ROUND 1 RESULTS!
Patrick Vs Rascal
It's sad that XxPsychoDreamxX wasn't able to finish their round. However, what she had posted, the art was very good and seemed to have a neat storyline going.
As for SeseMiroh, the art style was fantastic. It was constant, a good blend of digital and traditional, and a fantastic use of colour. There was dynamic dialogue, and a fantastic mix of dramatic and comical without going too far into either direction. However, there wasn't much development for the characters, especially Rascal up until the end with Lacy.
Winner: SeseMiroh with Patrick
Mark and Jason vs Phyddle and Relith
FlameoftheDark had a very creative way to defeat the enemies without having to kill them. However, it was hard to tell what was going on half the time. The paneling was slightly confusing and the poses were stiff. However, you show quite a bit of potential and you have plenty of room for improvement. A suggestion would be to re-arrange the paneling in a way the eye naturally follows, and to study how to draw dramatic posing so that the characters don't seem quite so static.
Boo-Tay started off strong with good colour, though the comic fell short when it came to the speech bubbles. They were hard to read at times, though when the words could be made out, there were a few good laughs. A suggestion would to be to choose one colour for either the text or the bubble, not both, as well as typing out the text. Another note is that Phyddle, in the colouring style, seems a bit off. While it's understood that he's a dark colour, the entirety of black makes it seem as if he's a silhouette all the time, which makes him seem awkward in comparison to the other characters. Perhaps lighten the shade of black slightly. Nontheless, you used your characters and your opponents well, using their abilities and weaknesses clearly and to your advantage. You also had some very good character development in your story. The flow tended to waver between very good and somewhat shaky, however you did a good job with the battle area given to you.
Winner: Boo-Tay with Phyddle and Relith
Arklay and Blackmore vs Eli and Danny
Halofira78 has gotten better at comics since the audition, and you did well putting colour into the comic, however that alone doesn't necessarily constitute a win. The handwritten text looked sloppy, but it got better in the second half when it was typed. The poses were repetitive and stiff, and there wasn't much of a plot, as the story focused on the battle and the action mostly. Eli and Danny also seemed out of character and there was very little character development for them. You are improving, though, so there's that.
SHADOWFAN996 has a style that's consistent and seems to fit them. The text is handwritten, but neat and easy to read- hope it continues to stay that way. You used the battle areas, warnings, and environments fantastically, and the backgrounds, while minimal, were used well. Visibility, however, was an issue, as the comics were a bit lightly drawn. The action poses were also a bit bland, as everyone was mostly upright and facing their opponent the entire time. You weren't scared to show Eli's dark side to us, however, and that was very fascinating.
Winner: SHADOWFAN996 with Eli and Danny
Tristan vs Jack and Jill
Sadly, Steven795 didn't post anything for his round, so it's unknown what could have happened.
ImaginaryParadox, however, did, and it was a fairly enjoyable round. An excellent use of the battle area, and the colored pages have a consistent and nice style. However, when the colour was gone, it was a little confusing as to what was happening. Tristan seemed out of character for a while, and at times, the flow was odd and didn't really explain the actions well. Improvements on panel transitions can certainly be made. Even so, the word bubbles were clear and easy to read, and the splashes of colour were nice.
Winner: ImaginaryParadox with Jack and Jill
Jolly vs Sohrab
This was an amazing matchup, and both contestants delivered, going above and beyond in their entries.
ValeTheHowl had an amazing round with clean lines, a distinct style, and you did a fantastically adding Sohrab in your round. He was characterized really well, bar during the fight, but it wasn't too terrible. The inclusion of devil, however, was a bit awkward, plot-wise, and the ending was a bit abrupt. However, it was a fantastic round, nonetheless.
Shainbow has a well-developed style and good colour schemes. All the characters were in-character, and got some good character development. The comic was humorous, but at the same time was able to become more serious and less fun-and-games without losing form. You did a fantastic job, and I hope you'll be able to continue with perhaps a bit more time-management next round.
Winner Shainbow with Sohrab
Vale and Grassman vs Garvis
ERIC-B did not have a completed round, but what was posted looked nice. Shame it couldn't have been finished.
ToxicThunder, however had a simple but nice style that had a nice cartoon feel to it. There was dynamic posing and good characterization. However, the end was a bit disappointing since it had to be written. That didn't make it unenjoyable, however.
Winner: ToxicThunder with Garvis
Lalita and Rokurou vs Dead Ranger and Manikin
Seeing as neither had a submitted round, this round is a void match.
Ramona vs Santin
sucks2bme didn't post a round, so we'll never know what plans they had.
Huntertallonian, however, did, and while it was simple looking, it was amazing with fantastic backgrounds, a nice use of colour, and an amusing situation with how useless both characters were in the water. Hopefully at some point you can find a scanner, as It'll help the quality- especially the colour. THe photos make it faded or darkened at times, such as Ramona's black-looking purple shirt. The colored text bubbles were a nice touch and Ramona was used very well, however, and the win was humorous. Can't wait to see what happens in a real fight.
Winner: Huntertallonian with Santin
Damien vs Paper Jackie
lockheart9 had a round that started off quite funny. There were clean lines and easy to read text. However, during the fight you made Damien seem rather overpowered. However, the ending was heartwarming and smile-inducing.
dghjgtty's round was also humorous, though it contained a few dark moments as well. The art style was unique, but at times it was hard to see what was going on because of the sketchiness. However, the creative scenes and character poses were fantastic, and the win was hilarious as was the fun you poked at your own character.
