Hal Laren wins our Dan Dare “Reboot” Competition

Dan Dare as re-imagined by Hal Laren

Dan Dare, as re-imagined by Hal Laren

We know we’ve been longer announcing the winner of our Dan Dare Reboot Competition. You can view them all the entries on Flickr here. There’s a piece of news on the character we have been anxious to share with you, but right now that information still remains Top Secret! (Yes, we know we’re being a terrible tease. Sorry).

Dan Dare Reboot Design by Mo Ali

Dan Dare Reboot Design by Mo Ali – another darn fine entry!

After much deliberation – and given the quality of many entries from artists such as Smuzz, Mo Ali and Jonathan Wyke, it was a hard choice – we had  our winner narrowed down to  a couple of entrants. We really liked Lucas Bowers‘ take on the character – and we loved Keith Page‘s new Mekon!

But in the end (and given that Lucas won our last competition to create a look for the Twelfth Doctor), I’ve decided that the prize of a a copy of The Dan Dare Space Fleet Operations Manual published by Haynes, and a copy of my 2010 art book, SciFi Art Now, should go to Hal Laren. It’s a striking pose, in my view.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

• Which British comic character do you think we should challenge artists to draw next? Let us know!

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.



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