Speed Death Tournament 2020, Round 1 / Evelyn Knife-Eater vs. Antares

Speed Death Tournament 2020, Round 1 / Evelyn Knife-Eater vs. Antares

Speed Death Tournament 2020, Round 1 — Evelyn Knife-Eater vs. Antares

by Red

46.3%
584 points
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Crit level: Open to any comments or critiques


53.7%
677 points
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Crit level: No preference
tags: antares, sdt2020




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Heavenbat
Artist
93 comments
# 17   Posted: Feb 5 2020, 11:04 AM
Man, I can't even think of any decent critiques for either of these. They were both kickass!

Red: I love the visuals on this, and the layout was so so cool. Great job on the lighting, too, Imma have to try doing that myself sometime

Chimaeric: I loved the story on yours! And as others have mentioned, there were some real kickass lines. You also had a really great use of shadow/light!!

ArtsandGoodies
Approval Committee
346 comments
# 16   Posted: Feb 4 2020, 10:23 PM
Both of these were fantastic comics.

Red: I love your colors and you always make the best SDT characters. Evelin has a great attitude and i like the whole set up with the world of darkness.

Chimaeric: This is a great comic and something I will study, I love your use of lines to make shading. Also your faces and shapes are great. Also you had a really good set up story for this.

Chimaeric
Artist
248 comments
# 15   Posted: Feb 4 2020, 08:39 PM
@Cydork: There wasn't any contradiction in Knife-Eater's goals. She wants to be loved, just not by "voyeurs" as it was presented in the comic. Her linguo is borrowed from the life she just left which was that of a social media star- here Knife-Eater is undergoing a change, but change isn't always so drastic where a character begins speaking differently.

@Bobo: I notice that typesetting and grammar are still my weakpoints, since i recall this issue from previous fights. It's definitely something I should put more attention towards, but this is probably a consequence of a bad habit of doing dialogue and text boxes on the very last day of a battle.
as fro writing, I'm using a formula based on a hypothesis i created for SDT that maximizes character value through the killing of a character. in a specific way I won't go into detail of what this formula consists of because explaining it will ruin the magic of it, but I promise to describe in full sometime after SDT, so others can test my hypothesis.

Thanks to all who has read the first round. Hopefully I learned something and replicate the process i used this round again for R2.

@Red: Red you are the only person i fought more than twice, therefore it is fate that we fight again in the future and perhaps future lives. I wanna thank you for being my opponent and the opportunity you gave me to create story.

Flutterbyes
Artist
250 comments
# 14   Posted: Feb 4 2020, 11:28 AM
Red: Choice opening! You have a really amazing balance of simplified shapes and rendered drawings. Extremely stylishly executed comic, but... The killing blows were amazing, but somehow I felt something was missing from their battle.

Chimaric: Wow, how cinema- Oh. This is an interesting theme, a performer ever mindful of the audience, both craving and living for it, but also annoyed by it in many ways.

Both are excellent, stylish comics. Red's I think had great, to the point visual and dramatic flair, but I think Chimaeric takes the point for getting both characters very established for what will be the final battle for one of them.

Bobo
Web Dev
921 comments
# 13   Posted: Feb 2 2020, 01:44 PM
Spoiler: red • show
I'll never get over how much I love these colors! They've got such a fun vibe to them. It feels almost 90's, but even moreso, I think it feels emblematic of your aesthetic somehow. Anyway, I love it. I especially think it was really cool how you overlaid the daggers on top of everything else, resulting in cool color effects from both your colors and your lineart. I want more of Evelyn so bad! I do think your comic suffered a bit from characters going off-model, which is something I myself struggle with too much to give you any advice on haha. It's probably mostly a time constraint thing, but I guess it's something to watch out for in the future.

Spoiler: chmaeric • show
So there's something small, but imo significant I want to point out in the last text box on the second panel of page 2. The way the lines are divided up, I first read "charge points" as a single thing (like there's some sort of point where you charge? idk I'm mostly just dumb) instead of how it's intended (as a noun and a verb). Something I personally think about a lot when putting together text boxes and speech bubbles is dividing up your lines in a way that increases the ability to easily comprehend what's being said. For example, if you had put "points" after a line break (i.e. "A warrior who has left her charge/points to herself"), I would have immediately interpreted it as intended. I really don't know if this is a me thing, or if it has to do with how some people's brains process text as opposed to others, but I've always felt like it's important to sort of finely craft text in comics to have line breaks in places that clearly divide separate thoughts. I don't know if I'm making any sense, and this isn't as much a critique as it is something I personally find interesting, but hopefully it makes some sort of sense to someone.

