I honestly don’t understand artists who give all their characters the same face and body. This is the most fun thing. Diversity is fun and cool to make and read!
So, if my Patreon gets up to $1500, I debut a second regular webcomic. I’ve been working on these characters since 2011, and I’ve finally figured out enough of this story to actually work on it as a comic (instead of the novel I got 50,000 words into before I decided it’d work better as a comic). I’ve also more or less figured out how I want to draw everybody.
The story is about Anna, a fortune teller with the Samson Brothers Circus, trying to figure out who murdered her knife-throwing twin sister, Kat, whose ghost is restless. Soon after the murder, other members of the circus, all of whom are suspects, begin developing strange mutations, which ringmaster and circus owner Jebediah Tetanus is all too happy about. It takes place in a loose version of post Civil War America as the circus train traverses the country. It’s not steampunk, though there are some anachronisms. (No goggles and no airships, gears on trains not hats.) It’ll be for an audience of teen and up, mostly for violence. It is a supernatural murder mystery, after all.
I just hit 20,000 followers. If 8% of you gave me $1, the goal would be met and you would get to read this series. That’s entirely do-able. So consider checking out my Patreon!
A quick doodle of a character in a novel I’ve been working on for the past year. Needed to get her more concrete in my head. She’s big and tall, with a squeaky little girl voice. She’s a warm and caring person who falls in love too easily and men take that for granted. She works in a circus as a snake charmer, but she’s developed allergies to snakes so she isn’t sure about her future.
Knife thrower’s assistant
Lately I’ve been working again on my story about the circus fortune teller and her ghost knife-throwing sister and this is so perfect for helping me visualize things. Yay! (Almost 20,000 words into this novel, holy cow!)
Jebediah Tetanus (30 Characters Challenge #16)
The ringmaster of the circus that Anna and Katerina work in. I didn’t plan on him being a big part of the story, but as I wrote his first appearance, he nudged his way into a bigger part. So I’m not quite sure about who he is yet. I will say, he’s a good guy, and looking to be one of Anna’s biggest allies in investigating her sister’s murder.
His parents were acrobats, and he was all set to be one himself, a tightrope walker, but an accident with an elephant left him with a bum leg. So now he runs a circus instead.
When I developed him, I had this brief internal conversation along the lines of:
"Your story is set in 1890. You can’t have a black ringmaster in a mainstream circus."
"Fuck that. There’s magic and monsters and airships and rudimentary computers and ghosts. I’m pretty sure a black ringmaster is not more fantastical than those things."
"Oh, you’re right. Carry on."
I figure steampunk is pretty much escapist fantasy. It’s not really bound to real-world history and attitudes. Race, sex, sexuality, etc. is not really gonna be a big deal in this setting. They’ve got bigger monsters to fight.
I’m pretty sure I’m not gonna be able to come up with 14 more characters in the next day and a half, so this “30 character challenge” was failed by me, but it was fun trying!
It happens in the first chapter! It’s not really a spoiler.
Well… I’m writing this story. Prose with illustrations, 10-20k words or so. I loved her too much to let her sit around.
I am learning about trains!
All I have to say about that is that it’s gonna be a sexless marriage, what with her being asexual and all. But she’s a very cunning linguist in the literal sense, so she’ll be entertaining company.
This particular character isn’t, but I do have plans for a few.