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Indie Illustrator’s Deathmatch 2021 – Quarterfinal


Welcome to The Finals!

Two survived. Only one can win. Which illustrator has really and truly brought the writer’s story to life? It’s time for you to decide!

So here’s what you do…

1. Read Part 4 of the story

2. Create a user account with a real email. Then you can vote once every hour!

3. Login to vote, read and post comments supporting your favourites so far. Commenters with lots of upvotes will get a surprise voting advantage!


By Joe Bongiorno

The bell rang. Esther took her seat at the back of the class by the poster of the periodic table.

“Good morning,” Mr. Fleming greeted the class with a cracking voice and straightened his argyle sweater vest. “I would like to begin by saying that if you look up in the night’s sky tonight, you will see Halley’s comet, visible to the naked eye. This event occurs only once every 75 years.” He cleared his throat and clasped his hands.  “What happened last week was unfortunate…”

Mr. Fleming, Esther thought, had been acting even more awkward than usual since the day they watched the shuttle blow up.

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This round has ended.

*** WINNERS ***

Chloe Harnett-Hargrove
Gladys Lou
Lindsay Wilson
Anastasia Kirages
Tim Bauer Round One
    Originally from Kansas, Tim Bauer started his career in teaching internationally in Asia, but decided to follow a personal dream and came to Vancouver to study illustration. He is the illustrator and creator...
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Lindsay Wilson
      About Lindsay Wilson I'm a current art student, and I entered Deathmatch when I heard about the contest and hadn't seen anything similar to this format. I love short stories, and illustrating...
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*** WINNER ***


  1. mysticmultiples ( Likes: 4 ) says:

    pray to the lizard gods!!! wait, is that the yellow phone? father told us to never answer the yellow phone….

  2. Cilla Vee ( Likes: 13 ) says:

    Chloe Harnett-Hargrove’s drawing is intense, dramatic, gripping, sophisticated. If I saw this illustration by itself, I would want to know the story … in fact, my imagination instantly wants to find multiple narratives – the illustration pulls you in and engages you. If you know your stuff, you will recognize this true talent and vote for her.

  3. daisykates ( Likes: 6 ) says:

    Anastasia’s piece is so cool and illustrated the story in a unique way! Her collages are always cool but I especially love all the elements in this one.

  4. adasylee ( Likes: 19 ) says:

    Well done everyone! Gladys’ work is my favorite since she captures details of the story through a simple yet concise style. Her use of color gives a fantasy vibe.

  5. skirages ( Likes: 25 ) says:

    Let’s gooooo! Good luck, everyone! I’m excited to be continuing on in the competition. 😀