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Last week i took out some time to do a little free writing about Twilight to begin really developing where im going with this new comic. A pretty picture is nothing but a pretty picture without meaning. A pretty face is nothing without a soul. ;) So now its time to get to the "Meat" of my character Twilight. Now remember most of this is not set in concrete yet its just kind of to, as Jerzy Drozd would say (one of the host's of the Art & Story Podcast) , "throw some ideas at the wall and see what sticks". Alright so here we go!
First of all i would like to comment on the story style i think im going with. This comic will be a superhero action adventure with a sort of comedic slant to it. Now in the past i always wanted to write a serious super hero story kind of like X-Men or Spawn or something. But looking at "Twilight" in that way kind of seemed boring to me. It dawned on me that all of my early comic creations sprung straight out of the hyper stylized, darkly slanted comics that tended to reign supreme in the 90's when i was growing up. All the well known characters back then were being re shaped to kind of fit that mold and i thought it was COOL!
Little did i know they were basically bastardizing a classic and rich history with these properties that fans had enjoyed for years before i was born. And if i did sense that this was going on i didnt care. I just liked what i thought was cool back then. But now looking back ive come to appreciate and actually prefer many of the older versions.
What i want to do now is take great storytelling and combine that with the stylistic art that i enjoy! Of course my opinion on style has expanded also. But this is what has lead me to decide to make Twilight a mild spoof on that era. I don't know how much that will eventually come through but i will definately be playing around with this new sensibility.
Now lets get to the character development!
Twilight is a born superhero! He was born to a caucasian family from the suburbs of Connecticut but he has all black skin (Pitch Black) with eyes that light up with green light and smoke emitting from them. He also has Jedi like powers that allow him to control objects kinetically. As a young male he now maintains a perfectly fit physique without any special diet or work out training. He has no clue what the purpose of his glowing, smoking eyes have yet he suspects there is NO purpose to it, it just kind of looks cool. It does however hinder his ability to be stealthy in situations.
Twilight loves reading comic books while listening to underground Hip Hop and stays in the basement most daytime hours. He has become somewhat of an outcast from his community because of his odd appearence. He's a bit geeky but mostly a normal guy who would rather fit in than stand out. However he is really into his powers and quickly took on a persona as a superhero as inspired by his beloved comics. When people ask him his name he reply's "My name is Twilight, ...I scrape the night". As you may imagine he gets very funny looks cast his way when he says that. And when people inquire further he says "I am searching for my Arch Nemesis" Mostly because he knows every superhero needs an Arch Nemesis. Thing is no matter what enemy he comes across he never thinks they are good enough to be his Official Arch Nemesis. Even if they kick his butt.
Twilight works as a Security Guard on 3rd shift to help his parents pay for the bills. Between sleep and his job he searches diligently for his Arch Nemesis getting into all types of adventures in the "Twilight" hours but rarely leaves CT because he needs to get to work by 11pm. He often has trouble getting to work on time. On Twilights adventures he does good deeds protecting victims from villains which he acknowledges is what is most important but he can't help but be obsessed with the grand prospect of meeting his great opponent.
In the Images above i once again redesigned Twilight to reflect some of the things i was writing about him. Feel free to click on these images for a larger view. Since Twilight is almost always on his adventures before work he keeps his work clothes on under his cloak so he can easily take the cloak off and clock in. Much as Superman needs to change into his costume quick Twilight has to do the same in reverse. I also did a little more research on what cloaks look like and found a version that i think i will enjoy playing around with. I always loved how Spawns cloak and chains became part of the design of every page but it many times got ridiculous. I plan to use Twilights Cloak and Eye smoke as part of the spoof element on that era. Also its just fun to draw :) It also reflects Twilights character. Twilight will play kind of this brooding dramatic character but with a little more optimism and humor than your typical cave dwelling superheros.
Thanks for checkin in guys!!!! This is definitely the point were any feedback would be very helpfull if you would be so persuaded to leave a comment. If not I still love ya though! :)
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Links to Content mentioned in this blog:
Art & Story Podcast
Jerzy's Site ComicsAreGreat.com