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  1.  (11023.1)
    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.

    Boy. Wonder.


    This is for ART ONLY. Any pen-portraits or crappy scribbles padded-out with words will cause a deployment of the 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.


    A Boy? Wonder…

    Sidekicks are bizarre. I tend to think – for most of us – a chop-socky fetishist whose violence is cheerfully abetted by a pubescent orphan in bright clothes would engender cries of Reckless Endangerment and Mental Abuse. And that’s before you even get to the pedo-jokes, which have sustained spandex wags for decades. So in order to make a sidekick character plausible, spandex writers must either compose some truly Olympian logic-premises on which the whole dubious partnership rests, or throw their hands in the air and put their trust in the readers’ suspension-of-disbelief.

    For the purposes of this challenge that latter option is Forbidden. Right now you – yes! you! – are a nocturnal Knight of Right, quite possibly with pointy ears and a cowl, whose most recent sidekick just popped his clogs. Frankly you’re starting to wonder if this whole policy of sending a traumatised infant dressed as a sexy acid-trip into deadly bullet-riddled situations – funny though it is – is the best way to prosecute your war on crime.

    You want to maximise your sidekick potential, right? You’re basically stuck with the code-name (you know the one – the “R” word) because: tradition. And trademarks. And merchandising deals. But who or what do you choose to apply it to, to accompany you on your sinister sojourns? How do they help you get the maximum crime-fighting bang for your chiropteric buck? And how do you arm and attire him/her/it?

    You have two weeks to show me.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2013 edited
    Whatever sidekick I have, I must make sure they have a sensible outfit. Poor R~ was stuck with those briefs and booties long after they became unfashionable, impractical and he was supposed to have grown out of them - and all because tradition demanded he wear them. It wasn't until R~ III that he finally got leggings and proper boots.

    [Edited to remove names. Just in case. - Si]
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2013
    My Batbitch senses are tingling. I might have to do something for this one.
  2.  (11023.4)
    I've always found that have a gossip-worthy underage partner leads your enemies to under-estimate you, but if the assignment is to go in a direction, so be it. :)
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2013
    Oh god, I'm going in to hiding.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2013 edited
    Si: Uh, is this sidekick for our own personal hero or can we invent a sidekick for existing heroes (heroines)?
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2013
    God, that turnaround up top is killing me. Someone must be taped down incredibly well to not show ANY bulging at all. Thank you Comics Code Era.
  3.  (11023.8)
    Dnewling - I'm not sure how I can spell this out any better without actually using the words which might potentially get this thread shut-down.

    You're designing a sidekick for a well-known caped chiroptera-based vigilante, whose codename shall begin with "R" and rhyme with "bobbin". But which we shall at no time actually say.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2013
    Supergirl and Batgirl have been done and named though.

    And this is a parody, right? Larry Flynt's got your back too.
  4.  (11023.10)
    @Paul Sizer - Dick Grayson was actually a female-to-male transsexual who never had genital reassignment surgery. Calling himself "Dick" was ironic.
  5.  (11023.11)

    You're right on both counts, but given the set of circumstances - recent worldwide interest in the character, plus notable increase in litigiousness of parent company, plus eventual exposure of this thread on a heavily-subscribed industry website - I figure it pays to be just a tad careful. A c&d - viably enforceable or otherwise - would be a pain in the arse.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2013 edited
    Batman and Sidekick photo Batmanandsidekick_zps64c17fe1.jpg

    This one was inspired by my weekend spiritual retreat. What if B***** had a spiritual guide for a sidekick?
  6.  (11023.13)

    "Looking for a sidekick, he searches the asylums. Searching for one who will not be haunted by those who died came before!"

    A haunting style - whoever takes the mantle of the sidekick is haunted by those who came before - this can be played for laughs or....not!
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2013
    @3million years: now you mention it, sidekicks do tend to get haunted by their predecessors and have a hard time stepping out of their shadows.
  7.  (11023.15)

    Agreed. Now imagine them constantly looking over your shoulder.

    "You're doing that wrong"

    "I wouldn't have done it that way..."
    • CommentAuthorkmcleod
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2013
    boy wonder
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2013
    HAH.... @kmcleod always brings it, a good kick in the seat that is.
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2013 edited
    this is not robin

    It's hard to strike fear into the hearts of evil and whatnot when you assume the mantle of a small, generally harmless bird that also occasionally gets shit-faced, falling down drunk on berries that ferment on their bush.

    So let's just say our mentor in question grooms the meanest drunk he can find into a top-shelf-fueled feather-daddy with a penchant for weaponizing curbs in the name of justice and goodness.

    Obviously the butler is the real victim here.
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2013
    Ohmygosh his BOOTS!
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2013