Yeah, it's not so bad when the characters almost literally just on your sketchpad. It's one thing to design cool costumes (EVERY artist tries that), but quite another to determine that all of those characters need to appear in your comic book, TODAY, en masse as a giant team of guys. The "Image Era" was SO BAD for that- month after month, every book would establish a half-dozen new characters, without having fleshed out the PREVIOUS month's half-dozen! Let the artists go whole-hog, and this happened with every issue!bsdigitalq wrote:Thanks man. Not sure why I couldn't remember it. I know while I was doing those characters last year I had your entire monologue about that scrolling through my head, me thinking "Oh no! I'm a sketchpad character creator now!" But I suppose its alright- aside from some notes here and there, these characters were never really meant to be, well, characters. Just some interesting designs to populate backgrounds. CCA really is all about the main five heroines and their supporting cast.
I'm noticing that my eye stops almost every time someone's an "off-color". The red chick (Cherry Pie). The black werewolf (who has a REALLY awesome design. It's easy to be distracted by the boobies, but he looks cool). There's a very dark-skinned woman, too (Skadi, who I dearly hope is a Giantess). It's a very eye-catching thing, and makes them stand out, especially in a world where most characters are showing skin.Not surprised at all. She ticks a number of the boxes I've seen you list before.
Kewl! What kinds of comments were/are generally helpful? I go on about so much, I have a hard time keeping track . Stuff like "This guy sucks, because ____" or "this guy is awesome, because ____", or just stuff about how hot some comic book ladies are?Thanks man! I do have to say that a lot of your comments that you have attached to your character builds have been pretty influential to me in my character creation, along with what Lee, Kirby, and Ditko were doing with Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four and Robert Kirkman's stuff with Invincible.
I do appreciate the silliness. I find it kind of bizarre how comics will insist we take skankalicious characters seriously, or act like we don't know that Gamora is wearing a piece of dental floss as a costume. And while I'm no enemy of Fanservice and find the anti-sexiness crowd annoying, I can empathize with straight girls trying to read superhero comics that actively try to advertise to women readers, but are nonetheless All Cleavage, All The Time. In a universe that plays this deliberately played for laughs, it becomes much more understandable and funny. Plus, it's HONEST about it- all "hey, this comic is about boobs". It reminds me kind of like Power Girl. For years, people complained and writers tried to write around the "Boob Window" in all these serious superhero books. Then the Amanda Conner book came out, and it was like "Y'know what? This is about the boobs" and everyone finally settled down and was like "ah, I get it." Kara & Atlee taking their clothes off and going swimming in day-glo dental-floss bikinis? YUP- GO RIGHT AHEAD.
Other Characters in your thing (I might go back and forth on this, since there's so much to look at. I feel bad for never checking out the non-Roll Call forums at Ronin Army):
* The Tyrannosaurus villain is pretty cool- that's a hard animal to "Anthropomorphize", due to their crazy anatomy. Oddly, it's best to SHRINK the head, despite T-Rexes being famously large-headed.
* I like Phobos & Deimos, and how they actually look like dangerous, crazy-powerful villains in their own right, with wicked "Heavy Metal Album Cover" designs. Most people just turn them into Big Dumb Henchmen--- hell, I'm as guilty as that of ANYONE- my own "Greek-Verse" heroes just have those two as Ares's Dumb Sons, who are basically Wrecking Crew-level guys with superfluous Emotion Control effects.