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Saturday, December 30, 2006

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!

The Rules:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Entries should contain no more than eight to ten panels. Brevity is the soul of wit.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 Swag:

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Chris. But New Years is bullshit. I treat everyday like New Years, each and every day matters to the fullest. Not just NEW YEARS!

12/31/2006 10:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No entries from books that aren't finished, eh? Well, then I'll just leave my recap of Hawkgirl as a comment. Like so:

"Hawkgirl in 30 seconds"

"Hawkgirl! (Favorite Band: The Hooters).


Space Vagina!


Art forthcoming never, sadly.

12/31/2006 10:48 PM

Blogger Chris Sims said...

That Hawkgirl story actually is over, so it'd be fair game. Just, y'know, to clarify the rules a little.

12/31/2006 11:46 PM

Blogger lostinube said...

Even if I don't win (er..because I probably won't submit anything) can I still request a stick-figure drawing of Tarot and her friends?

1/01/2007 12:42 AM

Blogger Canton said...

Okay, Chris. You asked for it. My entry.

And now, some sleep.

1/01/2007 2:53 AM

Blogger Devon Sanders said...

I am SO totally trademarking "Space Vagina."

1/01/2007 3:59 PM

Blogger Derek said...

(hippie voice)

You can't, like, own a Space Vagina, man.

1/01/2007 6:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not the prize, it's the fame! I'm entering, just as soon as I find myself a scanner. And some crayons. And, um, an idea.

....yup, any day now...

1/01/2007 8:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My entry is a 30 second review of...

The ISB in the year 2006!


And if I win I want Namor!

1/01/2007 8:35 PM

Blogger Jon said...

Behold, Ultimate Extinction

I had no crayons, so pencil will have to do.

1/01/2007 10:04 PM

Blogger Steven Hardina said...

Nice touch with Mercury, mallet!

1/02/2007 1:56 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I present to you The All-New Atom in 30 seconds!

1/02/2007 3:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beyond! in thirty seconds (and one panel. What can I say, I'm all about the economy of art).

1/02/2007 1:46 PM

Blogger Ragtime said...

Mine is up.

Teen Titans, One Year Later in Six Panels

1/03/2007 3:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I'll reach back a bit to the hallowed Bronze Age with The Death of Gwen Stacy 30 Second Recap.

1/03/2007 4:24 PM

Blogger notintheface said...

Lacking a scanner, I will attempt to find the right program to complete my own 30-second recap of "Bruce Jones' Nightwing in 30 seconds"

Sample line:

Nightwing: "I'm...(gasp!)...an IDIOT????"

1/04/2007 12:34 AM

Blogger googum said...

DC's Warlord Relaunch
It's where stick figures and slander collide...

1/04/2007 1:21 AM

Blogger Brandon Bragg said...

Come and read Fatal Attractions ...


1/04/2007 2:04 AM

Blogger Diamondrock said...

Your recap, sir.

1/04/2007 6:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moon Knight relaunch in 30 seconds. Forgot how much I love crayons.

1/04/2007 11:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What fun! My entry goes back a bit further: Marvel Team-Up #20, featuring Spider-Man, the Black Panther and Stegron the Dinosaur-Man!

1/04/2007 2:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We ate our crayons.

1/04/2007 3:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

30 second recap: MARVEL COMICS 2006

1/04/2007 6:03 PM

Blogger Jeff Rients said...

I can't really participate, since I just started getting monthlies again. But here's my Nextwave fanart.

1/04/2007 6:57 PM

Blogger McGone said...

The book isn't done yet, but it is cancelled, so I hope that counts... Here is my NEXTWAVE recap for those people who started reading at issue #11

1/04/2007 10:17 PM

Blogger chris said...

It's a Warren Ellis-palooza.


Desolation Jones: Made in England, if you can't tell.

1/04/2007 11:04 PM

Blogger Zeke said...

Oh, I'm so in on this. I've been in the brief recap business for seven years. I'll post something before the deadline. (Meanwhile, here's a parody of Avengers #500 I wrote a while back.)

- Z

1/05/2007 1:31 AM

Blogger Jeff said...

Seven Soldiers - Six Panels

1/05/2007 1:46 AM

Blogger Steven Hardina said...

Ares in 30 seconds!

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8

1/05/2007 4:05 AM

Blogger Jeff Rients said...

Okay, I'm totally checking out this Ares book next time I'm at the store.

1/05/2007 8:40 AM

Blogger Bill D. said...

So I think thedeadpenguin should get a special award for using "Aparo!" as a sound effect.

1/05/2007 12:34 PM

Blogger R.Nav said...

I've only now just noticed that the plural of Elvis is apprently Elvii. What do you call a group of Elvii? After all, if you have a herd of cattle and a murder of crows, what would you call a group of Elvii?

I think it'd be called a strut of Elvii.

1/05/2007 1:22 PM

Blogger Sleestak said...


1/05/2007 2:23 PM

Blogger Jeff said...

I think the proper term for a group of Elvii is either a roustabout or a harumscarum.

1/05/2007 2:28 PM

Blogger Sean Kleefeld said...

Okay, I'm taking on an entire series. Behold: The Thing in 30 Seconds!

1/05/2007 2:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Batman and Son" in 30 seconds.
Done with pen + MSPaint.

1/05/2007 9:08 PM

Blogger Jake said...

I'm so disappointed in myself. I had something more involved planned, but then I realized maybe I didn't need 30 seconds.

Every issue of Punisher ever in 2 seconds.

1/06/2007 12:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tried posting this twice so far. Hopefully this time, it will take.

Green Arrow: Crawling from the Wreckage (One Year Later) in 30 Seconds.

1/06/2007 1:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a feeling I'll win the award for the crappiest entry! Here's Batman: Knightfall in 30 seconds!

1/06/2007 1:45 AM

Blogger notintheface said...

Here's mine :

Bruce Jones Nightwing run in under 30 seconds:


1/06/2007 2:10 AM

Blogger notintheface said...

Yes, I stink at attachments. So I just e-mailed it instead.

1/06/2007 2:11 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Here's my contribution:


It's Nextwave #1-2. I thought about doing the whole series (or at least the first eight or so issues), but I was frustrated by how bad I am at drawing, so I quit after the first panel.

1/06/2007 2:31 AM

Blogger Tom Foss said...

Here's mine: Acts of Vengeance in 30 Seconds!

1/06/2007 5:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My latest reminder to myself that I need lessons in drawing and Web design, as well as some sort of Blogger profile, is:

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars in 30 Seconds.

And, Matt, I can relate to your frustration -- I was going to draw Captain America leading the heroes into battle from issue 12 before I realized that I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing.

1/06/2007 7:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

While "Children of Men" isn't a comic I figured distilling the movie to one image, somewhat comics related would work.


Alfonso Cuarón must also be a fan of Batman #425. Bonus points for the movie: Clive Owen chucks it at a fascist pig.

1/06/2007 10:38 PM

Blogger Richelle Mead said...

Behold! The Death & Resurrection of Colossus. A bit improvised...but definitely a screen full of Awesome.

1/06/2007 10:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shant, it wasn't a car battery; that was a cinder block. And he didn't chuck it; he swung it.

But somehow your comic holds up. Go figure. Oh yeah: spoilers above

1/07/2007 2:22 AM

Blogger Nathan P. Mahney said...

My entrant in this most hallowed of contests - the New Avengers: Illuminati Special in 30 seconds.

1/07/2007 5:41 AM

Blogger Erich said...

I came in late to the party, but here's mine:

The 30-Second Man-Bat

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