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I am officially throwing in the towel on a comic book series proposal that I had.  Unless the guys at Hard Way, who know this stuff, can talk me out of it.

I had been kicking around an idea for a comic book series, sort of a cross between Batman and Silver Sable.  The story was really going well, it had international intrigue and all sorts of neat stuff.  Basically, if I was looking at comics and came across this, I'd totally buy it.  I'd have to find someone else to draw it (it needs a superhero type artist, my stuff just won't cut this), but it was totally doable.

A scant time ago, I was talking online with another writer.  I gave him a rough outline and description of the character.

He said, "You don't read superhero comics, right?"

I started getting a bad feeling.  No, I don't.  Why?

"You might want to read this."  And he posted a link to the Wikipedia article on Marvel's Black Widow.

Aw, goddammit, not again!

There are a couple of differences -- my character didn't shoot energy bolts from her gauntlets, and there were no Spider-Man trappings to her.  But there were enough similarities that I just about shit myself.  And it was going so well!

I was trying to see if I could salvage it, make a few changes that would keep Marvel from crying foul, but I just see too many similarities to the characters.  Even though it was accidental, no one will believe it.

So, that idea goes in the shredder.  I hate it when that happens.


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Jan. 28th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Convergent evolution! It sounds really cool, that's too bad you had to shelve it. But at least you found out before you put more work into it.
Jan. 28th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
You're telling me! There may be hope, depending on how it can be handled, but it'll take someone a lot more familiar with Marvel than me. So, maybe someday, we'll have to see. Believe me, if it can work, I'll be talking about it. ;-)
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