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Playing favourites

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 30, 2018

I have favourite characters. There, I said it.

Although I would love to think that I love them equally, and on some level there is truth to that, there are a few I continually come back to and just want to get into them more. Now, just because they are my favourite doesn’t mean they’ll make it out of their story unscathed, (in fact it could mean that they are more likely to suffer because my love for my creations borders on the side of biblical) but I am invested in them nonetheless.

In some cases it is their character design. Maybe I like their expressions, or their hair. In many cases I love dressing them up and fussing over them like a mother bird before I shove them out of the proverbial nest.

There are characters that just plain, old cheer me up. When they grace the page, they make me smile. It’s just fun to be with them for a while, particularly if the scene prior has been heavy or dramatic.

A couple of characters have grown on me. I didn’t think much about them when I created them, in fact they were almost a throw away, only to have them open up and surprise me. They suddenly begin acting with their own agency and end up taking the story in a different direction that you would never have considered. This can lead to stronger character moments and arcs as they almost demand you do them justice.

In each story, I don’t think one sets out to play favourites but, just like people, you click with some characters more than others and, if you remain open to it, maybe they will take your hand and lead your story down an interesting road.

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ozoneocean at 11:34PM, Nov. 30, 2018

Wow... to have a big enough cast to play faves... I envy you guys. Though come to think of it out of all the characters in Bottomless Waitress, Polly is by far my fave. A tall, sassy, angular older redhead. I think it's the confidence that does it though rather than her aesthetics.

JaymonRising at 3:28PM, Nov. 30, 2018

My recent fave has been little Heigie Periwinkle (from Jands), who finally recovered after that build-a-bear fiasco and wants to be an aspiring cartoonist. In a perfect world, I'd make a reverse "Who framed Roger Rabbit" with cartoonists being prejudicated against cartoons. Cause trust me: writing someone with the same reverse grudge as Bob Hoskin's character would be too easy. -.-

Tantz_Aerine at 2:53PM, Nov. 30, 2018

My favourite was Basil. I let him die. Yes, I'm a terrible mother.

usedbooks at 10:54AM, Nov. 30, 2018

My favorite is probably Mike. He was created as a one-off henchman. But I loved his attitude. Nearly killed him off a few times. Gave him a pretty significant backstory. My sister accuses me of torturing him. I changed his design to be a little more bearable. My favorite thing about him is that he emotes with his entire body, and somehow he's the only character I always nail the body language for.

PaulEberhardt at 10:31AM, Nov. 30, 2018

I totally play favourites, and I'm not even ashamed of it any more. My comic probably wouldn't exist if I didn't. Gundula and her great-grandson Christian were side characters in a number of stories I wrote a long time ago. I discarded all of them along with their entire casts, as they were frankly unreadable by any standards, but I'd become so fond of these two that I just had to save them from oblivion somehow. This I achieved by teaming them up with the tiger I've made doodles of for longer than I can remember and thus Master the Tiger came into being. While trying to find suitable storylines for these three, I created Sophie, and it was love at second sight. She's the one who is always bossed around by the others and gags featuring her are usually at her expense. The more I love drawing her. She's the character I experiment most with, and drawing her in all kinds of variations creates such a good creative flow, she almost seems to appear on the paper by herself.

IronHorseComics at 8:17AM, Nov. 30, 2018

what's nice about Suzuki Keiji is that I somehow manage to get his expressions exactly right every time, it's a little uncanny.

usedbooks at 4:25AM, Nov. 30, 2018

I feel this. Lol. Favorites do tend to get pretty banged up because "screen time" means plot is happening. I am extremely prone to getting attached to "throw away" characters too.

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