Note: Listen up, P:R hopefuls! Both the deadlines for the Green Lantern: Emerald Ensemble contest and the Fan-Art Friday: Beast are imminent. All entries for Green Lantern: Emerald Ensemble are due in by 5pm Eastern time on May 16, 2013. Fan-Art Friday: Beast entries are due at 5pm Eastern time today, May 15, 2013. Good luck! – Chris A.
Note: Batman may have the biggest wardrobe closet in all of superhero comics, but Marvel’s Beast seems to be the one that goes through the most transformation. With him recently evolving to a more ape-like look in the pages of All-New X-Men, we thought it time to celebrate the various incarnations of Dr. Henry McCoy in our next Fan-Art Friday. Whether you like the classic blue furry look, the Quitely New X-Men design, the new Immonen design or the classic hairless variety, now is your chance to draw him. To prep yourself for this contest, we recommend reading Andrew Wheeler’s great ComicsAlliance article on the various faces of the Beast and get thinking. Artists of all stripes are encouraged to draw their rendition of Beast; the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 15 at 5pm Eastern time. Email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, 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. – Chris A.
Longtime Green Lantern writer Ron Marz and internationally known artist/designer James White To Act As Guest Judges
Project: Rooftop is proud to announce their next redesign contest, spotlighting on the DC Entertainment hero Green Lantern. Originally created back in 1940 by John Broome, Gil Kane, Bill Finger and Martin Nodell, Green Lantern has become one of the biggest super-heroes in comic books. And now Project: Rooftop is putting out the call for artists around the world to submit their own renditions of the hero to be spotlighted on Project: Rooftop’s website and be reviewed by the P:R staff as well as long-time Green Lantern writer Ron Marz and in-demand artist/designer James White.
“I’ve always thought Hal Jordan’s costume was one of the best designs in comics. Simple. Sleek. It’s pretty tough to beat Gil Kane for costume design,” says Marz. “But the Green Lantern mythology is vast, and we’ve seen so many cool costume interpretations in the Green Lantern Corps. I’m anxious to see what the artists come up with.”
In this contest, artists are invited to redesign DC’s Green Lantern hero and can choose any of the various characters who have served as Green Lantern’s in the past. Artists are cautioned however that the judges will be making their scores based on how well the redesigned costume fits both the Green Lantern Corps and the person inside the suit.
“When I was a kid in the early 80s, all the neighborhood kids had their favorite heroes. Most would fight over who was going to be Superman or Batman, but I was always Green Lantern,” said White, who will act as a guest judge and also designed the contest’s banner. “Green Lantern had a kickass symbol and a wicked green power ring that could materialize anything. What’s not to like when you’re 6? And therein lies the key. Lantern’s design was elegant, iconic, and most importantly: simple. Designing a new uniform for Hal brings with it a unique and challenging opportunity. How does one maintain that elegance, while at the same time re-imagining it?”
Entries for Green Lantern: Emerald Ensemble 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 May 16, 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 email@example.com the subject line being “Entry for Green Lantern: Emerald Ensemble,” and make sure to include your name and website in the body of the e-mail.
Thanks to James White for designing the logo for this contest.
Note: Today’s the day – the deadline for our Fan-Art Friday: Wonder Woman is today at 1pm Eastern time. Full details can be found on the original post, and we plan to showcase all the entries next Friday! Here’s an old favorite — Daniel Irizarri‘s Wonder Woman for a full-scale JLA redesign he did for P:R. – Chris A.
Note: Epic comic artist (and friend of the site) Dustin Nguyen just announced he’s orchestrating a redesign contest over at his DeviantArt group, The Batcave.The contest is to redesign your favorite Batman character set in modern day Gotham City, with prizes including original art from Nguyen himself. Deadline is June 30, but don’t wait until the last minute! To get your mind thinking, here is a great Batman Beyond sculpture Nguyen designed recently for DC. – Chris A.
Note: Like the dawning of a new day, Cliff Chiang and Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman series signaled a new era for fans of DC’s Amazon princess. With a bold new design that makes her equal parts warrior and woman, it’s been one of the shining lights of the New 52. And that’s why we’re celebrating it with our next Fan-Art Friday. Artists of all stripes are encouraged to draw their rendition of Wonder Woman; the deadline for submissions is Friday, March 29 at 1pm Eastern time. Email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, 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. – Chris A.
