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~ Thursday, February 6 ~
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Tony Sedani back again for week 4’s redesigns. So I was given the tough job of redesigning Omega Red by Joel Lolar. Because he picked my name out of a hat! Well, I wasn’t too sure how to tackle a Jim Lee 90′s era designed character. They are so over the top in their designs back then, that I went in a new direction of simplicity. Omega Red is essentially a zombie turned killing machine. I gave him a Russian influenced coat, boots, and headband. I decided to make his adamantium tentacles come from his palms, as I feel that gives more accuracy when ejecting them. Yes, they do have lubrication or they would sound terrible when flailing all around. I removed Omega Red’s nose, as that is one of the first things to decay when you die. The real feeling of my redesign is best seen in the small illustration of him standing with the tentacle peeking out from the big coat. I thought he would be way more threatening this way. I had to keep his blonde hair, but decided to make it dread-lock style, but surgically attached to keep his head skin together, as you can see it coming under the head as well.

So, hopefully the big coat idea is well received, as I feel like too many times villains just get super muscular bodies with spandex. Here’s to jackets and coats of all kinds!

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~ Wednesday, February 5 ~
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Week 4! Luke Cage!
So Joel gave me Luke Cage  - Power Man for his entry in the character redesign project. Here’s his write up: Power Man’s two costume choices include a yellow blouse and just normal street clothes. Lets see if Dax can somehow mix these and finally give Luke a worthwhile superhero costume.

So I wanted to get away from the street clothes look, and went with a more traditional costume. I think his color scheme is pretty iconic, so I kept that intact with the additional of some gray tones. I modeled his boots off of firefighter boots, which I thought fit his look and his history of being part of the community. I didn’t give him actual chains in his costume, but harkened back to that look with these molded-chain bits in his belt and gauntlet. I definitely wasn’t giving him the old school tiara, but I did echo that shape in the detail on his torso.

This one’s pretty cut and dry, I didn’t do a lot of sketching beforehand, and I’m pretty happy with the outcome. Hopefully I’ve succeeded in finally giving Luke a worthwhile costume.

-Joe Dax

Week 4! Luke Cage!

So Joel gave me Luke Cage  - Power Man for his entry in the character redesign project. Here’s his write up: Power Man’s two costume choices include a yellow blouse and just normal street clothes. Lets see if Dax can somehow mix these and finally give Luke a worthwhile superhero costume.

So I wanted to get away from the street clothes look, and went with a more traditional costume. I think his color scheme is pretty iconic, so I kept that intact with the additional of some gray tones. I modeled his boots off of firefighter boots, which I thought fit his look and his history of being part of the community. I didn’t give him actual chains in his costume, but harkened back to that look with these molded-chain bits in his belt and gauntlet. I definitely wasn’t giving him the old school tiara, but I did echo that shape in the detail on his torso.

This one’s pretty cut and dry, I didn’t do a lot of sketching beforehand, and I’m pretty happy with the outcome. Hopefully I’ve succeeded in finally giving Luke a worthwhile costume.

-Joe Dax


~ Monday, February 3 ~
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Hey. Sorry if I’m stepping on any toes here. But I wanted to get this in while I could. I’m suppose to be posting alongside my fellow Stockpillions, but I’ve been afflicted something fierce. I’ve recently been diagnosed with what’s known in the medical field as a ‘baby’. We call it Elijah Rhodes, and he’s been quite a handful.
Onto this post. This is what I’m guessing is Kamandi. Or at least my version. Joel charged me with this:  I’m curious what Kansas would do with this classic kirby character whose costume is a pair of jeans. 
I’ll admit, it’s kinda hard to be original here, so I tried my best. It’s far too easy to fall into any number of well worn post-apocalyptic styles. Like other Stocktonites, I too took the basic premise and re-imagined from there.
Kamandi is a boy in a post-apocalyptic future. A catastrophic event occurs destroying modern civilization. In this future a drug is release in a central park stream that increases the cognitive capacities of the wildlife that consume it, most of which are animal escapees from a nearby zoo. A span of time passes and the animals are now humanoid like beings that talk and have societies(think Planet of the Apes). Most humans are now used as slave labor by the animals, save for a few pockets of humanity holding out in various forts or secret locations. Kamandi is actually a survivor in a fort called ‘Command D’(see, like his name…). 
Apparently Kamandi has knowledge of the before time thanks to microfilms his grandfather and him watch. Apparently a pack of wolfmen find the fort and raid it, killing his grandfather in the process. Kamandi’s adventures begin there.
So I’ve taken that and ran. I figured it actually would be quite grisly of him to having killed a wolfman, wear his skin as warning and camouflage. Spending his days hunting down other wolfmen until his grandfather’s avenged. I suspect he’d also have some military gear since he grew up on a base, albeit worn out from centuries of being passed down. As such, his trademark jorts would probably not be totally unreasonable. 
It’s hard to know which way to take it, since he’s so basic:


