Independent Spirit - Custom Action Figure Contest!
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While the big corporations often get the lion's share of the press and profits, nobody should ever underestimate the underdogs of the comic book publishing world, as that's where many of the most creative ideas are born. The focus of this challenge is the independent/alternative comics scene, so get ready to dazzle us with your favorite indie comic book/strip characters in customized form!
- While there are a number of definitions as to what does, or does not, constitute an independent/alternative comic book, for the sake of simplicity, we're going to define it as anything that isn't owned or published by America's big two, DC and Marvel.
- Any original comic book/strip character, published by an Independent company (Archie, Chaos!, Dark Horse, Eclipse, IDW, Image, Kitchen Sink, Malibu, Mirage Studios, Valiant, Viz, etc.), or self-published by the creator, past or present, is fair game. The following titles are just a handful of the many franchises that you could potentially choose from: Astro City, Bone, Cerebus, Darkchylde, The Darkness, Dawn, Elfquest, Gen13, The Goon, Hellboy, Judge Dredd, Kabuki, Lady Death, Love & Rockets, The Maxx, Pitt, Savage Dragon, Scud: The Disposable Assassin, Shi, Sin City, Spawn, Tarot: Witch of The Black Rose, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Tick, WildC.A.T.s, Witchblade, and Youngblood.
- Comic book adaptations of movies, television shows, toy lines, video games, etc. aren't allowed. Whomever, or whatever, you choose to make has to have originated in the comic book/strip medium. In other words, you can't do any licensed stuff like Aliens, G.I.JOE, Predator, Star Wars, Street Fighter, Terminator, Transformers, etc. for this particular contest, even though they have had, or currently have, comic books.
- Your custom should match the appearance of the character as they appear in the comic artwork, not some other incarnation in a different medium. For example, Spawn should look like he does in the comic books, not like Michael Jai White's portrayal from the 1997 live action Spawn movie.
- While it's not required, if you pick something that's fairly obscure, it's probably a good idea to post a reference image, as part of your entry photos, so that Figure Realm voters who aren't familiar with the character have something to visually compare your custom with.
There are no size/scale limitations and you're free to use whatever parts/materials/tools you can get your hands on.
What are the rules of the contest?
It's hard to choose just one custom to vote on when there are tons of great entries, so Figure Realm has a unique voting system where you can vote on ALL the customs! When you click on an entry to view, there's a bar with buttons on it that lets you give the custom anywhere from 1 to 5 Stars. 1 Star means you think they could have done a better job on the custom while 5 Stars means you think they did a perfect job. The votes for each entry are added up when voting is closed and averaged-out to determine the winners. Also, don't abuse the system. Don't give your own custom 5 Stars and then give everyone else 1 Star to boost your rating. Remember, the votes are monitored.
Some points you might consider when casting your vote: Is the figure well-made? Is the paint smooth or crusty? Are there noticeable fingerprints on the sculpted parts? Is it an original custom? Is it accurate to the source-material (comics, photos, description in a book)? Are the pictures clear enough to see the details? Did the creator take the time to include a back-story or recipe? Is the custom so unbelievably awesome that you'd trade your girlfriend for it?
Craftsmanship and creativity are major factors to consider, but ultimately your vote should depend on how much you like the custom, and how well you feel it fits the contest theme.