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The winner of the Bad Lieutenant poster design contest is...

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the results of the Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans poster contest! I ended up with over 60 entries from all over the world. The contest was only open to US readers, unfortunately, but some non-US residents entered hoping only to have a good enough entry to warrant inclusion in the runner-ups… a couple made the cut and you’ll see them below. If you don’t remember the rules of the contest… it was simple. I wanted a poster that showed the movie for what it is, not the safe floating heads cop drama standard layout that the studio cooked up. The flick is crazy entertaining and the posters that caught my eye captured a bit of that spirit. There was a ton of great entries and that’s not me just buttering up the entrants. Seriously, this one was really difficult to narrow down. I’m going to show a handful of entries below, some better than others in certain categories, some more professional, some less so, but with a great design element, etc. To start I’m going to give you the 2nd place and then the winning entry. I went back and forth on these two for a good 36 hours. The near-win was an entry by a reader named Jason Rasco. Rasco’s contrasting of black and red colors is great and the flow of the design is sharp. Check it out:

Good, right? You can see why I had a hard time giving it second place. The winner is Sean Hartter and his poster isn’t as professionally done, but captures the insane wild west with crack cocaine feel of Werner Herzog’s movie. Plus as great as Rasco’s poster is we’ve had the red-face Nic Cage poster with Martin Scorsese’s BRINGING OUT THE DEAD. Here’s Sean Hartter’s winning poster:

Mr. Hartter will be getting three professional prints of his artwork for himself, a DVD pack containing 5 Nicolas Cage movies and 5 Werner Herzog movies, a Lena Herzog photography book signed by Werner and their art posted at the official Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans website, twitter page, facebook page, etc. Congratulations to him. Instead of just leaving it there I wanted to showcase some other entries that jumped out at me, so let’s take a look at some of the talented designs! This entry from James M. Dunlap might have been my pick for winner if a few more elements fell into place. He had some trouble exporting the Photoshop documents, so the credits didn’t look right, which throws off his design a bit. But I love the poster, it’s very Saul Bass and feels like it’d come right out of the late ‘60s or early ‘70s.

David Craig’s entry was another really inventive design that really does capture the insanity of the movie.

Craig McDaniel had two entries, both of which I liked a lot. My favorite of the two was this one for pure design aesthetics:

His second poster is also good and gets bonus points for featuring the frankly graphic hotness of Fairuza Balk.

There were a few cartoony entries that I quite liked for different reasons. I’ll run ‘em for you now. First up is Ali Eldridge’s entry:

Brian Gilles’ entry feels more like the cover of the comic book adaptation, but shows a real artistic eye and composition:

And Terrence Horan’s entry:

And perhaps my favorite of the cartoon interpretations is Brian Christian’s piece:

Mitch Sheffield’s entry wanted to make New Orleans a character on the poster as well as Mr. Cage and Ms. Mendes:

Danny J. Gibson’s entry feels like a Criterion cover of a Wes Anderson movie.

Jason Nelson’s entry has an iguana growing out of Nicolas Cage’s forehead. Bonus points!

Yabori Sequeira’s poster is pretty rad design-wise. Love the mirror images and the satellite view of Nawlins over the dead gator.

Matthew Smith’s solid entry has an illegal substance (quite a common theme in the entries I must note) and wooden-head Nic Cage:

These last two were in the running for a while and might be able to fight over 3rd and 4th places if there were more prizes. First up is “distich”’s grainy b/w poster showcasing Cage’s unhinged performance.

And finally Alwin Jansma from the Netherlands had this montage poster which was sharp as hell… another finalist if he had been eligible.

Great work guys and congratulations again to the winner! I know it’s a Twilight weekend, but if this flick opened up near you give it a whirl. It has 100% less 17 year old abs, which is probably why it didn’t win the weekend, but it’s a great, bizarre ballsy flick. My chat with director Werner Herzog will be hitting sometime in the next 24-36 hours. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Nov. 21, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    a lot of posters

    by parabolas

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    my vote would be for Craig McDaniel's, then Yabori Sequeira

    by BadMrWonka

    but shit, they're all pretty damn good. <p> when are you guys going to have a funny haiku contest, then I can get down on it!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Hmmmm...the first two suck...