I dunno. The King still does it best. This isn’t my best work. I’ll give it a good shot next time.
-JaKup

Hey. Sorry if I’m stepping on any toes here. But I wanted to get this in while I could. I’m suppose to be posting alongside my fellow Stockpillions, but I’ve been afflicted something fierce. I’ve recently been diagnosed with what’s known in the medical field as a ‘baby’. We call it Elijah Rhodes, and he’s been quite a handful.

Onto this post. This is what I’m guessing is Kamandi. Or at least my version. Joel charged me with this:  I’m curious what Kansas would do with this classic kirby character whose costume is a pair of jeans. 

I’ll admit, it’s kinda hard to be original here, so I tried my best. It’s far too easy to fall into any number of well worn post-apocalyptic styles. Like other Stocktonites, I too took the basic premise and re-imagined from there.

Kamandi is a boy in a post-apocalyptic future. A catastrophic event occurs destroying modern civilization. In this future a drug is release in a central park stream that increases the cognitive capacities of the wildlife that consume it, most of which are animal escapees from a nearby zoo. A span of time passes and the animals are now humanoid like beings that talk and have societies(think Planet of the Apes). Most humans are now used as slave labor by the animals, save for a few pockets of humanity holding out in various forts or secret locations. Kamandi is actually a survivor in a fort called ‘Command D’(see, like his name…). 

Apparently Kamandi has knowledge of the before time thanks to microfilms his grandfather and him watch. Apparently a pack of wolfmen find the fort and raid it, killing his grandfather in the process. Kamandi’s adventures begin there.

So I’ve taken that and ran. I figured it actually would be quite grisly of him to having killed a wolfman, wear his skin as warning and camouflage. Spending his days hunting down other wolfmen until his grandfather’s avenged. I suspect he’d also have some military gear since he grew up on a base, albeit worn out from centuries of being passed down. As such, his trademark jorts would probably not be totally unreasonable. 

It’s hard to know which way to take it, since he’s so basic:

I dunno. The King still does it best. This isn’t my best work. I’ll give it a good shot next time.

-JaKup

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~ Thursday, January 30 ~
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Back to it again, Tony Sedani here with another redesign. This week Joe Dax decided to request a redesign of the Batman villain “BANE”.

Well, I decided to go off the beaten path with this redesign. I thought about what Bane was all about. He is a very intellectual, very strong and very greedy. He has a personality that requires him to be the best. Also, there is the venom that jacks him up. Well, it’s 2014, pills are in. Bane just stores his pills in his teddy bear Osito that he has had since prison (true story). I did away with the big bulky easy to rip out tubes that jack him up. So yeah, basically it’s like he’s addicted to cocaine. As for his attire, I don’t know if it is because I recently saw The Wolf of Wallstreet, or because I want to see a big man fighting in dress clothes, but I really think someone with these characteristics would dress the best he can. Kind of like the Kingpin. The vest kind of represents his singlet he used to have. I left the mask, and made it more luchador like since he won’t need the mouthpiece. I modeled the torso from Arnold Schwarzenegger to give him a big chest as well. I don’t know if you dig this kind of Bane, but at least check out the sketch that I have of him smashing stuff with his suit ripped to shreds. Ya dig?

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~ Wednesday, January 29 ~
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And now, for your viewing displeasure, I give you my redesign of little known Charlton/DC Comics villain Dr. Spectro.

Kansas offers: I’d like to see Rian try to reign this in.

Thanks, Kansas.

