Archive for October 27th, 2011

2011 Challenger: Steve A.

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hi all! My name’s Steve and I’ve been looking forward to the 30 characters challenge all year.

My hope is that it gets my creative juices flowing and helps me get out of the artistic rut I’ve been in for awhile…

There are already a few people signed up who’s work I truly admire. I’m looking forward to seeing what their imaginations spew out here. Actually, I’m excited to check out all of the work and creativity that will come of this.

You can find me on twitter as @cartoonista and very soon at

Happy drawing to all!


2011 Challenger: Steve Parks

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments
Leo & Me

What's your sign?

Hello Everyone, I’m Steve Parks. I work for Gold’s Gym as a Fitness Consultant in Tucson, AZ. I am the creator and owner of Sparksfly Studios. I have created a whole new universe of original characters which I can’t wait to share with you. Now all I need are several new writers & artists to help me produce them!

I’m very happy to be participating in the 2011 30 Characters Challenge. I look forward to viewing all the contestant’s original characters. Please visit my facebook portfolio:, click my gallery link, and my albums to view more of my art. Thank you Tyler for this opportunity, and best of luck to everyone!

2011 Challenger: Pat Higgins

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Hey everybody! I’m Pat Higgins, an illustrator/graphic designer/cartoonist/teaching artist from Delaware. I’ve been wanting to give the 30 characters challenge a shot for the last couple years but for some reason or another missed the sign up. This year I’m in! Looking forward to seeing all the cool stuff everybody comes up with and hopefully making some awesome characters myself.

You can find some of my work at

2011 Challenger: Warren Frantz

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I am the creator of the webcomic “Off Season“. It’s regularly published Mondays and Thursdays, with occasional extra guest strips or bonus strips on other days. It follows the adventures of a mild-mannered goalie surrounded by the zany world of ice hockey.

I have taken on the 30 Characters challenge for the last two years. In 2009 I did it on my own website, while in 2010 I joined the “Official” website. It can be a grueling experience, but I have a direction this year, which will hopefully make it a bit easier for me!

It has been a goal of mine to write and illustrate a graphic novel. I’ve been kicking around the idea of writing a story centered around my Day 4 Character from last year. During this year’s 30 Character Challenge, I’ll be taking my first steps toward making that happen by trying to develop that story’s world through it’s characters.


I can be found at Google+ (Warren Frantz) or at Twitter (@puckhogg4)

2011 Challenger: Shane Smith

| October 27, 2011 | 2 Comments


My name is Shane and I’m an illustrator for a greetings card company in the UK.

I spend everyday drawing cute and cuddly characters, so this challenge will be a good opportunity for me to mix it up a bit and try something different, although sometimes it might be hard to keep the cuteness at bay.

As a first time participant I’m determined to complete all thirty characters.  I’ll also be illustrating them traditionally which will enable me to sell the originals (for a very reasonable price!) to anybody that’s interested.

So all that’s left to say is good luck to everyone and roll on the 1st of November!

Here are a few personal pieces, and you can see some of my day job art over on my blog at  All my Twittery Facebook details are on there too so feel free to get in touch, it would be cool to get involved in the community.


Shane S






2011 Challenger: Jared Lewis

| October 27, 2011 | 2 Comments


My name’s Jared.

I’m 28 years old, on the East Coast, & work editing a daily cable news show. But none of that matters. On to the important stuff.

In the very little spare time I’ve got, I work on comics that have yet to see the light of day. And occasionally (though not recently), I post a couple of things on my sketchblog. Having participated & completed the 30 Character Challenge last year, I was on the fence about joining this year’s for quite a while, as I’m now competing with a much crazier work schedule & also need to find a new place to live by the end of the year. But I really like the act of character creation, & it was enough to bring me back. I’m harboring the lofty hope that characters I create this year could go towards my portfolio, & I can get myself a new dayjob more in line with what I’d rather be doing instead of this television nonsense. Good Luck to everyone competing. As a testimonial to newcomers, I can tell you going the whole 30 is quite a rewarding experience.

Hope we all are able to come up with some awesome stuff this year.


2011 Challenger: Josh Bauman

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

My name is Josh Bauman and I’m an American cartoonist based in Berlin, Germany. My main project is Caffeinated Toothpaste, a daily diary comic which I’ve been drawing since March, 2010. In addition to my diary strip I have drawn lots of mini comics, short stories, doodles, sketches, and other irreverent kinds of pictures.

My hobbies include subjecting myself to extreme tests of caffeine endurance, watching horror films, playing video games, and not sleeping.

This is the first time I’ve attempted the 30 characters challenge and I have been waiting for this year’s round to kick off since I first heard about it last year. I’m looking forward to not only creating some cool characters, but also being inspired by the other creators.