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The world has gone horribly wrong! With our backs to the wall, hearts pounding, we paused for a quick rest after a frenzied dash. Footsteps were heard in the distance...

Once regarded as heroes, now, they have become our greatest nightmares. Tonight, they came not for our money or belongings, rather, for a truly horrific purpose... our BRAINS!

They were searching for us. It was only a matter of time. There was nowhere to run. These creatures were unlike those found in movies. They retained powers possessed during life. Super powers. Some were brainless and could not use powers effectively, however invulnerability, strength, invisibility... innate powers remained extremely deadly. Beings who possessed great powers during life, retained intelligence, along with a severe hatred for all living things.

The footsteps were now almost next to us. A sound of scraping, walking rock, could be heard. We knew - a wall, even if made of steel, could not protect us.

"For the sake of humanity and for everything that lives, let it only be for this one night!!"

The wall behind us shattered as a skeletal rock layered fist smashed through brick. The THING was upon us...

  • There is a 91.12% probability for a deadline extension of 3 to 21 days. It's up to you, artists, to take this into account. Should you risk a complicated design and hope for an extension? Or should you limit your entry's details so that you are 100% finished within the given time frame? Black or red? Double or nothing? Paper, rock or scissors? Remember, in theory, a gambler may get the glory, but being safe wins the Game!
  • No Teams, groups or collaborations. Everything must be made by "1" single person.
  • (3d/2d) Everything for this challenge must be made from scratch. No personal pre-existing ideas, sketches, animations, drawings, base meshes, or pre-made models.
  • (3d/2d) Please only use heroes and villains for this challenge. Archie is not an "action" hero and Garfield is not a super villain - they don't have weapons and they don't save or attempt to destroy the world. However, Wolverine, Battle Angel Alita, The Phoenix, Flash, Cyclops, Superman, Batman, Gambit, Daredevil, Electra, Joker, Magneto, Ninja Turtles, and many many more are fine.
  • (3d/2d) Characters originating from video games, TV or movies are not allowed for this challenge (Tomb Raider, G.I.Joe, Transformers, Star Craft, etc). Do your research.
  • (3d/2d) Keep gore and nudity to a decent level please!
  • (3d/2d) It is mandatory to include the original comic book cover(s) or page(s) that your Undead Entry is based from. Read more about this in Comicon 2016's submission guidelines.
  • Artists can submit 1 entry for 1, 2 or all 3 categories (3d, 2d, and Animation). A 2d concept piece created and used for a 3d entry, can also be submitted into the official 2d concept art category.
  • Is G.I.Joe and Transformers allowed? No. They both first originated as toys.
  • Since DC comics owns World of Warcraft and some other game comics - I assume we are allowed to use characters from them as well? No. Anything from WoW, StarCraft, etc, first originated as a game, so they can't be used for this challenge.
  • Animation Question: Can I remove edges/details? For easier skinning? Yes, the topology can be modified. If you smooth things out a tiny bit and still keep the look of the original, it's fine. But don't abuse this by simply keeping the form as a suggestive guideline and add a million polies to make it cinematic quality. That would be abusive.
  • Is Manga and Manhwa allowed? Yes, absolutely. However, beware the rule listed above in Universal Guidelines that states: "Archie is not an "action" hero and Garfield is not...."
Important: Please read the important details below about how to correctly use and display this image in your thread.

3 Steps to create an official entry...

  • STEP #1: Create a w.i.p thread in the challenge forum of GameArtisans.org (create thread here). In this personal w.i.p thread, you are able to post all your work in progress images during the challenge. Thread title should be in the following format: Comicon'16 | 3D or 2D or Ani | Title of Your Entry
  • STEP #2: When you have your w.i.p thread, go into your personal entry form for this challenge ( 3D Form | 2D Form | Animation Form ) and submit 3 items.

