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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.



    So, my delicious haemobotherers of delight: it can’t have escaped your attention that fang-touting brooding gothbait bastards are all over the media like a rash at the moment. Not that they ever went away, really, but the slew of so-called reinventions – in fact just new scrotal slings for the same old lizardy bollocks – has been particularly heavy over the past decade.

    You know the score, of course. In the Byronic tradition: blood-supping aristocratic wronguns, scantily-clad virgins, power-over-mortals, etc. Switch in the odd cloud-of-smoke, an occasional kapoosh-now-it’s-a-bat, maybe lose the aristocratic bit, add a quiff, give him an iPad, blah blah blah. It’s still an inefficient leechpredator who creates his own foodchain competition, has a set of the worst Kryptonitealikes Evar, and probably has really really smelly poop. Vampires, when you think about it, are really really rubbish.

    So let’s make ourselves a new monster. Let’s get rid of all the fluff, all the questionable traditions, all the pale-and-interesting emo wank and all the cloaks.

    You will design for me a Creature who can live Among Us. We want a fiend who preys on the community in as creepy and unconventional a way as possible. Avoid obviousness - this isn't a guzzler-of-flesh, but a Stealer Of Power. Does it eat laughter? Ideas? Screams? Sexuality? What role in society would it take: this thinner-of-the-human herd?

    Put away the folklore bibles. Don’t even bother flumfing around on Wikipedia for foreign versions of the vampire trope. You will be original. You will be cunning and clever and sinister and awesome. And funny, if you like.

    What does the SuckBeast of today – or, hey, tomorrow – look like?
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
    This is going to be insane. And awesome. And insanely awesome. I will have to think hard to see if I can come up with something for this...
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012

    Deleted for taking the piss in 5...4...3..
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    [insert bank executive here]
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    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
    I already have to draw Thatcher at the moment. I don't want to draw Cameron as well.
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012 edited
    A few thoughts and responses on my lunch break...

    Bank executives are a high level form of vampirism, certainly, but they lack the visceral and abject horror that vampires are known for, that are the core of what makes vampires vampires.

    (Ignoring the complete lack of abjection [PROVE ME WRONG WHITECHAPEL] and...) Thinking more environmentally, iPhones are, let's face it, FAR more symbiotic than anyone ever thought a current day human--> device relationship could be. Vampires aren't symbiotic (are they?), that's their horror, for me, is that eventually they destroy their environment.

    So, what ideas does this provide for us? Are current day vampires more symbiotic than simple ennui relief for teenagers?

    That they create their own competition, is that still a thing that needs discussion? What would evolution around that fact look like?

    I'm usually not too active in these threads, but I like this one. Hopefully my questions and prodding(s) are seen the be the productive discussion continuations they're meant to be.
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    It stays. But the THIS THREAD IS FOR ART ONLY rule is being severely nudged. Shove it not from the table-edge.
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    ...I will have fun with this one. Thanks, Si!
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    I sorta touched on this a while back:

    Any real work on creating the bloodsuckers of today would likely end up with my holding it back and doing something with it

    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012 edited
    Ah, this challenge reminds me of a vampire story I wrote and drew for the Misty Halloween special - but sadly, it has never been published. And it probably won't because there aren't any more Misty Halloween specials right now. I would so love to show that story here but I suppose there could be problems with the rules. And it's four pages and I'm only allowed one entry (or would it count as one entry collectively?). Pity, because it does makes a real play on 'sucker' and 'bloodsuckers'.

    Oh well, at least it's got me thinking about what to do for my entry.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012 edited
    Okay, my placeholder comes down and my entry goes up:


    This is a play on one reason I think the vampire is so appealing. I think there is a vampire in every one of us; a part of us that lusts for our 'darkest desires'.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2012
    @Phill_sea: You certainly have given me some thoughts on why the vampire is so appealing and how this appeal could be reinvented. But I don't want to push my luck with the art only rule, so let us say it has something to do with...sustenance. That, and the idea I now have for my entry.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2012
    this thread is amazing. A friend and I have been discussing this for some time now, I'll see what we've got.
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2012
    Actually, you know what a good character for this whole thing is? Famine as portrayed in Good Omens.

    (I know the rule against writing, but I figured this was okay as it's an already established character in a book many of us will have read anyway.)
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    All hail the insidious consumption engines of the future.

    Hope this link works as I'm doing the uploading from my phone. I'll see if I get time to colour this tomorrow, otherwise it is what it is.

    Good to be back! Been a while!

    Edit: updated with colour. B&W here.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2012
    This challenge is going to be verrry popular....
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    @struthersneil-- Well done! Personally, I don't think color is necessary, it works just fine as is.
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    A delight!
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012