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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.

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    Another gem from Jess Nevins that should keep you busy until Sunday:

    Locke, Quentin. Quentin Locke (played by Harry Houdini) was created by Charles Logue and appeared in The Master Mystery (1919). Quentin Locke is a Federal Agent (for the Department of Justice) who takes on the gang known as International Patents, Inc., who are dedicating to stopping social progress and who are led by Q the Automaton, an evil (albeit clunky) robot. (Okay, technically speaking he's a man in a metal suit.) Q the Automaton has on his/its side the Dictagraph, an advanced eavesdropping device, DeLuxe Dora, a femme fatale, and the rare Oriental poison, Dhatura Stramonium, but they're all no match for Quentin Locke, an escape artist extraordinaire and creator of an explosive bullet which puts paid to Q.


    Not especially interested in Locke, though feel free to have fun with that if you like. Another link adds another member to International Patents:

    the "Madagascar Strangler"


    And, um, there's this...

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    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, or anything that looks like writing it instead of drawing it, will get the thread closed and your account banned.

    You have LESS THAN one week. Go.

    -- W
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009
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    I probably won't draw anything because I can't do anything beyond stick figures. That said, I'm glad this is posted because I never knew that Harry Houdini starred in films. Were they all silent films?
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009
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    Since the last was made in 1923 according to his IMDb profile it would seem so. There are some recordings of his voice, but not in his films.
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    Won't have time to contribute for the rest of the week, so I knocked this sketch together quickly: the femme fatale and the Madagascar Strangler.
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      CommentAuthormoali
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009
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    dunno whether to laugh or cry...or both. might finally get some time to have a go.
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      CommentAuthorPupato
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009 edited
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    Andre Navarro, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That heary belly!!!
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      CommentAuthormister86
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009
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    As if a strangling wasn't enough, Andre, you had to make the guy a Seventies porn star.

    You magnificent bastard.
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009 edited
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    @mister86: and don't forget the penis shafted knife that the femme fatale is holding
    Nice work Andre!
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      CommentAuthorSeej 500
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009 edited
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    Just a quick one from me:

    Seej 500 International Patents Remake Remodel

    Sorry about the awful pic quality. My bloody scanner isn't working for some reason so I did the best I could with camera phone and fiddling with the levels. The story title, obscured by shadow, is "Patents Pending!" and top right is my take on Dictagraph.

    Right, I'm off to use my special fixing-hammer on my scanner. If I get it working I'll update here with a better pic.

    UPDATE: Nope, scanner is completely broken. Oh well, haven't used the thing in 18 months. Anyway, we've got, L-R, Strangler, body-dysmorphic former catwalk model turned tech-genius (after her diet made her hair fall out) Automaton Q, Femme, and Dictagraph replete with CCTV cams.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009
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    I'm getting this in before we get overrun by people that are entirely too good at art:



    Nothin' like a dude in a metal can.
    • CommentAuthorJCEFalconi
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009 edited
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    A quickie sketch
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      CommentAuthorAlec9k
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009
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    Always love to read these threads but don't usually post because of my lack of artistic talent, however I couldn't resist on this one.

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    Q the automaton and others

    robotic arch-conservative and his robot girlfriend vs. stage escape artist
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009
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    The Master Mystery by Oxbrow

    Hard to imagine David Blaine doing this sort of thing, isn't it?
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    robot phone pic
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2009
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    @JCEFalconi: Nice line work
    @Robot9k: The Strangler's a furry?
    @catafrature: Awesome robot.
    @Oxbrow: Love the garbage can "robot".
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    Googling a bit I see that IP Inc was a pretty varied lot -
    "There were enemies galore, including an evil hypnotist, a Chinese Tong leader"

    - From The Secret Life of Houdini
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2009
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    first idea
    This is a quick dirty sketch of an idea ... that they were a council of crooks who took turns pretending to be a robot mastermind ...
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    This is the first thing I got when I read the "Madagascar Strangler"


    Rest of my head is full of ideas that aren't going anywhere yet...
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      CommentAuthorPupato
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2009
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    "Q the Automaton"
    A degenerative illness made him losses the 80% of his body. Methal prostheses now replace the lost parts.
    Although he´s became a robot, won´t forget some time was human.

    spageti-robot