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Snark Free Corner for 10/15

Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!

Enjoy!

COMIC BOOK IDOL 3 UPDATE

Here are the entries from the ten finalists for the first round of Comic Book Idol 3!

Check out the Comic Book Idol 3 forum if you want to see the rest of their pages!

I am going to post all their first pages (of their three page assignment). For reference, here is the script by Vince Hernandez for that first page…

PAGE ONE.

Panel 1.
Establishing shot. A breathtaking vista illuminates a Mexican sunset as we key in on a peninsula rising above the crashing ocean waves below. A lone beach house is on the peninsula, appearing rather inconspicuous. CHANCE CALLOWAY’S ’59 Thunderbird convertible is parked right outside.

Panel 2.
Inside the beach house, we see a cloth towel draped over a chair in the foreground. Chance lounges on a beat-up futon in the background; sipping on a beer while watching television. Steam emits from a bathroom door in the background-someone is showering.

Panel 3.
A small inset panel, a bird’s eye view of the beach house from high above in the sky. A Comanche attack helicopter blade whirls through our shot as it zeroes in on the house.

Panel 4.
ASPEN MATTHEWS pops ONLY her head and everything above her breast-line out of the bathroom doorway pointing at the towel on the chair. This is our opening shot of her so make it count. NO NUDITY.

Panel 5.
From the POV of the side of the Comanche helicopter (we don’t want to fully reveal it just yet), we see a pair of Hellfire missiles shoot out towards the beach house.

Andrew Huerta
a 23-year-old freelance artist from Santa Ana, CA.

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Caio Oliveira
a 28-year-old who is currently unemployed, from Teresina, Piauí, Brazil.

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Charles Paul Wilson III
a 31-year-old security guard from Wharton, NJ.

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Daniel Lafrance
a 42-year-old freelance artist from Toronto.

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Dan McDaid
a 30-year-old writer and illustrator from London.

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Jon Reed
a 28-year-old accountant assistant from Alexandria, VA.

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Jose “Joh James” Holder
a 36-year-old storyboard artist from Montreal.

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Nicholas Pitarra
a 25-year-old college student and part-time waiter from Houston.

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Warren Leonhardt
a 33-year-old freelance storyboard artist from Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

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Wilfredo Torres
a 35-year-old information technology professional from Lawrencville, GA.

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Get ready to vote this Wednesday!

And you have until Wednesday 11am to make your picks for my Comic Book Idol 3 contest!

Also, if you want to see how some other artists did working on the same pages, I have five samples up here at the latest Idol Thoughts on the Comic Book Idol 3 blog.

COVER THEME GAME

As always, here is the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.

Good luck! A cool point to the first person to figure it out!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

After Giant-Size X-Men, the X-Men determined they had too many members, so shrunk down to 7 – Cyclops, Banshee, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossues and Thunderbird. If the X-Men had to do that NOW, who would your six members (other than Wolverine, as, come on, you can’t have the X-Men without Wolverine) be?

THE COVER GAME

This week’s game is as follows…

I featured Sue Dibny LAST week, so how about her killer, Jean Loring, THIS week?

Find me a cover featuring Jean Loring on it…

Floating heads don’t count! And Jean as Eclipso doesn’t count!

Here is an example (which you can’t use!)….
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Remember, only one cover per commenter!

Good luck!

WHO IS IT?

Remember, tell me who it is and what number clue gave it away!

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5. This creator works pretty much exclusively with writer Jeph Loeb nowadays.

Who is it?

Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.

Hope you had fun!

25 Comments

Tim Sale? The Jeph Loeb hint seems to point that way.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

October 16, 2007 at 12:40 am

Cover challenge?

All feature characters who went over to the Malibu universe when Marvel first purchased it.
(Black Knight, Sersi and Juggernaut).

Who is it? – Tim Sale, I suppose. I got it on #5.

Correct, Funky!!!

