Also, why are people intimidated by me? O.O I'm pretty confident in my skill, but when it comes to my comic, I take a lot of shortcuts and make a lot of mistakes. I'm not so sure I'll do well, because VH and MB are hawks, and, from experience, will see my mistakes, plot holes and poor decision making very easily. >_< Chin up, I just wants me a critique I can learn from.
You could always introduce a points system. *shrug*
When I last had a contest on deviant art, the way it worked was this:
The contest required the following:
That it had one of my characters, and one of the participants characters in it.
That it be a completed drawing.
That it had a background.
That it had a rubber pig named Dracula in it.
For the first three, the participant could get ten points for each--we'd rate how how close it was to what was required and then add all those numbers together. The pig was worth 1 bonus point =)
So we'd take that score, and each judge would do the same thing, and the scores would be added together for a point based rating.
Then all that was left was ranking.
(we also had ten bonus points each to give out--even if a picture isn't technically very skilled, even if it's a very amateurish picture, there are elements that sometimes just make you like the picture, regardless. Each judge could divide the bonus points up however they liked, and no one told each other what they gave the bonus points to until after the ranking was done and winners had been chosen. Now, i doubt you'd implement the bonus points, because comics are a bit different, and you want to be as unbiased as possible)
Just a suggestion, maybe not a very good one.
I've just always felt that numbers feel a lot more impartial when you have to do some active math to arrive at them.
I think what she meant is that we should score on a points system, than average all the judge's scores, to come up with a final score. Or at least, thats how I took it.
Writing: Any number, 1-10, with .5 point increments, 10 being flawless writing, 1 being complete drivel, 5 being nothing special.
Art: Any number, 1-10, with .5 point increments, 10 being professional and creative art, 1 being poorly drawn stick figures, 5 being nothing special.
Originality: Any number, 1-10, with .5 point increments, 10 being a completely new and refreshing concept, 1 being an almost plagiarized story, 5 being nothing special.
Total Number of Points: The combined amount of points, with, say 30 points being the best possible outcome.
Each judge would have that scorecard. Than, we'd average the total number of points for each scorecard, and we'd use that to rank the comics, which would end up looking like this:
Generic Comic #37: 29 Points Generic Comic #108: 27 Points Generic Comic #4: 26 Points
Generic Comic #37 would then be the winner for either that category, or the entire contest.
Its just an idea.
I know, but it's easily adaptable. This way you could also allow people with slightly less than 20 pages to enter, and people with more to be on even grounds.
20 pages: Only have 17? You get 17 points. Have 42? Maximum 20 points, sorry.
Technical skill score: Out of 20.
Pacing score: Out of 10.
All you have to do is make a list of things that are essential to a well crafted and essential comic. Things that you think all comic artists should consider when creating something, and give each its own individual score.
It also makes it easier for you to break down a critique on each point.
Plus, this can be done without the judges seeing each others results until the scoring is done, or letting each other influence each other's results (not that I think you would).
I'm bad at explaining, so here's a small chart thing.