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Randal's Sprite-athon
Randal at 12:04PM, Jan. 7, 2006
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What is this?
It's a challenge to and for makers of sprite comics. (edit: It's open to everybody now.)

What are the rules?
Create a sprite comic using either ripped or home made sprites, and without making any game references or using any |337, create an engaging and interesting story arc. Some suggestions would be a detective story, a “slice of life” comic strip, a love story, a gripping suspense… you get the idea. The arc should be a minimum of ten pages but can be as long as you want.

Why the hell should I?
Whoever does the best job when it's all said and done gets a signed copy of the very rare First Drunk Duck collection, signed by the likes of KC Green, Ronson, JTPokie and Black Kitty. (and possibly me.). also, there are thousands of fanboy sprite comics out there, yours isn't the only one. if you want to stand out in the crowd, you must do something different.

Why Do you care?
A lot of people… A LOT of people… have written off sprite comics as fanboy fodder that is useless filler at best. I happen to think you can tell a good story using just about anything. There used to be a good webcomic called “Plastic Ledgends” which was told using photos of the writer's legos used as props and characters. There was “Screwball Islands”, a good “sprite” comic strip that utilized homemade sprite sheets not found in any video game. Also, various stick figure comics such as “No 4th Wall To Break”.

When do I start and how long do I have?
Well, you can start right now. It will take a while for enough people to see this and for all participants to come up with engaging material fit for submission, so at the moment a due date will not be set… but plan on a month or so.

How do I enter?
Very simple, you announce your intentions to do so in this thread.

Participants*
Marine
Jesus
T_K
HPK
Enef
Disturb
Hermes
Lyon
magicmaker
riverghost
Hawk
PoisonedV
Titch
Aussie Kid
Rianeva
Silent_Ninja

*=Linked names lead to their entries.
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Enef at 12:08PM, Jan. 7, 2006
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i dont have a sprite comic but i can start drawing one (home made sprites) so is this open for everybody?
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Randal at 12:15PM, Jan. 7, 2006
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I'm leaning towards “open to everybody” since HPK wants in on it, but I'm suspecting his motives run along the lines of having KC Green's autograph more than any other reason.

Also, if I can track down the copyright holders for submissions that use ripped sprites, and they give us permission to use the images for free… (we might qualify anyway, for there are funky laws about parody being outside the realm of copyright infringement.) … I'm toying with the idea of putting the best selections in a book. But that would restrict people's page sizes and shapes…

can somebody research the copyright laws concerning parody? as in what qualifies and how much you can get away with?
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hpkomic at 12:47PM, Jan. 7, 2006
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I do believe I may give this a shot.

For KC's autograph.
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Hermes at 1:01PM, Jan. 7, 2006
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Count me in this sounds exciting
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marine at 3:53PM, Jan. 7, 2006
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I'm in.
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Anonymous at 8:19PM, Jan. 7, 2006
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Moi aussi.

Me too.

I'm bilingual for your understanding convenience.
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Zwuh at 10:04PM, Jan. 7, 2006
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But I did this already. :( Damn being ahead of my time. 8)
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marine at 1:19AM, Jan. 8, 2006
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Read my entry, it is an epic that uses nothing but sprites from Tetris.
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Enef at 1:41AM, Jan. 8, 2006
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Well im planning on making my owns sprites so this could take me a while

any set size restrictions?
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ccs1989 at 8:38AM, Jan. 8, 2006
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I might do it. I've always wanted to create sprites.
http://ccs1989.deviantart.com

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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magickmaker at 8:47AM, Jan. 8, 2006
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Sounds like fun. I'll revive my old sprite comic.
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Randal at 4:08PM, Jan. 8, 2006
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Zwuh
But I did this already. :( Damn being ahead of my time. 8)

Yes, i cited you in the examples, my goal is to get more spriters to strive past fanboy |337!!!!1111OMG… You also have a leg up because you already have original sprite sheets you could dust off to do a ten page Screwball Islands story.

Enef; take as long as you need, you have a month or so. Hopefully, if you make your own, you'll be encouraged to continue your non-fanboy sprite comic. Your home grown sprites are welcome.

