‘Tis the season…for Drama Club to do an assembly. A zombie assembly.
Let me explain: last Summer, Drama Club made a zombie film, written and directed by one of my sixth formers, and, despite me then painting their faces to look like zombies on Open Day, when we showed the film (and when parents and prospective parents also come have a look-see what we’re up to), we were asked to do an assembly on it for the new 1st years, whom hasn’t seen it.
The other night, trawling Twitter on my way home (which is what Twitter is for in my opinion) and scanning the excellent iO9 posts, I found a gorgeous piece of illustration that really spoke to both my Chthulhu-esque and my burgeoning Steampunk tendencies : ‘By Appointment Only’ by Travis Pitts (via Drawn)
I was especially excited when, googling other work by the artist, I found he was actually the author of my favourite Threadless design submission: We’ve Got Some Work To Do Now, featuring a post-zombie-apocalyptic Thelma and Scooby with their zombie-killing Mystery Mobile.
Even better, I used said illustration as inspiration for my Halloween costume two holidays ago. Here it is:
I’m a sucker for detail – I think I did a pretty good job!
(EDIT: The artist got in touch on facebook and also said I’d done a pretty good job – ‘the best adaptation I’ve seen’ in fact. Squeeeee!)
And, in searching for more images ‘reimagined’ or ‘recreated’, I found this brilliant and imaginative version of one of my favourite paintings:
Wanderer Above a Sea of Fog by C. D. Friedrichs
I’ve started thinking about trying out other remakes or ‘reimaginings’ – perhaps on book covers, especially those that reference other works or consciously reuse a particular genre, like The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, which famously uses the Victorian and Gothic genres, or The Woman In Black by Susan Hill, which references the stories of M. R. James and Wilkie Collins.
In the meantime, here are some further inspirations:
This Blog, Popped Culture, has a fantastic selection of popular culture re