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    The REMAKE/REMODEL meme is one of my favourite things. Artists need a place to show off and Whitechapel should always be It. A handful of entries will be showcased on Bleedingcool at the end of each challenge.

    JUDGE DREDD (image by the übertalented Jock.)


    -- This is for ART ONLY. Any pen-portraits, or crappy scribbles padded-out with words, will cause a deployment of the newly-trained Urethral Attack Maggots. And a banned account.
    -- No stock-photo manipulation. No half-arsed bollocks. Anything deemed to be piss-takery will be nuked from orbit. Original photography is fine.
    -- No more than ONE submission by any one person.



    All righty then. Doesn’t come much better than this.

    We’ve had our clowns, we’ve had our jungle-protecting sorcerers, we’ve had our gun-wielding primates. I think we can all agree it’s about time we sunk our teeth into some good old fashioned head-breaking uberviolent zero-tolerance epic future cop action, yes? With the kind permission of the splendid droids over at 2000AD, you’re about to get the chance to re-imagine the most iconic chin in British comics history. Here’s what we know:

    Dredd is an American law enforcement officer in Mega City One: a violent city of the future where uniformed Judges combine the powers of police, judge, jury and executioner. Dredd and his fellow Judges are empowered to arrest, sentence and even execute criminals on the spot. He was created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra.

    Those of us who know and love the character could happily add to that with days’ worth of affectionate waffle. We’d mention that the common interpretation of Dredd as a fascist is a horrible oversimplification, and for a character nicknamed “old stoney face” he's in fact remarkably complex. We’d mumble about the gigapolis he inhabits – Mega City One – being a gloriously over-the-top cipher of the real-world, whose gibbering denizens are so thoroughly buzzed on the insanities of the Future that they need brutal and unsympathetic law enforcement to prevent Colony Collapse. We’d meander endlessly through our smugness regarding the genius of a character able to make readers root for him – even empathize with him – despite his stated belief that democracy is the worst thing that could happen to his town.

    And then there’s the uniform.

    Let’s keep the rest. Let’s drokk about with the look. Your mission is simple: You’re designing a character capable of upholding the law in a city-sized lunatic asylum. He or she is going to be wading in violence 24/7. He or she needs to be mobile, armed, flexible. He or she needs to represent the judicial system which created them, with whatever symbols seem most appropriate. In a world of frothing pants-on-head crazystomm, He or she is the law.

    And, folks: WE CANNOT SEE HIS/HER FULL FACE. Trying to de-helmet Dredd is a bannable offence, in this fan's opinion.

    Hit it, creeps.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011
    Holy Shit. This will be awesome.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011
    Good God Sir, this will be epic.
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    I'm glad you said about the de-helmeting rule, that would seem.....
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011
    So, this "DREDD" character... popular over in the UK, eh?
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011 edited

    As a bona fide droid, I'm automatically disqualified, but here's my (old) effort ...
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011

    We can "change" the helmet then?
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011
    Thank you, boss!
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    Waaaaah...this is a biggie. I'm gonna HAVE to at least give it the ol' college try.
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    @Kperkins - you may.
    • CommentAuthorRaid71
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011
    :O way!!
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    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011 edited
    Totally worth coming out of forum retirement for! It's been a long time since I've done one of these, so lower expectations accordingly:

    Dredd redesign

    As you can see, I decided to make the eagle motif a bit stronger, like it's enveloping him. The helmet was designed to be shaped a little more like an eagle head. Extra armour, too, to deal with enhanced threat levels.
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011
    Just when I thought I was out....
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011

    I've never actually read Judge Dredd.

    I think I should get in on this one.
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011
    @Anchorbeard, You're my boyfriend, so I'm going to go easy on you...which means I will only beat you HALF to death with my Judge Dredd Complete Case Files books.
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011
    @oldhat I thought about saying that but figured it would fall on deaf ears. @Anchorbeard, as the good Captain says, "Make it so."
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    Disconcerting to have Jock at the head! But I suspect this may kick all kinds of booty...
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2011
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