KC Green and Ronson have both confirmed they will sign the books (One's for a simmilar manga contest.). Now I must work on confirming Black Kitty and Gigcast creator JTPokie, who were also in the book. If you're Inkmonkey fans, he lives by KC, so when I send the book to KC to sign, I'll try to get Ink to go sign it too.
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Anonymous at 4:55PM, Jan. 8, 2006
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Man, I'm spriting mine from scratch, I'm almost done the first sheet. After that though I'll be able to pump the pages out pretty decently quickly.
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Enef at 5:31PM, Jan. 8, 2006
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question: are we allowed to have animations ? like say i wanted it to be raining, could i make it a small cycle ?
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Randal at 5:43PM, Jan. 8, 2006
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cyclical animation within a panel is fine, making the whole thing an mpeg or flash animation is not. It's nice to see so many participants.

You all have a lot of work ahead of you, as three or so of Marine's tetris comic entry pages made me laugh out loud. (A first for me with Marine's comics.) This, in my opinion, is the best work he's ever done.
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Enef at 5:50PM, Jan. 8, 2006
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yeah they will be .gif files don't worry about that lol
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marine at 6:04PM, Jan. 8, 2006
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It gets worse. I've got the script for the next twenty pages in mind…
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Anonymous at 5:43PM, Jan. 11, 2006
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Teaser



Based on http://mozhaets.eyeskream.com by Kenzie

By the way, I don't know if anyone saw it earlier, but I said I screwed up during registration and now I cant activate my account. Can someone delete “Lyon” from the user list so I can re-sign up? Or activate me? Something?
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Riverghost at 6:02PM, Jan. 11, 2006
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I'll come up with something on the weekend.
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Hawk at 10:56PM, Jan. 11, 2006
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I've thought of doing a single page of my comic in sprites just for fun… I'd even create their own sprites from scratch. But what kept me from doing it is the fact that somebody just finding my comic might mistake it for just another sprite comic and never come back.

I still kind of want to make the sprites anyway. I love making sprites.
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T_K at 12:10PM, Jan. 12, 2006
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yay sprity fun.
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Randal at 1:32PM, Jan. 14, 2006
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Seems to be a good turn out so far… any more takers?
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PoisonedV at 3:38PM, Jan. 14, 2006
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Lyon1
Teaser

http://sd.nightgig.com/moz1.png

Based on http://mozhaets.eyeskream.com by Kenzie

By the way, I don't know if anyone saw it earlier, but I said I screwed up during registration and now I cant activate my account. Can someone delete “Lyon” from the user list so I can re-sign up? Or activate me? Something?

YOU MADE THOSE? WOW!

BTW count me in :D Can it have a cover? Does it count as a page?
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Randal at 4:40PM, Jan. 14, 2006
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yes, of course you can make a cover, you don't even have to restrict it to ten pages, but no, you can't count the cover within the ten pages. Other people would cry foul.
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Titch at 4:56PM, Jan. 15, 2006
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I'm intrested, naturaly. However I've seen some clear confusion on DD before about what consitutes a sprite (or Pixel Art, if I'm feeling REALLY presumptious). Like, for example that just having drawn it in MS paint makes it a sprite.
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Hawk at 4:58PM, Jan. 15, 2006
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I'm glad to see you back here, Titch. You're a credit to the Pixel-Art webcomic genre.
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Titch at 5:01PM, Jan. 15, 2006
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With the death of SI, I couldn't leave you guys without ANY decent sprite comics, now could I?

Unless Mr.Chibi is back…
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Ian Jay at 6:30AM, Jan. 16, 2006
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T-Bone! What happened to you? You were gone for, like, an infinity.

~IJ
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Titch at 11:36AM, Jan. 16, 2006
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Ian Jay
T-Bone! What happened to you? You were gone for, like, an infinity.

~IJ

Yeah, Infinity was pretty rad; all that ominous blackness spaning off into the distance in every direction. Then I realised I had forgotten the chocolate chips, so I came back here. Now I've forgotten how I got there in the first place…
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