Note: There could be only three winners of our Shadowman: In A New Light redesign contest, but that doesn’t mean we were short on great entries. Here’s the rest of the Top 20, our runner-ups. Thanks again to the judges and the artists who submitted! – Chris A.
Score: 46 out of 60
Chris: 7. Long-time P:R commenter and submitter Thomas Fummo has turned in his best work yet. I feel like Fummo really understand’s this character, and brings a more classic superhero look to him akin to Jack Kirby’s Creeper. I especially love the flat black of the costume with the skull imposed on the face.
Vito: 7.5. Yeah, and that “S” logo on his chest isn’t so overt. It’s subtle enough to not distract. I like it, but I don’t love it. It’s certainly fitting, and in light of the current costume, it’s appropriate. It just seems a little flat to me. I’ve seen it before though…
Joel: 7. The costume has a nice silhouette, which is good as it’s pretty much all silhouette. I’ve mentioned elsewhere that it bugs me when a character has one torn and raggedy element in an otherwise immaculate and clearly high-maintenance outfit. But it works here, because this costume needs the smaller shape-details on the boots and gloves to contrast with the stark graphic flatness of the rest of the design. This is, hands down, my favorite stylized skull of the whole show. But I’m not a fan of the “S”. It looks too much like a backwards “3”, and will look like a backwards sharfes-S when his arm is lowered.
Jon: 8. Yeah, everybody’s covering the strengths really well – the sleek and ragged elements work both thematically and visually, the silhouette is great, the “S” is pretty subtle, I like the mask too. It DOES need something that incontrovertibly says “Shadowman” – so as not to interrupt the flow of the costume, maybe something done with the weapon?
Glen: 8. I like the mummy-wrapped nature of the boots and gloves, and the mask is intriguing. The silhouette’s great, but that swooping S-on the costume effect seems a bit too finished (and, yeah, too figure-skater) to jibe with the roughness of the rest of the design. Ditto the belt-pouches, which strike me as a bit too tidy.
Vito: Gah! I know where that “S” is from! The Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre. That’s not a bad thing (it’s actually a really cool retro design) but I can’t stop seeing it now.
Patch: 8.5. I like this, Thomas. It’s modern and moody. I think you could downplay the swirl on the chest and hip so that they don’t meet behind the belt but this is a nice look with a current feel. Contrasting black and white is a good design decision.
Note: Valiant‘s dark hero Shadowman is stepping out into the limelight this year with his new series and with our astounding array of redesigns for Shadowman: In A New Light. We’re proud to show you the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for our contest, but before I do I wanted to personally thank guest judge Patrick “Patch” Zircher, co-writer/artist of the Shadowman comi series, and the P:R staff that stepped up to judge this. Also thanks to Hunter Gorinson and the Valiant staff for helping to make this happen, and for supplying the prizes to our winners. Now… on to the winners! – Chris A.
Score: 51.5 out of 60
Vito: 8.5. I really like this one. The connected cape is something I’ve never seen before, unless it was on a character called the Flying Squirrel. Here, it gives the character a bit of a personality, and, if you really think about it, it extends the character’s shadow. That’s a smart touch. It’s probably the element that makes this stand out the most because without it, I don’t think the design would be as strong.
Chris: 8. The glowing emblem on this really appeals to me, but I feel as it maybe instead of being a waist-piece it should’ve been enlarged for the entire chest. I love the haunting look of this — but I would’ve loved to see Tony turn in a version with the top of the head open to show Jack’s hair.
Jon: 10. Sleek and ominous but still obviously human, I like the impression the lines on the torso give of an undercape. This definitely feels like the lead character in a book, or at least a key character – I keep picturing this as one of Morrison’s international Batmans.
Joel: 8. The glider-cape creates kind of a dumpy silhouette, doesn’t it? Squint your eyes, and this guy looks like a tiny-headed frog. I’m all the more perplexed by that choice because everything else in this design seems so well considered. All those curving seams and panels in the suit are beautifully balanced, and the mask is a great mix of expressively human and unsettlingly other.
Glen: 8.5. See, I didn’t like this at first. A character called Shadowman is all about the silhouette, and that? Is one goofy, Dark Ooompa-Loompa lookin’ silhouette. And yet it kind of feeds into the the overall effect, intensified by the face-paint, which is DAMN creepy. Not scary, but SERIOUSLY disquieting and alien. Well done.
