Archive for October 23rd, 2011

2011 Challenger: Shawn Encarnacion

| October 23, 2011 | 2 Comments

Hi everyone. I have been a freelance cartoonist for a few years and I have always wanted to give more focus to my own story ideas. This challenge seemed like it would be a lot of fun and would also help me to have some accountability to keep on creating my own characters.

I heard about this challenge while listening to one of my all-time favorite podcasts: Man vs Art. Krishna M. Sadasivam was a guest on a recent show and he really got me interested in this challenge. Raul Aguirre Jr., the host of Man vs Art signed up for this challenge too.

I live in Kansas, a place where the mountains out number the cartoonists. So…hopefully I will be able to just meet other cartoonists, be inspired by all of the awesome characters created here, and feel a sense of artistic community. I’m excited to be a part of this, and I really hope to be able to complete the challenge and to meet some of you.

2011 Challenger: Noel Burns

| October 23, 2011 | 2 Comments


Noel BurnsGreetings all,

I am Noel Burns and this is my first year trying the 30 character challenge. I ended up here thanks to Comixtribe and Tyler’s work through there. At this time I claim to be a writer. At other times I was an artist, but I got old and realized I wouldn’t be able to do the level of work I wanted to without being able to spend more time working on my drawings. A wife, three kids, a job where I work 45 hours a week, a second job where I work 12+ hours a week and then I am also starting a comic publishing/printing company at the same time. I don’t have near the time I would need to be able to work to the level I wish to be.

Now I help others who have dreams of making comics. I teach classes in Iowa City on Introductions to Comic Creation and Life Drawing Classes. I do printing for many people who are making comics now, and now through my publishing company I am starting our first anthology called Journeymen. We are currently taking submissions through the end of November. If you are interested you can find out more at

I am looking forward to the 30 characters challenge as a means to flesh out some of the story ideas I have banging around in my head. I am also looking forward to seeing what everyone else will be working on.

I can be found at

[email protected]


2011 Challenger: Christine Suggs

| October 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hullo there! I’m a bit awful at introductions, so I’ll try my best to keep from rambling. Basically I’m a freshman in college as well as a webcomic artist and illustrator. Ordinarily I work in traditional media (usually ink and acrylic), but lately I’ve been trying out my tablet again. I’ve never been a part of the 30 Characters Challenge, but I thought it’d be a fun exercise to keep myself loose and creative while I churn out the not-so-fun assignments that come with core art classes. You know, in case the riveting subjects of fractured space, simultaneous contrast, and one point perspective fail to keep me intrigued. I’m a cartoonist through and through so you can expect lots of silly faces in the coming month.

And just so you know exactly how silly this can get:

Get excited, guys

If I’m not hanging out with giant turtles named Gustav, I can also be found at the following locations online:

The Alternative Adventures of Indie Bones (my webcomic)
Google+ (I frequently forget that this exists, though…)

2011 Challenger: Eric White

| October 23, 2011 | 2 Comments

That's me!! (well...sort of)

Hello everyone!! Eric White here having a go at my 3rd year of the 30 Characters challenge.  I have yet to make it through all 30 days but I’m determined to give THIS year my best effort yet.

Like any good comic book fan who has some aspirations to draw comics…I’ve created a million superhero beings in my life.  Instead of making 30 more of my style of characters (which are mostly superman & spiderman clones) I decided to try something different.  I took one of  my favorite games, Heroes Unlimited, and rolled up the 30 character types and the powers that accompany them.  No character details, history or drawings…just the type and powers.  I used all the rules provided by the book for character creation (beginning from what type of character to create all the way through the process).  ALL rolls were actual and true.

Here is the rolled information for the character which I will draw for Day 1.  If you’re familiar with the Heroes system or are a geek (which…lets be honest…if you’re reading this you probably are a geek) you’ll understand what all of that stuff means.

Power Category: Experiment – Chem & Rad – experiment that can not be replicated
Education Level: 3 years of college
# of Powers – 5 minor
Side Effect: Super Hairy
Experiment Sponsor: Military
Status with Sponsor: Allowed to leave peacefully

Extraordinary physical prowess
Heightened Sense of Taste
Energy Expulsion: Electrical Field
Flight: Glide
Heightened Sense of Smell

You may be asking…why did I do all of this work before hand? For one simple reason: I love role playing games and this whole character creation process and because of that I basically re-read the whole book. Once I decided to use this approach for character creation I knew it was going to take me forever. And I was right!! Rolling all 30 characters alone took me something like two weeks worth of evening to complete.  Every roll meant flipping pages and reading paragraph after paragraph…and I loved it! So much fun!!! Incidentally…if there are any people or groups in the Omaha area that are playing RPG and are looking for a new member…it would be kind of ok to let me know!)
So we’ll see what comes of all of this.  I’m looking forward to an exciting month of creativity.  I hope you’ll all follow along and have as much fun as I’m planning on having.
NOTE: this is a truncated version of my original introductory post.  I wrote a highly over worded (and very cathartic) post about my 30 characters experience to this point.  However, I decided that instead of subjecting 30 Characters to that hot mess I would post the wordy bits over on my site,, and just the most important stuff here.  More than likely I’ll be doing that through the entire month of 30 Characters.  The drawing and a little information on this site…and a FULL, bloviated post on my site.  With over 260 participants signed up for this challenge and hundreds of people viewing the site every day I don’t see and point in cluttering up this site with all my ramblings.  So if you want to read my full post…go see my site now.

2011 Challenger: Omar Ramírez

| October 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello, Everyone, My name, as stated above, Is Omar Ramírez. I’m a Graphic artist with a passion for visual storytelling, Animation and Character Design.

I’m also a passionate educator, I teach 3D art, Cartooning and Animation. Next year might be a great year for me in this regard (Let’s hope)

I’m an Open Source Software Advocate, a Creative Commons advocate and completely inlove with the independent creator lifestyle.

I was born and live in Mexico, I have a wife, 3 step kids and a 5 month old daughter. (You can see her in the photo.)  I have a little of a hard time balancing my extenuating professinoal life and my family life, but  I do my best.

I’m entering this challenge because, of everything I do, character design is the one thing I could keep on doing forever and ever, every single day of my life, and never stop loving it.

My project for this year’s challenge is 30 Pin-up girls, all of them with the common theme of “Urban Subcultures” I hope you guys will like them!

I’m really looking forward to seeing all the great work you all will come up with, Best of lucks to all of you!

My Web Presence:
My Blog

2011 Challenger: Raul Aguirre Jr.

| October 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hi Everyone!

My name is Raul Aguirre Jr.

I”m an Artist, Cartoonist, Animator, Writer, Director, Producer, Podcast Host, Bon Vivant, Adventurer, Bouncer, Bombastico, and stuff. I’ve worked at studios like Disney, FOX, Nickelodeon,  and currently am creating my own Independent animated shorts, developing TV and Theatrical properties, painting, teaching animation, and hosting the Man vs. Art Podcast.


I also dabble in comics as well.


I have taken the challenge for a couple of reasons.

1. It sounds like FUN! Plus I never walk away from a challenge.

2. The imaginary cartoon characters in my head told me it would be good for me to get out and meet other people obsessed with making  up imaginary cartoon characters.

3.  It’s just the kind of thing I need to get out of this “artistic funk” I’ve been in for the last few weeks.


I look forward meeting you all and to checking out your Kick Ass characters!





Raul Aguirre Jr.
/Writer/Animator/Podcast Host/ Animation Instructor
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