So, there have been a few different versions of Dr. Spectro over the years. There’s not much easily accessible information about him out there, but from what I could gather on Wikipedia, the DC version of the character is either a fraud with no superpowers or a completely fictitious creation of a military General which he created to cover up something to do with Captain Marvel. I dunno…I couldn’t really make heads or tails of what the modern Dr. Spectro’s deal is, so I went with a new take on the Charlton version created by Steve Ditko in 1966.

The original Dr. Spectro was a scientist who invented some prisms which could alter human emotions (yeah, I dunno…). When some criminals tried to strong-arm him into using his prisms to help them rob a bank, the good doctor (I wasn’t even able to locate this version’s real name anywhere) refused, prompting the bad guys to push him into his “experimental machinery”. After this, he gained the ability to control people’s emotions himself and was also driven a bit nuts before embarking on a crime spree of his own.

So, I figure that you can put probably piece together where my interpretation of Dr. Spectro comes from based on that synopsis. I essentially took the innocent idea of a scientist gaining prism-based powers from a lab accident and put a Cronenberg-esque spin on it. You’ve all seen The Fly when Jeff Goldblum’s character becomes fused with one of his telepods, right? Well, my incarnation of Dr. Spectro was fused with some prisms. 

And they turned him crazy. 

And now he can control your emotions. From there you can use your imagination.

- Rian

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~ Tuesday, January 28 ~
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Hey everybody, Joe Daxberger back for week 3 of the Stock*pile Character Redesign project. And this is clearly the most obscure character I’ll probably ever tackle; Snowflame. Stock*pile’s own Kansas went into the depths of DC Comics lore for me on this one, here’s his write-up: This short lived DC villain is famous for his non-power powers. Let’s see what you can do.

So I had never heard of Snowflame before and a quick search gave me plenty of info. Looks like Mr Flame here is powered by cocaine. Yes, cocaine. Here’s some more info from the internets:

History: Snow Flame’s first and only appearance was against the New Guardians when they attempted to stop his drug cartel. Snow Flame easily bested the team in their first battle against him after he ordered his men to simply shoot the heroes. The heroes survived and faced off against Snow Flame once more. This time they did much better and after a chaotic battle Snow Flame was tossed into a shed which promptly exploded. He was assumed dead and never seen again.

Powers: Snow Flame is able to increase his strength and cover himself in white fire when he ingests cocaine. He also claimed that his strength increased the more he fought. It’s unknown how he gained these powers.

There you go. He does tons of blow and lights on fire.

So with that I got to work. I thought his original get-up is way too red, so I went for some more colors with mine. I was mainly inspired color-wise by something that barely goes together like snow and flame, which is Icy and Hot. Plenty of contrast with the blue and red just like IcyHot, with a good amount of white to sell the “snow” aspect. I can imagine him being all types of strung out on coke wandering around a mall and buying those boots with flames on them that you would find in Hot Topic as well. Then I gave him one of those puffy winter vests, because even though he’s dressed in a leotard, I’m under the impression that when you sniffing that snow white pretty hard, you have trouble regulating your body temperature LINK. Lastly I gave him some utility pouches on his wrists, that are easy to get at for his “supplies” with those gnarly coke nails I gave him.

So hopefully I’ve done this one-hit wonder justice, maybe DC will pull him out of obscurity next time they reboot their entire universe. Again. For like the fifth time.


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~ Monday, January 27 ~
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Week 3 of Stock*Pile Character Redesign 2014.

For this week I started working on the character that Rian had given me. I was totally stuck. So I jumped over to Dax’s character, he chose Wonder Man. Here is what he had to say:

I have very few comics with Wonder Man in them, but I think he could be very cool. Probably my favorite drawing of Wonder Man is a pencil sketch Cory Walker did where he was covered in Kirby crackle. I love the way Jesse draws big, barrel-chested characters like Superman and Tobias from Broken Legacy, so I think he could make a really iconic looking Wonder Man. And I think you could go a lot of different ways with his get-up.

This was probably the most simple approach. Wonder Man is a pretty generic character. I read his bio on Wikipedia and I concluded that he is basically Superman in the Marvel universe. Some have pushed his ion powers. I went more generic. I got rid of the W on his chest and gave him a belt in the for of a W. Other than that I just came up with something I thought was pretty simple and cool. There you go!

