I’ve recently started thinking about an idea for a graphic novel that I abandoned when I saw Wreck-It Ralph because I felt they covered some of the same ground but I think my idea goes a little further with the idea…
Overworld is set in an JRPG and follows a team of archetypical protagonists who, for one reason or another, decide to run away from their quest and live in the wilderness as NPCs.
Our hero’s village is destroyed and he is given a sword of destiny … but he doesn’t have a single vengeful bone in his body. His instinct is to run away as far as he can. He wishes he was given a different “class” than Knight and hates the idea of killing, even if it is Slimes.
He is joined by a brawler who regrets certain aspects about the way he designs his character… he makes the best of his situation which can be tough when so much of the stuff he wants to wear is “un-equippable” in the Armour Shops. He is Level 99 for a reason - he’s desperate to be the warrior he sees himself as.
The mage wants to practice her religion in peace and hates how much it has been exploited by the world. Healing people is a tough job and people never seem to respect that gaining MP requires a lot of focus.
The archer was actually an enemy that decided she wanted to be the hero of her own story. But every time a hero attacks her in a random encounter she feels no better than a common grunt. She was born without a backstory… but perhaps her history is out there, but was never given to her.
The basic idea came from something simple - what if you could see your own health bar? How would that change the way you live your life? What if you could see what level you were compared to other people? What if you were born into a class… a role… a job and didn’t have the ability to change it? Is there happiness to be had as a non-playbale character?
I wanted the characters to look as generic as possible while still being recognisably me. I think the hero character might actually be too cliched… these designs will all change anyway.
I imagine it being a short graphic novel as I don’t think the unsubtle parallels would stretch for too long. Maybe it’ll happen one day!
It’s colress' birthday today and he's a very good friend and the person who introduced me to NGE so I decided to draw his wife! (In a “I love this character so much and relate to her endlessly” kinda way… not a sort of life-size, pillow fetish sort of way).
Happy Birthday buddy!
GOD-ZINE-LA is here (and it is looking glorious!)
And will be shipping out at the end of the month (as I’m about to go to Australia for 10 days). PRE-ORDER IT NOW!
THE ARTISTS OF GOD-ZINE-LA
Congratulations to everyone who managed to get into God-Zine-La!
And thank you to EVERYONE who entered. I had a lot of entries and choosing the final ones was very very. That’s why there are so many entries - I was completely expecting to have 30 pages TOPS. And now it’s 74 pages long. So please be aware that if you didn’t get in I was pushing it as it was and you are totally welcome to enter into the next zine!
These Batman redesigns were really really important to my development as an artist. I wouldn’t say they helped me create a “style” but definitely a process… a way of designing and a way of working and creating regular content. I mean the fact that straight after I started Marvelous Mondays which I’ve been doing for over a year.
I’m proud of these designs but I still feel they need a bit of updating.
Full, textless cover for GOD-ZINE-LA, a 60th Anniversary celebration for the King of Monsters with contributions from me and lots of amazingly talented illustrators (and even a drawing by Gareth Edwards, director of the upcoming reboot!)
When me and lydiabutz decided to give the Japanese tv show that Power Rangers was edited from, Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, a go, I think one of the things we weren’t expecting was intelligent, well paced character development.
Or for me to fall completely in love with Witch Bandora’s (aka Rita Repulsa) beautifully played and tragic backstory. Throughout the series, you really start to sympathise with her and kind of want her to succeed sometimes. And (without spoiling it for you) when it comes to the finale… I started to wonder if I was really rooting for the right person at all!
I also loved how Bandora treated her allies with friendship and respect and admiration. It was a far cry from the constantly insulting and screaming dub.
So here she is in all of her glory!
"O spirits that dwell within the Earth…"
For my upcoming Marvelous Monday book, I am including some alternate costumes for some of the heroes I have already drawn. Captain America has had many over the years so here is my second costume design for him. You can see my first here!