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mikthehick
03-26-2009, 01:22 PM
This was pretty fun

http://cpbintegrated.com/theherofactory/

I think I've got a new av....

County Mike
03-26-2009, 01:25 PM
This was pretty fun

http://cpbintegrated.com/theherofactory/

I think I've got a new av....


Hot! I'll have to try that out.

County Mike
03-26-2009, 02:35 PM
Here's mine:

http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v2596/157/21/507895185/n507895185_1698885_5193383.jpg

Primadawn
03-26-2009, 04:52 PM
Why does everything I do look dirty? I gave myself ANGEL wings for Pete's sake!

FYI: The site picks your "hero" name for you...:rolleyes:

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb286/Primadawn/MyHero.jpg

County Mike
03-26-2009, 05:16 PM
Why does everything I do look dirty? I gave myself ANGEL wings for Pete's sake!

FYI: The site picks your "hero" name for you...:rolleyes:

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb286/Primadawn/MyHero.jpg

I'd do you.
Since you're already damp.

Primadawn
03-26-2009, 05:32 PM
They should have had a shoe option. What kind of superhero can I be without shoes? At least they painted my toenails!

County Mike
03-26-2009, 05:35 PM
I got boots.

Crisco
03-26-2009, 06:04 PM
They should have had a shoe option. What kind of superhero can I be without shoes? At least they painted my toenails!

heals ftw

Mac
03-26-2009, 06:19 PM
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/MyHero1.jpg

CAVEMAN
03-26-2009, 06:26 PM
For some reason the website will not come up!:sad:

Jonlion
03-26-2009, 06:35 PM
http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg186/jonlion/MyHero1.jpg

Primadawn
03-26-2009, 06:44 PM
JON! You don't have a nose!:laugh:

Jonlion
03-26-2009, 07:27 PM
JON! You don't have a nose!:laugh:


Would love to tell you that was deliberate but alas i must of overlooked that!

I'll just have to be the amazing flat faced superhero!

Black Mamba
03-26-2009, 08:26 PM
I like mine. :D It will be my new siggie.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p230/toxicgas/MyHero.jpg

County Mike
03-26-2009, 08:43 PM
I like mine. :D It will be my new siggie.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p230/toxicgas/MyHero.jpg

Hubba hubba

Tyburn
03-26-2009, 08:49 PM
http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/460/myheroynq.jpg (http://img244.imageshack.us/my.php?image=myheroynq.jpg)

County Mike
03-26-2009, 08:53 PM
We should put our self-heroes into our sigs. Like our own forum Justice League.

Black Mamba
03-26-2009, 09:28 PM
That's a good idea. :cool:

VCURamFan
03-26-2009, 09:29 PM
http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs022.snc1/2646_600869281236_25508821_37024972_7074842_n.jpg

Primadawn
03-26-2009, 09:34 PM
You want me to put "Damp Condor" in my sig? I think not...

Bonnie
03-26-2009, 09:35 PM
You want me to put "Damp Condor" in my sig? I think not...

:laugh:

Bonnie
03-26-2009, 09:47 PM
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww102/bpetkov/CopyofMyHero.jpg

VCURamFan
03-26-2009, 09:51 PM
This website has some of the dumbest names for the heroes. I remade my guy like 5 times until I got a name that wasn't stupid.

County Mike
03-26-2009, 09:57 PM
This website has some of the dumbest names for the heroes. I remade my guy like 5 times until I got a name that wasn't stupid.

We're both Astonishing!

Black Mamba
03-26-2009, 09:58 PM
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww102/bpetkov/CopyofMyHero.jpg

I likey, that's a cool color combination. :cool: Strong and bold. And I like your whip too.

County Mike
03-26-2009, 10:00 PM
They should've changed up the poses, body-shapes a bit. I guess that would have been too much work though.

Bonnie
03-26-2009, 10:02 PM
I likey, that's a cool color combination. :cool: Strong and bold. And I like your whip too.

Thanks, Danelle! :)

Tyburn
03-26-2009, 10:06 PM
http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs022.snc1/2646_600869281236_25508821_37024972_7074842_n.jpg
:laugh: that is SO you! :laugh:

TexasRN
03-26-2009, 10:36 PM
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e219/TexasRN/avatars/MyHero2.jpg

Fun.


