CC 04 : One Page Wonder

Greetings Initiates!

For our fourth challenge, we are very happy to announce one of the original founders of Bloodsports and the Crimson Daggers forum will be joining us as a judge.

Guest Judge: Dan Warren

Dan  has agreed to grace the Daggers once again with his no-nonsense critiques.

He has done a myriad of freelance work for various IPs and most recently has been flexing his comic narrative chops with Dave Rapoza on their very  successful Steve Lichman comic. You can read a good chunk of the first pages here.

We felt this was a good time to really change up the challenge format.

Brief: Create a stand-alone comic using one of the following titles, that tells a full narrative story in ONE page

Pick one from these titles to help you set the theme and narrative of your story:

  • Corpse Wrestler
  • Average Dragons
  • Down The Hatch
  • You Can’t Do That!
  • Probability Game
  • Corpulent Weiner
  • Donuts & Other Food
  • Death and Taxes

You can make your story very literal to the title or use them in more abstract ways.   They are simply a starting seed for you to germinate a story from.  Go as wild and out there as you want, you can pick the genre and setting, but there must be some connection to the title that is relatively obvious even if very loosely applied.

“A complete narrative in one page!”, you cry. Yup.  This is going to be a very difficult challenge; of that, we have no doubt. You will need to strip your story to the absolute bare essentials and be very clever with how you use the space to tell your story.  The easy way out will be to make the page, a gag story with the punchline at the end. That’s totally cool but be sure to explore all possibilities.

Here are some insightful notes from Dan, about why we picked this format.

First, it means they can’t waste panels. With only one page, every panel has to matter, and the layout has to work. Two pages or more leaves room to move things around a lot and add extra stuff that isn’t necessary to the core of what the story is. 1 page is harder because a lot will have to get cut, meaning what remains are the absolute necessities of their story, and that everything shown matters.  If, at the end of the page, we dont know what happened or what the genre is, the piece hasn’t achieved its goal. The focus should be on narrative, clarity of events, and design.
Second, one page means they can spend more time on the art once the layout is done, and have a really solid, polished piece of narrative art for their folio. Two or more pages means less time on each page. It’s better to have one really solid piece than two not so solid ones.
Third, one page comics are formatted perfectly for social media. You don’t have to click to view the rest or scroll. The entire thing is there instantly, making it instantly finish-able and easily shareable. People don’t have to worry about reading a lot or finding the rest. It’s a lesson we learned from our first Steve Lichman comic. In the beginning, it was never going to be a series, but that 1 easily shareable first issue on that single page was able to travel on Tumblr as a result of being small enough to read instantly.


Make your comic page in portrait format, with these dimensions

10in (267mm) x 7.5in (178mm)


Some examples of one page comics 


ALL Styles and techniques are welcomed, including traditional work. We are focused on the final product and your work ethic, not your tools.

Good research and a lot of testing of ideas are important. Don’t skimp on the groundwork.

We will be looking for a great self-contained and successful narrative, first and foremost. Of course, we will also take into account page layout, technical execution, style, and polish, however, an inspired story idea or treatment fairly executed can trump a technically brilliant but very generic idea or treatment. 

Forum Stuff, keeping in the loop

Create your own personal WIP thread and include “CC 4” in the thread title somewhere. Post it here: CC 4 WIPs

Finals and study compilations only should be posted in the following thread. Please provide a link back to your wip thread when you post : CC 4 : Finals

Deadline: Saturday 29 October 2016  12:00pm [UTC]

Finals thread will be locked down at 12:01pm.  Cut it fine at your peril. 😛

The critique stream time will be announced in the forums and on twitter (@cruciblecrimson).  There is also a timer in the footer below which will count down to the next upcoming deadline or stream.

May the fire of the Crucible guide you.

Piotr and Amit – Crucible Operators 


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