Dan Dare Reboot Competition: Hal Laren

We’re starting to receive entries for our Dan Dare Reboot Competition, with this from Hal Laren – best known to comics fans for his amazing strips published under his Reaper Comics imprint. Hal is a 2D & 3D graphic designer, currently working as a inhouse graphics developer.


Taking inspiration from the wonderful Project Rooftop project, which often challenges artists to re-design well-known US superheroes, we’re asking creators to re-visit the original Dan Dare universe crated by Frank Hampson for Eagle. How might Space Fleet vehicles look in our near future, given advances in technology that could not even be guessed at in the 1950s? How would the principal characters – Dan Dare, Digby, Jocelyn Peabody, Sondar and the Mekon look if a film company was to use Hampson’s team’s designs for a modern ‘reboot’ of the saga?

We want you to get your thinking caps on and send us your very best design ideas. You must use the original Dan Dare universe as your starting point (as designed by Hampson’s original team, not later artists) but not be a slave to some of the out of date concepts that featured in the early stories.

Illustrations and, if you have time, a strip page featuring your new look Dan Dare are what we are looking for with this competition.

Submit your designs via johnfreeman6-downthetubes@yahoo.co.uk, indicating “Dan Dare Competition” in the subject line. We will post entries on the downthetubes site and forum, and will take your submission to the competition as permission to do this.

Please make sure to send us a small biography about yourself and details of your web site, so we can include them in any postings.

• The deadline for entries is now extended until 2nd December 2013. The best entry will win a copy of The Dan Dare Space Fleet Operations Manual recently released by Haynes, and a copy of my 2010 art book, SciFi Art Now.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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