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  1. Been awhile since I posted here. A few weeks ago, Joe Singleton passed away. Besides bringing characters to life for me visually, he had become a friend. Those of us who knew him are still coming to grips with his passing. He had a stroke last year, so he was unable to complete various commissions for me. Now that he's no longer with us, I started looking for someone to finish some of them. I found this artist named John Ridley on Facebook, and had him draw these characters based on sketches Joe had drawn. This is a duo known has Slash & Burn. Slash is an expert with twin swords, while Burn obviously controls fire 😉 I think they came out pretty good. Can anyone guess who the inspiration for Slash is?



  2. Started working with a new artist named Cường Nguyễn from Vietnam. I found him through a group on FB that discusses public domain characters. He's been doing some characters for a group of Neo-Nazi villains known as the Neo-Teutonic Order. First up is White Lighting, a speedster who can generate an electrical field as he runs. After that is Aryan Eagle, who has wings and clawed hands. Lastly is Panzerfaust, who can generate explosive energy blasts from her hands


  3. 27 minutes ago, Solitude said:


    A fair number of the artists used for Champions or Villains And Vigilantes and so forth honed their skills selling to game companies in the eighties went on to work for DC and Marvel.  Of course they charge a lot now.


    Of course. It makes sense to use them if you can afford to. I can't, so I looked elsewhere. I have 3 - 4 artists I used on a regular basis, and they've produced great work for me. 


    29 minutes ago, Solitude said:

    Deviant Art is full of talented people though,  or one could see what the artists who popular Superhero Fiction writers charge. I like whomever Marion G. Harmon uses. Or shell out for a piece by people writing popular superhero Webcomics like Dave Barrack who draws Grrl Power.


    While I didn't find them all via DA, all of the artists I work with have pages on DA. There is a lot of untapped talent willing to do the work if given a chance. I try and give them that chance, and I promote them while sharing the art they've done for me. I know a few have gotten some work from my promoting them, and it helps build my relationships with them. It's a win - win for both of us.

  4. On 10/31/2019 at 9:19 PM, steriaca said:

    Man, the catch 22 of Hero. We NEED great comic book style FULL COLOR ARTWORK to help sell the game to guys who pick up graphic novels. But there is no way to actually AFFORD a great artist to do them.


    I think the main issue is that many superhero rpgs tend to use the same group of artists for the most part, who charge accordingly (and deservedly so). Yet there are some artists out there as good as them, who are less expensive, but few bother to actually go looking for them.  I've posted art I've commissioned in one of the art threads, and I can tell you that for the price of one piece by Storn Cook, I can get 3 or 4 pieces from an artist in the Philippines who I feel is an underrated talent.


    There is also plenty of superhero stock art available now; Storn has some, and Jacob Blackmon has a lot as well. Ade Smith is another. So I disagree that you can't afford color art. You can if you're smart and look for newer, hungry artists who you can afford. It helps you get color art for your book, and it helps them build their profiles, so they can eventually earn more themselves, just like artists before them did.

  5. On 12/3/2019 at 9:22 AM, Rails said:

    Did you try right-clicking on the Hall of Champions logo and using "Save image as . . . " (or your browser's equivalent) from the https://www.drivethrurpg.com/cc/28/hall-of-champions link?  It saves as 96 dpi for me.


    I did. However, other companies provide a higher quality logo, so I figured Hero would do the same. 96 isn't exactly high quality, which I figured they'd want products to have



    As to your second question--the guidelines and types of content information seem to indicate that you can publish characters that you created for other systems--as long as you retained the rights to them.  If I'm wrong, I'm sure someone here will correct me.  I base this opinion on these lines:


     From the "What Types of Content Can I Create?" section:  "Characters: Now you can sell the villains, monsters, gods, animals, and heroes you’ve cleverly created!"


