

We frequently talk about what a rich and fertile environment for the imagination Nu Earth is, so give us a snapshot. Imagine you’re a war artist, or a photographer, or a random bystander, or a participant, and give us an image of the future war hellscape that is Nu Earth.

The only wrinkle is: no Rogue Trooper. He can’t be in it. Anything else. Chem-mists over the biowire, aliens haggling in the Gasbah, meds at work on the front line, Norts digging latrine pits… whatever! Something from Nu Earth that doesn’t have Rogue in it.

It doesn’t have to be something we’ve specifically seen in the strips, as long as it feels like it belongs on (or above, or underneath) Nu Earth.



DON’T POST ENTRIES TO THIS THREAD!

You have a week to think it over and get sketching if the inspiration takes you. There’ll be a new thread along on Saturday (6th Feb) for entries. That thread will be open for one week only.

You can submit as many sketches as you like to the entries thread, but you’ll have to nominate one (of your own!) to go forward to the voting thread.

This is a sketch competition, so you can use whatever medium takes your fancy — digital, traditional, mashed potato sculpture,* but please don’t spend more than 45 minutes on any individual entry.

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good — spontaneity is what we’re after here. No one’s standing over you with a stopwatch, but please try not to run over. Similarly, we want as many entries as possible — if you can only find fifteen minutes, don’t let that stop you. If all you’ve got time for is something in biro on a Post-It, great! Get it up on the thread!

When we get to submitting entries, if you have any problems at all getting your image onto the forum (especially since there’s a size limit on attachments to forum posts) then send me a PM via the forum, and I’ll give you my email address so you can send me the image and I’ll host it on my Imgur account and post the entry on your behalf.

Get scribbling, thrill-fans! If you have any questions, post ‘em below, or PM me.

*I think I’m going to draw the line at straight photo-manipulation, for now, at least. That seems a little contrary to the idea of a sketch comp, but it’s something we can revisit if people think that’s too restrictive.

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So… it’s the first forum Sketch Competition. We may end up tweaking the format/rules to make it work better but, for now, here’s how it works:

The theme for this one is: Postcards from Nu Earth.

We frequently talk about what a rich and fertile environment for the imagination Nu Earth is, so give us a snapshot. Imagine you’re a war artist, or a photographer, or a random bystander, or a participant, and give us an image of the future war hellscape that is Nu Earth.

The only wrinkle is: no Rogue Trooper. He can’t be in it. Anything else. Chem-mists over the biowire, aliens haggling in the Gasbah, meds at work on the front line, Norts digging latrine pits… whatever! Something from Nu Earth that doesn’t have Rogue in it.

It doesn’t have to be something we’ve specifically seen in the strips, as long as it feels like it belongs on (or above, or underneath) Nu Earth.



DON’T POST ENTRIES TO THIS THREAD!

You have a week to think it over and get sketching if the inspiration takes you. There’ll be a new thread along a week today for entries. That thread will be open for one week only.

You can submit as many sketches as you like to the entries thread, but you’ll have to nominate one (of your own!) to go forward to the voting thread.

This is a sketch competition, so you can use whatever medium takes your fancy — digital, traditional, mashed potato sculpture,* but please don’t spend more than 45 minutes on any individual entry.

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good — spontaneity is what we’re after here. No one’s standing over you with a stopwatch, but please try not to run over. Similarly, we want as many entries as possible — if you can only find fifteen minutes, don’t let that stop you. If all you’ve got time for is something in biro on a Post-It, great! Get it up on the thread!

When we get to submitting entries, if you have any problems at all getting your image onto the forum (especially since there’s a size limit on attachments to forum posts) then send me a PM via the forum, and I’ll give you my email address so you can send me the image and I’ll host the image on my Imgur account and post the entry on your behalf.

Get scribbling, thrill-fans! If you have any questions, post ‘em below, or PM me.

*I think I’m going to draw the line at straight photo-manipulation, for now, at least. That seems a little contrary to the idea of a sketch comp, but it’s something we can revisit if people think that’s too restrictive.

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Creative Common / Possible Forum Sketch Comp…?
« on: 26 January, 2021, 09:53:13 AM »
Per my inappropriate musings over on the film thread, here's an actual thread to test the water on a new art comp for the forum.