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    The second and first place posters blow. Yabori Sequeira’s and Matthew Smith's are the best of the lot, and the comic book cover one shows the most skill (even if it doesn't work as a movie poster). The Netherlands dude/chick (whatever...Arwin? Sounds like it could be a fucking elf goddess) made the best "real" movie poster, in terms of Hollywood style. You suck. Get your eyes checked.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    James M. Dunlap with a tweak, maybe painted

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    and Brian Gilles. <p>The rest look like studio Photoshops we've seen dozens of times in the last 10 years.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by the_patriot

    And even the worst of this group is still 1000% better than most studio posters released anymore. Bravo!!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by j_difool

    For once, something I see on this site is totally fantastic. Very cool to see people come up with original stuff. I don't love them all, but most of these people would have my vote for doing this work for real posters. Sadly, it is not the designers who make modern movie posters SUCK. It is the executives (truthfully) who ruin the designs. I have seen it happen. Great designs are constantly watered down by tone deaf, artless people in charge. If you only knew, you'd storm the gates of Hollywood in outrage.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Jansma's poster is AMAZING. The winner is very "Last Tango in Pa

    by Sloopjohnb

    This guy should be declared winner, hands down. Too bad he's from abroad. I don't know how you decided to give Rasco second place. No offense to him, but that poster isn't even close to Smith's, Horan's, or McDaniel's. A bizarre choice for second place, indeed.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Goddamn, some of these are gorgeous!

    by _Palmer_Eldritch

    Well done, guys!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Not an iguana

    by mightyjoer

    It's a bearded dragon growing outta Cage's head, not an iguana.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Log gia

    by Dutch_boy

    For the record i am a dude not a chick. But i have to agree with the_patriot that of all of these posters are far better and more creative then that horrible studio poster. Pretty cool to see my poster on aintitcool!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    Great poster. Shame you live in the wrong place.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    And there you are!

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    Hello Jansma!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    I vote for distich's poster

    by GreenRiver

    I love it! It makes Cage look NUTS.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Matthew Smith

    by myspoonistoobig

    Just short of the correct inspiration: Cage's face should be created by a gigantic pile of coke rather than just having some off to the side.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Jansma and Hartter's. Then Distich, Nelson and Rasco

    by henrydalton

    For my money.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Oh and

    by henrydalton

    in that order.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST

    TYPO in second place?

    by JohnGaltShrugged

    am i the only one that sees the giant typo in the 2nd place winner? Why do so many people have issues with this sort of typo and not know they are doing it? He said "His Soul's Still Dancing." By using apostrophe - S, he is giving ownership to the word STILL. Not what I think he intended. It shouls read "His soul IS still dancing." That's the only way to not give ownership to the next word.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST



    you must be this old to ride the internet.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    posting your opinion as statement of fact


    you must be more sober than i to post on the internet

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Xzibit's first name is "Alvin"?

    by googamooga


  • Nov. 21, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    googamooga: To ensure more street cred, Alvin's mom

    by CreasyBear

    should have given it some useless apostrophes. A'lvin, or Alv'in. Needless apostrophes are all the rage these days.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Coming this Christmas to CD...

    by RequisiteMonkey

    Xzibit and the Chipmunks: Christmas Rap! Pimp my tree, Dave.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    uh, no. "soul's" can be possessive, OR it can be short for "soul is". <p you wouldn't find fault in the sentence, "My dad's a dentist." would you?<p>always good to be sure you know what you're talking about before you call someone out.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    All better than the official poster

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Well done people. I especially like Brian Gilles’ entry.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Matthew Smith’s is the best.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    An iguana straying off a table full of blood platter, a line of coke, a gun, and Nic Cage's face imposed within the grain pattern of the wood. Pretty nice. There should be white coke lizard prints all over it though.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    stop being stupid greedy fucks.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Gibson's was the best tbh

    by magnetic

    A lot of them are terrible, awful typography too.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Wow, more work went into these posters than the

    by lockesbrokenleg

    actual movie.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    Locke's Broken Leg

    by jackson healy

    Have you actually seen the film? If you had, you wouldn't have made that comment. Saw it three weeks ago with a Q&A with Herzog and Mendez, and damn if Herzog didn't have a vision for it. BLPOCN is one of the best B movies in recent memory, imo. Gotta love the cheesy genre title!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Matthew Smith's is the best. +1

    by Flim Springfield

    The tabletop makes for a great poster background, and the gun, coke and lizard are all perfectly placed.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Lol..those all suck

    by Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer

    "posterizing call of new orleans"...or ooooo how many retarded photoshop filters can we play around with...I like the giant glowing red

