As per my previous post, about the little girls in the audience:
I have not finished my latest short story, working title “Super Sleeping Beauty,” where the point of view character is Cal the Intellectual. I need to put final edits into my old barber story, which I rewrote to be in first person. And yet, I have started another story.
Kittygirl is a little girl with cat powers. I think she would be great for a short story. I imagine her saving Holly and others from an evil ice cream maker, the Brain Freezer (his evil laugh involves chattering teeth). Kittygirl could be immune to Brain Freezer’s ice cream due to her being lactose intolerant. The story is barely an outline right now. But I think Kittygirl might start using my brain as a scratching post.
Now I have to figure out her costume. I have written her wearing cat ears and gloves with authentic claws. But perhaps claws and cat ears would become part of her natural self after she gets powers, and thus she would not have a costume (maybe just a cape she can put on in a hurry). The main thing is that Kittygirl is a cute, sweet, and very brave little girl. One of the ladies in a critique group said she loved Kittygirl, “she’s such a cliche!” I wanted an adorable little girl who becomes Holly’s biggest fan.
I know my story will be better that the Catwoman movie. But Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels would be better also.
Take a look at my new page where I show and discuss the Holly artwork (colors, chest logo, etc) that I have so far. YAY! I have been meaning to put that up for some time. I need art for my story covers. And to know what the heck Holly looks like. I should consider getting my other characters into some art also.
All the art so far is by Batton Lash. Enjoy it. I sure have.
Batton Lash sent more art today. I really like how he has brought Holly to life. The face, the eyebrows, WOW.
I asked that the trunk line on the costume be lowered a little bit. One of my running gags is that Holly’s costume rides up her rear once in a while, ooo, she HATES that. But normally, no exposed cheeks (unlike so many superheroine costumes nowadays), so I figured the trunk line should be a little lower. Now, behold the art, and ENJOY! I know I have!
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.)