So continuing along with the idea of revisiting old characters, we get to my college years. The funny thing about those years is that a lot of those characters that I made up then... Well, they've had stories, or been used in a project or at least have plans to be used in a future project. But there's still a few here and there that quite frankly I just cannot find a home for, no matter how many times I've tried. Not saying I'll never find one... Just that it's not happened yet. So these two girls are Marica and Jinx. (Jinx is the catgirl... Yeees, I had a catgirl.)
Marica's been floating about for about fifteen years or so, and in just about every project I've done, she originally had a significant role in it. (Except the Transformers ones.) She's gone through multiple character designs, from black hair to red hair, having purple eyes, to blue eyes to the heterochromatic eyes she's currently sporting. She's had bat wings, like she has here, to feathery wings (which in a few other pictures), to no wings, to even just plain old wing tattoos. She's kind of a mascot character for me, and I've always been fond of her. She was even the base design for Becka from Shadowgirls. The biggest problem was that her story, which was easily adaptable) was always a pain in the ass to work in the origin story, when you're focusing on the main character's problems. Not too long ago, I had finally worked out a good story for her, with a more superhero angle to it. It was pretty cool and kinda fun and I was moving forward with it... Then the recent Superman movie happened, and it became obvious that the stories were really similar, and there's really no way for me to do the story I had planned without being accused of ripping off a multi-million dollar movie.
Jinx is a different story. She was co-created with my friend Nik, and we were pretty influenced by Darkstalkers. (NO! Really?! How could anyone have ever guessed!?) See, when we created her, the anime boom hadn't happened yet, and so the idea of “catgirls” and “furries” hadn't really hit the public lexicon yet. In western comics, if you had a catgirl, you were either referring to Tigra from the Avengers or the Thundercats. (Or maybe even Alley Cat Abra from Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew.) So we thought we were actually ahead of the game... (Heh.) Yeah, we know the name Jinx isn't the most original... But she was named after a friend's cat, so it stuck. Jinx hasn't really gone through any major character redesigns... She actually looks pretty much the same now as she did back in the 90s... Same as her back story, which I still think is pretty clever.
But her and Marica are just kinda vagabonding around right now, until I can work out the bugs and figure out a place for them. Thing is with some of these characters, I still think there's something that can be worked out with them... Even the last batch. But that'll have to wait until after I get my next project done, which has already been delayed like crazy...