Note: Thomas Fummo returns to P:R for another tour of duty, this time joining forces with the public domain hero War Nurse. Fummo tells P:R says this 1940s character could work well in modern times, and has changed her look to a “modern, padded army medic get-up” that in my opinion would be great as a super-hero OR G.I. Joe outfit. – Chris Arrant
Note: We’ve featured these super tikes before, but I can’t get over how great they are. Yale Stewart‘s JL8 is the best DC comic DC isn’t printing, and this recent pin-up only re-enforces that. – Chris Arrant
Note: We’ve received a host of excellent entries for our current Middleman: Man About Town redesign contest, and in the spirit of the holidays we’re extending the deadline for entries for one more week. The final deadline for entries is December 11, 2013 at 5pm Eastern Time. For complete rules, see the original Middleman: Man About Town announcement. To give you some last-minute inspiration, here’s the Middleman‘s Wendy Watson, as designed and illustrated by co-creator Les McClaine. – Chris Arrant
Since the results for Project: Rooftop’s Storm: All-Weather Wear redesign contest were posted, we’ve been made aware that one of the Runner-Ups, Daniel Agbodjo, based his figure in his illustration on the artwork of another artist, Jace Wallace. Agbodjo gave no credit to basing his work off Wallace’s previous work, which violates one of P:R’s guidelines and key principles of both P:R founders. P:R has since removed Mr. Agbodjo’s entry from the contest results, and we publicly apologize to Jace Wallace for hosting the uncredited swipe of his artwork.
Swiping is common in our industry. Too common. And those who do it rarely realize how offensive, obnoxious, and often OBVIOUS, this practice is. Project: Rooftop is a site dedicated to featuring the specific skill of superhero costume redesigning, but we have always used this platform to promote indie and professional artists with clear talent deserving of wider recognition in the comics community. Swiped art has always been banned from this site, and we apologize for allowing this piece to damage our record. It’s easier to spot when entrants swipe from art by established creators, but this time, we were had by someone who searched DeviantArt for an elegant drawing to pass off as their own, with changes. We might have considered it an honest mistake in understanding the rules here, but Mr. Agbodjo also flipped the image, a common swiping technique to avoid detection.
This is a notice to everyone. We will not always be able to spot swiped entries. We really are pretty good at it. But this time we failed, and the entrant is no longer welcome to participate here at P:R. Don’t swipe from other artists, and definitely don’t bother us with them.
Chris Arrant and Dean Trippe,
Co-Founders and Editors of Project: Rooftop
Note: Each Spider-Man film has tinkered with the look and feel of the titular character’s wardrobe, and the art studio FilmPaint recently released four never-before-seen designs for Spider-Man that were in the running but ultimately rejected for the 2010 Amazing Spider-Man film by director Marc Webb. Each of these four designs has something to like, and you’ll notice that each pushes Spider-Man down a more sci-fi bent and has no qualms about playing with the key tenants of Spider-Man such as his eye pieces. What do you like about them? – Chris Arrant
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Note: While he’s not as popular as those A-List Marvel and DC heroes, the Black Terror is a vital and vibrant part of comics lore and is ripe for new stories in the modern day. We’re inviting artists to submit their takes on Black Terror — either redesigns or simply new illustrations of his favorite look — to run here for our next Fan-Art Friday. The deadline is today, Wednesday, November 27 at 5pm Eastern time. Email them to us at email@example.com with your full name, the image, and a link to your website/portfolio (if you have one). Make sure the images are under 1000 pixels wide, and are in either JPG, GIF or PNG formats. This time out we’re limited it to one image per artist. Here’s a great page by Mike Lilly from the recent Black Terror series at Dynamite. – Chris A.
Note: Taking a page from a bygone era, Henrik Sahlstrom has taken the costumed characters of Gotham City squarely into the realm of noir. Some of the designs go a little bit to far afield of the characters’ inherent identifiers, all-and-all it’s a wonderful concept that I’d love to see expanded on. – Chris A.
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Note: Heroes aren’t the only ones with a fashion sense — and artist Jason Reeves returns today and gives classic Fantastic Four adversary Super-Skrull a new set of duds. I’m not sure if he intends this to be the original Super-Skrull or one of the growing number in the Skrull Empire, but either way this design is great. Note how Reeves shows off new expressions of Super-Skrulls’ powers that still fall within the established continuity of the character. Chris A.
Note: Thomas Perkins is back to P:R once again, this time showing off this dramatically diverse and redesigned X-Men cast. – Chris A.
Note: Thomas Fummo returns to the site today, taking on an overlooked character from Marvel lore — Frog-Man. Originally designed by the monster artist Kerry Gammill, Frog-Man was typecast as a joke due to his costume looking too much like a frog but Fummo has updated the character into something that — while still a bit wacky — looks a bit more functional. Marvel, Frog-Man is ready for his moment in the sun. – Chris A.