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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.



    -- 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.



    We’re going to do something even more different this week. As you know, one of the usual R/R stocks-in-trade is to take old pulp era characters and reinvent them for the modern reader. Instead we’re going to take some of the most famous pulp visuals ever, transplant them into an incongruous genre, and emerge with a brand new MAGAZINE COVER.
    The Cthulhu Mythos is a shared fictional universe, based on the work of American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. The term was first coined by August Derleth, a contemporary correspondent of Lovecraft, who used the name of the creature Cthulhu – a central figure in Lovecraft literature[1] and the focus of Lovecraft's famous short story The Call of Cthulhu (first published in pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1928) – to identify the system of lore employed by Lovecraft and his literary successors.

    I shouldn’t need to say much about this, right? Lovecraft generated a huge collection of seemingly unrelated stories, in which disparate characters – mostly unaware of each other’s existence – each uncovered tiny hints of a vast reality-shaking occult conspiracy. The dedicated reader gradually built-up a picture of dark Elder gods, insane scholars, secretive cults, amphibious chimera-men and all the humourless po-faced adjective-crimes of a writer more in love with purple than an Imperial robe-maker. It’s the first ever Grand Crossover Event. (Crisis on Infinite Planes of Chlorotic Reality? Hrm.)
    With a few arguable exceptions, the Cthulu mythos stories – if you had to genre-ise them – would probably fall under the category of… let’s say… “weird horror”, right?

    So let’s have some fun. Pay attention:

    Let’s assume Lovecraft got bored of being pigeon-holed. Let’s assume he wanted to continue to build his mythology – to hint at slumbering alien deities in extra-dimensional palaces of water and shadow; to suggest secretive communities of cultish adherents; to expound on fishmen and winged webbed beasties without description, and all the other over-the-top lexophanic silliness we all love so much… but to change his genre.

    Western Pulp? Romance Pulp? Sci-Fi Pulp? Jungle-Adventure Pulp? Crime Noir Pulp? Beat-era Drugs-Are-Bad-Mmkay Reefer Madness Pulp?

    So. You will produce a pulp fiction Magazine Cover featuring a lead-story by HP Lovecraft, in any genre except horror. If you’re looking for inspiration there’s a decent batch of pulp covers here, or just noodle about on Google for a while. The more overblown, moody, bosom-heaving, gun-toting, lip-trembling and swoon-inducing the better.

    You’ll get extra kudos for all the usual pulp-magazine frills: header, story title, logline copy, etc.

    Just, y’know. Have fun. With tentacles.
    • CommentAuthorRaid71
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
    Wow... can't wait to see the results of this
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    Si'thulhu F'tagn!
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
    Man, I just finished drawing tentacles LAST week... : )
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012

    *hands you one Internet* This is for you, I believe you just won it.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012 edited
    Tentacles? Must be a carryover from the sub-mariner challenge. I didn't do any tentacles then, but I'll need to work out how to incorporate them here. Still, I like the expansion of R/R beyond remaking old comic book characters.
    • CommentAuthortnperkins
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012 edited
    With such a challenge thrown down, how can one not rise to the occasion. Here is an excerpt from a project that I started back in 2009 that may fit the bill after a fashion. Cheers!:

    Hey Kids, It's Comics time again. Thrill to the high adventures of The Great Old Ones and Kid Kthulu! Here we see the first ever appearance of Kid Kthulu from his debut in Miskatonicomic Presents No.8: Kid Kthulu. Will he thwart the Occult Menace of his first ever enemies, The Divinity Mob? Read on brave hearts!!!

    Kid Kthulu and Related Characters ©2010 Thomas N. Perkins IV All Rights Reserved
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
    A classic, Tom, just waiting to be re-shown on this thread! Bravo!
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    Tom -- What a great first image for this R/R.
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    oh shiiiiiiit.
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
    Ooooh Goody ouo I just got the complete works of HP Lovecraft for xmas. *claps hands*
    I can't wait to see what everyone makes, everything in the last challenge was too awesome for words!
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    dammit...I know very little of Lovecraft...may need to find time fer research.
    • CommentAuthorS. Madsen
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2012
    At first I wanted to go with a romance cover, but then I thought about Cthulhus as superheroes. The cover is after Dave Cockrum and Terry Austin from X-men 126 because that is one of the ultimate superhero covers. This was fun:-)

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    Gorgeous, Tom. Just gorgeous....
      CommentAuthorPurple Wyrm
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2012 edited
    I really would have liked to do this in the lurid style of the real "men's adventure" magazines of the 50's, but my artistic skills were barely adequate to put together this much more stylised version. Think of it as an internal mockup...

    Shoggoths Ripped My Flesh!
    • CommentAuthorKurtNocebo
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2012
    I decided to mix up the covers of magazines like 'Spicey' and 'Film Fun'. A few other elements were also added for fun.
    This is my first Remake/Remodel and I can't wait for more.

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    @ KurtNocebo *Shaking fist* that's fantastic and sending me back to the drawing board. I was thinking in a similar vein of old "gentlemen's" magazines, but you have beaten me to the punch and executed that wonderfully. Hat off to you, sir! Great first entry and welcome aboard!
    • CommentAuthorKurtNocebo
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2012 edited
    Dirtbag_Kingdom - Thank you very much, I really appreciate the comment. Yeah, I thought that kind of genre would be the last place you'd expect the Cthulhu.
    Anyway, I cant wait to see whatever you come up with! (loved your Sub Mariner piece by the way.)
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    Geez. I have some issues of Film Fun from 1966, with strips featuring Harry Secombe.
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    @KurtNocebo - Welcome. That's a bloody great start to your R/R career.