we'll get right to our PERHAPANAUTS CLASSIC COMIC COVER CHALLENGE in just a minute, but i wanted to take advantage of rich's generous nature to make this brief statement...
several of you noticed, in the days following our original announcement of this little exercise, that i swiftly changed the name of it from the PERHAPANAUTS CLASSIC COMIC COVER CONTEST to the PERHAPANAUTS CLASSIC COMIC COVER CHALLENGE. why do this, todd? you might ask. it doesn't really change the cool alliteration that much and it still gives us the abbreviated PCCCC--now shortened to the even cooler PC4 (although i'd really like to figure out how to make the 4 smaller, you know, like PC to the fourth power...)
anyway, the motivation was this; i really don't like contests. not when it comes to art, anyway. i think all art is beautiful and i know that each and every artist i've ever met pours so much of him or herself into each line, each stroke. art is personal and an expression and, to me, to judge that in any way is just kinda wrong. art is subjective; who are we to say who is the better artist? rembrandt or van gough? da vinci or degas? frank miller or art adams? i dig them all! sure, some may appeal to one person more than the other, but i'd rather celebrate each and every wonderful piece and skip the popularity contest.
with that i shifted from contest to challenge. no judges, no voting, no winner. everyone's a winner! every cover is special! thanks so much, you guys, for sending in such inspired covers!
that said, the grand prize that each entrant should be receiving in the mail either today or tomorrow (some have already gotten theirs, right warren...?) is this rather elegant and stylish perhapanauts ball cap, complete with bill and baby blue embroidered lettering!
i like it this way.
so no more contests--only challenges here at the haps.
thanks for reading.
and now back to our regularly scheduled challenge...
because we chat a lot (and are working on a project together at the moment...) rich kept me posted with regular updates of the progress on his cover challenge. so cool to see it take shape and come together!
the inspiration... and the homage!
colors by lawrence basso