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    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012 edited
    As we said yesterday, something new.

    Here's a story. It was written by me some time ago, in response to a challenge by Regie Rigby, and published in the first collection of stories.

    Your challenge is to provide art: either a spot illustration or a two page adaptation. An easy one to start with; there's no dialogue in the story.

    Title: Dancing to Silence
    Word: articulated
    Length: 200 words exactly

    It was three o'clock in the morning and the moon cast its light over the almost deserted area that was formerly a drive-in movie theatre.

    The stands which for so many years had broadcast the soundtrack of the motion picture playing were long gone, as was the screen upon which the visual images had appeared.

    A pair of lights stabbed the darkness and the silence was disturbed by the arrival of a thirty tonne lorry.

    The driver parked and, leaving his lights on but switching the engine off, he jumped from the cab. Brushing himself down, he lit a cigarette and waited. A few minutes later, another lorry, this one carrying twenty tonnes, arrived.

    Over the next thirty minutes, fourteen more arrived, their drivers nodding in recognition at each other.

    The oldest of them was fifty, the youngest just nineteen.

    As the last of them arrived, the rest assumed their positions. The one who had arrived last set up the short wave transmitter and they all put on their bulky headphones.

    And, in a darkness lit only by the glare of sixteen articulated lorries, and in what appeared to be perfect silence, the New Mexico Drivers' Ballroom Dancing team practiced.

    (c) Lee Barnett, 2005

    The Rules (edited)

    You’ve got until evening on Saturday 21st January, say midnight British time, (4pm Pacific) to put up either a one panel spot illustration or a two page comic book depiction of the entire story. The art can be pencilled, inked, coloured, lettered... entirely up to you. But ART ONLY – no story ideas, or suggestions. This is an opportunity to showcase your art and storytelling abilities.

    We’ll announce on Sunday 22nd January morning the winner who then gets to pick a new four word title and word, and I’ll write a new story which will go up Monday 23rd January at noon UK time... which will start the whole thing running again for the following two weeks.

    Have fun!
  1.  (10441.2)
    Wow. I am excited. This is awesome.

    Is photography allowed?
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
    Thank you, Rachæl - hadn't really considered photography; let's say that it's allowed if there's an element of creativity in addition to the photograph itself, i.e. you can use it as a background, or as part of the piece, but there must be illustrative art involved in the final creation...

    But straight photography, no, sorry - don't think that'd be allowed any more than in the Remake/Remodel threads.
  2.  (10441.4)
    (Uhm. Original photography IS allowed in R/R -- just not stock-photo manipulation.)

    But, for this: Budgie's stories, Budgie's rules.
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012 edited
    And that's our communication folks, smooth as silk.

    But ok, yeah, fairly sure I'm right on this one - photography allowed for this challenge if there's illustrative content as well.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2012
    Hmmm, will look into this, for certain.
  3.  (10441.7)
    Come on then, artists. Chicken?

    Or possibly we've miscalculated by not giving y'all long enough to enter. Sing out, either way.
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012
    Sore tempted. Even got a clear idea! What I'm lacking right now is time otherwise it'd be well underway.
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    Go for it, Paul! :)
  5.  (10441.10)
    Personnally, I've started a 2-pages storyboard. Still working on the details, but should be ok by the end of the week. But THIS does take time...
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    Taking time out from other work to draw two pages for funzies isn't easy. Doing it in a week, even less so.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012
    I've just got a lot on my plate this week, but the timeline may be a bit tight for most. I'd perhaps say switch deadlines with the REMAKE threads, give this one the two weeks and make people do the REMAKES faster, as those are just single pin-ups, essentially. Perhaps once this one is underway the timeline could be shortened to speed up the intended pace?
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012
    OK - as Si suggested, if the timeline is too tight, happy to extend it; would people prefer that?

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    ok for one more week.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012
    That will help me out. Thanks much for your flex on this, Budgie. We'll get faster I'm figuring...
  8.  (10441.16)
    what exactly does "spot illustration" mean?
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2012
    @mojokingbee - Single illustration depicting a single scene, or summing up the entire story...
  9.  (10441.18)
    The kind of thing you'd see accompanying the text if the story were published as prose in a magazine.
    • CommentAuthorRaid71
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2012
    Only just happened on this... it's interesting, need a little more thought and time than the usual remake competition,
    not sure I'm with the whole winner thing, I like the remake comp for this very reason we all bring something different to the table we're not competing against each other directly, only trying to impress
  10.  (10441.20)
    Funny that, given how much grumbling I've had from people desperate to get on Bleedingcool.