    Item (a) Upload a thumbnail image (can be a sketch, a reference image, anything) (press "Upload" to upload image)

    Item (b) Save a title for your entry (press "Save" to store it)

    Item (c) The URL (http://your-gameartisans.org-wip-thread-link) of your w.i.p thread. (press "Save" to store it)

    When items a, b and c are in, your entry will immediately show up on Comicon 2016's thumbnails page.
  • STEP #3: When above is complete, copy and paste this code into the first post of your w.i.p thread(s):
    [URL="http://www.gameartisans.org/challenges/view-entries_comicon-challenge-2016_show-all.php"][img]http://www.gameartisans.org/challenges/ga/comicon-challenge-2016/img/Comicon-2016-Official.jpg[/img][/url]
  • DONE! You are now an official starting entry!
  • In Night of the Super Unnatural Dead, create an Undead version of any Super Hero or Villain character from a comic.
  • Unlimited polies, unlimited texture sheets, all shaders, all game engines, all 3d programs, any lighting solutions, are yours! Use them as you wish to create a "single" character. However, your final model should still be professionally unwrapped on a single or on multiple sheets. View Example Sheet (by Neil Blevins).
  • No pets, animals, dead bodies, body parts, background statues, animal-like weapon insignias, figure engravings, stone figure-like carvings, figure-like tattoos, figure-like wall/item illustrations, and no extra characters in any shape or form. If an additional life form, entity, undead, robot, citizen, alien, bird, bat, insect, dust mite, duck, carebare, gremlin, living germ, or anything else that resembles an additional entity of any and all kinds is found in your presentation, you will be asked to remove it. Period. Create a single character. Nothing else!!! Why? With unlimited polies and textures, this "No Extra Characters" rule prevents artists with a lot of free time to create an army of characters and creatures, and as result, place high in the finals because of quantity and not quality. Everyone should compete on the same playing field. 1 character and no more!

    EXCEPTION #1: Armor or weapon emblems with face designs, skull armor, and clothing items with face designs or assortments (fur cape with wolf head, a rabbit lucky foot, etc.), are ok.

    EXCEPTION #2: Any pet or mount that a character originally has may be included in your entry. Example: Booster Gold and Skeet.
3D SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
All following images can be up to 1600w x 1600h pixels and 500k file size.

Main Beauty Image
(this image will also double as your small thumbnail shown on view entries page)
  • You are free to do whatever post effects you like on this image. You can create multiple angles of your character or just show one big version of him/her/it. You can include painted environments, skies, effects, etc.
Presentation Image
  • This image must contain one full front pose and one full back pose of your character. Post effects from 3d programs or 2d programs like Photoshop are NOT allowed in this image. The only adjustments allowed are: Brightness/Contrast, Levels, Sharpness, color balance, Curves, and Hue/Saturation.
Construction Image
  • This image should depict how your character was made. Wireframe shots, high-res models, multiple angles or just one big wireframe shot.
Texture Images
  • It is mandatory to squeeze your diffuse and normal maps onto this "one" image. Reflection, transparency, bump, specular, etc. maps are optional.
Concept/Sketches + Reference Image
  • On this sheet, you MUST include an original comic book cover(s) or page(s) that your character is based on. Additional personal sketches, concepts, and doodles or your character and its creation process is optional.

In Night of the Super Unnatural Dead, create an illustration that depicts an Undead Super Hero or Super Villain. This illustration can include pets, animals, crowds, audiences, and additional characters. However! only one character should be the center of attention.

2D SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
All following images can be up to 1600w x 1600h pixels and 500k file size.

Main Illustration
(this image will also double as your small thumbnail shown on view entries page)
  • A final illustrated color concept of something gloriously Undead!
Progression Image
  • A Step-by-step process image of how you made your final illustration. This image must contain sketches as well as a few images showing the process leading up to a final main illustration.
1-3 Extra Images
  • On one of these extra sheets, you MUST include an original comic book cover(s) or page(s) that your Undead character comes from. Otherwise, you are free to submit up to 3 extra images of your choosing. This can be w.i.ps, reference images, extra work-in-progress shots, area specific highlights, additional sketches, etc.

