Well, the first thing to say is WOW! We here at Viper Comics were surprised by the amount of entries and the over-all quality of the submissions received.
You guys did NOT make it easy for us.
After going through the submissions we’ve debated, fought over, and finally agreed on a winner for the Artist Search and the Writer Search. So without further delay, here are the names of the winners.
WINNER – Chad L. of Hamilton, OH
His Deadpool script was great. He nailed the character, even had fun with the fact that this was a short story. Yet that limited page count didn’t limit the creativity and he still managed to cram tons of story into those five pages. Paced perfectly, leaving you with the feeling you’d read a full story, not a condensed version.
WINNER – Andrew T. of Palm Coast, FL
Setting aside the fact that Andrew delivered more than just pencils, what really stood out here was that of all the art samples, this one was the only one to make the central character (which everyone was free to interpret however they felt best fit the story) a woman. Employing creativity to steer away from the script in a couple of places, the finished art really built on the script and added a new depth rather than just doing a straight translation from words to pictures.
Chad and Andrew will be invited to collaborate on a web comic hosted by Viper Comics, and depending on popularity, look at a print version later.
All the other entries will receive an email over the next couple of weeks. And while you might not have won, several writers and artists did interest us enough that we might be looking at working with those creators in the near future. While we can’t give a detailed and personal set of notes to every entry, we will be sending a few comments that we feel highlight some of weaknesses we saw in general. Hopefully these will help entrants steer their skills and talents towards better results next time.
This has been a great experience for us at Viper Comics, and we’re already planning the next Talent Search. Stay tuned for more details soon.