It even caught the attention of some media folks including Comics Alliance. And best of all, Michael Mantlo (Bill Mantlo's brother) commented and thanked everyone for their contributions.
Here's the deal everyone, I'm attempting to put together an homage/remake of ROM Spaceknight #1 by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Sal Buscema. What I'm looking to do is find twenty different artists to each recreate in her/his own style, one of the twenty pages from the original issue (18 story pages, 1 cover and a Hostess Ad). When the project is done, I'll post the entire story online for free and provide a link where people can contribute to the ongoing medical care of Bill Mantlo. If you don't know, Mantlo, the original writer of ROM and many other Marvel comics from the '70s and '80s, was the victim of a hit and run accident in 1992, which resulted in a severe brain injury. He's required special medical attention and has lived in a head-trauma facility ever since. You can read more about his situation from this article or check out Greg Pak's blog post from a couple years ago about Mr. Mantlo, which also contains a Paypal donation link.
Now don't get me wrong, the main goal of the project is to create an entertaining comic for people to enjoy, but if we can also give a little back it'll be all that much sweeter.
Needless to say, the original creative team, Marvel Comics, nor the current copyright holders of the ROM property (whomever that might be) have nothing to do with this project. It's purely for fun, borne out of a love for the ROM comics.
If you're an artist (penciller/inker, colorist or letterer) who's interested in participating, shoot me an e-mail (robertharringtonla[@]gmail.com) or find me on twitter (@robharrington). I'll be gathering a list of everyone who's interested and if we have enough people, then I'll use a random number generator to assign pages. Sorry, there's no pay for the work, it's all for fun and charity.
Now, let's make some comics!
|Cover to ROM #1 (Art by Frank Miller)|
|Art by Gabriel Hardman|
|Art by Farel Dalrymple|
|Art by Chris Samnee|
|Art by Shane White|
|Art by Jason Copland|