Sequentially Ever After: Winners’ Circle

This past weekend the first iFanboy comic creation contest came to a close. You buried me in submissions. I had the ridiculously heartbreaking task of choosing a single winner in either category from a heap of deserving words and images. I read every single entry at least twice. I agonized, because the vast majority of you are annoyingly talented. It was not unlike being named Minister of Kitten Drownings for three days. Couldn’t even delete any of them. They’re on an external hard drive. I wish I could showcase all of the entries here, but we got so many of them, it’s just not possible. That said, we’ve set up a thread on the forums where you can share your work and workshop a bit. If you have your project hosted elsewhere, you can also link in the comments. We’ll be doing this again, so I hope everyone who participated joins in for future challenges. Prizes are cool, but as anyone who finished and submitted a project knows, it’s a damn good feeling in itself.    

You can view all the winning art entries on Flickr as well.

Now, some prizes… 

Grand Prize Winner: Writing

Ratcatcher
Inspired by – The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Writer – Paul Allor

A deceptively simple adaptation, artfully told. I really liked the blank word balloon idea, as it’s an element specific to comics. Many submissions told amazing stories, but some were either written as films or felt like films shoehorned into a comic template.

If I had any concern with this one, it has to do with the pacing of dialogue. Some panels include multiple speakers and background action. I actually took a few minutes to sketch out a page to see if it was feasible. If the artist knows how to prioritize the scale of those panels, there’s no reason it can’t be done. In any case, Paul seems to have found the right balance here. This has always been a creepy story, but this particular perspective was really haunting. It’s all in the voice.
 
Paul wins a copy of Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond! 


Grand Prize Winner: Art

Easter: Humpty’s Revenge

Inspired by – Humpty Dumpty
Writer – Eric Wilder
Artist – Tim Hall

It really came down to the wire. In his last minute submission e-mail, Tim Hall admitted that the ink was probably still drying on the drafting table. It had been a late night. Judging by the meticulous detail and inking, a long one too. I was really impressed with the entire presentation of this mini comic. There’s a lot of sophisticated visual storytelling on display here. Look at where he breaks the panels. Even the shape of the comic itself changes with the tone of the action. It’s a sinister story made even scarier by the top notch design. That final page blew me away. Eric Wilder wrote a really clever script (not the grand prize winner, but a major contender) and I think Tim went above and beyond on this one, delivering a really smart interpretation. These guys make a great team. I hate to single just one of them out, but this was a really tight race.  

Tim wins a copy of Fables Covers: The Art of James Jean!

     

   


Runners Up

Red
Inspired by – Little Red Riding Hood
Writer and Artist – Paul Kercal
(peekay)

Paul submitted an outline and some sample art. I really like his visual style, especially the tones and textures he achieved through digital coloring. The paneled page he included has multiple dimensions so it’s not simply a flat plane. I really liked that level of detail. I’m including the original line work as well. He’s a wonderful illustrator. 

   

 

Ixtab
Inspired by – Los Pollitos Dicen (Spanish nursery rhyme)
Writer – Sigrid Ellis
Artist – KC Solano

Sigrid wrote an awesome script inspired by a Spanish nursery rhyme. This was in tight competition for the writing prize. It’s detailed with very thoughtful panel progression. Though it’s decompressed, it tells a complete story. KC Solano did some dynamic pencils for the first page and integrated an ornate border that hints at the mythological element in the story ahead.

 
    

      

Untitled
Inspired by – Humpty Dumpty
Writer and Artist – Kevin Kearney (sequentialstyle)

Okay, so the joke will probably make you groan, but it’s executed perfectly. This isn’t so much about the gag though. I just really like the way he structured and presented this story. On the first page we have a countdown in a rigid, if unusual, grid format. Then on the second page–the punchline–we get a nice splash. 

 


Skin
Inspired by – The Donkeyskin
Writer – Jennifer Smith

Whoa. This was too inventive and beautifully written not to share.  Some real poetry here. I loved this story a lot in terms of prose and dialogue and I think it has major potential as a comic, but I don’t know if it employed as many visual elements as the above scripts. It’s a minor quibble though. 

         

       


Strawberries
Inspired by – The Monk and the Strawberries
Writer – Hudson Phillips
Artist – Brandon Earnhart

This is a great collaborative effort. Hudson uses an old moral tale in parallel to a contemporary one and Brandon delivers some beautiful art. It’s a really sweet story. Excellent framing. Isn’t that an awesome tiger? 

King Pete
Inspired by – The Sword in the Stone
Writer – Josh Flanagan
Artist – Doug Hills
Colorist – Jordan Boyd

Since his name is on the masthead and I’ve slept on his air mattress, Josh wasn’t eligible to win any prizes in this challenge. Even still, it gave him an excuse to produce King Pete with two very talented artists. If you’ve read Josh’s Captain America spec “Logue’s Patrol” you ought to recognize the spectacular work of colorist Jordan Boyd. The guy really knows how to light a scene. Josh’s latest collaborator Doug Hills offered the pencils. I absolutely love the background action, and Doug really nailed those facial reactions. I hope you get as big a kick out of King Pete as I do. Aside from writing a great script, Josh once again displays a knack for assembling the perfect team for the project.