    That's just the blurb on the community page. My concern is how the terms affect using my own IP outside of Hall of Champions. As someone pointed out on another forum, the wording of the agreement allows others to use your IP, which is a no go for me. As of last week, the agreement states:



    5. Rights You Grant to OBS

    (a) No Reversion. Due to our licensing arrangement with the Owner and the collaborative nature of the Program, you are granting us broad licenses in your Work and your User Generated Content included in your Work, and the rights to your Work will not be reverted once it is published in the Program. You will have the ability through online tools at OBS websites to stop public display and sale of your Work on OBS marketplaces, but not to stop the sale of works of other authors in the Program even when such works use your User Generated Content that you originally created in your Work and thereby became part of the Program IP for other authors to use.

    (b) Exclusive License to your Work. Effective as of the date you setup your Work through the Program on OBS’s website, you grant us the exclusive, irrevocable license for the full term of copyright protection available (including renewals), to develop,license, reproduce, print, publish, distribute, translate, display, publicly perform and transmit your Work, in whole and in part, in each country in the world, in all languages and formats, and by all means now known or later developed, and the right to prepare derivative works of your Work.

    (c) Exclusive License to all User Generated Content in your Work. Effective as of the date we first make your Work available through the Program, you grant us the exclusive, irrevocable license for the full term of copyright protection available (including renewals), to all User Generated Content included in your Work. You agree that the User Generated Content is available for unrestricted use by us without any additional compensation, notification or attribution, including that we may allow other Program authors, the Owner and other third parties to use the User Generated Content.


    In other words, you can't use your own IP with other systems. Since I all ready have, that means either I can't use it with Hall of Champions, or I have to take down the other products (which I'm not going to do). it also grants others to use your material, not just what Hero products you can tap into


    The only company that doesn't do this with their CCP is Genysys Foundry, whose terms state

    4. Rights Granted to You.
    (a) Subject to your compliance with the terms of this Agreement, OBS grants you the limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable, personal, worldwide and revocable right to use and otherwise incorporate Owner’s IP into your Work(s) for distribution through the Program only.

    (b) Except for short promotional excerpts used to promote your Work, you may not display, recreate, publish, distribute or sell your Work (or derivatives thereof that are not exclusively your own User Generated Content) outside of the Program administered on OBS websites or through other platforms or channels authorized or offered by The Owners.

    (c) You retain full ownership of your User Generated Content created through the Program. You may reuse and license your User Generated Content as long as you do not violate or infringe upon the Owner IP or other authors in the Program.

    (d) These rights are granted solely for the purpose of your participation in the Program and no other rights to Owner IP or Program IP is granted or created through this Agreement.

    5. Rights You Grant to OBS and The Owners

    (a) No Reversion. You are granting us broad licenses in your Work, and the rights to your Work will not be reverted once it is published in the Program. You will have the ability through online tools at OBS websites to stop further public sale of your Work on OBS marketplaces (though customers who already purchased digital download copies will continue to have access to the purchased Work), but not to stop the sale of works of other authors in the Program including when such works use your User Generated Content as long as you have previously agreed or consented to such use.

    (b) Exclusive License to your Work. Effective as of the date we first make your Work available through the Program and as long as the Work remains in the Program, you grant us the exclusive, irrevocable license for the full term of copyright protection available (including renewals), to all User Generated Content included in your Work for use by us in the Program and fulfilling this Agreement without any additional compensation, notification or attribution beyond the obligations in Section 7.


    The person who posted this on another forum stated Jason was going to change it to be more in line with Genysys Foundry's terms. If someone whose posted to Hall of Champions can confirm that it was changed, that would remove any concerns I have. I know it's not a big deal for many who use HoC, but for someone like me (who releases product for multiple systems), it is (because of the limitations most CCP have)

  6. 6 hours ago, Chris Goodwin said:

    There are a few settings you need to make in your DTRPG account that give you access to the community content program, and those might be prerequisites to downloading the logo from there.  But if you ask Jason he'll most likely both give you access to the material outside of DTRPG, and tell you what settings to set in your account.


