February Challenge - Look! Up in the Sky!

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Ptrope, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Ptrope

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    ... It's an Avian! It's a starship! It's going where no man has gone before!

    Fans of Star Trek are certainly no strangers to comic books. Many of our greatest comic heroes have more than a dash of sci-fi added to the mix, from radioactive spiders to escapes from exploding planets, to mutant abilities that set our heroes apart from the rest of us not only physically, but philosophically and politically, as well. While one man flies about brazenly in a cape, another skulks in the shadows and rids the streets of the slime that prey on the innocent; still others fight to protect humanity whether humanity appreciates them or not. Right makes might.

    The thing that sets superheroes (and supervillains) apart from the rest of us are abilities that are far superior to those of mortal men. Sometimes they gain them by accident, sometimes by birth, sometimes by intent. In the Star Trek universe, let's just say that it's a matter of being in the right place at the right (or wrong!) time. With hundreds of known inhabited worlds, the galaxy is full of species, all adapted to their home planets and environments, but able to visit other worlds, as well, where their differences set them apart, just like a certain Kryptonian on Earth, or a Martian manhunter. Imagine that, even with vast federations offering peace and tranquility, not everything is perfect all the time. Some things still need a hero ... or some things still breed a villain.

    The challenge for February is to create a comic hero, or villain, in the context of Star Trek. It may be a single character, or it might be a team, but it has to be based upon the idea that, amongst all those worlds out there, someone has both the capabilities and the determination to stand out from the crowd and make a difference. Maybe a Klingon uses his superior strength to honorably defend a weaker race from invasion, or a Borg separated from the collective is able to infiltrate technology and turn it against its creators. Maybe a shapeshifter finds that his mimicry is a perfect tool to divide a house of terrorists. Trek has always had characters like this - they've just usually worn a Starfleet uniform, or been defeated by a captain who did.

    So get out your pencils, or your tablets, or your modeling apps, and show us what "the supers" look like in Star Trek, everything from Batman to Buzz Lightyear, from the Legion of Super Heroes to the League of Extraordinary Gentlebeings. There are lots of species to pick from, and maybe more we haven't thought of. This would be one of those times where a bit of backstory wouldn't hurt, either (but keep in mind, it's all got to fit into one image when you submit your final entry ;)). Spandex is optional, but try to make your character(s) bigger than life, somehow.

    Here's a sample, from a few years ago, just to add some imagery to the idea:

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    Make sure those entries get mailed in by midnight, Feb. 28, to ptrope at gmail dot com. Nuff said! ™
     
  2. ShamelessMcBundy

    ShamelessMcBundy Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Hmm, i think i remember Delta Squad. Can't wait for the entries!
     
  3. Albertese

    Albertese Commodore Commodore

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    Sweet! For once I've got some ideas straight away! I think I'll actually participate this month! To the Art Cave! {cue Adam West Batman theme]

    Excelsior!
     
  4. Captain Robert April

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    I think I've got an idea for this one....:devil:
     
  5. Buck Rogers

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    I might enter two concepts, one being an 24 Century Green Lantern corps's Member from an old crossover fanzine titled Condition Green its the story how the Federation through Star Fleet's flagship the USS Enterprise encounter the Guardians of OA,and the Green lantern Corps resulting in a treaty with OA,and members of the Corps to be part of a scouting force.
    The second concept is a 24 century descendant of Tony Stark in civilian battle armor that is equipped with Micro Phasers,his omni beam emitter can generate tractor beams,and his flight systems are based on Micro impulse,and Micro warp drive engnes.

    I'll see if I have time to do both since I'm also writing a book about my experiences in fandom.

    Signed

    Buck Rogers
     
  6. Buck Rogers

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    Ptrope, Got a question do I have to save my images first before sending them,and what format do you want them to be in?

    Signed

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  7. Ptrope

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    Buck Rogers, I'm not really sure what you're asking, regarding 'saving the images first'; I don't know how you could avoid it. ;)

    As for format, I can handle pretty much any format you create, but I prefer JPEG, GIF or PNG; I wouldn't suggest sending a proprietary format like a Photoshop PSD or a Corel CPT file, for example. The final submission should be a single image file, as well, although it can consist of multiple images (like a collage or a comic page, in this case). Also, in this challenge, if you want to include a bit of backstory (please be brief :bolian: ), I can post that along with the image in the final poll.
     
  8. Buck Rogers

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    Thanks,but I meant should I upload from my computer to you or can also upload to the forum as a post without going to Photo Bucket.

    BTW Love the avitar

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    Buck Rogers
     
  9. Klaus

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    ...to post a pic on the forum you'll need to use photobucket, et al. For the actual entry to Ptrope at the end of the month you can just attach it to an email. You don't have to post a thread about your entry if you don't want to, but the feedback can be valuable...

    btw, my 4000th post.. promotion! :D
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  11. Ptrope

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    Quick reminder: Friday night, Feb. 28, is the deadline for the challenge, so be sure to e-mail your final image and any accompanying backstory to ptrope at gmail dot com by midnight, GMT. The poll will go up over the weekend.

    So far, I have received images from:

    Starscape
    B.J.
    Shawnster
    Buck Rogers


    If I've missed anyone so far, please PM me and let me know.
     
  12. Admiral2

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    Ah, Ptrope, the 28th would be Saturday, according to my calendar.
     
  13. Ptrope

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    Yeah, my watch had the wrong date on it when I posted that ... :)
     
  14. Klaus

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  15. Ptrope

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    Received! :bolian:
     
  16. Praetor

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  17. Albertese

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    Sent! Been a while since I participated in one of these contests. Hopefully I'll be able to do some more! Sometimes it's fun to work against a deadline.

    --Alex
     
  18. Admiral2

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    Sent, last minute.
     
  19. Ptrope

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    Got everyone's entries so far:

    Starscape
    B.J.
    Shawnster
    Buck Rogers
    Klaus
    Admiral2
    Albertese
    Praetor

    Nice group shaping up this time! :techman:
     
  20. ShamelessMcBundy

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    Wow that's a lot of people this time. Huzzah!