-Jesse

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~ Thursday, January 23 ~
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So, Mr. Kansas decided he had to see “The Whizzer” redesigned. I did some research on this obscurity, and found that he is basically just a really really fast runner like The Flash, but creates cyclones and wahtnot. The best part about his origin is that he got these powers after being injeected with Mongoose blood. Yes Mongoose blood.

I realized that I can’t give that “real world” spin on The Whizzer, that is impossible. So i decided to spruce his look up a bit. Give him a new color combination, and hell give him a mustache. I worked the design of the new simple suit to have a built in W that hopefully isn’t too annoying and obvious. I gave him some specialty boots that can help with the running around. Also, his skin tone has been darkened compared to his cracker white skin before. But lets be honest, the mustache is what’s winning here.

- Tony Sedani

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~ Wednesday, January 22 ~
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It’s week two of this Stock*Pile character redesign thing we’ve got going on and this time around my assignment comes from Tony Sedani.

Tony sez: Rian brings a lot of unique and out of the box ideas to his designs.  And that is what the stale Dr. Strange needs right now.

So, I don’t know how “unique” or “out of the box” this redesign is. In fact, it’s almost more of a de-design than a redesign since I took away pretty much everything about Dr. Strange’s look that makes him visually stand out. My first instinct when tackling this redesign was to focus more on the “sorcerer” in “Sorcerer Supreme”. I Googled wizards, mages, shamans, and the like, then sketched out some old-timey robes, tunics, and such. I even dabbled in tattoos and a hood to replace the big, ornate collar of the Cloak Of Levitation (the official name for Doc’s cape).

When none of those looks struck my fancy, I went in the exact opposite direction and began modernizing Dr. Strange’s attire. After Excising al lot of the character’s classic design elements I was left with a completely normal looking guy in a sweater vest and leather gloves, and figured I’d have to once again start over with an entirely new approach. That’s when I dug a little deeper into the good doctor’s Wikipedia page and discovered that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s initial influence for Dr. Strange were a series of popular 1930’s radio serials about a character called Chandru The Magician. Right then and there I decided to keep the down-to-Earth look I’d worked out and re-imagine Dr. Strange as a sort of mystical Indiana Jones rather than a superhero who needs an ornate costume.

I gave my Dr. Strange a pair of gloves to conceal his scarred hands (from the accident that first made him give up the surgeon game), a shoulder-slung bag to tote around the Book Of The Vishanti and other mystical artifacts he may require, and that symbol from his classic costume on his chest just to make him even the slightest bit recognizable as the character he’s derived from. I also kept the mustache because…well, why wouldn’t you?

- Rian

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~ Tuesday, January 21 ~
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Stock*pile Comics Character Redesign

Joe Daxberger Week 2!

Hey party people, I’m back for another round of redesigns. So this week I worked on the wild man Tony Sedani’s choice for me: The Punisher. Here’s Tony’s write up: Dax loves to draw guys with guns about to blow sh*t up. And if I know Dax, he will definitely find a way to incorporate his trademark skull someway clever, unlike the 1989 flick.

So hopefully I’ve done ol’ Frank Castle here justice with this costume. I’m a fan of the low key look he has a lot lately, with the normal street clothes and his black skull shirt. But I think he could use a little extra when he’s gonna get into something heavy. Also I like to still think of him as an old Vietnam vet, so he should be wearing some extra protection, while still keeping as much maneuverability as possible. I made up a page of military and police gear that I used for inspiration as well, including his suit from the Punisher War Zone movie (his suit being the only good part of that flick).

So with all that, I figure everything he wears should be Kevlar and puncture resistant. As well as having some slightly armored parts to deflect enemy fire. I think a form fitting get up like this would still allow him to wear that signature trench coat of his and blend in out in public too. Per Tony’s request, I’d tried to put a different spin on his trademark skull, by making it much smaller and incorporating it into his vest, as well as flipping the normal color scheme and updating the skull itself a little bit. Starting out I didn’t want to just make his uniform all black as it usually has been either. I knew there would be some olive drab green in there as well. This suit does look a little stormtrooper-ish, but I was actually more inspired by the costumes in the movie Oblivion with using so much white. I’m pretty happy with how this came out, and I don’t think it would be too complicated to draw in an ongoing Punisher book. Let me know what you think!


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