     


Alright. Hope you enjoyed Sequentially Ever After! Remember to check out the other contest entries in the thread on our forums. Thanks to everyone who submitted a project. You told some exceedingly cool stories and I hope to see even more in the future. Really, really proud of you guys!

See you soon for another comics creation contest! 

–Paul 

Comments

  1. xebix xebix says:

    Excelent work from all. I wish I had even a fraction of that talent.

  2. drakedangerz drakedangerz says:

    Very impressive work.  Congrats to all the winners and well as anyone that submitted work.

  3. Paul Montgomery PaulMontgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    For anyone who submitted a project, please, please post it to our forum thread. You have no idea how hard it was to narrow down these entries! I really want everyone to have a chance to see the dozens of entertaining projects I had the pleasure to read. Thank you SO much for making this such a huge success!

  4. kalle says:

    Way to go everybody. Great work all around!

  5. daccampo daccampo says:

    Very nice entries! I’m gonna have to take some time to go through the scripts, but at first glance the artwork is truly impressive. Great work all!

  6. itsbecca itsbecca says:

    I know it seems a bit more daunting, but I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to read the scripts.  They’re quick reads and quite beautiful! Skin took my breath away. Great job Jennifer!

  7. sigridellis1 sigridellis1 says:

    I’m reading them all now — amazing work.  Thanks again, iFanboy, for running this!

  8. Oh, wow, thanks, Paul!  Considering I came into this thinking, "I’m not sure I have a good enough visual mind to pull off comic book writing," it’s nice to know that I’m on the right track — and I can certainly work on improving my visual inventiveness in the future.  Thanks for giving me the push to try my hand at this!

    I just clicked on this page two seconds ago, but I’m looking forward to reading all the entries featured here — they all look amazing.

  9. @itsbecca Thank you so much!  *blushes*

  10. DJRustbucket DJRustbucket says:

    As a fellow artist who also entered the contest, I just wanted to say that these entries were so wonderful that I want to rip of my drawing hand. I hate you all.

     That said, terrifc job everyone, and I look forward to the next competition! (Speaking of which, how far off are we on the next one?)

  11. Quentin Quentin says:

    These are wonderful! Everyone did a superb job! Scripts are great, Art is fantastic! Hope to see everyone else post their’ efforts in the forum.

  12. sigridellis1 sigridellis1 says:

    I’m hitting refresh on the Forum link, waiting to see more entry links!

  13. kwisdumb kwisdumb says:

    Great work by everyone!

    I’ll post our (DJRustBucket and I) story in the thread sometime today.

    This was really fun, well done to everyone involved!

  14. These were absolutely amazing. Stunning, really. I love seeing how others approached the same concepts differently. Some really great work.

    Huge thanks to Paul for running this thing. I have to say, you really ignited a passion in me to write. If I ever become famous, I think I’ll have to credit you for starting it all. In the extreme liklihood that I don’t become famous, I still have to credit you with introducing me to something that is truly satisfying.

    I posted my script on the forum, so I’d love some constructive criticism. Writing it was a learning experience in itself, but if I could get some feedback on what works and what doesn’t, that would be sweet.

  15. TalkNrdy2Me TalkNrdy2Me says:

    The entries that won are amazing!

    I love Humpty’s Revenge!

    This was a fun project. I feel really accomplished. I posted my entry to the forum and I hope people enjoy it. 

    DREAM ALERT! I think we should all follow the suggestions of the iFanboy team and collaborate our stories and art together to create an anthology book and get them all published. I would love if the iFanboy crew would assist. 

  16. stuclach stuclach says:

    I am very proud of all of you for taking part in this and producing excellent work.  I hope to read through as many of these as possible.  Thank you to Paul for taking the time (I assume it took a massive amount) to go through these and for organizing the project.  I had grandiose plans for my own project (it involve the three blind mice working as government funded assassins), but work (and my severe lack of artistic ability in all its forms) got in the way .

    Congratulations to everyone who took part and congratulations to Conor, Josh, and Ron for building a community you can be very proud of.

  17. Neb Neb says:

    I don’t have time to read each one right now, but I just wanted to say that these look fantastic and I can’t wait to look at each of them.  This was an awesome idea Paul.

  18. ericwilder ericwilder says:

    Thanks for the opportunity. It was a blast. Great job everyone.