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer had himself

    by Myopiniondontmeanshit

    A big ol' cup of HATERADE before he logged on... Wow. <p> They were ALL well done. These guys put a lot of work in those posters whether the trolls like them or not, good job fellas. <p> As for the Haters... get a life, read a book, get a hobby or something. <p> DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL BEFORE THE HATE TAKE YOU COMPLETELY OVER!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    I really dig Brian Christian’s

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    I would put that on my wall.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Aw fellas

    by jrasco

    Man I think all these are great. His Soul Is Still Dancing. Good enough JohnGaltShrugged ? Had lots o fun quint. Thanks.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Wow! Very film noir!

    by MikeTheSpike

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Truly talented work!

    by Super Rabbi

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I know Harter from DA

    by brattyben

    He's a frickin' genius when it comes to posters. I'm surprised he entered, but, not surprised he won. So, so awesome for him. Way to go Sean!!!!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Particularly like Daniel Craig's

    by rossjohnson2806

    But cant argue with the winning poster. All great efforts.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Jansma's poster is asskicking

    by Mr Incredible

    Disturbingly beautiful.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Sigh of relief that I didn't enter this contest!

    by RedJester

    Because I would've seriously been pissed to have lost to those two sh*t posters! Those two winners had no right even being in the top ten, never mind the f*cking winners circle! So like I said, glad I opted out of entering this contest.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    I'd also like to state

    by RedJester

    That there are some truly incredible posters here, many of which are heads and shoulders better than even the actual posters used for the film. On a positive note, a lot of you will have some kickass posters to add to your graphic design portfolios and what not! Awesome job all!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    First one and the last 2 are great!

    by Turd Furgeson

    You guys should seriously be doing posters for a living. Nice work. Did not like the winner that much.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Sorry but they are all boo boo

    by JEB

    Admitedly 1 or 2 have some substance that could be worked on and refined to make some good artwork. Personally i would'nt dream of putting anything like those on in my portfolio, still different strokes for different folks

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST

    These entries are better than this shitty movie

    by Proman1984

    Great stuff wasted on shit.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Jansma 's is beautiful. All really great

    by George Newman

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Some very nice work

    by Bellam

    Honestly my least favourite is the second place winner - it is nicely composed, and good use of colour, but entirely pedestrian. It doesn't have any punch.<br><br>Great work folks.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Horan, Brian Christian and McDaniel were the best

    by reflecto

    Come on, man.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Jansma's - should be the official One-Sheet!

    by Sgt.Steiner

    It's original Se7en poster good! Fucking immaculate. And I dig Craig McDaniel's first entry. It captures absurdity in an iconic fashion like the "Trainspotting" and "A Hard Day's Night" posters.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by Malebolgia

    please Harry, this was a great idea, keep it going!!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see the haters do better...


    put up or shut up

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Some real nice stuff

    by veritasses

    Congrats to all.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Those were all really great

    by MattmanReturns

    AICN needs to have more contests like this, those were fun to look through. Good work!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Yes, more contests like this please.

    by Laserbrain

    And not just for the mis-marketed indies.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST

    New Moon spanked The Dark Knight's record first day

    by Chewtoy

    So I suppose I must admit that it definitely is a "Twilight" weekend. It's the same audience that drove "Titanic" to the number one all time gross, so I shouldn't be as surprised as I am... Of course, that was actually an entertaining, solid movie, despite the backlash that inevitably came... I can't see this one holding up well enough to be anywhere near the top of the gross lists at the end of its run. <br><br> Beautiful work on the many posters, and a very cool contest. I only have a mild interest in the film, but I really enjoyed checking out all the artwork.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    It should have just been BIG LOB dunking a basketball.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Fuck goddamn New Moon...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    A cult for virginal girls. It's rating is like a 4.2 on IMDB. Goes to show that site can still get it right.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    gibson's piece ftw!

    by alice133

    looks wired. awesome job.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    I hate and love them all!

    by Orionsangels

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Twilight is the Boy Band of movies

    by Orionsangels

    In 10 years. No one will care. It's just another tween girl phenomenon, like high school musical. The plot of the Twilight series is - Tween girls find shirtless guys hot.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Nicholas Cage's hair...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS


  • Nov. 22, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST


    by Sgt.Steiner

    "Cult of virginal girls"? Well, dammit, not if I have anything to say about it! A cult without sex is a day without sunshine.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Just kidding

    by Sgt.Steiner

    Lest one thinks a Mr. Polanski has hijacked this thread.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 2:14 a.m. CST

