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My New Favorite Thing

This week’s been busy, and so I’m trying brevity this week. It’s fitting, actually, since I’m all kinds of into The Superest lately. You’ll get through the archives quickly, but hopefully the site will continue and generate a larger body of work (because what they’ve got so far is fabulous). According to their website, The Superest “is a continually running game of My Team, Your Team. The rules are simple: Player 1 draws a character with a power. Player 2 then draws a character whose power cancels the power of that previous character. Repeat.”

The primary players involved are Philadelphia-based illustrator and designer Kevin Cornell and, also hailing from Philly, Matthew Sutter, an animator and designer. Though there are, from time to time, invited guest artists, these two are pretty much the driving force behind the site. You might, however, be asking something more along the lines of What the heck is My Team, Your Team?!

The Superest sprang up as a result of a comment made on Cornell’s site by Andy Havens at TinkerX (listen up, you Pioneer Valley Comics Schmooze folks; I think we need to do some of these the next time we do jam strips!). Apparently Havens invented the game as a way to help keep his young son occupied while waiting in a restaurant queue, and it kind of spun off from there. He’s scanned the images that he and his son drew at the game’s genesis, and they’re totally charming. In fact, the whole passing along of this idea is kind of awesome, no? There’s even another site, Bayou Battle, inspired by TinkerX; it’s more of a Photoshop sort of thing in the vein of OMG! I can haz webcomic? than scanned drawn images, but it’s also entertaining.

Anyway, to get the full cumulative effect, you’ll so want to start reading at the beginning. It’s really entertaining.

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