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CHALLENGE 2/23/2009: One Word Comic

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Topic: CHALLENGE 2/23/2009: One Word Comic
Posted By: administrator
Subject: CHALLENGE 2/23/2009: One Word Comic
Date Posted: 23 February 2009 at 12:02am

CHALLENGE: One Word Comic

Create a comic that uses exactly one word. It can be used in a speech bubble, a sound effect, a street sign, anything; as long as there is only one single word. It must be a legible and hand pixeled word in English. Loan words are acceptable; for example you may use "Aloha" as your word.

Also, no concealing extra words.

The comic must have at least 3 panels.

Canvas Size - Unrestricted.
Colours - Unrestricted.
Transparency - Optional.
Animation - No.


  • Participants have until this upcoming Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) to /pixels/submit_icons.asp - submit their entry (strict). Don't forget to check the 'Submit to weekly challenge' checkbox.
  • Only new pixels allowed.
  • Open to all members.
  • Posting WIPs in this thread or in new threads in the /forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=8 - WIP section is highly encouraged, but ONLY SUBMIT YOUR FINAL ART.


  • Every Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) the previous week's entries are judged.
  • Every week a new voting poll will be posted for previous week's entries.
  • Winner announced the following week.


  • Top three finishers will receive an award displayed in your PJ gallery profile for all to see and envy.
  • Top finisher gets to call the following week's challenge...sweet.
  • 'Participation' ribbons will be given for all who enter.
  • No matter what happens you get challenged :)


/pixels/poll.asp?id=1126' name='vote' target='_blank'>Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!


The One Word Comic pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

/pixelart/40642.htm' target='_blank'>Mind Your Manners (nudity!) by /p/13871.htm' target='_blank'>Hydronium
/pixelart/40518.htm' target='_blank'>Mario - Tired Of Playing Level 1 by /p/13544.htm' target='_blank'>Solitaire
/pixelart/40574.htm' target='_blank'>Plight of the redshirt by /p/20634.htm' target='_blank'>vampireslug

Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge!

/pixelart/40597.htm' target='_blank'>In casino by /p/11489.htm' target='_blank'>BiOBER
/pixelart/40508.htm' target='_blank'>Small cartoon strip for challenge by /p/20349.htm' target='_blank'>JoPix
/pixelart/40494.htm' target='_blank'>Ideas. by /p/10192.htm' target='_blank'>PixelKiwi
/pixelart/40617.htm' target='_blank'>Freee by /p/20690.htm' target='_blank'>4ok
/pixelart/40557.htm' target='_blank'>Insomnia by /p/17211.htm' target='_blank'>Rorax
/pixelart/40532.htm' target='_blank'>SLICE! by /p/20306.htm' target='_blank'>dpixel
/pixelart/40480.htm' target='_blank'>News by /p/12942.htm' target='_blank'>Shadow-gamer
/pixelart/40608.htm' target='_blank'>Bee's rush by /p/15008.htm' target='_blank'>Bimbo
/pixelart/40539.htm' target='_blank'>comic strip by /p/20344.htm' target='_blank'>mach
/pixelart/40631.htm' target='_blank'>Word. by /p/20728.htm' target='_blank'>Riboflavin
/pixelart/40552.htm' target='_blank'>Rope by /p/9969.htm' target='_blank'>Kindred
/pixelart/40620.htm' target='_blank'>Pacman's fall by /p/17161.htm' target='_blank'>MeEatYou

Posted By: Fuzion_Creative
Date Posted: 23 February 2009 at 7:39pm
Do numbers and symbols count for words?

Posted By: skamocore
Date Posted: 23 February 2009 at 7:47pm
"six" - yes
"6" - no
"$!><" - no
"ampersand" - yes
"and" - yes
"&" - no


Posted By: pixelblink
Date Posted: 23 February 2009 at 8:11pm
hate to contradict you, ska, but any symbol that is intended as a word is a word. ie: a speech bubble with a heart in it, & = and, binary code could mean a word, :) = happy, etc

edit: as it does state in the rules:

It must be a legible and hand pixeled word in English

Posted By: Metaru
Date Posted: 23 February 2009 at 8:20pm

no words used, but the simbols represent the concepts.

in another words, only one thing can be said

I ate leel's babies

Posted By: skamocore
Date Posted: 23 February 2009 at 8:24pm
& is not a word in English. Check the dictionary. Symbols are symbols. A clown face represents a clown, but it isn't the word "clown"

^&%* can imply a word, but isn't a word.

Basically, I think if you can play a word in scrabble it's allowed in this challenge. "&", "♥" and ":)" can't be played in scabble. "and", "heart" and "happy" can.

I can tell this is going to be a long week D:


Posted By: Fuzion_Creative
Date Posted: 23 February 2009 at 8:29pm
So $1 would not count for my word?

EDIT: Oops, missed the post right above mine.

Posted By: DJD
Date Posted: 23 February 2009 at 8:35pm
Where is that Jalonso quote that says how incredibly difficult it is for people to understand the rules when you need it? I'm pretty sure ska made the challenge, so just accept it and come up with other billions of ideas that are allowed with the 26 letters we have to work with.

This is one of the best challenges in a long time. I'll look forward to the next challenge-recycle challenge so I can enter this. good luck everyone!

Posted By: skamocore
Date Posted: 23 February 2009 at 8:41pm
Where is that Jalonso when you need him?

