Like Christmas in the retail business, the movie industry's definition of "summer" keeps extending earlier every year. Even though the calendar says it's still early spring, Variety says the season of the summer blockbuster is nearly upon us. Before the leaves are all on the trees, a horde of CGIed-up heroes will be flying through space and slinging whips and blasting bad guys and selling overpriced popcorn. Too bad the studios don't put as much effort into their ideas as they do into blowing stuff up real good - every one of these multiplex-packers seems based on some warmed-over characters somebody else thought up decades ago. When will Hollywood scrape the bottom of the action-hero barrel? Who will be the last iconic character disinterred from oblivion and tarted up in foam muscles to the strains of Nickelback and Ja Rule? Your challenge:
Show us a poster for a big action-movie version of an especially inappropriate franchise (an old TV show, comic book, classic novel, ancient myth, cartoon, movie, etc.).
Post your entry here by 11:59 AM CST on Monday, April 28, 2008. Prizes are $20/$50/$100 for 3rd/2nd/1st. The rules and criteria
for winning: our panel of volunteer judges can and will make stuff up
as it goes along. Use Photoshop, linoleum blocks, pastels, MSPaint,
cave painting, tattoos, tribal scarification, whatever, but it’ll only
be judged if it’s visible in our forums as a jpg, gif, or png. As we
are fond of saying, try to keep your maximum width to 450px. If you
need a place to host your pictures, try www.imageshack.ws or www.photobucket.com.
We have no connection to either, but they seem free and easy to use.
And if you want us to be sure your entry was indeed your work, post
links to your source images. The more sure we are that you did your own
work, the more likely we are to consider it for a prize.