Archive for October 20th, 2011

2011 Challenger: Lionel Cornelius

| October 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

Hello, my name is Lionel Cornelius. Currently I am a graphic designer in advertising/marketing and  also a MFA animation student with a focus on 3D modeling. Needless to say, I am a very busy guy! My initial attraction to the challenge started about a year ago when I ran across an article written by Mr Tyler James. The article was very informative, so informative I sent him an email expressing my gratitude. After the email I checked out some of his work and noticed the 30 character challenge. I was unable to attend to last year’s challenge and promised myself I would not miss the next one. And that’s what brings me here this year.

I a huge fan of comic books, comic style characters and almost anything that has to do with comic books. I also like sci-fi, western, zombie, and some fantasy genres. So, the majority of my characters may have these themes in mind, albeit I do like regular characters also( house maid, mail man, etc.) So who knows what kind of characters I will produce in the month of November. I’m really here to have fun, explore my creativity, and produce some concepts that I could possible bring into 3D in the near future!

If you want to check out my current works, WIPs, etc. please visit my folio and blog site when you get the chance.



-Lionel Cornelius

2011 Challenger: Martin Brandt

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello, my name is Martin Brandt. This will be my 3rd tour of duty for the 30 Character Challenge. I’ve been writing and doodling most of my life but it wasn’t till 2009 when I published my first book Grim Furry Tales: Seeds. Since then I co-founded a small print company called Raven Warren Studios which houses two imprints, Grim Crew and Tummel Vision.

I was a runner up winner in Small Press Idol for a collaborative work called Stitchwork. Recently we wrapped up a large project called Dead Future, a 250 page anthology of zombie apocalypse stories. Since then I’ve moved on to an all-ages title called Kidthulhu which I co-created with Jason Stephens. During this challenge I will be fleshing out a solo effort that I have yet to reveal any real information on. I will also use it to cook up a few characters for other series I am collaborating on.

Sincerely I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with, it is always a thrill watching people’s characters come to life. (I also hate writing about myself…)

Best to you all,



2011 Challenger: G.R. of Internal Hero

| October 20, 2011 | 4 Comments


Hi there!  I’m G.R., writer, poet, artist, and creator of “Internal Hero”. I’m a first time participant of the 30 Characters Challenge. Out of a life long passion for the genre, creating a comic hero universe is an endeavor of which I’ve shared victories, triumphs, and challenges over the past year on Twitter (@Retrospect360) . One triumph was launching the first tales of this universe chronicled in the webcomic “Internal Hero Presents” beginning with the adventures of “Moonwill”. Another, the creation of Internal Hero’s 40th character on April , 3rd 2011.

Once seeing a fellow webcomics creator tweet the information link for the 30 Characters Challenge I soon realized that I must be a part of it. I asked myself: “It took me a year to craft the first 40 characters of Internal Hero- could I really push myself to create a brand new, additional 30 characters in 30 days? Could I really meet that challenge?” Yes, I believe I can. It is easily one of the most exciting events I’ve heard about on Twitter and I’m eager to participate! The Internal Hero Universe is about to get a whole lot bigger as I add another brand new 30 characters to the fold. I look forward to creating Internal Hero’s “New 30” during the challenge!  Best wishes and creative energies to all the participants.




2011 Challenger: JTW

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Greetings my name is JT Wilkins,  but you can call me JTW.

I’m a cartoonist/designer/publisher from Hyattsville MD.

I love designing characters that’s why I decided to do this challenge.

The characters I will create can be used for anything without any legal repercussions. I expect them to be highly detailed, and very versatile.

Again, these characters will be create typically in a stream of consciousness. Their background info is up to you.

Here are some previews of my work:


2011 Challenger: Jessica Kirby

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello, my name is Jessica (Jess is fine) and I draw stuff. I did the 30 character challenge last year for something different. I tried my best to work digitally and I’m horrible at it. This year I’m going to take advantage of the challenge and actually draw characters that I can use.  I’m hoping to make this less painful for everyone this year so I’m sticking to pencils and inks.

