(From The Lazy Grind Contest. Click on image to go to their website.)
One of the things I dislike about the Ironman Daily Grind challenge is that the victory conditions are too vague. People in the Grind initially could post filler art or the like (which has been amended as of April 5, 2005, though they can still post a filler comic apparently), and just need to get their stuff up by midnight, PST (giving those people on the East Coast a 3 hour window to sneak through – David Wright of Todd and Penguin managed that trick once).
The other problem I had was that it was unfair to those people who were religiously updating on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday (MWF) schedule. Nukees, for instance, has been religiously going MWF forever and ever. I mean, check the archives someday, it goes to the beginning of time itself and beyond, to the point that there are caveman sketches of the Nukees crew talking about how they’re looking forward to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and other such research that will allow them to become Nuclear Engineers. (Okay, it’s not quite that bad, but still!)
The Lazy Grind seems to be a nod to those cartoonists out there who tend to update on a MWF (or TuThSa) schedule. Some have troubles doing so, and others sometimes have filler art up to fill in that MWF schedule, but they try. Hell, I tried MWF and couldn’t hack it. It’s not as easy as it looks.
Instead of betting money, the bet is art. The last person standing gets the glory and also gets to tell those who didn’t last to draw whatever he, she, or it tells them to draw. Oh, and second place gets a pat on the back. They still have to draw stuff for the winner of course…
The conditions of the comic is that they must update 3x a week, the comics must be either color or b&w to the best of their ability, no fillers, and updates must be by Midnight of their specific timezone. And a few other things as well.
I look forward to this contest. To be honest, I was interested in suggesting such a contest in the past… and I’m glad to see I’m not alone in thinking the MWF crowd deserves their own contest as well. Good luck, gang! (I’ll have to read more of your strips and review them…)
The contestants are:
Angry D. Monkey
Burgundy Comics, Inc.
Swords Are Cool
Pimpette and Associates
(Editorial note: Some of those comics may no longer be in existence so I apologize if there are broken links above.)