~Amy

NateR
03-26-2009, 11:17 PM
:blink:

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/Barada73/MyHero1.jpg

mikthehick
03-26-2009, 11:18 PM
Hey Nate, yours is pretty good....:laugh:

Spiritwalker
03-26-2009, 11:19 PM
Fun!

http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp224/daspiritwalker/shadow.jpg

Bonnie
03-26-2009, 11:26 PM
It's official, you're a hottie, Nate!

I love your colors! :cool:

NateR
03-26-2009, 11:51 PM
It's official, you're a hottie, Nate!

I love your colors! :cool:

And that was totally not what I was going for either. :laugh:

I was trying to make a character who looked tough enough to beat up Mac's Lumbering Brute. :rolleyes:

"The Pure Lumbering Brute vs. the Impossible Mad Hot Hottie!" :unsure-1: Sounds like the title of a comic book that you would find in one of those "alternative" bookstores.:unsure:

Tyburn
03-26-2009, 11:54 PM
:blink:

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/Barada73/MyHero1.jpg
well I always thought.... :ashamed:

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Nathan how on EARTH did you arrive at that...well...camp creation :huh:

:laugh: :laugh:

Mac
03-27-2009, 12:09 AM
I was trying to make a character who looked tough enough to beat up Mac's Lumbering Brute. :rolleyes:

:


NEVERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!! HA HA HA .

Bonnie
03-27-2009, 12:18 AM
And that was totally not what I was going for either. :laugh:

I was trying to make a character who looked tough enough to beat up Mac's Lumbering Brute. :rolleyes:

"The Pure Lumbering Brute vs. the Impossible Mad Hot Hottie!" :unsure-1: Sounds like the title of a comic book that you would find in one of those "alternative" bookstores.:unsure:

Has Matt seen it yet, and what did you do when you saw the title? :laugh:

mikthehick
03-27-2009, 12:22 AM
Maybe Matt H. can make his own character...

The caption would be "9 Time Welterweight Champion" for sure :w00t:

Like that site would totally recognize him....:wink:

NateR
03-27-2009, 12:36 AM
and what did you do when you saw the title? :laugh:

I just thought, " I HAVE TO post this one!" :laugh:

NateR
03-27-2009, 12:38 AM
Nathan how on EARTH did you arrive at that...well...camp creation :huh:

:laugh: :laugh:

I was trying to make it look like my actual superhero character:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/Barada73/Spaceman.jpg

mscomc
03-27-2009, 12:39 AM
Here is mine... i tried to do this "Green Lantern" rip off, i couldnt figure out what to do for the power ring so i just gave him a light saber....for anyone who knows the comic, i guess he can just use his "willpower" to make a light saber..........oooo boy i suck :laugh:

NateR
03-27-2009, 12:43 AM
Here is mine... i tried to do this "Green Lantern" rip off, i couldnt figure out what to do for the power ring so i just gave him a light saber....for anyone who knows the comic, i guess he can just use his "willpower" to make a light saber..........oooo boy i suck :laugh:

I totally get the Green Lantern vibe from him. :cool:

mscomc
03-27-2009, 12:46 AM
I totally get the Green Lantern vibe from him. :cool:

YESSSSSS..... i dont know why, but in my past experience, people always hate on the green lantern....i dunno why, it is such a cool character.

Oh an btw nate, if you dont mind me asking......how exactly do you post an image in a reply for everyone to see right away, instead of having to click a link and go somewhere else?

NateR
03-27-2009, 12:55 AM
YESSSSSS..... i dont know why, but in my past experience, people always hate on the green lantern....i dunno why, it is such a cool character.

Oh an btw nate, if you dont mind me asking......how exactly do you post an image in a reply for everyone to see right away, instead of having to click a link and go somewhere else?

You have to sign up for an image hosting account with a site like Photobucket. Then once you upload images to that, you just have to cut and paste the "IMG Code" that they provide for you directly into your post and the image will be displayed along with your message.