That’s me with my ruler and pencil getting ready to throw down.


2011 Challenger: Marshall Couture

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello everyone my name is Marshall and I will be participating in this challenge officially this year. I say officially because last year Art & Story Forum members also participated but some like myself didn’t sign up for the challenge in time her at Tyler’s site.

A little about me I’m a lover of Hip Hop and Comic Books and I work at developing projects in those two passions as often as I can. This past year I created my first Comic Glyf and the Terror of Tusk and last year my first solo album Solar Wind Theory.

My goal with this challenge this year is to create characters for a webcomic idea im working on as well as characters for a standard format Hip Hop related idea. Good luck to all of you on this challenge! Can’t wait to see everyones awesome characters!!!

God Bless,
-Marshall aka Calmplex , @MarshallPlex , My Facebook

2011 Challenger: George Ward

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

George Ward portartWell, it’s almost November and that means another month of character drawing.  Last year I was working on some projects that required a lot of characters so it wasn’t too hard to create the 30 characters required for the challenge.  This year, I don’t really have any projects in mind so I will likely create a lot of random characters. I want to create a few weird looking characters, maybe a few robots, some monsters, and a few cute girls.

I’m the creator of the webcomic, Dungeon Legacy, so I can always use a few monsters as adversaries of the party.  I also draw Art Animals but I haven’t finished introducing all the characters I created for that strip last year.  However, if I’m running out of ideas near the end I may create a few more animal people for the strip.

If you’re seen my entries from last year, then you know what to expect.  I also put up regular sketches on my Tumblr blog, so you can see how much my art has improved since then.  I will be trying different styles and techniques as I experiment with different ideas just to keep things interesting.

Challenger: Mandy France

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments


Greetings! My name is Mandy France and I am a children’s book illustrator. I know this is mostly a comic book challenge, but I am using this as practice for character designs. You can’t have a children’s book without characters!

During the day I am a graphic designer for Disney and I’m a children’s book illustrator at night. I’m vegan, I run marathons, and I am a world traveler.

To view my work, please visit:





2011 Challenger: Saad Azim

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Self PortraitUhhh… Hi. Like the title states, my name is Saad Azim. I’m a freelance artist from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have waaaaaay more interest in cartoons, comics and videogames than I probably should. So much so, I spent a decent part of last year understanding the image “format” supported by the 8-Bit Nintendo Entertainment System; because really, if you can’t create artwork that can theoretically run on an NES, what’s the point of creating it?

I found out about the 30 Character challenge from Vito Delsante, and figured it would make for an interesting challenge. I’m aiming for … something different? Weird as it may sound, I’d prefer not to think about this until November starts. I mean if I’m thinking about the characters before November 1st, they no longer fall under the 30-day-30-character rule, do they…?

What else… my single biggest artistic influence is Sergio Aragonés. Don’t know if it shows though. Errr… that’s all.

2011 Challenger: Antoine “Guerlot” Gagnon

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments


Can anyone please tell me where the bar is?
Name: Antoine Gagnon
Nickname: Guerlot (means “drunk” in French Canadian Slang)
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 180lbs
Sex: yes please!
Interests: Music, Movies, Golf, Comics!
Comic: The Drunken Fools
Other Project: The Webcomic Alliance

You know when a guy would buy a sport car or a motorcycle for his mid-life crisis? Well, I didn’t. Instead, I bought a bunch of pens & pencils and decided to learn how to draw. That was three years ago. Now enjoying the life of an artist, after work hours!

Now today, when someone is asking me “You do a comic?”, I like to pretend that I do. I do a digital comic available here: The Drunken Fools 

I am also very proud of being part of the Webcomic Alliance, providing tips, tutorials and entertainment to the webcomic community.

What brought me to the 30 Charcaters Challenge?  Tyler’s good look.

