With over one hundred entries recieved, the Project: Rooftop staff and guest judges Trina Robbins, Joe Jusko and Dan Brereton poured over all the entries before deciding on who is the top of the heap in redesigning Vampirella.
ThatGrand Prize winner is Leipzig-based comics artist Ralph Niese, whose upcoming pro work includes inks for Image Comics’ Noble Causes and who also had a strip in Image’s recently released 400-plus page graphic collection Popgun, a diverse and sophisticated spectrum of work sure to attract new readers and infect mainstream pop culture with comics.
Receiving a composite score of 93 (out of 100), Niese’s design of a race-car driving Vampirella and a night-creature alter ego give this the edge. Veteran comics creator Dan Brereton gave this a 10, saying “So easy to give this a 10. This is my pick for winner.” Original Vampirella designer Trina Robbins agreed.
As grand prize winner, Niese will have his illustration featured in a future issue of Vampirella and will also received two comics signed respectively by Joe Jusko and Dan Brereton.
“I realize this is kinda of a departure for the character,” says indie artist Dean Trippe, co-creator of the Project Rooftop site, “but there really is nothing more fun in this contest than race-car driving Vampirella and her night-creature alter ego (demonstration illo here!). Holy smack, I’d buy this comic two times a week. Ralph has ditched a single uniform in favor of a red/white style theme and a scary/sexy (scary-sexy?) demon-bat alter ego. Extra points for the Vampimobile. Wow.”
“Generally, the character is wearing very little in terms of clothing,” says Joe of his entry, “so I did my best to make the costume slightly more modest (and functional), while still alluring. I was also kinda thinking Audrey Hepburn as I was drawing it.
“There were a ton of great entries,” he adds, “including the brilliant grand prize winner by Ralph Niese, as well as runner up entries by Ming Doyle, Adam Cadwell and many more. Certainly check out Maris’s super cute runner up Vampi design, as well as Liz Prince’s good humoured, Count Chocula revision of the character.”
“Niese and Quinones are rock stars and really deserved first and second place,” says Jemma, “and I’m really proud to be up there with them! There’s some outstanding runners-up, too, be sure to check them out.”
• Project: Rooftop and Harris Comics would like to thank everyone for submitting their work for this contest. View the winners on the Project Rooftop web site
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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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