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Chapter 03: Page 05
Originally posted on:01/26/2007
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Contest Winners!
Often people ask me how long it takes to put a page together, and today's page illustrates why this question is so difficult to answer. The process of writing, rendering and doing the post-work for this page only took a couple of days - but it took me weeks to build the set itself. I call it the Esplanade.

Miscellanous goodies hidden in this page: Ads for Gunnerkrigg Court and Undertow (because I got tired of creating fictional advertising). Shmoofy, the bear-thing. My character portrait from when I used to play EVE-Online.

The time has come to announce the winners for the 2007 Calendar Contest, and I have to say it's been a hard decision to make. So hard, in fact, that I've decided to award three prizes instead of two. Before I announce the winners, I'd like to remind you of the second general rule as outlined in the contest guidelines: "Entries will be judged by myself, and judgement will be completely subjective. Your definition of the “best” entry may not be the same as my “favourite” entry." The winners are:

Lance Tryon, and his wonderful miniature of a Vorstok class destroyer, made from pewter and styrene. To see something which has only ever been realised digitally given physical form is quite special for me, and the workmanship is quite extraordinary:
Lance Tryon

Jemima Trappel, and her drawing of Kari from a scene which must have happened off-camera during Chapter 1. Several people submitted images of Kari, mostly using Poser, but I like how Jemima has really made the character her own instead of simply recreating my own work:
Jemima Trappel

Very cool stuff. I've put all of my favourite Fanart entries up on the extras page, so go and check them all out.

And the winner of the written category is Allan Belcher. I've never seen The Abyss, but Allan's description makes me *want* to see it, which is quite an achievement:
"My favourite Sci-Fi moment comes from a 1989 movie called “The Abyss”. The movie begins with seemingly weird technical problems in a submarine that begin to border on spooky, causing it to crash and we are all wondering what is going on. The moment that I like, I feel, is a pivotal point in the movie and happens in this way. One of the main characters, Lindsey Brigman, from a deep sea drilling rig that is helping to look for the sub, is standing on the edge of the deep sea trench and she sees something flickering up towards her. As she stands and watches, it grows to become some sort of deep sea submersible craft for one seemingly made of semi solid water that stops in front of her and she sees that it is piloted by a watery alien. The looks of absolute wonder, amazement and consternation that pass across her face as she reaches out and touches the skin of the craft in front of her and she realizes all the implications of what this means, as it not only answers a whole lot of questions but also poses a whole lot more, to me, captures the spirit of sci-fi adventure and discovery." - Allan Belcher

So congratulations to Allan, Jemima and Lance! If you don't hear from me soon, please send me a reminder that I need to get your postal addresses so I can send you your calendars. I'd like to thank everyone who entered the contest. There were some great entries, and I'd love to have awarded more than three prizes if my budget had allowed it. Honourable mentions go to Reggie for his very cool cardboard Kestrel, and James Berg who gave a moving account of Wash's final fate in Serenity.

And don't forget that just because you didn't win a calender, that doesn't mean that you can't still own one. Head on over and buy one or ten, I really need the income!

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