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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Last call for cosplay! Project: Rooftop’s fourth Fights, Flights & Tights contest closes the submission window today. So if you dressed up as a superhero for Halloween or anytime in the past year and want to sent in your costume, do so now! Full details at this link. For inspiration, he’s a great entry of Dr. Strange by Dustin Drase from a few years back. – Chris A.
Note: Everyone is getting ready for Halloween parties, so we wanted to remind our readers that the deadline for Fights, Flight & Tights 4 is fast approaching. The full rules are at the earlier link, and to get your mind thinking here is a great cosplay by Adam Sherman of Rosy Higgin‘s Spider-Man, 3rd place in our Spider-Man: Webhead 2.0 redesign contest. – Chris A.
Note: Storm is one of my favorite characters in comics, and the artistically-minded readers of P:R have made me proud with their stunning renditions and redesigns of the character. After unveiling Storm: All-Weather Wear‘s Top 3 and the Top 20 earlier this week, here are the Honorable Mentions. – Chris A.
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Note: There’s more than just the Top 3 in P:R’s Storm: All-Weather Wear redesign contest. Today we release the rest of the Top 20 entries, our Runners Up. It’s interesting to take note in all the diversity the re-occurring elements that pop up and the wrangling some artists do to incorporate a lightning bolt as symbology for the character. An earlier version of this post included an entry by Daniel Agbodjo, but it has since been removed for uncredited swiping from another artist. – Chris A.
73.5 out of 100
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Note: She’s one of Marvel’s top heroes and one of the most popular women in superhero comics, and Project: Rooftop is proud to unveil our winner for her redesign contest. Storm: All-Weather Wear invited artists of all ilk and froma ll countries to submit their designs, to be judged by P:R panel of judges as well as guest judges Brian Wood, Kris Anka, as well as Erica Henderson and Kim Belair. Thanks to all of our judges — especially our four guest judges — and now on to the top 3! – Chris A.
First Place Winner: Kelly Smith!
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Note: Before the Punisher and all the dark-and-gritty heroes, there was the Black Terror. Created by Richard E. Hughes and Don Gabrielson in the early 1940s, the skull-draped masked hero has fallen into the public domain and popped up everywhere from Alan Moore’s Tom Strong to Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon and was relaunched as part of Dynamite‘s Project Superpowers with Alex Ross and Jim Kreuger. For this week’s Fan-Art Friday, Project: Rooftop challenges artists far and wide to draw their rendition of the Black Terror with a deadline for submissions at 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 sketch of the Black Terror done by Dan Brereton several years back to get your mind going. – Chris A.
Project: Rooftop is proud to partner with Javier Grillo-Marxauch and Les McClaine for an official redesign contest for the titular star of their comic series The Middleman. “The Middleman: Man About Town” invites artists far and wide to take on the challenge of imagining a new look for the Middleman in this official redesign contest. Both Grillo-Marxauch and McClaine will be joining our regular panel of judges to survey the entrants in this official redesign contest, and are also offering a range of prizes for the winners.
“For years, I have followed Project: Rooftop and reveled in the unbridled creativity of its contributors – to have The Middleman get the P:R treatment is a dream come true for me,” Grillo-Marxauch says. “I can’t wait to see what how the site’s readers interpret my and Les McClaine’s creation!”
Due to the nature of The Middleman, artists have free reign to re-imagine the Middleman in various time periods and cultures. In the comics we’ve seen Middlemen from the Victorian age to barbarian times in addition to the well-known modern-day Middleman. And remember, Middleman can be female or male. Whatever era you choose, remember the key part of the Middleman’s cannon: black trousers, white shirt, green jacket, black tie and boots.
As part of this official redesign contest, the creators have provided several prizes for the winners of “The Middleman: Man About Town:”
- First Place: A prize package that includes an original page of art by McClaine from The Middleman, graphic novel/DVD combo pack, a online portfolio review by Grillo-Marxauch and McClaine, and the winner’s design featured in a future issue of The Middleman.
- Second Place: A original page of art from The Middleman by Les McClaine, along with a Middleman graphic novel/DVD combo pack.
- Third Place: A Middleman graphic novel/DVD combo pack.
Entries for “The Middleman: Man About Town” should aim to create a new take on the hero that stays true to the character’s concept and history and only revise their costume, as if your design was in the running to be used in current continuity. All entries must be received by December 4, 2013 at 5pm Eastern Time. As usual, check our guidelines, and save your submission as a .jpg, .,png or .gif with your full name as the file name. Send your submission as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line being “Entry for The Middleman: Man About Town,” and make sure to include your name and website in the body of the e-mail.
Thanks to Paul Milligan for designing the banner for this contest.