Anyways, on to the real critique! This comic gave me chills. I don't know how you did it, but you somehow managed to write Knife-Eater to be such a badass that it really does justice to her character, while also using her to further Antares' story. And even though your art feels a bit sketchy overall, you still managed to make it look super good, and I just wish I could draw as quickly as you and still make things look so pretty. I think your use of light and shadow added a ton, as well. Going from the darkness of the forest to the dim lights of the Kill Club room to the bright lights of the city and the shadows on its rooftops, then to the stormy cliff... it's beautiful. I need more!

Heathen
Artist
350 comments
# 12   Posted: Jan 31 2020, 07:42 PM
One for the old playlist, thank you.

*comic shop bell jingles*

Charlie
Artist
730 comments
# 11   Posted: Jan 31 2020, 02:30 PM
Yo these were fucking awesome, the both of them.

I wanna absorb all those neon colours Red, they were AMAZING.

Also Jong your stuff kills as per the usual! Loved the buildup to the end.

Flytee
Artist
102 comments
# 10   Posted: Jan 31 2020, 09:14 AM
what an amazing battle, It totally lived up to my expectations when I saw this matchup.
Both of these comics were dripping with style. I dig the vivid neon colouring in red's comic, it instantly stands out from the crowd...and there's just something about Chimearic's off-kilter, dynamic style that i'm in love with.
I can't get enough of these two
Chimearic's won out for me, thanks to the beefier story/character interactions that come with this kinda page count. Its really impressive. I adored both of these though, really inspiring stuff.  

Hellis
Artist
222 comments
# 9   Posted: Jan 30 2020, 04:58 PM
That ending line is one of the best in void history. "Murder isnt sport, Murder is Church"? That shit right there is delish.


Chimearic: Great pacing, fantastic expression fantastic climax/writing.

Red: Your technicolor brightness is hella inspiring.

ITs a shame one of you have to fall this early in the tourny.

TheCydork
Artist
128 comments
# 8   Posted: Jan 29 2020, 12:58 AM
Red - Oooh I’m a fan of this bright neon palette! The first page was beautiful and overall I liked the style. I wish there was a bit more setup to the fight though. The way the pair speak to each other and how Antares reacted at the thought of dying implied a deeper story to me that didn’t quite come through. The poses on page 4 also didn’t read as fighting stances - if you took away the blood, the expressions and the tension (or lack thereof) in the limbs say dancing to me tbh.

Chimaera - Okay, woah. I loved your half, I think it’s my favourite comic this round. Your style is very nice, I love the charcoal-esque effect you use for backgrounds, and the story was great. The reveal that Knife-eater was taking Antares to a private place to murder her, damn. And I honestly forgot Antares was your character, because Knife-eater was depicted so well visually and story-wise (the way you draw her tusks and body is *chef’s kiss*).

There was a huge contradiction in your story though that left me really confused. The whole time, Knife-Eater goes on about wanting to leave Kill Club and not wanting to be watched by people, and spending most of the comic trying to find somewhere without cameras... but then talks about wanting to be loved and famous, finding a new network, and not hiding in the shadows. A panel or so later she switches back to “not wanting to hound for likes” and starting her new life. So which is it? Does she want to be watched or not?

Fred v2.0.1
Artist
496 comments
# 7   Posted: Jan 28 2020, 03:53 PM
Gosh I love you nerds. Red, your colours were sexy! Jong, what a setup to quick climax! You know your foreplay well.

Symon_says
Artist
64 comments
# 6   Posted: Jan 28 2020, 11:21 AM
Ooooweee heavy sluggers 'round here.

Good luck!

Red
Council
639 comments
# 5   Posted: Jan 28 2020, 06:13 AM
Damn dude, that was so amazing. I loved it so much. Thank you so so much for a great battle. You captured Evelyn perfectly ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Artofjoe
Artist
10 comments
# 4   Posted: Jan 28 2020, 01:25 AM
Both of these were AMAZING! :O Awesome job you guys!

Charlie
Artist
730 comments
# 3   Posted: Jan 23 2020, 07:18 AM
Holy shit I'm looking forward to this. Something something KILL CLUB.

Camel
Artist
78 comments
# 2   Posted: Jan 21 2020, 03:52 PM
Now this is one hell of a matchup! Can't wait!

Fred v2.0.1
Artist
496 comments
# 1   Posted: Jan 20 2020, 01:44 PM
 YES
 KILL

Comic Details -

 
Type: Speed Death Tournament Match
Drawing Time: 1 week
Ended: Feb 4th, 2020
Votes Cast: 27
Page Views: 530
Winner: Chimaeric
 

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