  19. PaulAllor PaulAllor says:

    Hey, this is Paul Allor (the Rat guy). I just looked through all the other entries, and all I can say is wow. Given the extraordinary talent on display, I am truly, truly humbled to have squeaked out a win. It’s also interesting that Paul’s one criticism of my pages pretty much zeroed in on exactly the thing I also wasn’t happy with, and struggled with mightily. But I’ll talk more about that on the forum thread.

    Congratulations to everyone! Truly extraordinary work on display here.

  20. PaulAllor PaulAllor says:

    I almost forgot to include a shameless plug: like most aspiring comic book writers, I have had great difficulty finding an artist(s) to work with. So if you like my script and you’d be interested in collaborating on one of the many projects I have kicking around on my hard drive, drop me a line at pdallor@hotmail.com!

  21. ArtHead ArtHead says:

    Hey guys, I just wanted to say I really enjoyed the contest. The work that has come from this is really impressive. Excellent job to all! Thanks Paul, for making this opportunity available. I hope to see more contest in the future.

  22. sgrsickness sgrsickness says:

    I posted mine over on the iFanboy thread (Which I’ll be pimping on twitter and facebook tonight). This whole thing just got me super pumped and I will be sitting done tonight to read through the winners here and the others who shared on the iFanboy thread.  I would love for this to be a somewhat regular thing and while the prize aspect is a neat incentive, I’d imagine the burden of providing a prize can be annoying and that we would participate even without one.

    An anthology collecting the stories of those who want to have them included wouldnt be that difficult to do (Aside from the potential amount of content to be in it? Yeah, that’s a pretty big aside maybe, but still). While I ahvent dealt with ka-blam.com on the creator side (As in submitting a book to be listed in their online store) I have purchased from them and gone over their technical guides a bit and the quality is very good, in my experience, and getting a book in their Print-on-demand system is (seeemingly) as simple as setting up TIF images to the dimensions required and naming them sompetently. Price it reasonably and let the profits go into the iFanboy donation jar. Could easily include full stories, script pages, or notes/artwork with a little intro written by each contributor, maybe. I dont know, just rambling a bit here :3

  23. balsalm balsalm says:

    They all look very impressive, all of the creators are talented.

  24. larsschwed larsschwed says:

    Wow. Impressive stuff. Congrats to the brilliant winners and runners up, excellent work from all. I’ve just posted a link to my own submission on the forum and hope to see more entries there.

  25. patio patio says:

    I had a blast doing this. Thanks for hosting the contest.

  26. Bebop Bebop says:

    Congrats to all the winners and runners up, this was a blast.  

  27. Bebop Bebop says:

    Wow I really like Strawberries, awesome tiger!

  28. ericwilder ericwilder says:

    @TalkNrdy2Me, Thanks for the kind remark. Glad you enjoyed it.

  29. TalkNrdy2Me TalkNrdy2Me says:

    Hey you’re welcome!

  30. Lostboy1074 Lostboy1074 says:

    Posted mine up in the forum.

  31. bearnhart bearnhart says:

    @Bebop - Thanks! 

  32. DMaggot DMaggot says:

    I will definitely be reading all of these.  These ones look fantastic.  Awesome job everyone.

  33. chlop chlop says:

    Great poem in "Humpty’s Revenge".

  34. Lostboy1074 Lostboy1074 says:

    Has everyone posted their story so far? If there’s anyone who still hasn’t yet, please do so. I’d like the chance to see them all.

  35. Paul Montgomery PaulMontgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    There are dozens that haven’t been posted yet. 

  36. ericwilder ericwilder says:

    @chlop, Thanks. Tim’s too modest to mention it, but I’m not. If you want to see more of his drawing skills, you can check out his creator owned title The Book Of Sorrow at http://thebookofsorrow.com you wont be disappointed.

  37. peekay peekay says:

    Just got back from holiday to catch this thread. Woop :) Haven’t had time to post anything but will try to sometime soon and also well up for adding something to an anthology if that ever comes to be.

    Will catch up on the thread and the scripts later when things are packed away and less chaotic but for the moment thanks Paul and the ifanboy team for putting this on and reading through the entries. Was loads of fun to take part in, hope you enjoyed your side of the bargain :)

  38. peekay peekay says:

    Incidentally – dunno if it’s of any interest but I used the competition to stress test Pixelmator on the mac. Loved it and have all but uninstalled Photoshop as a result so the competition was a happy double whammy for me.

  39. great work! great idea!

  40. Bebop Bebop says:

    Posted the link to mine and Savinglala’s entry on the boards but for anyone who doesn’t vist there you can check it out at http://comiccurve.blogspot.com/2009/05/angel.html , I’d love some feedback and criticisms.  

  41. genosha genosha says:

    fantastic art guys gutted i didnt get to the runner up section but these artists and writers are insanely good

  42. Just wanted to say that I finally found the time to read through all these entries and it’s really incredible stuff.  I’m even more amazed I merited a mention in the face of such stiff competition.  And all the artists make me wish I could draw anything more than a stick figure.  Wow.