    "And perhaps my favorate..."

    by 3 Bag Enema

    Every single one of these posters is brilliant compaired to you. Idiot.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST

    the one with the tvs....

    by blckmgk13

    Should have won, that is all. Good work everyone.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Wow! they suck.

    by MacReady452

    I mean the talkbackers critiquing fan art. Shut the fuck up you cynical fucks no one wants your opinion on this. Nice job everyone.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 3 a.m. CST

    I was hoping someone

    by Toilet_Terror

    would do a Crumb-esque version of Cage assaulting the two old ladies. No luck.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST

    great fucking work boys

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

    really impressed. so much better than the anemic shit the studios put out.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 3:28 a.m. CST


    by Waka_Flocka_Flame


  • Nov. 22, 2009, 4:42 a.m. CST

    not loving this outcome one bit.

    by scenic

    why did the best poster not win? honestly, do you have a graphic arts background? why are you deciding the winner? there are easily five better entries.... this is miserable. This is life in a microcosm - a clearly better entry is given the 'thanks but no thanks' award while the lesser entry gets the win. such nonsense.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Terrence Horan’s poster

    by Napolean Solo

    Stars Christopher Walken as Nic Cage.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 7:03 a.m. CST

    My favorites....

    by Chakraborty

    Terrance Horan, Matthew Smith, and Mitch Sheffield. They're all pretty good, but those 3 stand out for me.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Jansma's is really well done....

    by Chakraborty

    ...and I could easily see that as the DVD cover for the film...but it's a bit too Stir of Echoes and Thirte3n Ghosts for my liking. Sorry, am I dick for saying that? Ah, well.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST

    I like James Nelson's the best

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    If I were perusing the shelves at blockbuster, this would grab my eye more than the others. Well done, James.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST


    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    Didya see what I did there?

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    I like my penis the best

    by DioxholsterReturns

    better than those posters

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Quint, you picked the worst one!

    by dr sauch

    They're all very good, but of the choices above, your first place is the one I'd of picked LAST!

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Holy Crap, Some of These Are Amazing

    by WriteFromLeft

    It's a great idea for a contest. The studios should take note.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    CENOBITE- Your posts are a lame attempt at being witty

    by Sloopjohnb

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by blackhole4140

    Perhaps you should have graced us with an entry of your own. I'm sure someone of your vast talent could have easily thrown something together that would have been worthy of your portfolio, or this fun contest.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    great contest.

    by blackhole4140

    I hope there are more like it- there are a lot of bad/bland professional posters out there. These posters, even the ones rough around the edges, are a lot of fun to look at and make me want to see the movie that much more.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    indeed some of them are great posters

    by ominus

    cool work u did there guys.i hope we see more contests like this. <p>and i must agree with some,the winner poster imho is one of the worse ones.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Craig McDaniel TV one shoulda won

    by Tall_Boy66

    Not a big fan of the winner, it's just too damn blurry to see anything really, but the runner up with the red face and fucked up eyes looks good. But the TV one shoulda won. Fail, Quint!

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Very cool. Need more of these competitions

    by criticalbliss

    Damn. Cool shit. My favorite is Alwin's... p> 1) Alwin <br> 2) Yabori <br> 3) Jason Nelson <br> 4) Terrance <br> 5) Gilles (great artwork!) <p> Hard to really pick, though. Though I have to say the "winners" were my least favorites of the bunch....

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    F i hate those color SPLIT names!!

    by LimpdickSherlock

    As if we wanted to get close to actors, to call them by first names. EVA mendes, NICK cage. Fuck that. And it's overdone already, too.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    the winner IS the WINNER, btw

    by LimpdickSherlock

    the rest have just one thing (like colors) working in them. Like the one with list of adjectives, ending up with BAD (LIEUTENANT).

