Whitechapel Remake Remodel
Towards the end of the Internet Middle Ages there was a web comic by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield called Freak Angels and a related forum Whitechapel. An occasional feature of the latter was the setting to task of artists, first by Warren and later by Si Spurrier and others, to reimagine comics and their characters which often prompted work of a high ca-li-bre, some of which I downloaded into one of my many ‘things I’ll probably never look at again but you never know’ folders.
A few years later I was over Whitechapel way only to find it had succumbed to web rot so thinking that some of it was worth preserving I did a search of the web and Internet Archive and grabbed what I could of the Remake Remodel threads. Alas some artwork was already victim to the demise of their image hosts.
So this is the page I’m going to stick them on as time and enthusiasm allows. Anyone who recognises one of their own images and would rather it not be on display please use the contact form to let me know and down they will go. (For security reasons answers to a few simple questions about the 1970s & 80s West Ham United Football team may be required).
There was, way back in the mists of… 2007… a recurrent meme among several comics art blogs. Reclaiming characters from their owners, I guess it could be broadly described as… people were reimagining abused characters (chiefly Supergirl) as artistic call-and-response various places, chiefly LiveJournal. In the aftermath of that, I did a similar thing on old messageboard The Engine, called REMAKE/REMODEL. They were embraced as technical exercises, bits of fun, ways to get the brain moving. I think most people’s favourite was the dear late Mike Wieringo’s wondrous retro-aristo Buck Rogers…
I thought it might be an interesting thing to bring back here. So, once a week, I’ll call a character, and you art types here can post images of your reinterpretation of that character. Photography and digital art is also fine, before anyone asks.
The point is REinterpretation: remake/remodel.
You are an artist/designer. You have to put together the cover for the first issue of a weekly science-fiction anthology comic called 2000AD. You don’t know much about what’s in it. You’ve been given the following pieces of information to include on the cover somehow:
“featuring the new DAN DARE”
“M.A.C.H. 1 – his incredible hyperpower will amaze you!”
“SPACE-AGE DINOSAURS! Read ‘FLESH’ ”
“STOP PRESS! GREAT BRITAIN INVADED!”
You must design a poster for a movie called IRON MAN directed by Stanley Kubrick. This is all you know.