BTW, I've always like the Green Lantern. I just didn't like when they killed off Hal Jordan in the comic.

mscomc
03-27-2009, 12:59 AM
You have to sign up for an image hosting account with a site like Photobucket. Then once you upload images to that, you just have to cut and paste the "IMG Code" that they provide for you directly into your post and the image will be displayed along with your message.

BTW, I've always like the Green Lantern. I just didn't like when they killed off Hal Jordan in the comic.


Yeaaaaa, I totally hear you on that one. For me, i always liked Jordan and Jon Stewart, even though he was just a back-up, i NEVER liked kyle rayner or Guy gardner....just somethig about the way he looks :)

But in terms of some of the bad guys, THE RED LANTERNS....holy geeze, when those guys came into the picture, it was like the gorriest comics i had read.......they like eat flesh and blood like powers their rings....ITS CRAZY :w00t:

NateR
03-27-2009, 01:11 AM
Yeaaaaa, I totally hear you on that one. For me, i always liked Jordan and Jon Stewart, even though he was just a back-up, i NEVER liked kyle rayner or Guy gardner....just somethig about the way he looks :)

But in terms of some of the bad guys, THE RED LANTERNS....holy geeze, when those guys came into the picture, it was like the gorriest comics i had read.......they like eat flesh and blood like powers their rings....ITS CRAZY :w00t:

I haven't heard of the Red Lanterns, is that something new? I haven't read comics in over 15 years and I'm just now trying to catch back up.

Bonnie
03-27-2009, 01:15 AM
I've heard of the Green Lantern, but not the Red Lanterns.

Who is your "actual superhero", Nate? He's got a rocket on his back...Rocket Man? :huh:

NateR
03-27-2009, 01:25 AM
Who is your "actual superhero", Nate? He's got a rocket on his back...Rocket Man?:huh:

Spaceman Doug. :) No, seriously I haven't come up with a proper "superheroic" name for him yet. He does get the derivative name of Stump later in the story, though. Mainly because he's about 5' 5" and weighs over 600 pounds.

His superpowers were just super-strength (he can lift over 1000 tons over his head with moderate effort), super-endurance (he can run at a full sprint for up to 5 years before he starts to feel a little winded), super-speed (run up to 70 miles per hour), invulnerability (bulletproof, can withstand temperatures ranging from -10,000˚F to over 250,000˚F, can hold his breath for 20-30 years at a time). Y'know, the basic superhero stuff. :)

Here's another picture of Stump:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/Barada73/StumpySpace1.jpg

mscomc
03-27-2009, 01:29 AM
:laugh: I haven't heard of the Red Lanterns, is that something new? I haven't read comics in over 15 years and I'm just now trying to catch back up.



You havent heard of the RED Lanterns? oooooooo this is my chance :frantics:

Ok so, the Green Lantern as you know, are suppose to be this intergallactic police force, and the ring they use is one that makes use of the colour GREEN from the energy spectrum, and Green from this spectrum represents WILL, therefore, Green Lanterns power is limited only by the willpower of user.

But as in the real world, there is OPPOSITION. One of these groups, is the Red lantern Corps. Their rings utilize the Colour Red from the energy spectrum, and Red represents rage and hate. So these guys get their power bases on how mad and crazy they get. ANNNNNDDD, if they want a "boost", they consume like blood and flesh and stuff and it gives extra power to the ring.......these guys are real hellish looking.

There is also the Sinestro Corps. I don't know if you remember, but sinestro was a green lantern who was kicked out for bad behaviour basically. He formed his own Corps group that use YELLOW as the power source. Yellow is powered by FEAR....and the sintero corps really feel that to be a good police force, you need to instill fear into your enemy.....so they battle with the Green lantern all the time.

But the scarry thing is......they both fear the Red Lantern so much, they try an team up to beat them, i remembe reading one comic, where ONE RED LANTERN like masscared like 10 green lanterns in like a day. Heres a pic...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Atrocitus3.jpg


Oh and to answer your orginal question, yes they are pretty new in the series...man im rant sometimes, sorry..:laugh:

Bonnie
03-27-2009, 01:31 AM
Spaceman Doug. :) No, seriously I haven't come up with a proper "superheroic" name for him yet. He does get the derivative name of Stump later in the story, though. Mainly because he's about 5' 5" and weighs over 600 pounds.

