Awesomeversary Special: The 30 Second Recap Contest!

Welcome to Year Four, suckers!



That’s right, folks: In addition to being my 1,039th post, today marks the Third Anniversary of the day my pal Phil convinced me that the best way to fulfill my New Year’s Resolution of writing more would be to sit down and make one of those crazy, self-indulgent Internet Weblogs. And all things considered, I think it’s worked out pretty well.

Especially in the past year, which saw the ISB’s move to its own fancy dot-com address, a second mention on television, and a trip to a convention where a couple of people actually wanted to meet me. But that’s enough reminiscing!

What matters tonight is that I bought myself a week off with a contest where you guys put your crayon skills to the test to create a Thirty Second Recap of a comic book story, and now it’s time to drop a little judgment! But before we get to that, I really have to say that I’m thrilled with what you guys had to offer. Everybody who participated did a great job, and as cliché as it sounds, I had a really hard time picking a winner this year.

Now let’s get to the entries!



Zac scores bonus points with his creative use of media and his ability to resist shouting “FIRST!” as he sums up every issue of Supergirl so far.

Blue–presumably not to be confused with Bleu Finnegan–was pretty unimpressed by Ultimate Spider-Man #100. Which, for the record, was the appropriate reaction.

The Blackbeard of the Internet, MightyGodKing, forgot to actually tell me he posted his take on The Sinestro Corps War, the greatest story where nothing happened of 2007!

Krod‘s political cartoon-esque look at One More Day was rejected from the New Yorker due to the presence of actual humor.

Jon‘s got it backwards: People didn’t care because it was Aquaman!

A special prize ought to be awarded to Jason for his depiction of a year’s worth of All-New Atom, as it was the only entry where Hitler got kicked in the face.

Philip Oldham reveals the tuth at last: The Legion of Super-Heroes elect their leaders based on the presence of the famed underbreast!

His Spider-Man Unlimited story might be in danger of a retcon from One More Day, but at least Napoleon Daxamite has a name Peter David wishes he thought of.

Notintheface offers up his entry on the monthly plight of Manhunter… with the power of SONG!

I might not know what irony is, but I’m willing to bet that Crowded Bookshelf got it right on the first page of his Punisher War Journal adaptation!

Jeff blows JMS right out of the water with his version of what should’ve happened in the first arc of Thor!

Knitquest–er, Knightquest–was brought to you by TheSandman and a generous grant from the Order of St. Dumas.

Billy F and an all-star cast of muppets bring you Batman: The Long Halloween, and one of my favorite punchlines of the contest.

Chris Heimpel takes William F. Sessions’ video-game advice about the relationship between winners and drugs to heart with the most obscure entry of the contest, a hockey-themed Canadian Spider-Man PSA!

All I’m saying is that if One More Day had actually featured Mephisto throwin’ up the horns like he does in Alan Adelberg‘s version, the world would probably be a much, much better place.

Oh, Ragnell! You know the criticism of Will Pfeifer’s Amazons Attack only makes him stronger!

In his own words, Tim Callahan “magic markered the fuck out of Planet Hulk.”

Kalinara narrowly avoids a disqualification by replacing the hated Comic Sans with Copperplate in her thrillingly angular version of the Creature in the Velvet Cage.

Susan K. demolishes the midnight deadline, but I think we’re all willing to overlook that, since her treatise on “Welcome Back Frank” includes both bear- and toilet-based violence.




The following entrants will all be receiving a (poorly) sketched copy of the 2007 ISB Con Special, featuring the character of their choice! This, by the way, is meant as a reward, not a punishment.


Fan-favorite Das Ãœbernerd offers up some fantastic sight gags and what might be the best instance of table-based humor ever seen on the ISB in his ambitious and highly enjoyable version of the History of the DC Universe!

I know I promised to keep it a secret, Rachelle, but I think everyone already knows about your thing for one-armed communist hitmen. Or at least, they will after they see your swoontastic take on Captain America #33.

Those of you who haven’t been checking every day to see if there was new content might be interested to find out that Brandon Bragg is back to work at his awesome blog, Random Panels. It never fails to entertain, and his two-panel recap of X-Cutioner’s Song is no exception.

Even if it wasn’t one of the funniest entries I got this year, you’d still have to give Brian Smith props for getting through 1996’s Shattered Image, something that even I’d be scared to try.

Sarah Turi‘s version of The Wedding of Green Arrow and Black Canary isn’t just better than the original, but it’s as close to my perfect idea of the recap as you’re likely to find!

