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52 Comic Challenges

Post by andrewwales » Thu Aug 23, 2007 1:40 pm

There’s a really great website for aspiring cartoonists called 52 Challenges —Each week they will post an assignment for you. The challenge for this week is to imagine yourself as a superhero. What are your powers and how did you get them? Tell the story in a two page comic. Below is my entry. Now my secret is out!

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Post by Sankam » Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:40 pm

Cool comic, and cool idea. Could you link to the web site? Googling '52 challenges' gets me a bunch of scrapbooking sites...
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Post by andrewwales » Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:13 am

Sankam,

Thanks for commenting!

The website for 52 Challenges is http://www.52comicchallenges.com/

It's sponsored by Young American Comics which is at http://www.youngamericancomics.com/

So far mine is the only one up at the site, but I hope there will soon be others and that you will join us.

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Post by Sankam » Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:52 am

Thanks Andrew, I am hopeless at Googling <--Non-super power.

Since the deadline is tomorrow it's looking unlikely this week, but I do have an idea...

If not I look forward to participating next week!
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Post by andrewwales » Sun Aug 26, 2007 2:11 pm

I think it would be okay to post your origin story, even if it's past the deadline. The last time I checked there were only two of us so far. The second one was very good. I think they're going to aim for having an assignment each week. I don't think I'll be able to manage every one, but I'm going to try to complete as many as I can.

By the way, I checked out your website. I'm very impressed! Great characters and computer coloring.

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I Like it

Post by Bob-o » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:51 am

I like your clean, almost comic strip quality to your work. It's like Bob Fingerman's and Dave Cooper's work cleanly drawn.

Thanks for the look at my site: http://oxymoronpress.blogspot.com/
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Post by andrewwales » Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:59 am

Thanks, Bob-o

I sometimes do draw with more detail, but it seems at this season in my life, to keep up with assignments, I'll have to adopt a more abbreviated style for now.

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Challenge #2

Post by andrewwales » Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:21 am

Challenge #2 is to draw a single comics page with 20 or more panels. Wow, is that tough! Here's my entry. As always, more of my arty goodness can be seen at http://www.andrewwales.blogspot.com

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The Origin of Andar -- In Living Color

Post by andrewwales » Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:59 pm

My son helped me color this with Photoshop. I like it with color added.

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Draw a Song

Post by andrewwales » Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:23 pm

The art of music often inspired other artistic endeavors. What happens when we mix comics and music? At 52 Comics Challenges our assignment this week was to "Draw a Song". We were to pick a song that has lyrics and a strong visual motif and illustrate a portion of it in a 1-2 page comic.


Well, I think I chose something a little too ambitious to try to complete during the first week of school! I've always loved the music of Mark Knopfler, former front man for Dire Straits. The lyrics of many of his songs could stand alone as poems. I chose his song "Cannibals". To me it's always been a song about a father and his son's love for each other, and the things we sometimes say to kids just to get them to go to sleep. You'll notice I had to add another page!

If anyone feels up to it, would you mind leaving a comment on my web page?

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Challenge #4: Draw a Biography

Post by andrewwales » Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:31 am

This week's challenge was to draw a biography. I got about six pages plotted out on the life of Monet, but only one completed. As I have time, I'm going to add to this, but this is what I have done so far!

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Post by andrewwales » Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:41 pm

This week's challenges include a bonus from Week #3 (Draw a Song)

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and an instructional comic...

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Post by willmj » Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:18 pm

I love the Mighty Andar a great strip! Do you dress like that when you go to the super market? :D

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Post by andrewwales » Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:59 pm

Only if nefarious villains are afoot!

By the way, I enjoyed looking at the innovative panels of eekomoo!

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Sneeze Theory

Post by andrewwales » Tue Oct 02, 2007 3:59 pm

Think about the way you sneeze. For most people, there are three steps: Preparation, Execution and Recovery. Most actions can be shown effectively in these same three steps. Think of a golf swing: the golfer pulling the club gback, the contact of the club and the ball, and the follow through of the club and the ball flying through the air.

This week's challenge at 52 Challenges was to apply the "sneeze theory" to show action in several three panel strips. This exercise can help cartoonists refine their visual storytelling technique and try several different types of action. Paying attention to the sneeze theory will make sure that you are always picking three of the most important parts of the action.

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