His superpowers were just super-strength (he can lift over 1000 tons over his head with moderate effort), super-endurance (he can run at a full sprint for up to 5 years before he starts to feel a little winded), super-speed (run up to 70 miles per hour), invulnerability (bulletproof, can withstand temperatures ranging from -10,000˚F to over 250,000˚F, can hold his breath for 20-30 years at a time). Y'know, the basic superhero stuff. :)

Here's another picture of Stump:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/Barada73/StumpySpace1.jpg

Nathan, is that a "cauliflower" ear on him? :laugh:

mscomc
03-27-2009, 01:38 AM
Spaceman Doug. :) No, seriously I haven't come up with a proper "superheroic" name for him yet. He does get the derivative name of Stump later in the story, though. Mainly because he's about 5' 5" and weighs over 600 pounds.

His superpowers were just super-strength (he can lift over 1000 tons over his head with moderate effort), super-endurance (he can run at a full sprint for up to 5 years before he starts to feel a little winded), super-speed (run up to 70 miles per hour), invulnerability (bulletproof, can withstand temperatures ranging from -10,000˚F to over 250,000˚F, can hold his breath for 20-30 years at a time). Y'know, the basic superhero stuff. :)

Here's another picture of Stump:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/Barada73/StumpySpace1.jpg


Well friend, im afraid im going to have to go back to science geek on your superhero's powers..... im afraid -10,000 farhenheight is impossible to reach. The entropy of a system asymptotically reaches 0 at 0 kelvins, or -273.15 celcius...dubed ABSOULTE ZERO, at this point an atom would loose its magnetic spin, and quantum mechanics has shown there is always a strong nuclear force at play. So nothing can go below -237.15 (scientists at MIT have tried for 20 years, and they can only get to -237.14444995)

And in terms of 250,000 farhenheight, well that could combust the Oxygen in the atmosphere and light it on fire and we would all be gone....

HAHAHA, im just messing around man, lol. :laugh: Did you do that pic on your own? if so man, WOW. That is super impressive.

Llamafighter
03-27-2009, 01:39 AM
Spaceman Doug. :) No, seriously I haven't come up with a proper "superheroic" name for him yet. He does get the derivative name of Stump later in the story, though. Mainly because he's about 5' 5" and weighs over 600 pounds.

His superpowers were just super-strength (he can lift over 1000 tons over his head with moderate effort), super-endurance (he can run at a full sprint for up to 5 years before he starts to feel a little winded), super-speed (run up to 70 miles per hour), invulnerability (bulletproof, can withstand temperatures ranging from -10,000˚F to over 250,000˚F, can hold his breath for 20-30 years at a time). Y'know, the basic superhero stuff. :)

Here's another picture of Stump:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/Barada73/StumpySpace1.jpg
Awesome! what drawing software do you use?

NateR
03-27-2009, 01:52 AM
Well friend, im afraid im going to have to go back to science geek on your superhero's powers..... im afraid -10,000 farhenheight is impossible to reach. The entropy of a system asymptotically reaches 0 at 0 kelvins, or -273.15 celcius...dubed ABSOULTE ZERO, at this point an atom would loose its magnetic spin, and quantum mechanics has shown there is always a strong nuclear force at play. So nothing can go below -237.15 (scientists at MIT have tried for 20 years, and they can only get to -237.14444995)

And in terms of 250,000 farhenheight, well that could combust the Oxygen in the atmosphere and light it on fire and we would all be gone....

HAHAHA, im just messing around man, lol. :laugh: Did you do that pic on your own? if so man, WOW. That is super impressive.

Well, it's just more impressive to the ladies to use these unrealistically large numbers.:blink:

I think my basic point was to say that he can withstand the coldness of space and at the center of an exploding star with few ill effects.

And, yes, that's my drawing.

mscomc
03-27-2009, 02:00 AM
Well, it's just more impressive to the ladies to use these unrealistically large numbers.:blink:

I think my basic point was to say that he can withstand the coldness of space and at the center of an exploding star with few ill effects.

And, yes, that's my drawing.



ooo of but of course, i get it.... Sorry, i didnt mean to be a jerk... i can have a bit of warped sense of humor when i see "numbers", the nerd genes take over or something :laugh:

yeah but nonetheless.......That is an AMAIZING picture.

