Archive for November 1st, 2013
It was around age of 3 that Vika Daly’s Synaesthesia started to become prevalent. At first, her bemused parents welcomed & encouraged the cognitive patterns started to display. While other kids her age were still trying to get a handle on their colors, letters, numbers, & shapes, Vika was creating her own connections through her own unique neural pathways between each. But as time went on, things started getting a little out of hand. By the time she was ready to start school, she was prone to bouts of sensory overload. Unable to cope, the team of experts she was brought to prescribed an intensive regime of drugs, some still in trial phases. While they worked to dull her senses & keep her condition in check, the cocktail also rendered her nearly catatonic. Vika remembers going through life in slow motion. Seeing everything happen quicker than she could register. While she wasn’t on the medication long, it seemed to have a strange effect.
One day after stopping the treatment, just as it seemed Vika was regaining her sense of normalcy, she was doing her geometry homework when suddenly, she got enthralled by the cover of her textbook. It was blue. A deep blue. Vika felt herself getting lost in it, almost feeling weightless. To her surprise, the reason she was experiencing that sensation was because she was floating about four feet off the ground. It seemed as though her treatment had only acted to intensify her condition. Over time, she found that other sensations had other effects on her too. Thinking of the number 9 kept her from getting hurt. Focusing on the sound of plucking strings made her move with super speed. Squeezing squishy plastic, like a stress doll, gives her a burst of strength. Having long since associated the number 4 with her childhood home, focusing on that number will instantly put her there, as if she teleported there. She began explored more & more of her new strange abilities until she came to the attention of some of the top minds in the country. They seemed to want Vika to be some kind of superhero. While she initially had no real aspirations, she had no real objections either.
After years of training, she’s finally been given the greenlight to serve & protect. To facilitate the sensations she needs when she needs them, she was given a special collar, able to project certain sounds through the directional speakers, & spritz special aromas right underneath her nose. She also keeps certain snacks, knick-knacks, & paint swatches in her utility belt that illicit certain beneficial responses. Her big puffy gloves are specially designed with haptic feedback capable of simulating 42 separate tactile sensations through use of a magnetorheological gel. With these, she’s pretty much able to call on any sensations she should need.
At the same time, some sensations can be liabilities. For instance, the smell of mint renders her powerless for up to a half hour. The number 15, she claims “puts her in a bad place,” making her very angry. As a result, she’s flown into a berserk rage after focusing on it for too long. There’s also a very specific blue pantone that will cause Vika to lose control of her flight powers & drift ever upwards. And she’s still not immune to occasional bouts of sensory overload. Another issue due to the nature of her condition, there’s always the possibility of something she hasn’t experienced yet effecting her in some other new, strange way. It makes her a bit of a wildcard at times & to her peers in the superhero world, it seems to make her come off as a little flaky at times.
Still, Vika sees her unique condition as an opportunity. While her powers might not always make her the most reliable superhuman out there, she’s still convinced that she could still possibly make a difference.
I started off with another character but it was a little too ambitious & I wanted to keep things on track as possible. Happy with how the color on this one turned out. I don’t know if I explained the powers well enough but I wanted to go for something that wasn’t a traditional superpower. There probably is someone with this kind of ability out there, but I couldn’t think of them. So yeah. I’m not even that big on superheroes anymore. Anyway, just trying to get the ball rolling here. 30 Characters: 1 of 30, Character a Week: 14 of 52.
This troublemaker likes running around in armor and getting into fights with whomever he sees. It doesn’t help that he augmented himself with cybernetics specifically for being a jerk.
This man appears to be in his early to mid 20s. Everyone assumes he has the brain of an adolescent, though.
What if your crazy old grandfather tells you that you’re the chosen one? That you have been chosen to protect the time line of this universe and record important events? What if he told you that you were also a target for some nefarious ner do wells, and monsters?
What if you were a hundred pounds over weight and didn’t know the meaning of cardio? What do you do?
This is my first character this time around. He’s a Minotaur, but unlike the traditional type he has horns coming out of his mouth. It’s like he should have gotten his wisdom teeth removed sooner, but since he didn’t they grew out of control and he’s now turned evil. Who wouldn’t be angry with bad teeth popping out their face?
Here’s Beatman, a superhero with all the generic superpowers.
Felix Egbert is a professor at Hawthorne University, a school of Magic, where he studies in Magical Anthropology. As a Northern River Troll, he’s naturally inquisitive and loves knowledge. His special interest in Anthropology emerged when he was only about 173 years old, quite young to have determined his career, and was determined to become the best in his field.
I’m Jesse; cartoonist, graphic designer, animation student, and returning two time successful 30 Characters Challenger!
I’ve published a few comics: CosmiCat 1 and 2, Science Girl 1 and SG Double Feature- drawn by me, written by K-Mo. Short comic stories of mine have appeared in several anthologies, including Hamtramck Idea Men’s “If-X”, Rocketbot’s “Rocketbot Anthology”, Joe Foo’s “Messed Up Fairy Tales”, and Kris Moore’s “Snack Attack” #2. I’ve done sketch cards for Cult-Stuff, March of Dimes, and Island Dreams.
I love character creation and character design. I have successfully completed the 30 Character Challenge in 2011 and 2012, and see no reason I can’t do it again in 2013.
My 2011 characters – http://plummypress.deviantart.com/gallery/35012393
My 2012 characters – http://plummypress.deviantart.com/gallery/40873360
My name is Mike R. Baker. I’m from Long Beach, California. My main interest is in children’s illustration. I mostly use pencil or pen, then color with gouache or in Photoshop. Some friends joined this challenge and it looked like fun so here I am. You can find me on Facebook or at my website. Good luck everyone.
