Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Round Robin: Font of Heroes

I apologize for my absence and the lack of new posts - this month has been very busy for me, and I haven't had a lot of free time to dedicate to the blog. But never fear, the Golden Age Throwbacks and much more will all be returning soon!

I did want to let everyone know about a fun ICONS activity we are doing over at the ICONS Yahoo Group List. List member John McMullen recently suggested we get the creative juices flowing in the ICONS fan community, and after kicking around a few ideas, we settled on a Round Robin that we like to call Font of Heroes.

Here's how it works:

Everyone who wants to participate will be assigned a day next week (and beyond if needed) as their slot in the Round Robin. At the start of the contest, a TrueType font will be chosen by yours truly. The first participant will have 24 hours to generate an ICONS hero (or villain) named after that font and post it online somewhere (be sure to provide a link to their character on the ICONS Yahoo Group List). The participant must at that time also choose another TrueType font for the following participant to use on the next scheduled day. This continues until we get to the end of the list (which will be me going last since I chose the first font).

Get as creative as you want. Go nuts on the background and origin story if you like. Include a character image if you feel so inclined. And by all means, use the TrueType font as your character's title header.

There is still plenty of time to sign up, so stop by the ICONS Yahoo Group List (and please join the list if you haven't already) and let us know you'd like to participate! I will be posting the final schedule, guidelines and the name of the first TrueType font this Sunday evening October 14th Eastern Time on the ICONS Yahoo Group List. I think this will be a lot of fun and a good community-building exercise. We'd love to have you join in!

Thanks for reading!

Font of Heroes Round Robin Schedule (FINAL)
1. Michael M. (Monday 10/15) - Scab!
2. Cameron Mount (Wednesday 10/17) - G.I. Incognito!
3. Chris Heard (Thursday 10/18) - Steamwreck!
4. Walt Robillard (Friday 10/19) - Bellerose!
5. Seamus (Saturday 10/20) - No Honor Roll!
6. John McMullen (Sunday 10/21) - Alpha Taurus!
7. Joe "jaerdaph" Bardales (Monday 10/22) - Ultimatum!


  1. Looks like fun. Too bad I can't stand Yahoo Groups.

  2. Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the Yahoo Groups interface (or Yahoo in general), but the ICONS List is made up of a great bunch of helpful, talented and friendly people. And at the end of the day, it's people that make up a group, not the software. :)