So every few weeks I do a game on my message board where I set up the conditions for doing a visual revamp on an old character or title from books and comics and let artists go at it for one week. This week I said this:
You are an artist/designer. You have to put together the cover for a comic called THE FANTASTIC FOUR. It is issue 1 of this book.
You have been told that the comic is about four people who steal a spaceship, fly into space, get heavily irradiated by cosmic rays, and return to earth weirdly altered by their experience.
And that’s it. The bastards haven’t told you one more damn thing than that. Not a clue. They might all be women. It might be about the Indian space programme twenty years from now. For all you know this is a JG Ballard story, for christ’s sake…
It’s up to you what kind of company you’re at. What kind of comics you make. How you translate that description of The Fantastic Four. What era you’re in. Who you are, even. Go nuts with it.
A couple of examples of what’s happened so far.
Chris G’s brain caught on fire.
And Paul Sizer went uberSizer.
And, um, Chip Zdarsky, aka Canadian National Post cartoonist Steve Murray, went… there.
It runs until Sunday. Go and look at all the other wonderful takes in the thread, and join in if you feel like it.