NateR
03-27-2009, 02:02 AM
Awesome! what drawing software do you use?

Well, it's mostly drawn with pencil on paper, then scanned into the computer and redrawn using Adobe Illustrator.

Here's a side by side comparison of the first picture, the original pencil drawing next to the Illustrator version:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/Barada73/spacemansidebyside.jpg

NateR
03-27-2009, 02:03 AM
ooo of but of course, i get it.... Sorry, i didnt mean to be a jerk... i can have a bit of warped sense of humor when i see "numbers", the nerd genes take over or something :laugh:

yeah but nonetheless.......That is an AMAIZING picture.

Don't worry about it.:) I'll have to keep that absolute zero thing in mind.

NateR
03-27-2009, 02:04 AM
Nathan, is that a "cauliflower" ear on him? :laugh:

Yes, he does have cauliflower ear. I haven't quite figured out what astronomical event would cause that to happen to him, but I'm sure there is an epic story in there somewhere.:laugh:

Llamafighter
03-27-2009, 02:26 AM
Yes, he does have cauliflower ear. I haven't quite figured out what astronomical event would cause that to happen to him, but I'm sure there is an epic story in there somewhere.:laugh:

Perhaps he was a college wrestler prior to the event that gave him his powers

Chuck
03-27-2009, 02:43 AM
http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s79/sixtoflorida/MyHero.jpg

Moose
03-27-2009, 02:53 AM
http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s79/sixtoflorida/MyHero.jpg

Edward Norton, is that you!?

Primadawn
03-27-2009, 03:00 AM
Ok fine. I put it in my sig even though it's ridiculous.

Although..Nate now holds the best hero name! :laugh:

Chuck
03-27-2009, 03:07 AM
Ok fine. I put it in my sig even though it's ridiculous.

Although..Nate now holds the best hero name! :laugh:

Yeah but you have the nicest set of.................... wings?? :)

mikthehick
03-27-2009, 03:33 AM
Dawn I think your hero is hot!

Yall I'm not going to take credit for this, my best friend from fourth grade, Jenny, found this site. She's up studying anthropology up at Columbia University in NYC. My friends are smart :wink:

Bonnie
03-27-2009, 04:12 AM
Yes, he does have cauliflower ear. I haven't quite figured out what astronomical event would cause that to happen to him, but I'm sure there is an epic story in there somewhere.:laugh:

What is your superhero's day job/profession?

NateR
03-27-2009, 05:15 AM
What is your superhero's day job/profession?

Well, his ancestors originated on Earth, but he's actually from the other side of the galaxy and he gets stranded on Earth kind of by accident. So he doesn't have a secret identity or any reason to try to live a "normal life." I'm actually working on a comic book for him and I might try to find some way to self-publish it.

Bonnie
03-27-2009, 06:15 AM
Well, his ancestors originated on Earth, but he's actually from the other side of the galaxy and he gets stranded on Earth kind of by accident. So he doesn't have a secret identity or any reason to try to live a "normal life." I'm actually working on a comic book for him and I might try to find some way to self-publish it.

I'd love to see how you develop him, Nathan, how you bring it all together. Let me know if you get it self-published and I'll be one of the first to buy a copy.

When we first moved here, I took one of those 4-6 week courses, "How to Write a Romance Novel". Now don't laugh. People don't realize how hard it is to develop a character, the background, plot, sub-plot and secondary characters, etc... It was fun, but hard. So I'm very much interested in your story for Stump. :cool:

Llamafighter
03-27-2009, 12:13 PM
Well, his ancestors originated on Earth, but he's actually from the other side of the galaxy and he gets stranded on Earth kind of by accident. So he doesn't have a secret identity or any reason to try to live a "normal life." I'm actually working on a comic book for him and I might try to find some way to self-publish it.

Be careful or Tom Cruise might start worshipping him:)

I think the comic is a great idea. If you want after you write it I can cover East Coast sales (go store to store in NY and try and sell it). There's a store close to me that sells a lot of original stuff.

County Mike
03-27-2009, 12:48 PM
Ok fine. I put it in my sig even though it's ridiculous.

