thanks for your support everyone.
If you want a taste of what the art it going to be like
some of the characters and ideas are displayed here: http://kewlgirl.deviantart.com/
To Syreth: hmm I originally was going to make it a fusion of anime characters and american backgrounds, but I realized that wasn't practical. It is tricky enough as it is given that Kewlgirl and me live far away from each other.
Fortunately she is very good at background IMO.
I'm going to try to give the characters different personalities and kinda explore like how each one of them reacts to certain situations.
Here are some of the character bios (note that these aren't official for the comic they are just ideas, and may need to be spell-checked too
Role: main character/hero
Likes: Doing what he feels is right.
Dislikes: Jeanne's teasing, nagging of any sort.
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Drink: Dr. ZAP! (sorta like Dr. Pepper)
Weapon: butterfly knife
Personality: Opinionated, usually negative, ambitious, brave, not
Bio: Raised as an orphan, his parents were killed at an early age.
Alex desperately wants to find out what happened to them and why they
were killed. Upon meeting a mysterious old man, Alex learns that his
parent's death were linked with a book that the old man gave him (the
bible) Alex embarks at first on a personal journey, but runs into a
load of trouble and some suprising allies.
Height: 5'5 (is this a good height?)
Weight: 110 (is this around what girls weigh?)
Favorite Food: Strawberries
Favorite Drink: Chocolate Milk
Weapon: none (although she would say that the Bible was her sword)
Personality: Sweet, humble, and kind. She is an idealistic girl, and
make a conscious effort to see good in everyone.
Bio: Also an orphan, Alex and Stephanie became fast friends. Alex
looks to her as a sister that he must protect, and she thinks of him
as a big brother. Usually joyful and happy, she tries any methods that
are non-violent. She is saddened that she lives in a society that is
full of despair. She goes with Alex to unravel his past and is a
source of hope.
Likes: Shopping! Liberating money from"unworthy hands" (or so she
says), and harassing Alex
Dislikes: Things with no style, bullies.
Favorite Food: Lobster
Favorite Drink: Cappicino
Weapons: Curved knife (as a theif she has very good skill with it)
Personality: Dexterous and quick, almost catlike in her balance. Is
very mysterious, and will vanish quickly into the night and appear the
Bio:She grew up in a very aristocratic home, but was disowned when she
was found to be a theif. So in effect she became a theif with no home
but extremely exquisite tastes. Always wears the latest trend in
clothes and jewelry, has gypsy blood, and is a peerless dancer,
lockpicker, knife-fighter, and oddly enough a great friend to
Stephanie, who is often clueless and naive as to the activities that
Likes: Working out
Dislikes: Things that bore him
Favorite Food: Beef Stew
Favorite Drink: Root Beer
Weapon: Brass Knuckles
Personality: A strong person, with a seemingly mild personality. That
is until you get him riled up, causing him to explode like a volanco.
Very loyal to his friends, and one of the better fighters of the group
due to his strength.
Bio: Marquis and Devon are twin brothers, both grew up in a bad
neighborhood and know that streets very well, became friends with Alex
and Stephanie while they were staying at the orphanage.
Role: mastermind/ trickster
Likes: Outwitting others
Dislikes: Hard Labor, Work of any sort, being picked on
Favorite Food: catfish
Favorite Drink: water
Weapon: none (can't fight)
Personality: whimsical, mischevious, yet thoughtful of others,
somewhat deep, very emotional.
Bio: A bright and vibrant young teen that found himself part of the
group. He actually comes from a stable home, but chooses to hang out
with Alex and them. He is very small even for a boy his age and is
often picked on. However he is able to often get Alex and Co. out of
trouble by using his superior skills in Diplomacy and Negotiation. If
the group has a plan chances are Trevor was the one who thought it up. He is often told to act more masculine by the guys and is thought to be adorable by the girls. He is mischievious, yet naive.
He is very nimble and can run faster than any other character but he
cannot fight. He sometimes says very profound things that suprise
other people. So basically this is a character that does not excell
socially, or physically, but one who does emotionally, mentally, and
Weight: Average for a girl her age (It isn't proper for a guy to ask a
lady her weight after all
Eyes: Dark Brown
Role: Songstress/ Listener/ Comforter
Favorite Food: Devil's Food Chocolate cake
Favorite Drink: Green Tea
Likes: Aerobics (Hi-YA!) Music, Singing, Dancing, Cafe's Coffeeshops,
and Art Galleries, ...oh yeah and MALLS!
Dislikes: Cats (she's allergic to them) Insects.
Bio: Christie joined the group when they first started going to church
(where she sings). On the outside she has a rockin' social life and
loves going and seeing new places and new things, but deep down she is
a very quiet girl. She acts really energetic on the surface because
she doesn't want to be an introvert, but she can't escape it either.
Only those who really know her, know that she has a very low self
esteem, despite being very pretty. She has a hard time accepting
mistakes that she makes, and ends up hurting herself more. She
internalizes everything and quite unlike Trevor never cries. Her only
emotional outlet that she allows for herself is singing. She is an
excellent singer, and has great unshakable faith in God.
Deep down she loves listening to other peoples problems and is a
someone everyone feels comfortable talking too.
However she considers her own problems trivial in comparasion with others.
My decision to make Alex + Stephanie the main characters was sorta a hard one.
Stephanie has the traits of a Heroine, and Alex has the traits of an Anti-Hero.
I decided that it would be interesting to have the thoughts of a cynic and a optimist conflict with each other, yet have the characters share personal friendship. I guess it's a gamble but hopefully it will make the comic more engaging.
Other characters will be "issue oriented" characters.
For example Christie's character is an example of a girl sorta masks her true feeling and tries to hide herself away. The reason I made her that way is because I know alot of people who do that and I sorta want to bring up that topic, and get people to think about how much they really are worth not only to others but to God.
Alex deals with bitterness and unfufillment. He is skeptical but deep down inside he wants to believe. Alot of guys (and girls) I know have these doubts. He is the type of character who asks "why does God let bad things happen?" He has lived a hard life and wants to know the answers.
I sorta want to create characters that real people like you and me can identify with. Not just another "Super Celestial Moon Battle Princess" or "Fearless DragonKnight Vampire Slayer" Those are fun to read about but can you relate to them?
But that doesn't mean the comic is going to be super serious all the time either. Most of the time I want it to be funny.
I want it to be sorta a light everyday story with some serious topic in it.
Any comments and ideas are appreciated.
And please more suggestions for the name.
To Fly Again
I'll Fly Away
Justice divine has weighed: the doom is clear. All hope renounce, ye lost, who enter here.
--Dante Alighieri The Inferno