Batton Lash is doing wonderful work for me, as you can see below. I did ask that the barber look a little irked (he’s my real-life barber, first name is Lash, no relation to Batton). Ah, this will be a FINE cover for my short story! Holly looks impatient, and that is Holly!
P.S. I just posted a reply to a post on Hugh Howey’s blog. Scroll down, I am number 17 or so to reply. My take on writing for an audience.
Batton Lash, who is doing the cover art for my Holly short story, has been very very very very very very very very very very very very helpful. Did I say very helpful? He’s been that. Look up his Wolff and Byrd comics, they are wonderful. http://www.exhibitapress.com/
First, the costume colors. I had thought that Holly would have blue costume and yellow cape, but he pointed out that there should be contrast with her hair. So I went with red for the cape.
Also, Holly’s logo. I had not even thought of one! Then I thought of a cross, or an “O”, or the Venus symbol, or some combination. I researched the O and cross thing, and guess what, nasty racist groups use that symbology (ugh, a Robert Langdon reference!).
But Lash had a great idea: an arrow, for the “my eyes are up here” gag. A yellow arrow should be Holly’s logo.
Here are a couple of Holly sketches from Batton Lash. I hope Holly sells, so Batton can get some credit. Well, he will get a little $$$ from me! Note that Holly has a Roman-type nose, even though she is Swedish-American. That is my idea. I do not want a perfect little cute face, I want a face with character. (I’ll be posting more pics later. But I’m tired, I spent all day thinking about Lash’s advice, and emailing him back.)
I stumbled across an interview Paul Dini had with Kevin Smith about why Cartoon Network does not want female audiences. Or even older boys. Just young hyperactive boys.
So that’s why they cancelled Young Justice, Beware the Batman, and the rebooted Thundercats. And why I am watching less Teen Titans Go: that is beginning to feel like there is no there there. No continuity, no development, just fast goofy jokes. It is possible to eat too much sugar.
This actually gives me hope when I write about Holly the superheroine. I remember Stan Freberg, who did the funniest, wittiest, and shoot-product-sales-way-up-est commercials of all time. He discussed how he determined if his commercials would work (not an exact quote below, but close):
When you show the commercial to the top executives, and they shift uncomfortably in their chairs, it’s probably pretty good. And if ALL the blood drains outta their faces… (Stan nodded, winked into the camera, and made the OK sign with his hand).
P.S. There is one CN cartoon with nearly all female superheroes: Steven Universe. Except the main character is still a boy. And that cartoon has not grabbed me yet.
I’m watching Star Wars II. And I finally know what bugs me about the word “younglings. Adding the “ling” suffix to a noun makes it a young version of that noun.
Therefore, youngling = young young person.
I believe I remember a Harlan Ellison essay, where some TV producers rewrote his script to call a star a “solar star.” Ouch.
I need to write some writing.
It is about Holly having the worst bad hair day of all time.
I spent the last two days rewriting it as per my editor’s edits and comments. I had decided not to go out on New Year’s Eve. Or today. I knew I’d feel better about not going to a party last night if I finished the final rewrite on my story. And I do. (BONUS: I just found a new season of Survivorman playing on Discovery Channel! YES!)
Funny how stories get longer. I cut out a useless scene at the start. But I added a few more visuals, as per my editors suggestions. I put in the huge majority of her edits, although I did not cut Holly batting her eyes at Cal, and carrying out of the barbershop: “Take me away in your big, black Intellecta-car!”
I’ll wait for the cover art and figure out how to put this on Kindle and the like. I’ll also send some PDFs to some friends soon. But for now, I watched Les Stroud. He’d be a great superhero. Able to survive in any environment. Wait, he can already do that.