Patch: 8.5. This is a cool look, Tony. You did a fine job. His mask makes his face similar to his enemy Master Darque and may not be a youthful enough look for Shadowman but I do like this. The few things I’d tweak? Maybe bring the black up higher on the back of the head, add a black skull-like ‘nose’ and the traditional logo on the belt.
Ha Huy Hoang
Score: 49 out of 60
Joel: 9. This is the strongest shadow-emblem of the the contest. I love the rhythm of the positive and negative space between the figure’s legs, the shadow, and the light, and how they all break down to a pattern of harlequin-style lozenges. I think this little passage of patterning has at least as much to do as the animated-style with making this design look lighter and more trickstery than most of the other submissions. Well, that and the spats. Always expect repartee from a man in spats. The only part of this design that I question are the circular cloak clasps. They distract a bit from the emblem and, in the smaller image, make it look like the shadow-man is holding pom-poms.
Vito: 8. I really like it, but the tails-as-cape is throwing me off a little. I like all of the elements as they appear together…it gives him an interesting silhouette, but that silhouette doesn’t match the chest emblem. It’s not an important beat to hit, but it would have been a nice touch.
Chris: 8. Wow. I knew this would be a top entry when it first came into the P:R inbox. Hoang’s delivered a more dapper Shadowman here with Shadowman’s emblem becoming a segue into a tuxedo-looking affair. I could easily see this sauntering through the shadows of New Orleans. My only qualms with the design is the drastic redesign of the Sengese Blade and the extraneous flaps on the sides of the mask itself.
Jon: 9. I love just about everything involved in this design, it’s stylish and unified and distinct. It’s iconic. My only concern is a thematic one – I always feel that when you have a character whose gimmick is that they’re battling against supernatural or alien forces, they should show a little skin. I feel that it’s important to display a little human flesh, some mortal vulnerability, something to note the hero’s humanity in contrast to the enemy’s inhumanity. BUT all that being said, one of my favorites, this one.
Glen: 7.5. The length of the cape and the length of the jacket seem to be competing with one another, not working in concert, and the emblem, on such a nattily dressed figure, goes to a whole argyle place that seems incongruous. +0.5 for the spats, though, because: Spats.
Patch: 7.5. This is absolutely a charming illustration, Ha Huy. The mask and chest ‘pop’ out of the black. Still, the costume has a very pulp-era feel and it is operatic, with a certain ‘gentleman’ like personality with the tails and spats. It could work with a past Shadowman– but it doesn’t give a feeling for a contemporary current one.
Score: 47.5out of 60
Joel: 8. I don’t know if this guy is Shadowman or not, but I sure like the cut of his jib. Rock that scarf and ascot, buddy!
Vito: 9. Probably my favorite in the contest because it’s so out of left field. The ascot is in the shape of the emblem! The scarf is a great contrasting color (orange, against the blacks and blues). The only thing I don’t like is the mask…it’s almost too plain. But otherwise, I think Nick hits a home run! If Morrison ever plans on doing another Doom Patrol run, he should call Nick up immediately!
Joel: Wait, where is the emblem?
Vito: It’s sorta in the ascot. Mostly in the shape. I like it as an abstraction of the original.
Chris: 7. Great character design… but is it a great Shadowman design? I feel like Nick Wali came out swinging and gave us an excellent character, but besides the vaguely familiar mask none of this screams Jack Boniface, Xero or any Shadowman I know. Still, great design.
Jon: 8. Loving this one a lot, it’s great to see a completely unexpected take on the character. Ties into a lot of Shadowman’s core themes as a book, it’s a lot of fun, definitely a design that would stand out in a crossover event or team roster.
Glen: 7.5. Bold, and very appealing on account of it. I’d never imagined the character taken in a “capering dandy” direction, but Wali clearly has. The color scheme don’t read “Shadowman” to me, however; it feels like an extra twist that takes it too far.
Patch: 8. A drawing to be proud of Nick. I like how the blank mask contrasts with the detail elsewhere. This looks like an 18th century take on the character. The benefit of a modern Shadowman is it works with the ‘lineage concept’ and it distinguishes him from fantasy ghosts, spirits, and demons. This is, however, our best shot at getting Shadowman on the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!
Note: I just wanted to give everyone an update on the contest results. Judging the results and then tabulating the winners takes time, and we are aiming to announce the winners next week. I want to personally thank everyone for their patience, and thank the artists who submitted such great designs that made the judging so difficult. – Chris A.