thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2010 Series No. 16 - Zsatannei [TRDL Redesign]

TRDL 2010 Series No. 16 - Zsatannei [TRDL Redesign]

TRDL 2010 Series No. 16 - Zsatannei [TRDL Redesign]

This was done for the TRDL Art Jam, the subject being a Design Challenge this time around: Create your own ‘Crime Syndicate version of a DC Hero.’ For those not familiar, the Crime Syndicate was an Earth-2(?) version of the JLA, as villains. The jam suggestion gave an opportunity to play around with the design of an established character, give it that villainous touch, but try and make it identifiable.

As I have been angling to do as many of these jam pieces as TRDL Pinups as possible, I gravitated to Zatanna. In my redesign, instead of being a stage magician themed character, my Zsatannei was a baroque carnivale magician who made a deal with a sub-dimensional horror, giving her access to unspeakable evil in the form of a dimensional portal in her hat. The concept was that she isn’t ready to just unleash this Lovecraftian horror upon the world, but rather keeps it in check through force of will, in order to make use of the power to fuel her insidious methods. I wanted to go old school with the costume, taking inspiration from a number of vaudeville vintage photos as well as the leggings and shoulder/arm sashes from a ‘naughty gypsy’ adult costume. Sadly, I didn’t see this costume live on anyone I knew. Anyway, I used the top hat as the design element that reinforces the Zatanna theme, which I hope is a successful tether to the original character. Easter egg: MOOD Parfume… that’s a nod to Zatanna’s say-it-backwards spellcasting… also alluded to in the Mood banner logotype.

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TRDL 2010 Series No. 17 - Modesty Blaise

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TRDL 2010 Series No. 14 - Miss Murray

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