This is Jenni “Mayberry” Berette- the post-apocalyptic flower child. When she was 8, she had acquired what was left of a book about gardening (which was written before the apocalypse). Ever since then she was been absolutely fascinated by the plants that had grown on the earth before everything went to crap. She holds a particular fascination with flowers above all else. Being an artist by nature, she often makes flower-shaped trinkets and jewelry out of whatever scrap she can find. She one days hopes to either be able to A.) sell her flower jewelry and B.) be able to see an actual flower in her lifetime.
And we’re off! Since today was rather busy on the day job front, I only have a pencil image today. In any event, please give a warm welcome to Danielle Kostra.
Danielle is a biologist, specializing in non-terrestrial arthropods. If it has an exoskeleton and no relations to Earth life, she wants to know everything about it. And, as one of dozens of biologists aboard the Concordat Grand Survey Ship Tyio-9, she is pretty much in her dream job. The Grand Survey’s mission is to explore every star in the galaxy, spending about a year in each. With close to 400 billion stars, that’s a lot of worlds… and a lot of bugs, crustaceans and other exoskeletal creatures that evolution can cook up.
Danielle herself is not Earth-born. She’s from Sapphire, a beautiful world orbiting the star Epsilon Indi, and colonized by one of Earth’s slow-ships. When humanity was inducted into the Concordat (a vast collective of over 70 races, some of them extremely advanced), they gained access to the FTL technology that allows other Concordat races to hop across the galaxy with the same ease modern commuters can jet around the world. Still, Danielle and her fellow humans do face some issues, as many of the younger Concordat members feel threatened by each new arrival. Prejudice and mistrust have caused more than their fair share of friction between humans and their new allies, and people like Danielle, working on the front line of the Concordat’s push into the galaxy, can sometimes be caught in the middle.
Though the devastation of the flood was remarkable, a lot of people had no choice to remain. Some lacked the money to make a significant move, others remained simply because this was where their job was. Edwin Michigan is a young man in the latter category; though a kind and empathetic young man, he isn’t the kind of person who willingly makes a major life change.
Mr. Michigan works for a taxi company, and up until the flood, he enjoyed it quite a bit. It was easy work, he was friends with the taxi service’s boss, and he got on well with the other employees. After the flood, however, stories began to circulate about the things that now happened down in the city after dark. And after a few nights, Edwin had more than his fair share of stories to tell.
Like museum curators that hear bumps in the night, or bed and breakfast proprietors with one specific room that nobody ever spends a full night in, Edwin dealt with the dead by making them part of his job. He catalogues the dead that hail his taxi, and occasionally, even manages to make a connection to the living. A taxi and its driver might not be the way people expect to connect with the dear departed, but for Edwin, it’s all about finding a comfort zone.
(Incidentally, I’m posting these both here, and on my art blog.)
Dezzie goes to Demon High, the long standing rival of neighbouring city’s Angel’s Charter School. She only looks tough, her bark is far worst than her bite. Mind you, her bite is pretty terrible. As a freshie, she must do her best to look as dis-interested in the world around her as possible, lest she be picked on and teased. As much as she hates her missing wing, at least it gives her cool cred.
This is Val. She is a Valravn of Nordic legend. A young girl caught up in a senseless war was killed and a raven ate her heart. The raven is transformed as the girl’s soul takes over, they become one and she becomes a knight dedicated to helping those caught up in war and violence all over the world. In raven form she travels. In human form she wears a hooded cape with army boots.
My oldest and most loyal character so far.
This is Little Red Ridding Hood – much less whiny. She took the path of wolf hunter and she more than pleased with her career.
Loraine is a princess without a kingdom. Both her and her sister (see day 2), lost their home and family on the same day and have been wandering the land looking for a home ever since.
Force to survive on the run, she has grown strong and is a powerful warrior. She prefers close combat and will fight with her fists when practical.
She can be a bit head strong and will pick fights when she shouldn’t. Fact is, there aren’t too many that can beat her in a fair fight and she’s made a lot of enemies. Mostly men that are embarrassed to be beaten by a girl.
It is something of an embarrassment to various World Security Organisations that various “10 Most Wanted” Lists contain the Duke of Cats, to the point where “Officially” no one knows the identity of this criminal mastermind, and he just has a blank space where his portrait should be. Governments don’t like to have a single domestic cat sitting alongside Warlords, Despots, Terrorists and Other-worldly threats. They feel doing so takes the seriousness out of the thing.
That being said, The Duke of Cats surely deserves his place on those lists – a criminal mastermind with enormous resources, both financial and political, who has come close to world domination on three separate occasions in the past twenty years, and would have succeeded in any of them if hadn’t been for a certain Gnome and Guinea Pug duo. He has armies of minions, both human and feline, and access to enormous funds. He is rumored to have numerous powerful figures on his payroll.
No one is really sure of his origins, as surely a hyper-intelligent talking cat should have some fairly obvious origin story, but as people can work out, he just has some aura to him that makes people take him seriously despite appearances.
Here’s my first 4 characters of the challenge! Let me know what you think!
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Melissa Silian got into an accident while riding on her scooter – she crashed into a car that drove past the red light and her left leg got stuck behind the back tire and in-between the chain. The cycle still worked and it cut her foot clean off. The person who she crashed at paid and constructed her a new fully-functioning (albeit metal) foot, which Melissa designed. She now helps out at his laboratory, designing and crafting all kinds of machinery, but mostly exoskeletons and other implants. Her story mainly focuses on her work and a love triangle between him, her and a third wheel who is necessary plot device.
She likes to wear different kinds of stockings on her right leg to ‘balance out’ her left leg. Melissa is also very much into music and almost never takes off her headphones – seen often asleep with them still on.