Face front and buckle up, True Believers, Project: Rooftop is back!
But don’t call it a comeback. Or a reboot. Or a relaunch. Or a rebirth. Because, just like a dormant mutant gene waiting for just the right moment to reveal itself and remake the life of some troubled teen, Project: Rooftop was inside of us all along.
We’ve been scouring the Internet and posting some of our favorite recent redesigns, waiting for the right moment, the right team-up, and the right idea to launch our next costume contest. That moment is now! We have the team, we have the theme, TO ME, MY X-ARTISTS!!
The X-Men were first imagined in 1963 by the recently departed Stan Lee and the brilliant creative force of Jack Kirby. The original line-up was Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel and Iceman. They were mutants, young men and women born different, who chose to be incredible. The series was revived in the 1970’s by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum who introduced us to fan favorites like Colossus, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, and Storm, among others.
Like the X-Men of the original stories, the series continued to evolve. Simple stories of mutants deciding to be heroes have adapted to the times, addressing modern dilemmas and social issues relevant to the growing cadre of X-Fans. And with the likes of Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jim Lee, Joss Whedon, John Cassady, Grant Morrison, Frank Quietly, Jason Aaron, Nick Bradshaw, Chris Bachalo (and so many, many, others), our favorite team of heroes sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them have remained in good hands.
And to celebrate the X-Men’s 55th birthday, we’re teaming up with Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, the definitive podcast of X-Greatness to give the X-Men a new look!
Pick 2-5 of your favorite X-Men. They can be the team you’ve always wanted to see, your favorite line-up of the past, or just your favorite X-Folks to draw.
Design a core uniform. For this challenge, we’re inviting you to redesign the base team look, the cohesive uniform that says they’re a team, but as is often the case with a team of varied powers, abilities, and personal motifs, feel free to show individual members in personalized versions of that core uniform.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 14th, 2019, winners, runners-up, and judges notes to be posted in February.
(The X-Men: Days of Future Pants contest logo designed by Rooftop Rockstar Paul Milligan!)