To reiterate my reasoning for a 'Sketch Competition' from the original post, for those who missed it:

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Two reasons for the "Sketch" thing — 1) I don't want to steal any of the official comp's thunder, and 2) with the old forum comps, the long deadline ended up with perfect being the enemy of, well, finishing anything for a lot of people… so I wondered if there'd be any interest in an informal competition with a short deadline and a time limit on the actual work so people (well, me, for a start) wouldn't perpetually blow the deadline.

My thoughts so far are: maybe do one a month, based around a theme or character as always — people have a week to post their entries, followed by a week of voting, but the entries have to be completed within a time limit. Multiple entries are allowed, if you warm to the theme, but you can only spend X amount of time on each drawing.

So the first big question is: how long would be a good maximum time limit? You don't have to spend the full amount of time on it, and there will be a certain amount of good faith required from the participants — I'm going back and forth between 30min and an hour, but I have a little voice in the back of my head that says "No — make it fifteen minutes!"

If we can't come to a consensus, I'll probably split the difference at 30min, but if a clear preference emerges then we'll do that instead. There'll probably be a few odd details to thrash out on top of that, but this will give us a good starting point.

The floor is yours!

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Creative Common / Lettering Droids: it's that time again!
« on: 01 January, 2021, 10:17:12 AM »
Just a timely reminder that today only is Comicraft's New Year's Day Sale — all fonts $20.21 each until the end of the day.

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Film & TV / Doom Patrol… Season Three
« on: 12 September, 2020, 07:23:19 PM »
Season Three confirmed.

This is fantastic news, especially since S2 ends rather abruptly, due to shooting of Ep10 (the finale) having to be abandoned because of Covid.

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Links / Dredd: Animated (unofficial test)
« on: 16 June, 2020, 09:45:31 AM »
Rather nifty little proof-of-concept animated Dredd, with a more than whiff of Akira about it.

BLIMEY.

Thanks to Steve Green for turning up the link on Facebook.

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Off Topic / Hive Mind Help Needed! (comics-unrelated)
« on: 13 June, 2020, 09:39:37 AM »
The wife of an old friend of mine has contacted me and asked for help ID-ing a much-loved t-shirt so that she can replace it for his birthday. It's probably a band t-shirt, but I haven't a clue which band, a reverse image search on Google was no help and I thought that the fine members of this board, with their varied/eclectic/obscure tastes in music might be able to provide an answer…

Thanks in advance for any help!


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General / The Second Best Future Shock* of All Time…?
« on: 15 April, 2020, 08:04:09 PM »
So, to save time, the best is Moore and Redondo’s ‘The Time Machine’.

But, with that out of the way, what’s the second best? I have thoughts, but I want to hear yours. :-)


*For the purposes of keeping the thread title manageable, please take “Future Shock” as a place-holder for Shocks, Time Twisters, Terror Tales, and any other single-issue stories under a shared series banner, even —shudder — Vector 13

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Creative Common / Zound Effects & More!
« on: 10 February, 2020, 07:32:12 PM »
A bit of a process post over on my blog about lettering Zaucer of Zilk for the Mighty One.

(Probably not terribly interesting to anyone who isn't a letterer, so you have been warned!)

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Creative Common / Adobe Alternatives: Lettering with Affinity Designer
« on: 30 January, 2020, 03:38:11 PM »
New blog post! I've been putting Affinity Designer through its paces as an alternative to Illustrator for lettering. Short version: all the big stuff is there, but some of the smaller stuff that's missing may well be a deal-breaker for many.

Long version at my blog, here.

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Creative Common / Letterers: Don't Forget The Comicraft Sale!
« on: 01 January, 2020, 10:15:21 AM »
Any creative types on here who like a bit of lettering should remember to head over to Comicraft's website before the end of the day.

It's their annual New Year's Day Sale and all their fonts (even the really expensive ones!) are just $20.20 for the day.

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Film & TV / #SPOILERS# BBC War of the Worlds…
« on: 17 November, 2019, 08:45:58 PM »
Honestly. I’ve seen it. Save yourselves three hours of your life, because it’s fucking terrible. Spoilery rant below.

I see now why it was delayed. Someone completely bottled the ‘faithful adaptation’ idea. They clearly went back and inserted a bunch of flash-forward scenes to a post-invasion apocalyptic world that utterly ruins the whole thing. It’s been fucked about in the editing stage by people who had no faith in the source material. I’m actually quite angry about spending a chunk of my life watching this thing.

