Snark Free Corner for 10/22

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



Here are the entries from the eight finalists for the second 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 C.B. Cebulski for that first page...


Page One, Panel One

We open here with a shot of cheerleaders, which, as we all know, is how every good comic should open! Anyway... we're on the sidelines of a high school football game as these hot young things are doing their best to do their jobs and cheer on the crowd. The main focus of this shot should be one cheerleader in particular and she should be the center of attention; clearly the captain and the hottest of the bunch. Poses and uniforms up to you, but they should look sexy and feature the letters JB as I went to Joel Barlow High School.

Caption: I never dated a cheerleader.

Page One, Panel Two

Cut now to a scene at the prom... just a close-up of the prom queen as she stands on the stage and smiles and holds her flowers and waves at the crowd. She just got her crown and is happy as all hell. She's the prom queen, so she should be hot and decked out here in her gown with her tiara. I can send my prom pic as ref if you want to see what my date wore in 1989, even though she wasn't even nominated as queen. Depending on how you frame it, if we can see any of the background, it should be of balloons and glitter and all that prom shit, with any signs again for Joel Barlow High School Prom or JBHS 1989. Our theme was "Wonderful Tonight" if you wanted to include that. I'm just giving details here, so feel free to use or disregard whatever you want.

Caption: Never got lucky with the prom queen.

Page One, Panel Three

Cut to the outside of the back of a schoolyard near a parking lot. There should be a couple of old wooden benches and on them are seated a bunch of stoner chicks. Back then, Jerry Garcia was alive and the Dead were still touring and there were plenty of Deadhead chicks at my school. So there should be three or four of these chicks seated here, ripped jeans, tie-dyed shirts, flip-flops, rings, bracelets, anklets, dreadlocks, braided hair... however far you feel like going. They're all just sitting around smoking cigs and chatting as an old boom box plays some tunes they're grooving to.

Caption: Those kinds of girls always required too much effort.

Caption: I always found it easier to trade cigarettes with the stoner chicks for a quick hook-up in the parking lot.

Page One, Panel Four

This is a small inset panel in the bottom right corner of panel three. It's a simple shot of a young C.B. here, smiling or winking at the reader, as he enters the story.

C.B.: Just kidding.

Page One, Panel Five

Establishing shot of C.B. here now, dressed much like he is on the cover of Wonderlost #1: jeans, t-shirt, sambas, Rossignol cap, and black and yellow JB soccer jacket. He's on his own, maybe holding a notebook and a text book under one arm, as he walks down a crowded high school hallway lined with lockers.

Caption: I mean, sure, I was your typical, horny high school teen, looking for love in any place I could find it.

Caption: Most often in the pants of any girl who'd let me in.

Page One, Panel Six

C.B. now standing in the same hallway in front of the lockers with a cute little dark-haired hottie, dressed casually in jeans and sweater and Keds or something similar. She has her back up against the lockers as he leans in and over her and they make goo-goo eyes at each other.

Caption: But now that I'm older, reflecting back on all the different girls I dated...

Caption: ...I've come to realize that the ones I slept with are the ones I remember the least.

Page One, Panel Seven

Tighter on just their faces as they stare in each other's eyes.

Caption: My fondest memories are of the girls I didn't hook up with.

Caption: The small moments I shared with them are the ones I've never forgotten.

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.

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.

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

Get ready to vote this Wednesday!


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!





What is the most original superpower introduced in the last decade?


This week's game is as follows...

Find me a cover featuring Agatha Harkness on it...

Floating heads don'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 character was not born in America.................2. This character is a superhero.................3. This character has sort of like shapeshifting powers.................4. This creator was an Avenger................5. This character was born in Costa Verde.

Who is it?

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

Hope you had fun!

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