    Not that I can see. I'm at the page for the Hall of Champions community, and it says where to place the logo (alongside the text you need to include), but nothing on downloading the logo.  All the instructions on how to upload are there on the community page. Guess I'll have to ask Jason. Still makes no sense to make it this hard to get the logo though

  7. 56 minutes ago, sentry0 said:


    You can get the logo from DTRPG I believe.  You should message Jason S. Walters if you're interested in doing something... he can give you access to the material.


    You would think, but it isn't available in the community content product listing, nor the Hero Games listings. If it's supposed to be a community, you'd think making the logo easily accessible would be kind of a priority. 

  8. Here's some art from Kris Smith. This for something I'll be putting together for another system in the future. The characters are in the vein of the old 60's Batman tv show, in that they are somewhat cheesy. First up is a Creative Commons character called The Skunk. The Second is a new take on a public domain character called The Checker (renamed Checkers here)



    Here is The Putty, another Creative Commons character, followed by The Puzzler, a new take on a public domain character of the same name:



    Nice! They look like a Fantastic Four homage



    That is definitely one of their inspirations. A little Challengers of the Unknown in there as well. They're supposed to be heroes who exist between  the Golden & Silver ages of heroes


    Here's what will be the cover art for this (whenever I get off my butt and write it)



  10. As seen by stuff I've posted here, I like translating public domain characters. I found a group of villains who had fought Captain Marvel Jr. in the Golden Age called the Black Ace Gang. They were nowhere near as interesting as The Royal Flush Gang, but card based characters can be interesting. After some back and forth with Joe Singleton, we came up with a modern version of the concept. The original group was non-powered, but 2 members of this version do have actual powers


    From left to right is Queen of Hearts, King of Clubs, Jack of Diamonds and Black Ace, the Black Ace Gang:




    Here's a color composite of the group:



  11. This is the Combat trooper for MIDIAN, an organization based in the Middle East. Considered a terrorist group, they strive to recreate the ancient kingdom of Midian:




    This is Bloodwolf, also known as Zeeb. He was a prince of ancient Midian. He was supposedly slain during the Time of Judges, but was saved by the gods. He is able to turn into a reddish liquid form.



  12. I haven't posted anything in awhile, since I quit Photobucket over their recent move to screwing over users.


    Anyway, here's some new pieces from Juan Paolo. First up is Strigoi, the leader of a group called Tyranny, Inc. The image is based on a head bust done by another artist named James Sheilds:




    This is The Blood Guard, Tyranny Inc's elite combat troops:



  13. These are all characters who are going to be in supplements I'm writing for a different system. I might do Champions versions eventually for release (I had talked to Jason at GenCon after the private Strike Force session I played in from that KS, and he was open for setting me up with a license for HERO), but for now, I'm doing them for other game systems. I just like sharing the art on different forums, as it sometimes drums up more work for the artists who do commissions for me

  14. Been awhile since I posted anything here. Got some new stuff to share. A couple of composite images from a bunch of commissions.


    I found a group of villains on the public domain wiki called the Black Ace Gang. They fought Captain Marvel Jr. Non-powered, kind of cheesy but violent bank robbers. As a fan of the Royal Flush Gang, I saw potential in the concept. So, thanks to the magic of Joe Singleton, here is a modern update of this group. From left to right is Black Ace, Queen of Hearts, Jack of Diamonds and the King of Clubs


    A long time ago, I was a player in a Champions campaign run by my friend Curt Fernlund. He was an artist, and drew all our characters and the villains we faced. Once he was done with villains, he would pass them onto me. I saved them, and with his permission, have been adapting/updating them. This is Luna, an organization we faced. They were led by Khonshu, the Egyptian god. I took him out, and removed some members. In their place, I added 3 Lunar/Moon gods. From left to right is Men (Lunar god of Anatolia), Artume (Etruscan night goddess, similar to Artemis), Vampyre (a clone of my hero Necromancer), Night Stalker (originally called Moon Knight), Cricket & Crater (who will likely be changed to Eclipse or something else), the 4 super agents of the group, Kaskuh (Moon God of the Hittites) and the standard Luna agent. I'll probably be adding more to the organization when I can afford to send more work Joe's way.


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