Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spotlight: Project: Rooftop

Superhero comics are built on tradition.  This can be a detriment in some ways, as characters and story lines become convoluted and weighed down and new entries to the industry become easily pushed out, but a rich sense of history can go a long way in telling compelling stories.  Characters become familiar and easily identifiable. A popular trope in superhero books is that of alternate histories and dimensions: taking those familiar, identifiable characters and placing them in wholly new worlds.  As a big fan of these types of stories, I've become an equally big fan of Project: Rooftop.

The MO of Project: Rooftop is to present redesign and reimagined versions of superheroes.  Characters are gender-swapped, heroes are turned into villains (or vice versa), or sometimes the 80 year old Batman is just updated for modern times.  P:R spotlights random work, but also holds their own contests, like the "Batman 2.0" competition, with the objective or designing successor Dick Grayson's Batman costume.

It's very interesting to see these reimagined characters, but the best part of P:R is the sheer number of artists who participate.  P:R finds the best work from around the internet, and artists bring their A-game for contests.  I've communicated with a number of artists for a variety of projects by seeing their work on P:R and seeking out their portfolio to see even more.

If you're a fan of superheroes, Project: Rooftop can keep you entertained for hours as you search their archives for your favorites characters.  If you're just looking for art, you'll find a number of artists, styles, and mediums to keep your interest.  And if you're an artists, you can challenge yourself with the P:R competitions and see just how far you can push yourself to be original and creative. With a little something for everyone, it's definitely worth checking out.


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