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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.


    Jess Nevins, take it away:

    The Gadget Man. Click Rush, the Gadget Man, was created by Lester Dent and appeared in Crime Busters from 1937 to 1938. Rush was a tall, lean, strong young man with brown hair and eyes. (Brown was his favorite color; he usually dressed all in brown.) Rush was an amateur investigator who invented gadgets towards this end. He'd come to the "big city" with the "notion of selling super-modern, crook-catching gadgets to the police." After the cops laughed him out of the station house he went out on his own.

    Well, okay. He was prompted by a talking toad: "Bufa, of the species Bufonidae, which feeds on snails, slugs, insects, and such undesirable things....(I'm) eager to hire an expert private detective to investigate crimes I think need solving." The toad succeeds in convincing Click to solve crime (the $10,000 fee for each crime helped, too.) but proved to be an only average boss, enjoying giving Click the razz and showing a mean sense of humour.

    Among Rush's gadgets include a portable x-ray device, phone-tapping equipment, a bulletproof vest, a repeating hypodermic needle he used to deliver a knockout drug; exploding matches; knockout gas vials; containers of liquefied tear gas; and a number of other such things.

    A mad inventor and techno-detective of the 1930s who believed himself to be the employee of a toad. I suspect the toad to be the kind depraved people lick.

    Anyway. Wrap your brains around that one.


    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
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2009
    oh dear
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2009
    Why, I LOVE drawing gadgets and machinery almost as much as I like drawing octopuses and transvestite singers...
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2009
    That's... well... I suspect this is going to end up as one of my comedy remakes.
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    For crying out loud, the man got his cases from a TOAD! A talking toad!
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2009
    Click Rush wins my contest for this week's cyberpunk name.
  3.  (5927.7)
    Well I look forward spending the week laughing with joy.

    Or crying as someone manages to make it the darkest character ever.
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    The repeating hypo is enough to give me the heebiejeebies.
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    I think that the toad is obviously the key to the whole thing, here... Why would a toad need cases solved? Aha! It's a trick, Click. I'll have to think on this one...
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2009
    go go gadget something or other

    so i spent most of yesterday evening re-reading jack staff... does it show?
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    Insofar as it looks like you traced a cover, yeah...!
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2009 edited
    i did? D:

    edit: oh good god, i just did a search for jack staff, and it's practically the cover to one of the trades (ironically the only one i don't have as a trade, not that's much of an excuse). i was going for a grist kind of feel to it, that's what the brief said to me. i honestly didn't see this when i drew it! sorry if this annoys anyone, i'll take it down and re-do if you want.

    to be fair, it is poses like that paul uses a lot, and like i said, i was already chock-full of love for the guy's work and wanted to carry that feeling over for this one.

    bleh, i'm such a hack.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2009
    Lord, as penance just do another take of the character in an original pose.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2009
    Gadget Man, by Oxbrow

    I put him in a waistcoat and tie to make him look slightly less Ghostbusters. I considered making the sparks from the belt-attached tuning fork brown as well, but figured it was a bit much.
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2009
    I have an Image in my brain, and my bastard, treasonous hands are not cooperating with the transferal of that image to paper. Stupid body....
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2009
    This one could be a lot of twisted fun- really hope I can find some time this week! Was so busy last week, I barely got my Spider Queen in on time.
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2009
    Early historical evidence of eBay addiction

    Can't say toad to me without me thinking this. Lanky bloke all in brown? Old timey-wimey Doctor fits the bill.

    Yay! My first R/R!
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    The Gadget Man
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    I get a feeling that tuning forks are going to be popular :)
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2009
    Well, most of his listed gadgets are actually practical...

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