And finally, last year’s Defending Champion Tim Curtin puts his title on the line and his considerable crayon skills to the test with his version of the treasury-sized Len Wein/Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez classic, Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk! Never before has the Shaper of Worlds been quite so hilarious, and never before has Bat-Santa brought such joy to the Incredible Hulk.


I know I said it before, but seriously: Everyone did a fantastic job this year, and you should all be proud of yourselves. But sadly, there can be only one champion, and this year, the dubious honor goes to…






That’s right, folks: The 2007 Recap Contest Champion is Tom Foss of the Fortress of Soliloquy, with a version of the Reign of the Supermen that truly had it all: Daleks, Strong Mad, “It’s got a Hemi,” great facial expressions and a painstaking lack of backgrounds that truly captures the spirit of the contest.

Congratulations, Tom! And again, my sincere thanks goes out to everyone for making the contest a success for the second year in a row.

Great Jorb, Readers!

The Second Annual 30 Second Recap Contest!

So long, 2007! It’s been rad!

Yes, in preparations for the Invincible Super-Blog’s Third Awesomeversary, I’m taking the next week off, but to commemorate the occasion, I’m going all out with another end-of-year contest, where you can win Fabulous Prizes!*

That’s right, folks: last year’s contest was so fun that I’m bringing it back, so break out the stick figures and make your own 30 Second Recap of a comic book storyline, in the same vein as my utterly shameless summaries of Infinite Crisis and Civil War!

The rules are simple:


1. They don’t necessarily have to be crayon drawings, but some artistic work is necessary..

I’d prefer them to be hand-drawn, but if you don’t have a scanner and knocking something out in MSPaint is more your speed, feel free. Using panel scans or any other published artwork is right out. Lettering can be done by computer or by hand–although obviously, it oughtta be legible–and you can find plenty of free comic book lettering fonts available for download at Nate Piekos’s Blambot website. Use of Comic Sans will be grounds for immediate disqualification.


2. Entries can be posted on your own blog, website or reliable image hosting service and linked to in the comments section of this post or, if you don’t have the hosting or just want them to be a surprise, sent to me directly using the email address in the sidebar. Rest assured, I will read and post everything I recieve, so if you’re going to email them to me, try to keep the file size manageable, and make sure to put something like “30 Second Recap Contest” in the subject line.


3. Entries should contain no more than eight to ten panels. Brevity is the soul of wit.


4. What you choose to recap is up to you and recent stories are fine, but please, don’t do anything that hasn’t actually finished yet. It’s tempting, I know, especially given the inherent comedy of scenes like this…



…but I’m sure you’ll be able to get through.

Spoilers, of course, will be the order of the day around here once I post these.


5. Not only does the art for your entry not have to be good, but by all rights, it should appear hastily done and pretty low-quality. Take as much time with it as you want, but if you can’t get Batroc’s legs to work quite right, don’t sweat it. What matters is that it’s fun.


6. There was apparently a little confusion about this one, but just for the record the story you recap doesn’t have to be from the past year. Newer stuff is always fresh on the mind, but if you’ve got a funny idea for Watchmen in ten panels, then go for it.


7. Since the ISB’s Third Awesomeversary is Sunday, January 6, the deadline for entries will be Saturday, January 5 at midnight EST. Of course, getting them in earlier will give me more time to look at ’em, but that ought to give me enough time to deal with down-to-the-wire entries. Especially now that I’ve actually looked at a calendar to come up with that date.


And that’s all there is to it! So what do you get if you win?

Well, I’ll be sending you probably just some comics I have laying around an amazing prize package containing:


A signed copy of Prism’s 2007 LGBT Guide to Comics, containing three magazine-style quizzes I contributed that you can’t find anywhere else!

A signed copy of the 2007 ISB HeroesCon Special, containing an all-new chapter of The Chronicles of Solomon Stone: Book One: Enter: Solomon: Stone Me Deadly, featuring illustrations by Dave Campbell! And as a bonus, I’ll be including a (terrible) sketch on the back of a character of your choice!

A signed copy of the script for my upcoming FlashBack Universe comic, “So Falls The World!”

And whatever else I can scrounge up and shove in a box to distract you guys from the fact that I’ll be playing Mario Galaxy for the next week instead of writing jokes about ROM.

Now get to it, and I’ll see you next year!



* – Prizes will not be fabulous or amazing. Although there is a slight chance that they will contain the unfathomably awesome WILD DOG!