And while Superman Confidential has been quite late, it hasn’t been THAT late, so a number of issues of it (with Sale art) have come out this year.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

October 16, 2007 at 1:09 am

WHOO!

That’s the first one I’ve been even able to take a guess at!

FunkyGreenJerusalem

October 16, 2007 at 1:12 am

I’ve also figured out the creator, but I had to hit wikipedia to figure it out, and I was only able to do that due to clue five.

Ed McGuiness

Yay, Kieran (after a little editing on my part ;))!!

Ed McGuiness.

Ah damn, someone beat me to it!

Guys… Caio’s city is TERESINA, not Tersina.

Ooh, I knew Ed McGuiness. I think that’s the first one of those I’ve read that I’ve known.

The comic book idol panels all look pretty, but about half of them deviate from the script too much for my tastes. The script makes two things clear… she points at the towel rather than going out to get it herself, which I think is supposed to go towards her character and possibly her relationship with the guy on the couch, and that we don’t see the helicopter just yet, because I think the “where are those missiles coming from?” question is supposed to make you want to turn the page. A lot of the original ideas are good, but the script seems pretty simple, and there should be plenty of room to inject your own touches while still getting down what the writer has in mind. Meh.

x-men:
cyclops
cyclops’ current beau (hopefully psychic)
beast
rogue
shadowcat or armor
colossus

Cyke, Beast, Cannonball, Kitty, Emma, Nightcrawler.

You can’t really have just one X-team that small though. Too many characters.

Beast
Banshee
Storm
Angel
Cyclops
Kitty

Cover game: I’ve got nothing. I’d assumed that Jean would be on the cover of JLA #157, the issue where she married Ray, but nope. The only guest star on the cover of that issue is Supergirl.

Current X-Men cut down to six:
Cyclops
Cannonball
Beast
Iceman
Shadowcat
Rachel Summers (she still counts as a current member, right?)

Cyclops: Sure, I think he’s a tool, but you have to have one of the originals on the team, or else it doesn’t count. I almost chose Beast, but I think it’s high time he managed his way back to the Mighty Avengers. Scott brings a sense of internal conflict. It’s a little odd, though as he’s the only straight and narrow player left, compared to the days when it was Wolverine who was the only rebel.

Kitty Pryde: I mean, she is the Pryde of the X-Men, isn’t she? I like the sense of legacy she brings to the team, and she’s spunky and tough.

Cannonball: Again, I think legacy is important, and the former New Mutant and leader of X-Force ties into the larger x-verse and opens a lot of doors for the writers.

Jubilee: I think that she and Kitty have not interacted enough in the X-Men books, and with Wolverine on the team, a little squabbling for his attention as sidekick could be fun. Also, the X-Team from the Cartoon needs some representation.

Longshot: He’s been around in Exiles, though I’m not really sure what happened to him there. I dig him, and his wacky knives.

Juggernaut: He was the only thing I liked about Austin’s run on the books. I dig on the Juggernaut’s slow reform, and appreciation for his teammates.

McGuiness was my second guess. I had no idea if either him or Sale have done a comic this year, so it was a bit of a toss-up.

I can’t believe I didn’t think of the Malibu Universe thing. I finally had a shot of being the first to respond to the cover challenge, and I couldn’t think of it. Darn the luck.

Cyclops
Emma Frost
Nightcrawler
Colossus
Beast
Iceman
Rogue (w/o her Ms. Marvel powers)

Cyclops
Emma
Nightcrawler
Colossus
Kitty
Angel

I wouldn’t vote for any of those pages in which Aspen is holding her tits. Mainly because of the silly, pandering nature of it, but also because the script stating she gets out of the shower and wordlessly asks for the towel indicates that part of the reason for this scene is to communicate the familiarity of these two characters with each other.

I’m assuming you mean using characters as they are right now – meaning no Jean, Psylocke as a badly written telekinetic ninja rather than a badass telepathic secret agent, and Angel with feathers and a healing factor.