Okay, not really! I want to try drawing outside my comfort zone, which is my current comic. Hopefully, I’ll make it to the end!


2011 Challenger: Alex Holt

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello!  As the title of this post suggests, my name is Alex Holt, and I currently live in Northamptonshire in the UK.  I’m a “Game Art Design” Graduate from De Montfort University in Leicester and while I’m not (yet at least) working in any kind of artistic job, alongside some paid work to get by, I do have a project or two in the works to hopefully change that.  My hobbies, in addition to painting, include wildlife photography, reading, writing and overthinking things. 

As an artist, these days I tend to use photoshop for most of my work, although I should really get back into the habit of using traditional mediums a bit more.  Some of my main influences/favourite artists include Justin Sweet, Caspar David Friedrich, David Mack and a range of others.

I found out about the 30Character30 challenge last year but had missed the signup deadline, as I thought it sounded like a fun challenge.  This year I managed to get signed up nice and early, although I’m going to have to deal with being away on holiday in Spain for the first 5 days of the month – hopefully, if I bring along a sketchbook that will at least give me somethign to do in the airport and on the plane. 

My aim is to create a group of characters who aren’t necessarily all big dramatic heroes and villains, but are interesting characters that would fill out the background of worlds, while still being weird and wonderful in their own right.  I’m considering writing a list of everyday sort of jobs beforehand as starting points with the aim of creating interest on a foundation of normality.

Finally, here is a pair of recentish works just to give people an idea of my normal sort of style.


2011 Challenger: Michael J Patrick

| October 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

Hey there.  I’m Michael J Patrick.  I’ve been making comics off and on for way too  many years.  In 2012 I’m releasing a webcomic called “Ka-Paz!”  It involves the reality-bending adventures of a girl named Magpie who collects objects found in universes with “doomed timelines”.   She meets a pair of kids from our(?) Earth and they begin travelling the multiverse together.

I’ve already created the major characters, but I thought it would be fun to use 30 Characters as a launching point for the various “aliens” and other strange beings  that will appear in the comic.


2011 Challenger: Vito Delsante

| October 20, 2011 | 5 Comments

Tyler, Tyler, Tyler…what have you created?

I’m at a loss for words as to where I should start. It’s not for lack of enthusiasm; it’s just…where do you start?

Before I get all meta, let me check out some other posts…


Ok. Start with a greeting…

Hello everyone. My name is Vito Delsante. I’m a writer…at least is says so on my website and on my business cards. I participated in the 30 Character Challenge last year and actually exceeded expectations and produced 35 characters in 30 days. Not too shabby, huh?

Oh! You might recognize my name…maybe, maybe not. I’m the maniac that gave all 35 characters away. Yep, I put them in the public domain using a Creative Commons license. It got a little bit of press, but honestly, who remembers what happened a year ago?

Here’s the thing; I actually took Tyler’s idea and multiplied it. Beginning on January 1, 2011, I actually started a 100 Characters Challenge. The idea was simple; I would continue the creating I started last year and try to create 100 characters by the end of the 2011 30 CC. Right now, as of this past Monday, I’m at 76, so I’m actually on pace to go OVER 100. And there are more public domain characters in that list too.

Ok…introduction over…a little bit about myself…what’s everyone else writing? Goals. Ok, goals for the 2011 Challenge.

Other than completing my own 100 character goal, I’m hoping to create some real lasting characters. It’s harder than it sounds. The thing I’m really trying to do is create mythology, because that’s what lasts. Star Wars, the Matrix and comics…all create a mythology that sticks in the brain. Can I do that? Don’t know, but it’s worth challenging myself over.

Some details – I can’t draw to save my life. Last year, I used Hero Machine, but there’s an odd caveat in their Terms of Service that prevents me from doing that again. This year, I’ll be using Eduardo Reis’ Hero-O-Matic. NOTE: No, I don’t know Portuguese. NOTE 2: Yes, it should be funny to see what I come up with.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print. See you in November.