Snark Free Corner for 10/15

Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!



Here are the entries from the ten finalists for the first round of Comic Book Idol 3!

Check out the Comic Book Idol 3 forum if you want to see the rest of their pages!

I am going to post all their first pages (of their three page assignment). For reference, here is the script by Vince Hernandez for that first page...


Panel 1.Establishing shot. A breathtaking vista illuminates a Mexican sunset as we key in on a peninsula rising above the crashing ocean waves below. A lone beach house is on the peninsula, appearing rather inconspicuous. CHANCE CALLOWAY'S '59 Thunderbird convertible is parked right outside.

Panel 2.Inside the beach house, we see a cloth towel draped over a chair in the foreground. Chance lounges on a beat-up futon in the background; sipping on a beer while watching television. Steam emits from a bathroom door in the background-someone is showering.

Panel 3.A small inset panel, a bird's eye view of the beach house from high above in the sky. A Comanche attack helicopter blade whirls through our shot as it zeroes in on the house.

Panel 4.ASPEN MATTHEWS pops ONLY her head and everything above her breast-line out of the bathroom doorway pointing at the towel on the chair. This is our opening shot of her so make it count. NO NUDITY.

Panel 5.From the POV of the side of the Comanche helicopter (we don't want to fully reveal it just yet), we see a pair of Hellfire missiles shoot out towards the beach house.

Andrew Huertaa 23-year-old freelance artist from Santa Ana, CA.

Caio Oliveiraa 28-year-old who is currently unemployed, from Teresina, Piauí, Brazil.

Charles Paul Wilson IIIa 31-year-old security guard from Wharton, NJ.

Daniel Lafrancea 42-year-old freelance artist from Toronto.

Dan McDaida 30-year-old writer and illustrator from London.

Jon Reeda 28-year-old accountant assistant from Alexandria, VA.

Jose "Joh James" Holdera 36-year-old storyboard artist from Montreal.

Nicholas Pitarraa 25-year-old college student and part-time waiter from Houston.

Warren Leonhardta 33-year-old freelance storyboard artist from Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

Wilfredo Torresa 35-year-old information technology professional from Lawrencville, GA.

Get ready to vote this Wednesday!

And you have until Wednesday 11am to make your picks for my Comic Book Idol 3 contest!

Also, if you want to see how some other artists did working on the same pages, I have five samples up here at the latest Idol Thoughts on the Comic Book Idol 3 blog.


As always, here is the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn't something obvious like "They all have prices!" "They all have logos!" "They all feature a man!" etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.

Good luck! A cool point to the first person to figure it out!





After Giant-Size X-Men, the X-Men determined they had too many members, so shrunk down to 7 - Cyclops, Banshee, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossues and Thunderbird. If the X-Men had to do that NOW, who would your six members (other than Wolverine, as, come on, you can't have the X-Men without Wolverine) be?


This week's game is as follows...

I featured Sue Dibny LAST week, so how about her killer, Jean Loring, THIS week?

Find me a cover featuring Jean Loring on it...

Floating heads don't count! And Jean as Eclipso doesn't count!

Here is an example (which you can't use!)....

Remember, only one cover per commenter!

Good luck!


Remember, tell me who it is and what number clue gave it away!

1. This creator's first mainstream work was on the character Vampirella.................2. This creator then worked for both Marvel AND DC.................3. This creator is an artist who has only released one full issue of a comic in the past year plus.................4. This creator has had at least one action figure series based on his artwork................5. This creator works pretty much exclusively with writer Jeph Loeb nowadays.

Who is it?

Well, that's it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.

Hope you had fun!

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