The maddening part is that there was probably a perfectly decent adaptation buried in this thing somewhere. Early on, the book stuff is well-realised although the editing seems to be off — some scenes don't seem to be coming in the right order. Nothing I can point to as outrageously out of sequence, just a general sense of "Wait… what…?"

It really feels like they made a straight adaptation and someone decided it wouldn't gel with a modern audience, so they went back and messed about with it.

As the thing continues, they go all in on the flash-forward stuff which sucks all the life out of what’s left of the book material.

You were hoping to see tripod vs HMS Thunder Child? Don’t hold your breath. There’s a bit on Skegness beach (“We’re heading for safety in Dunkirk!” Ooh! The fucking irony!) but it never develops into the scene we all wanted.

My previous point about not trusting the source material…? There’s a point late on where a character ACTUALLY SAYS “This is all white people’s fault, isn’t it…? This is like what we did to those poor chaps in the jungle…”

It’s FUCKING AWFUL.

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Off Topic / Basic Argumentation, And The Causing Of Offence
« on: 04 June, 2019, 11:36:52 AM »
I’m not sure why some members of this forum seem unable to parse a short series of logical IF/THEN operations that wouldn’t defeat a copy of Microsoft Excel, but let’s try this from first principles, shall we?

STEP 1: Someone says something I think is sufficiently stupid/ offensive/ whatever to warrant a response. Please note that other forum members have the right to find anything they damn well please stupid/ offensive/ whatever, and deploy this or any other discursive tactic to make their case.

STEP 2: I quote the thing that someone has said. I do this because I may have misattributed the statement, or I may have missed/omitted some important context. However, the other person can be in no doubt as to the configuration of words I am discussing. If I’ve misquoted or omitted context, all the other person needs to do is point this out and we stop right here because I need to go back and look at the original statement and we do not need to progress to STEP 3.

STEP 3: I explain my understanding of the quoted statement. This, right here, is the get-out-of-jail-free card. It’s important that I’m clear on how I’m reading the statement, but the other person can, at this point, either explain how I’ve misread/misinterpreted their statement, or explain that the statement doesn’t represent their position (because of poor phrasing, choice of words, etc). At that point, there is no STEP 4 and you will find me, on this very forum, apologising to people because I’ve misunderstood their words. That’s what this step is for.

STEP 4: I posit a logical conclusion from my understanding of the other person’s statement. If we’re dealing with this step, then the other person must have accepted that my understanding of their statement is correct. Often that conclusion is an extreme one for rhetorical/(allegedly) humorous purposes and is often formulated as “if you think X, then Y…”

At this point, people seem to immediately leap to “HOW DARE YOU SAY I THINK Y?!” and completely ignore the “IF” part of that sentence. They can refute the logic of my conclusion if they think it’s faulty, but they’ve already accepted the basis on which I came to it if they’ve accepted STEP 3.



I’m not saying the other person is stupid. I’m saying: “You said Thing X, which I think is a stupid/ offensive/ whatever thing to say. This how I understand Thing X. If you think Thing X, as I understand it, then logically we end up at Position Y which shows why saying Thing X is stupid.”

Contained within that process are multiple opportunities to correct/refute me, because I absolutely acknowledge that I may have misread/misunderstood the original statement, or be lacking context because the other person knows more about the subject than I do. All of these are fine. I’m happy to be corrected. You learn things by being wrong, and I like learning things. For the sake of brevity, all these steps are rolled up into a single post, rather than a back-and-forth, but the logical progression exists nonetheless. If the other person derails the argument at STEP 3 by (for example) showing that I've fundamentally misunderstood their position, STEP 4 is automatically refuted.

SO… Applying all this to the minor kerfuffle on the Forthcoming Thrills thread… I imagine no one would disagree that the basic notion of finding it “troubling” that a man in his seventies might be considering retirement is ridiculous?

In fact, Richard immediately abandoned that position… all he had to say was that wasn’t what he meant, because it clearly wasn’t. Of course he can be sad about when Wagner retires — I’m going to be sad about it. Instead, however, he chose to claim that he didn’t say the thing he very clearly did say and then add in an accusation of bad behaviour on my part, to which I take exception.



Please cut out and keep this handy guide to refer to before you leap to outraged responses when I say “…and if you think that, you must be trolling” or something similar.

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Film & TV / Doom Patrol!
« on: 14 February, 2019, 08:42:18 PM »
After a very promising debut in Titans, here's an extended trailer for the full series. There is so much Morrison/Case stuff in just those four-ish minutes. I'm really quite taken aback.

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