The 2007 Thirty Second Recap Contest!
And with this post, the ISB bids a fond farewell to 2006.
That's right: I'm taking the next week off, but since you guys seem far more likely to let me catch up on sleep when I'm giving you something in return, I'm happy to announce the Second ISB Contest!
And since this is both the second contest and the event that'll close out my second year of (near) daily blogging, I thought I'd take a cue from the ISB's second most popular post: my crayon-drawing recap of Infinite Crisis in 30 Seconds (Done, of course, in the stick-figure style of Rich Burlew's Order of the Stick)!
This time, though, I'm going to let you guys do all the work, so grab a box of crayons and get started with your own "30 Second" recap of a comic book story. When I return next Saturday for the ISB's Two-Year Awesomeversary, I'll pick the one I like the most to recieve an amazing selection of fabulous prizes¹!
- They don't necessarily have to be crayon drawings, but some artistic work is necessary. I'd prefer them to be hand-drawn, but if you don't have a scanner and knocking something out in MSPaint is more your speed, feel free. Using panel scans or any other published artwork is right out. Lettering can be done by computer or by hand. In case you're curious, I usually use Blambot's Letter-O-Matic font, which is offered for free, but use of Comic Sans will be grounds for immediate disqualification.
- Entries can be posted on your own blog or website and linked to in the comments section of this post or, if you don't have the hosting or just want them to be a surprise, sent to me directly using the email address in the sidebar. Rest assured, I will read and post everything I recieve, so if you're going to email them to me, try to keep the filesize manageable, and make sure to put something like "30 Second Recap Contest" in the subject line.
- Entries should contain no more than eight to ten panels. Brevity is the soul of wit.
- What you choose to recap is up to you, but please, don't do anything that hasn't actually finished yet (which knocks out Civil War and the first Justice League of America storyline, which as we all know would just be eight panels of people sitting around a table saying each other's first names). Spoilers, of course, will be the order of the day around here once I post these.
- Not only does the art for your entry not have to be good, but by all rights, it should appear hastily done and pretty low-quality. Take as much time with it as you want, but if you can't get Batroc's legs to work quite right, don't sweat it. What matters is that it's fun.
- Cap'n Neurotic and Brian: You guys are welcome to enter, but since you won the last contest I had, I'm afraid I'm going to have to let somebody else win this one. No hard feelings?
The winner of the 30 Second Recap Contest will recieve, via the United States Postal Service, one signed copy of CRACKED Magazine #3, featuring my Laugh Audit review of the best and worst Romantic Comedies Hollywood has to offer, a crayon drawing of the comic book character of your choice, and various back issues hand-picked by me for being awesome. Last time, Cap'n Neurotic walked away with a full set of Wild Dog! What could you win?!
And just to get you started, here's a panel from my forthcoming recap of Civil War, which is posted here in flagrant violation of Rule #4:
And that's all there is to it. Thanks largely to you guys, 2006 has been one of the best years I've ever had, and hopefully you got a kick out of it, too.
Happy New Year, Everybody! Now get to work!
1: Prizes will be neither fabulous nor amazing.