Note: The following are the winners and runners up of our Invincible: Viltrumite Vogue contest! Thanks so much to everyone who participated, especially the professional comic artists that submitted who made this competition even more prestigious. The panel of judges included our regular P:R Contributors, frequent P:R artist Aaron Diaz as well as Invincible’s two primary artists — co-creator Cory Walker and current artist Ryan Ottley! And a special thanks to Lance Sells and the gang at Thwipster.com for providing the prizes! Congrats to the winners and runner-ups, and be sure to check back next week for the cavalcade of honorable mentions! – Chris A.
First Place Winner: Kris Anka!
Total: 67.5 (out of 80)
Dean: 8.5. Another very nice look from Anka, who’s been doing a lot of solid superhero design work lately. I dig a lot of the choices here, and the seams and shapes are cool, and very much in line with the designer’s style. I love the mask, in particular. But as I’ve noted with some of the other entries, I think brighter colors would’ve made it a bit stronger, at least to my eyes, especially the blues. I wonder if the center “I” emblem should’ve been blue, as well. Anyway, a totally rad entry.
Chris: 9. So close, so very close. I’d wager if Kris got to live with this design for a couple more weeks he would have done some revisions to make it even better. But for designing on a deadline, Kris excels!
Jon: 9. More than anything, I’m in love with the palette – would’ve loved to see the blue repeat somewhere besides the traps, lower on the body, just to unite it.
Dean: I have to say, while I am hardcore about brighter hues, it’s hard to argue with the specificity of Kris’s color choices. It really does hold up as a unique look, every time I see it.
Vito: 8.5. I’m with you, Jon. The palette is exquisite. I love the way those colors mesh. However, I would love a stronger i logo. As it is, the i looks undotted, unless Mark puts his head down…which is interesting, in and of itself.
Glen: 8. Really? No one’s going to mention the pointing-at-m’crotch nature of the design? It falls to me? Fine. And it’s not just the emblem, it’s the hip-darts, which I don’t think I’d miss if they were gone. The color choices are great (I can’t make up my mind about the gray on the neck, though) and I’ve never seen a mask quite like this, which is saying something.
Aaron: 7.5. This design has me excited. I like the shapes and colors, and how everything emphasizing speed and liveliness. This is a costume that conveys a theme and personality very well, something that’s frequently lacking in modern superhero design. I’d make only two changes: 1) The gray and black are too close together in tone, I’d drop the gray and incorporate more of the blue. 2) I’d change the shape of how the gloves meet the sleeves. Almost all the other color lines on the costume are coming at angles except for the gloves and it could be done a little sharper. Overall, though, this one is really nice.
Ryan: I really dig this, Kris is a great designer and I love a lot of the choices he’s made. The two tone grays is a nice touch. The way the mask fits, I like how he incorporated the blue there. Really different. The “I” could be a little less dagger like. But other than that it’s pretty nice.
Joel: 8. A very good design. The lines play very nicely with the figure, bringing a little unexpected complexity, but without clutter. I surprised how well the isolated blue works along the neck, given how often we cite people for not repeating colors. The pin-up rendition brings black shadows into the darker gray, which is a good choice. The two grays need that extra boost of contrast. The mask looks like a brilliant design for a hero with a bird-motif. It subtly looks like a beak in silhouette. But, once I noticed that, it became very distracting for an Invincible design.
Cory: 9. Kris is an amazing designer and 9 out of 10 things he does are flawless, but dang, you guys, I have to disagree about the placement of the blue. It seems like an afterthought. Would like to see the black body of the “i” a little broader inside the yellow border, but otherwise it’s a sharp design.
Editor’s Note: See The Rest After The Jump! - Chris A.