Artists were paired up with each other, and went against another pair; contestants were encouraged to combine their labor and collaborate, which could take any form they preferred. For example, there were a few teams who did traditional writer/artist pairs to split the labor, while others alternated pages etc.

I had been paired up with Sloof, the artist for Aybeatee the bird-talker, and author of one the most hilarious comics I’d ever read in round 2. Together at an early juncture, we realized that we could pull off a rare but sought-after combo if we did things perfectly: action-comedy.