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    If I had to choose just one

    by TinDrummer

    It would have to be Craig McDaniels. More of these contests, please.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    More contests like these, plea-se. INTERNATIONAL!

    by LimpdickSherlock

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Quint generally has awful taste in everything in existence

    by Tall_Boy66

    So, yeah, if people are bitching he picked the worst one, well, duh? I betcha Merrick would have somehow picked an even worse one.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    hey man

    by louisse

    I like most of them, Jansma should've won atleast something.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Brian Gilles’ entry is the only one worth a damn.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    The rest is photoshopped bullshit. And goodbye.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Jansma FTW

    by criticalbliss

    And you a-holes couldn't do better. These posters were damned cool.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    To Blackhole4140

    by JEB

    sorry dude didn't mean to upset you, I am a freelance digital artist with over 20 years experience, fortunatly for me I happen to be very busy with work even through these hard times. If there is another competition and I got some down time, i'll show how the pro's do it.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I got screwed (poster link)

    by NicholasHume

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    nothing professional here. YAAAAAAWWWNNNNNNN

    by strosmer

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Cameron/Avatar on 60 minutes FULL VIDEO + Extras

    by snakecharmer

    Full interview: Web Extra 1: Web Extra 2: Web Extra 3:

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    I can't believe some of the negativity

    by Playkins

    These are all decent entries. Even if there are "pro's" (JEB) who don't think so. I'm a working artist (more concept and illustration) as well, and I think this work is all worthy of note. Doesn't matter if it's not "professional" (ahem: STROSMER), it's all definitely fun and there are some good ideas.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Brian Christian's was dope

    by YackBacker

    A lot of others were excellent too.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Great idea... do it again!

    by SimonDunkle

    I'd love to see more comps like this. Some entries better than others but look at the cute bitchy arguments caused! Good to see some genuine creativity.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    NicolasHume, you didn't get screwed.

    by Sloopjohnb

    Because your poster sucks.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST


    by keyserSOZE

    Apparently there are some serious haters out there, but these posters are incredible. Seriously, every person featured could be a pro. Well done, guys (and girls, if the foo shits). Just a wonderful competition, and excellent entries. I'm incredibly impressed.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Jesus christ update already

    by DOGSOUP

    There's news out there. Not ONE story on Global Frequency moving forward again....

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 12:29 a.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    your NAME sucks! FOAD

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Simple request. <br> <br> More specifically, I have to imagine some friend-of-AICN like Stallone could end up with better-quality and lower-priced media material if they open it up as a competition here. The results of this particular contest are at least as good if not better than most of the official posters I see at cinemas.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 3:55 a.m. CST

    by scenic

    I agree, I was among the nay-sayers and was too damned harsh. I was angry for what I thought was better than what was chosen but in the end, I'm not holding a contest - I'm not offering shit to anyone. So sorry for being so effusive when not one whit of my hidden 'bravery of opinion' counts for a thing. The winner was very good - I do think others were better but I could have been nicer and certainly less snarky in my response. Good for Quint for doing this and shame on me for being so hurtful. Best to the artists and to Quint. Ricardo.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST

    link to Brian Christian's poster

    by bc1970

    Hi Quint and all, thanks for the good words. I posted a bigger file here.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Good work all around

    by Kammich

    I've been using Photoshop for about 4 years now, and have never really been able to pull off photo manipulations or movie posters nearly as well as these guys did(I use it more for line-art and coloring my line art), so well done all around. That said, I find it very hard to pick a favorite since I haven't seen the movie. The tone of the film goes a long way towards what the poster should emote and convey, so its hard for me to say who did the best. Sean Hartter's is very old fashioned and almost gives me a Peckinpah vibe, which is a high compliment. Craig McDaniel's might be the most well designed, but I can't say I'm sure it fits the tone of the film(from what I've seen in clips and trailers). Matthew Smith's might be my favorite, though... its not over-done, its not under-done... its clean, he created a unique "logo" of sorts for the title, and the focal point of Cage is done better than in anyone else's I think. But overall, great work by all of you.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Brian Gilles

    by Kammich

    I'm pretty sure that yours is hand drawn and not a photo manipulation of some sort(although I've been fooled in this manner before)... but if that is your artwork, its fantastic. I have friends who've done covers for independent comics that can't even compose an image like that. bravo

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Jason Nelson’s entry...

    by Moley Mole

    ...should have won, imho. Then again, I'm not Quint. But Jason Nelson’s entry fucking ROCKS!

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 5:32 a.m. CST

    I didn't have a try at this contest

    by mynamesdan

    but i wish i had- what's the next one?

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Sean Hartter’s

    by BergerBoy

    i thought that one was tits.

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Constructive Crit on 2nd Place

    by JesseSpots

    Quint said the design has good flow. I disagree. I think the design is fragmented and takes emphasis away from all the important copy. It works as a design if you look at it like a comic book, different boxes at a time. But if we pasted that up on a wall it would be completely disorienting. Just my two cents. Congrats winners