Woman
by archibase.net


Bot
by Evanescfan


Man
by archibase.net


Demon Soldier
by korpusenko

ANIMATION SPECIFICS FOR COMICON 2016
  • "Create a zombie walking with super powers." How you portray this is up to you. (Go Crazy!!)
  • 10 seconds duration maximum. This 10 seconds "must" start immediately when the animation begins. At the end of your 10 seconds sequence, an additional 30 seconds for scene break down, credits, animation tests, etc, can be added.
  • Only 2 of the supplied character models may be used for this challenge. No personal character models, animals, living-object characters, or insect models can be included in your scene.
  • Yes, basic environment elements like trees, ground, rocks, low resolution buildings, landscapes, bushes, are fine for this challenge.
  • Yes, props are allowed. You can add as many additional props as you would like to depict your 10 second sequence, however, each individual item must be no more than 750 tris max. Example, if you make a table, its tri count should be 750 tris max. This restriction is in place to prevent animators from modeling extraordinary stuff. Make your items suggestive and concentrate on what this category is all about.... animation!
  • Yes, all lighting solutions and rendering solutions from any software package is allowed.
  • Yes, Particle systems are allowed. Use solid mesh planes to depict your particle system(s). Physic modifiers are also allowed.
  • Yes, Motion Blur is allowed.
  • Yes, instead of creating a 3D animation, you can create a 2D animation. For 2d Animators, your entire animation must be in Black and white, or a single tone color (all shades of brown, or all shades of blue, etc). Style? Your animation can be comprised of stick figures or extremely elaborate characters (2 characters maximum). It's up to you.
  • Yes, include an overlay that shows the title of the challenge and any personal contact details you wish to include.
  • No textures, coloring and Transparencies allowed. Each Mesh/object, should be a single solid color. Each character and his/her equipment must be the same single color.
  • No Sound fx or music.
  • No altering the shape of your character's base mesh, however, for each character you have in your animation, you have the ability to give him/her up to 500 bonus tris for extra gear, clothing, appendages, and/or weapons. Optional: At your discretion, you can also modify and add more lines/topology to the joints of your selected base mesh(es) if it helps his/her movement in your animation. This joint modification does not count towards your 500 bonus tris per character.
  • No Glows, lens flares, fires, smoke, etc, anything with color, transparency and/or fluid tone (example, a laser beam effect). Please use polygons/tris with zero transparency to make your effects and particles.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Final Thumbnail Image
  • On the top of your animation submission form, upload an image. This image should be a frame/shot from your animation. It will be displayed on the view entries page for public viewing and voting. Please do not post a forum avatar, selfie photo, reference image or sketch image to represent your animation.
Animation Sequence
  • Your final animation should be uploaded to Youtube.com, Vimeo.com, Tudou.com, Youku.com, or Dailymotion.com. Don't submit any links with iframe or embed code. It should be a short link that you obtained by pressing on the "SHARE" link on your video website (youtube example code: http://youtu.be/Yj0l7iGKh8g). Important: please preview your submission to make sure your animation link works and plays properly. If you can't see your animation, then no one else can see it either.
1-4 Extra Images
  • To enhance your presentation of your entry, please feel free to include some renders of your characters, screen shots, scene set up images, wireframes, etc.
  • Comicon Challenge 2016 is open to all artists in all countries.
  • Comicon Challenge is a fan-based competition - meaning all work created for this challenge is purely to showcase skills and to have fun while making something great. No work may be sold or profited from in any fashion, without obtaining the proper licensing agreements from the original license owners.
  • Comicon Challenge 2016 is an artist-for-artists event. No profit is made from artwork submissions.
  • Judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Any image deemed to contain content that depicts violence, racial, political, religious, sexual or any other inflammatory material in an inappropriate manner may be disqualified and removed. Interpretation of what is, and is not, appropriate material is the sole discretion of the Organizer.
  • The Organizer will not be held responsible for late or missing entries for any reason whatsoever. It is the sole responsibility of the entrants to make reasonable allowances for upload times and to plan accordingly.
  • The Organizer reserves the right to cancel, extend or amend any part of Comicon's rules, prizes, or deadlines in any manner with or without prior notice.
** The organizer of this challenge is - FredH

Soft Deadline: Public voting begins 11:59pm, Eastern Time (click here to view eastern time), : : . : Monday, July 25th, 2016: . : : Artists may hand in late submissions, however, the more late an entry is, the more impossible it is to become a top finalist. (Why? Because each voter may only vote once, which is usually done on day 1 of voting. Hence on day 2, 3, 4 or 5 of voting, there will be no one left to vote for late entries)