I would recommend reading The Darkness trades. Top Cow is a great publishing company, developing a lot of unique supernatural comic stories. If you found the contest interesting, pick up Volume 1 of the comic series. Every story has a beginning and you will find that Jackie is a complex and intriguing character. I have not read the series in a long time, but I am getting for the trade collecting the last 2 dozen issues.
I would have spent more time and energy on both the pencils and inks. I am happy to make the deadline, especially since I began it 4 days before the contest ended. My pencils are rougher than I would normally do. I made up on a lot of time by using it as my foundation and adding or subtracting elements in the inking process. If anything, this gave me reason to believe my comic will be well worth the effort.