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    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2009 edited
    There was, way back in the mists of... 2007... a recurrent meme among several comics art blogs. Reclaiming characters from their owners, I guess it could be broadly described as... people were reimagining abused characters (chiefly Supergirl) as artistic call-and-response in various places, chiefly LiveJournal. In the aftermath of that, I did a similar thing on old messageboard The Engine, called REMAKE/REMODEL. They were embraced as technical exercises, bits of fun, ways to get the brain moving. I think most people's favourite was the dear late Mike Wieringo's wondrous retro-aristo Buck Rogers...

    I thought it might be an interesting thing to bring back here. So, once a week, I'll call a character, and you art types here can post images of your reinterpretation of that character.

    Photography and digital art is also fine, before anyone asks.

    The point is REinterpretation: remake/remodel.


    This'll teach you a lesson. A Remake/Remodel with no visual material whatsoever. Take it away, Jess Nevins:

    Brodsky, Ivan. Ivan Brodsky was created by “Victor Rousseau,” the pseudonym of Victor Rousseau Emmanuel (Jim Anthony, Clifford, Ronald Gowan, Professor MacBeard, Dr. Martinus, Pennell, Shawm, Thorne), and appeared in eleven stories in Weird Tales in 1926 and 1927, beginning with “The Case of the Jailer’s Daughter” (Weird Tales, Sept. 1926).

    Ivan Brodsky is a Big-Headed Dwarf Genius Occult Detective.

    Ivan Brodsky, the “Surgeon of Souls,” works as a “professor of nervous diseases” at a London hospital. He is a “dark, sinewy, undersized man, with a great head absurdly disproportionate to his body, and flashing eyes that seemed to pierce through you and read your thoughts.” He is “a cross between two races whose blend of shrewdness and mysticism was probably accountable for the production of so remarkable a personality as his own.” He is unassuming and doesn’t socialize, but is “all-dominating” in his hospital, where he performs experiments for treating “obscure brain lesions.” He is an expert hypnotist who receives cases from around the country. His particular cases involve psychic matters of reincarnation and possession, and he believes in an “oversoul” to which individual souls return, so that the execution of a brutal murderer will “be the release of just so much additional force of evil” to the oversoul.


    Your task, as ever, is to re-invent that into something a 21st Century audience could look at without laughing. Or crying.

    I look forward to seeing what you come up with, but bear in mind this is an ART thread, and pen-portraits and other texts will be deleted. (And if you don't know what a pen-portrait is, go back to your school and insist that they provide you with a proper education.)

    Let me make this clear: last time, people were posting their text without even trying to produce art. People have been producing a tiny sketch that frankly would look poor when stuck to a fridge next to a two-year-old's doodlings, and sticking 300 words of text underneath it. Last time, I got bored of deleting these and just killed the thread.

    If it happens this time? The offending parties will have their accounts removed.

    You have one week. Go.

    -- W
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    Tempting punishment by saying it, but still references to Octobriana from the last remake/remodel in the last bit there Warren.
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    Good catch, thanks.
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2009 edited
    yeah, i believe that's on purpose, luv. Interwubs ppls have short memories.

    our fearless leader made an edit? Can we all do edits now? :P

    Moved image to post (5174.61)

    no more writing anything i can't draw.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2009
    My mind is already awash with fear of what people will do with this one. I mean, people have created Lovecraftian nightmares out of much more standard characters so far, and this one? this one has:

    “a dark, sinewy, undersized man, with a great head absurdly disproportionate to his body, and flashing eyes that seemed to pierce through you and read your thoughts

    The mind boggles at the terrors that will be unleashed this time.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2009
    He sounds more like a Wolverton character than Spacehawk does. I so have to do this one.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2009
    Heh heh heh... I KNEW I was keeping in practice on the "Draw Each Other" thread for a reason...
    I won't let you down, Warren.
    Or maybe I will, but it will look really pretty in the failing.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2009 edited
    oh thank [your] god, it's back. fun time!
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    I'm pretty sure I've never heard of this character, but then why is the name so familiar? Anyway, just fucking insane... will start tonight.
    • CommentAuthorheresybob
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2009 edited
    Here's my first pass, Ivan Brodsky - finding out what little girls' souls are made of. He's looking a little androgynous at the moment. Face is based of Brad Dourif from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next. The little girl is some random child pic I found. I have to admit, I enjoyed chopping open the crotchfruit's head.

    Ivan Brodsky - What are Little Girls' Souls Made Of?
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2009
    Tempting punishment by saying it, but still references to Octobriana from the last remake/remodel in the last bit there Warren.

    Are there bonus points for putting in Octobriana as a failed patient/girlfriend of Brodsky? Because that feels like such a wierd, natural/supernatural connection.
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    And the boss means it when he says...


    I didn't get to do an Octobriana, so I'll probably find a way to cram her into this R:R.
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    Okay I've been watching these for a while, I figure so long as I get this posted before Mr. Sizer blows us all out the water again I might get asked back?

    brodsky with a headcage
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    Nice one. Do I detect a hint of The Brain from Animaniacs?
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    The worlds greatest paranormal investigator and his trusty hypnotized death wombat.
    taking your calls now!
    (will color later)
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    I love these threads. Such a nice opportunity to jog your creative braincells.

    Ivan Brodsky, the brain doctor

    Ivan Brodsky as an unorthodox brain surgeon.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2009 edited
    @ Barnabasabrai...

    ...FUCKING...HELL... I want that wombat!! (serious mate that is brilliant)
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2009
    Oh my god...this entire thread is so damned creepy.
    I really want to do this one...I might attempt holding a pencil for this...
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    @ cat vincent -

    hee hee that would totally work, I was imagining a gonna-fuck-you-up kind of personality but world domination would be great too... wait, does that make barnabrasobrai's wombat Pinky?
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    Lame Ivan

    Got about an hour into this and decided it was way too tame so its on the scrapheap.