Also, if this makes things clearer. This would be acceptable:

Sorry Met for butchering your comic. =(


Posted By: Fuzion_Creative
Date Posted: 23 February 2009 at 8:48pm
That does make things clearer, thanks!

EDIT: Last question...I hope. 
Does this mean we can't sign our work?

Posted By: Metaru
Date Posted: 24 February 2009 at 12:00am
its ok, anything to help those bummers understand it :/

I ate leel's babies

Posted By: BruceJuice
Date Posted: 24 February 2009 at 3:22am

Just a sketch for now (very rough)

Gonna have to tweak more than pixels for the challenge.

Posted By: Evilagram
Date Posted: 24 February 2009 at 6:17am
Not going to post a WIP, I want mine to be a surprise.
Kay, so only alphabet characters arranged as a word contained in the english dictionary count as your word. So if I were to use a symbol such as a number, non-alphanumeric character, or a small picture, that would not count as my single word. Correct?
The comic I have planned doesn't have anything of that like, just a single word with punctuation, I'm just curious about the ruling here. Is Skamore privy to knowledge about the contest that Pixelblink isn't? They're both Rear Admirals so I'm not sure which one to believe.

Posted By: Bundt
Date Posted: 24 February 2009 at 8:23am
I think using symbols in place of words is kinda cheap. :( Maybe not cheating, but cheap. This seems like a comic challenge as well as a pixel challenge, at least to me... Using symbols in place of words changes a bit of the focus from "how can I use my one word in a stylish/awesome/hilarious way" to "how can I use symbols to replace the rest of the words I need to make this make sense" which is much less impressive to me. :(

Anyways hopefully I can get something done for the weekly challenge this time because I <3 comics.

Posted By: Metaru
Date Posted: 24 February 2009 at 10:14am
the rules are clear, and they're easy to understand. only one word. period.

no need to twist the challenge rules and look for loopholes to adjust it to your needs. should be the other way around.

I ate leel's babies

Posted By: Haru-D
Date Posted: 24 February 2009 at 12:58pm">
Its just a view so far outside an Inn, Panel 1.

Posted By: Club Beuker
Date Posted: 25 February 2009 at 3:28am
So can you use the one word in more pictures? Or are you supposed to just use one word in the whole comic?

Without me, it's just aweso

Posted By: skamocore
Date Posted: 25 February 2009 at 3:34am
The whole comic must have just one word.


Posted By: vampireslug
Date Posted: 26 February 2009 at 3:59am
This is my first challenge and I have to say, I really had to think for a while.  It's weird but I think it's easier to come up with a no-word strip than to come up with just one word; when you have only one word it REALLY has to say just the right thing.  Kudos to whomever thought up this one, I really had fun with it.

Posted By: Bimbo
Date Posted: 26 February 2009 at 5:53am
how can i make my wip better? please have anybody idea?

Posted By: Metaru
Date Posted: 26 February 2009 at 10:05pm
give that can of beans a proper background... looks like the stripe could use one more frame to explain how did the bee found that can of beans... remember you're telling a story, so it needs to be clear in order to be readable.

I ate leel's babies

Posted By: vampireslug
Date Posted: 27 February 2009 at 3:34am
My only suggestion would be to give the middle panel a basic background; the other two panels have backgrounds and the can looks like it's floating in limbo.  Maybe a quick horizon line and a simple shadow would give the can a base while keeping the background from being distracting.
Also, the crenellations in the word balloon are a little distracting, I'd try a smooth oval and see how it looks.
BTW, I really like what you did with the bee, especially in panel 3.

"The Earth starts to rumble, world powers fall. A 'warring for the heavens, a peaceful man stands tall...." - Mustaine. 1992 Screen Gems/EMI

Posted By: Bimbo
Date Posted: 27 February 2009 at 4:25am
Thanks for your ideas, is it better?

Posted By: vampireslug
Date Posted: 27 February 2009 at 4:38am
MUCH better, the second panel really pulls the whole thing together.

"The Earth starts to rumble, world powers fall. A 'warring for the heavens, a peaceful man stands tall...." - Mustaine. 1992 Screen Gems/EMI

Posted By: Metaru
Date Posted: 27 February 2009 at 8:17am
now, i think you should put an eye on the amount of colors you're using. 176 colors(with 147 only in the can of beans) tells me that you either antiasialed it using semi transparent tools or used an autmated process or you just put a new color for every single detail you wanted to use, wich makes no sense considering you have dithering there. and most of the panels have the same problem. 

I ate leel's babies

Posted By: Bimbo
Date Posted: 28 February 2009 at 3:31am
Yes I have a problem with a can of beans :D I have to rework it.

Posted By: x-death
Date Posted: 28 February 2009 at 9:49am
well i think the comic needs to have the grass shaded. so it matches the first and last frame of the comic.

Posted By: Bimbo
Date Posted: 28 February 2009 at 2:03pm
I reworked it. So once more time please, is it better? 

Posted By: Dr D
Date Posted: 28 February 2009 at 2:36pm
Hope you fixed the color count. On the second frame there are some tiling/repetivity issues on the very left.

Posted By: Metaru
Date Posted: 28 February 2009 at 2:50pm
the improvement its quite evident.

I ate leel's babies

Posted By: 0xDB
Date Posted: 01 March 2009 at 4:48am
wip (just a quick rough sketch I did yesterday to capture my idea, I probably won't be able to finish this before the deadline):

Making progress...

edit 2
(still working on it and as the challenge is already over, I've just decided to turn it into a zero words comic, added another story element (worm) and I'm not going to rush it...)

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