I love heroes and heroes have side kicks. I had the idea of a hero whose sidekick was actually a mentor. It was originally an alien, named Barnabus, teaching a young man how to be a hero. However, I got over aliens and changed the alien to a dragon.
So the hero was put to the side, and the side kicks all took centre stage together. They would be the heroes. The hero story became the back story for The Adventurers.
It, of course, took a very long time to come to this arrangement. Years. So I'd made the decision to make The Adventurers comic about 4 half-ling high heroes. Getting the dragon design was very tricky. It had to have a "dragony" feel but still (sort of) pass for a human. I went through the whole gamete of head types before basically sticking with the original and changing the fin.
|More head designs. Can you find the various influences? You can also see some robot designs for the robots they would be fighting in The Adventurers story.|
The Adventurers at one stage almost became a sword epic as I was reading Lord of the Rings. That idea
didn't last too long.
Sword and sorcery inspired clothing.
So I had three characters, The Dragon, the Rocbadger and the robot. I thought I needed a fourth. A female character. However no matter how much I tried I could not come up with a suitable "creature" for the fourth to be. I decided if I made the Dragon a female that would solve the problem. All I had to do was add eyelashes! The dragon character was ************* (whoops almost put a small spoiler for issue 3!) A friend suggested the name Ellie **********( It will make sense after you read issue 3! :) ). So she finally had a name.