I really don’t want to include Wolverine. After all, he’s on the Avengers right now, and having lots of crappy solo adventures. But assuming I have to…

Cyclops. This probably doesn’t need explaining in general terms (master strategist, smart, classic character, used to beat up Wolverine for practice…), but on a more personal level my favourite kind of hero is the struggling everyman, the guy who keeps failing but never stops trying to do the right thing.

Beast. Hank was one of the first two X-Men I ever started to like. On the team, you need a genius, you need a combat badass, and you need a character who doesn’t angst much. Hank is all of these. Also, every comic needs a character who everybody likes, which means Beast or Nightcrawler.

Jubilee. I’d much rather have her in old-school blow-shit-up mode, but a super-strong gymnast is still a great addition to the team. She’d also make telling stories about the aftermath of House of M slightly less clumsy.

Cannonball. I was going to stack the deck with Northstar, because speedsters are a great cheat in combat and I’m pretty certain Jean-Paul still has his powers, but thinking about it I can’t help but conclude that Sam is simply better narrative meat.

Marvel Girl. I’m not a great fan of the character, but again, useful powers. From a storytelling perspective, you could get some great long-term tension with her dad, as well as using the theme of the X-Men as a family to bludgeon the reader about the head.

Iceman. Hank’s best friend/sidekick. Jubilee’s old-time partner in crime. Cannonball’s current battle buddy. So much story potential, plus awesome powers with a ready-made escape clause.

This probably isn’t the place for this, but my vote on the CBI thing would hands down be Dan McDaid. There are a number of very good drawings, but McDaid’s page works the best as a whole for me.

X-Team:

Bear in mind that I haven’t read any X-title since 1995. I’m not aware of any major changes since then – like if a fringe character like Bobby Da Costa was de-powered. If I screw this one up, cut me some slack.

First, screw Wolverine. He’s way too overused. He’ll never even see a guest spot in my book. I’d even have the Sentry fly him into the sun. Let some other writer ger him out.

CYCLOPS
Every team needs a leader. It’s either him or Storm, and she’s in teh FF right now. I hate characters being all over the place like that, so she’s not in the mix. Summers is a buttwipe, but he’s a dang effective leader, and he pretty much has the respect of everyone else. He also fills in the slot of “shooter”.

As much as I don’t like it, an X-team needs a mental character. Guess what? It ain’t Frost, Grey, or Braddock!

KARMA
She was terribly underused. She falls into the same category as Scarlet Witch in the Avengers: artillery. Set her in the back and let her lob hpwers into the enemy. She takes over someone’s mind, having them attack another of the enemy. She effectively takes out or occupies two opponents at once. Dang effective and never used.

SHADOWCAT
Is this still Kitty’s codename? Whatever. She’s stealth & covert opps. Also, if there’s a techno on the other side, she can take them out. Remember Avengers Annual #10 when she turned off Iron Man?

JUGGERNAUT
I know all about his reform. He fills the roll of the hard to hurt strong guy hand-to-hand guy. Also, there’s enough history & bad blood to make some interesting character interaction.

CANNONBALL
I have no idea how he developed, but I always liked him. Great character potential. In combat, he’s a first-strike missile. To boot, he’s a flier

NIGHTCRAWLER
He fills in a number of roles nicely. Great in combat, stealth, infiltration, and mobility. He had a pretty good personality going too.

I’m going to add a seventh to the mix. Every team needs someone to man the monitors, right? Besides, I canned Wolverine.

DOUG RAMSEY
I know he’s been dead for some time now. So what. Let the “warlock virus” thing he was infecrted with bring him back. He never should have sen combat in the first place. He’s a linguist. Who better for elecrtonic espionage? He’s the perfect comm officer.

Now y’all can tell me how full of it I am.

Erm…

Beast

erm….

I’ve just realised how few X-Men I actually like.

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