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Introducing Red Riding Hood

I'm getting ready to meet with my teacher.  Last night, we were talking, and I'm telling her about some different stuff.  The conversation drifts around to Milk And Cookies, a superhero duo who appeared in Marvel's What The -- ?! comic series.

"By the way," she asks, "what ever happened to the Little Red Riding Hood idea you were working on?"

...I forgot about that.  I haven't thought of it in, like, a year.

"Maybe you should look into something with that.  I'm mean, it's going to be a while before you have anything else new."

So, yesterday and this morning, I did some concept art.  I'll show them to her while I'm hanging with her today.

For the rest of you?  I'll fill you in on more details later.  Some of you, unlike me, cannot handle utility grade cute.  So to that I say, Gentlemen...don your goggles.

Meet Red Riding Hood.


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Apr. 10th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
She is so cute! ^_^
Apr. 11th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, I like her, too. I'm going to enjoy working on this one.
Apr. 11th, 2011 07:25 am (UTC)
She's very cute -- but knowing you, I assume there's more to her than meets the eye?
Apr. 11th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
I'll give more details when I get there. But suffice it to say it's going to be a cutesy, cartoony thing. She is NOT psychotic. I mention that because Bulleta (a.k.a. Baby Bonnie Hood) is a character who looks like LRRH but is actually a mercenary for hire and amazingly violent. Her character is a great satire (she's one of my favorites), and I don't want to be accused of copying her.

I plan on it being a one-shot, standard length. That's the reason I'm moving forward with it. It won't take long, and it can wander through the maze of submissions editors while I work on Safe Passage and the next Hannah Singer book.
Apr. 12th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
It's hard not to look like we're copying someone when creating a character, but I've noticed a lot of creators love the juxtaposition of having their amazingly cute characters by psychotic.

You know what turns me psychotic? Submissions editors!
Apr. 12th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. That's a really strange trend that's developed. It's always been there, but I think it really gained traction with the debut of Adult Swim. With everything being post-modern and snarky, there's no interest in preserving anything that is good, just finding something to tear down and/or corrupt.

Happy Tree Friends is a good example of this. I watched the first two discs (and that was a struggle, let me tell you), and the only thing I could conclude was that it was a series intended to show horrible things happening to these innocent looking creatures, and the more horrific, the better. Comics? Dark Supergirl and Dark Mary Marvel have guys in a tizzy instead of the ostensibly noble "clean" versions of the characters. Antiheroes are big, no one is bothering to make Superman work anymore (it can be done, you can make the Big Blue Boy Scout relevant to today's readers, but you have to be willing to work for it). Even anime. "Moe" is supposed to be super cutesy, but in the subculture, it means cutesy characters in sexual situations.

People don't want characters to be innocent. They want them to start innocent and become depraved versions of themselves.

To my mind, Bulleta is not the same thing. On the surface, yeah, a violent Little Red Riding Hood. So what? The creator of Darkstalkers, the series she appears in, states repeatedly in interviews that each character (everyone in the series is a bad guy) is actually a satire on what he sees as some flaw in human nature (sort of like the Seven Deadly Sins -- lust, vanity, etc.), and part of it is to figure out who is what. Bulleta is actually a satire on pure, unadulterated greed. Not so much the greed part (that's covered by another character) but by how willing people are to become monsters and celebrate that lack of humanity. So I don't lump her with the other things. There's nothing to tearing something down, degradation is easy to do. There's actually a method to her madness, there are limits. The key is that she isn't a star, she's a supporting character. Mix her with others with these selfish motivations, and things get interesting.
Apr. 14th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
It sounds like you might be telling me I'll never be a hugely successful writer, because I like to celebrate the best inhuman nature rather than the worst. I just don't like it when good characters go dark.
Apr. 14th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! Things that celebrate the good can be a success (God bless Jim Henson and Rankin/Bass). It just doesn't seem like enough people want to make those good things.
Apr. 15th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
We'll see, since that's what I like to write! Even my bad guys aren't usually all that bad, at least in their own minds ... although "Coming Attractions" has an evil lawyer I'm particularly proud of.
Apr. 15th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Don't look at me. From the darkness of The Supremacy to the lightness of Sound Waves, I'm pretty much all over the map. The key difference between me and, say, the folks who work at Vertigo is I write things that work with my set-up. I don't do things just to be trendy. For example, no zombies in Sound Waves. Zombies in Stress Puppy? Well, it is an office environment, would anyone tell the difference? (Cheap shot, I know, but it does illustrate my point.)
Apr. 16th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
I write what I like to read; doesn't really matter to me if it's in vogue at the moment or not. I will say, however, that i have a whole series of stories just waiting for when space opera comes back into style.
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