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    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 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 week: something old, something new, as it were:


    I am giving you just this piece of text, taken from, about a comics character from 1939. Suffer:

    The strange being known as The Eye appeared as a speaking flaming eyeball in the sky. It had powers such as generating deadly rays of heat, expand and shrink, could fly and hover, projecting a searchlight beam and appear just about anywhere. It often teamed up with Jack Barrister to fight crime. Space and time means nothing to the Eye and can use this to help bring justice to the entire world.

    Yes. Oh yes.


    Your task, as ever, is to re-invent that into something a 21st Century audience could enjoy.

    I look forward to seeing what you come up with, but bear in mind this is an ART thread. No pen-portraits. This is ART ONLY. Posting just a bunch of text, or a scribble and a vast number of words, will get the thread closed and your account banned.

    You have one week. Go.

    -- W
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009

    I don't know if I can do much with this one, but the premise alone is fantastic. Cannot wait.
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    I can't help but think of this:

    Hard Time On Planet Earth
  3.  (5689.4)
    It certainly is a challenge, indeed.
    Now, on to the Golem-cave on my compugolem, AHAHAHAHAHA-cough-
  4.  (5689.5)
    oh, and I just found this, BTW.
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009 edited
    First go at one of these...

    Detective Eye!

    Washed-up detective Jack Barrister stumbled into a demon-summoning gone-wrong and became bonded with Iyeh, an all-knowing spirit of vengeance with a knack for solving - and setting - puzzles and riddles. Barrister and the eye work out of an office in the worst part of town, fighting crime, Barrister's alcoholism, and an abusive born-again landlord...
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009 edited
    ... This character concept is the second strangest thing I've seen in the past 24 hours.

    (After the heartburn advert based on 300 with the Persians being made of fire.)

    I'll have to think on this one.
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009


    P.S. am I the only one getting a Lord of the Rings vibe?
  5.  (5689.9)
    Moali- no. No you are not. Detective Sauron?
  6.  (5689.10)
    As far as an eye would go, I would submit this -

    Evil Eye

    maybe in a dirty trenchcoat though?
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
    Aw crap!
    I'm in New York all this week, and away from Sizer Central's main art labs. What a time to have a gem like this drop!

    But wait. Could this be a challenge? To do one of these REMAKES "on the road", using analog and digital technology to render my ideas? I will have SOME tech available, and limited internet access. It will be amid an incredibly busy week taking design students around the city and scaring the crap out of them about getting a job.

    Why the @#$% am I talking to myself?
    I WILL do something for this REMAKE, I just have NO idea how I will do it, but therein lies the fun...
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    A good lesson for your students, Paul? :) "This is how we did it back in the 90s." "Oooooooh!"
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    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009 edited
    oh, it is AWN!

    edit: Like DAWNKY KAWNG!
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
    Ahh, I missed these. Thank you, Internet Jesus.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
    First, serious idea.

    Detective Eye 1 by Oxbrow

    After dealing with an ancient being for insight, Jack Barrister is The Eye, fighting for justice because justice is blind.


    Then, stupid idea.

    Detective Eye 2 by Oxbrow
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
  9.  (5689.18)
    Mine rings slightly similar to Oxbrow's first, and although I wasn't entirely happy with mine, at first, I've since (in the hours waiting for my internet to speed up) grown quite fond of it.
    The basic premise is that Odin's missing eye has been bopping around through history (Slaughterhouse Five-style, if time truly holds no meaning for The Eye...), and at some point ends up as a scientific body-mod for an accidental detective, Jack Barrister, who was shot in the face by a cop and "killed". Odin's eye is basically puppeteering Jack's corpse, and although his consciousness still remains, he finds himself a bit of an unwitting participant to The Eye's whims... Jack is basically the comic relief.
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009 edited
    Found image would be GeGeGe no Kitaro's Medama oyaji Father Eyeball - that would be my jumping off point. Though Vaughn Bode's Doom Marble screams at me ...

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    Detective Eye