Winner: dghjgtty with Paper Jackie
Crin vs Shakoda and Lonie
ranasan, sadly didn't have an entry to judge.
Zhdara's entry, though was well done in the beginning. Sadly, though it's good that you finished the sketches, they sometimes could be hard on the eyes. It was, however, a very good use of character stories, abilities, and weaknesses as well as battle areas and special effects.
Winner: Zhdara with Shakoda and Lonie
Nina vs James
To avoid having a bias vote, The back-up judge, Bottled-Rottweiler, will be substituting for one of our judges. Furthermore, because of a tie, the tiebreaker An-san will be judging this round as well.
This was by far one of the most difficult rounds to judge. So difficult that we had to use our tiebreaker to figure out the winner.
madlyinlov3 handles the medium well. The splashes of colour were nicely used, and you have a way of showing action without all the action. For the most part, you did a good job keeping yourself and Nina characterized. however the problem comes because we don't get any development for Nina in this comic. And while the figure drawing was fairly good, the poses seemed stiff and at times the fight scenes were difficult to comprehend because of the way the paneling zoomed in on body parts. The ending as well, was a bit confusing, as it felt somewhat deus ex machina as she was defeated by James. And though the part with Angel is interesting, the part with Nina's sight was a bit confusing, since she seemed to instantly forgive James. What made it different now than in the past when she's killed many times before?
Sword-Demon had an overly cleaner look to his comics, and he handles character and dialogue well. James has a definable voice, and Nina's characterized well. However, you have a tendency to be wordy. While it would be fine in a written entry, in a comic entry you have to control how big the text blocks get, and a suggestion would be to break up the phrases and match them with smaller images. James himself got some good character development in the form of his sneakiness, his calculating of his actions, observation of the tournament setup and tricking Nina into thinking he's Angel's assistant. The battle is also sharp, but it's enough that it implies an appropriate ending. A suggestion for the future would be to change the contrast and brightness in the future, as it's somewhat dull as is.
Winner: Sword-Demon with James
Norse and Elly vs Kaiden and Alastair
TheFaceInTheTree sadly never finished their round. But what they had was impressive and looked wonderful
Shes-t's entry was a neat combination of tragic and funny. Everyone seemed completely in character and the weaknesses of both parties were used very well. The art style showed perfect emotions and the words and actions were very fluid. The win was amazing and out of nowhere, and the water was a brilliant idea. It was a wonderful round, altogether.
Winner: Shes-t with Kaiden and Alastair
Noche vs Digger and Harrison
Schizobot’s art style was detailed and beautifully colored and shaded. The panels made the story flow smoothly and were easy to follow. Characterization was consistent and delved deeper into the psyche of Digger and Noche—both the humor and the darkness. Because there wasn’t much plot to work with so early in the tournament, they focused more on characters, who generated a plot in and of themselves. The beasts in the arena were a nice touch, playing to the Greek and Roman myths with the chimera and hydra.
TheInfamousJoeLinder’s entry was impressive. The consistency of style and use of color throughout the comic was admirable. However, the flow was awkward and hard to follow at times, and Noche’s “accidental” win seemed rushed and forced. There was little buildup to it, and it was too sudden to process; it took a few readings to really get what just happened. She relied too heavily on her “drive” to win and her comment of “unless you can do this, then you’re weak” was extremely off-putting as it made Noche both good, cocky, and powerful—which is rarely a good combination.
Winner: Schizobot with Digger and Harrison
Abyss vs Ezekiel
SpiderInks's improvement between the audition and this round is admirable. There were places where it was hard to read, and the ending was baffling—and not in a good way. Shadow could have been introduced more comprehensively, it was too sudden and confusing.
Juan-CN’s entry was well drawn, and the ongoing theme was nice. There was a nice balance between humor and seriousness, and the buildup for future reveals of Ezekiel’s backstory leaves the reader wanting more. The only downside is the misspelling of the NPC’s name: names and appearance of other people’s characters are just as important as your own character.
Winner: Juan-CN with Ezekiel
Moza and Drake vs Caroline and Tik Tok
darklightartist’s round was highly enjoyable, humorous and intense. The paneling and effects (namely the typed speech bubbles) were nice and made the comic easy to follow. Even though there wasn’t detailed color throughout, the color-coding helped keep things neat. Using the different layers of the office (desk, floor, doorknob) gave the set more depth and provided more dynamic battle scenes. Incorporating all four characters was impressive—as was developing the character all of them (even Tik, despite being a cat). The allusions to Angel and Moza’s past keeps the reader wanting more.
:devxXGlassFelineXx’:s style is frankly adorable. It was a little hard to see, though, because the lines were so faint. Likewise, it was hard to read because of the equally light handwritten text. The interactions between Caroline and Moza were good, if a bit out of character, but Drake was noticeably missing.
Winner: darklightartist with Moza and Drake
Faith vs Red
Sadly, subject-nine didn't post anything, so we'll never know what plans they had up their sleeve.
Kelamyster12’s entry was a bit lacking. The lines were confusing because there was no color, and there was a lot of copy/paste, which can be used for comic relief, but in this case was just dry. On the same note, the fight scene wasn’t very developed, there was little or no character development—Red could have been any random stranger. Red’s powers were incorrect; he can’t transform things into weapons, he makes things act like weapons. The paneling was good, but branching out and using more shapes will really help the flow of the story in the future, and the yellow action bubbles were a nice touch—reminiscent of silver age comics. There’s potential, and we expect you to step up for round 2!
Winner: Kelamyster12 with Faith