Although..Nate now holds the best hero name! :laugh:

I took mine out of the sig, just because it's so big. I like how your top has the red emblem and then it turns into a tattoo on your chest. Now THAT's cool.

Moose
03-27-2009, 01:18 PM
When we first moved here, I took one of those 4-6 week courses, "How to Write a Romance Novel". Now don't laugh. People don't realize how hard it is to come up with substitutes for the phrase raging erection, other names for parts of the human anatomy, etc... It was fun, but hard. So I'm very much interested in your story for Stump. :cool:

Fixed.

NateR
03-27-2009, 04:33 PM
I'd love to see how you develop him, Nathan, how you bring it all together. Let me know if you get it self-published and I'll be one of the first to buy a copy.

When we first moved here, I took one of those 4-6 week courses, "How to Write a Romance Novel". Now don't laugh. People don't realize how hard it is to develop a character, the background, plot, sub-plot and secondary characters, etc... It was fun, but hard. So I'm very much interested in your story for Stump. :cool:

It is very difficult to build a story from scratch. There are big decisions that must be made early on and can't be changed easily afterward (for instance, am I going to tell this story in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person?).

I designed Stump back in 1993 and had a basic story worked out by 1997. However, I didn't come up with an origin for the character, that I was happy with, until 2005. So there's been a lot of false starts, but I've decided that I've had the character running around in my head for 16 years, I need to let him out sooner rather than later.:)

Did you ever get your romance novel written?

Bonnie
03-27-2009, 04:46 PM
Fixed.

:rolleyes:

There are different catagories/sub-genres within the "romance" genre: paranormal, fantasy, suspense/mystery, contemporary, inspirational (christian), regency, historical, erotica, etc...

Hmmm...I'm thinking I definitely have a lock on which "target market" you fit into, Moose. :laugh:

Bonnie
03-27-2009, 05:31 PM
It is very difficult to build a story from scratch. There are big decisions that must be made early on and can't be changed easily afterward (for instance, am I going to tell this story in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person?).

I designed Stump back in 1993 and had a basic story worked out by 1997. However, I didn't come up with an origin for the character, that I was happy with, until 2005. So there's been a lot of false starts, but I've decided that I've had the character running around in my head for 16 years, I need to let him out sooner rather than later.:)

Did you ever get your romance novel written?

No, we only got so far in class and so my characters and story weren't fully developed. I was hoping they would offer more classes (with the same teacher), but they discontinued it. Like you said, there is a lot you have to think about and work out at the beginning from that "blank" page. But, I haven't given up on it. :) I really like the "suspense/mystery" sub-genre. I like a good solid story with the romance built in at the appropriate time.

I hate books where the characters meet on page 5, are having sex by page 7 and are madly in love after five days of knowing each other. So unreal! :rolleyes: Probably the kind of "simple" plot Moose is thinking of. :wink:

You talk like a "writer" when you say you have to "let him out..." They use to have this huge "national" convention of writers in Beaumont (where I'm originally from) every year and I got to go one year. They would get different authors from different genres (romance, western, sci-fi, etc...) to come and give lectures/seminars on their specific genre. They talked about writing, the stumbling blocks, the rejections, and the triumph of getting their first book deal.

These authors, of course, were all published (Nora Roberts and William Johnstone to mention two) and hard core about their writing. William Johnstone talked about how he would sequester himself away on his property and all he would do is write. His family knew not to disturb him during this time. Anyway, all of them had that "character" inside their head that they just had to get out. It was fascinating. At the end of the three days, they had a greet/meet and you could talk with them. They were all so friendly and couldn't wait to talk to you about the subject, their books and characters. For them, their characters are very "real" people.

It sounds like you've developed your story quite a bit and got past those initial stumbling blocks of starting from scratch. I don't know how it works with comics but in other writing, you have to "grab" the reader right from the start. You know, get them to want to turn the page. Just thinking about it, it seems doing a "hero" comic might be even harder than other genres because you really are creating this "fantasic" character. I can't wait to see him on the page, Nate. :cool:

Btw, I met Nora Roberts (her books are everywhere now) at that convention I mentioned. She was the "only" author I met that did not come off so friendly. Turns out several years later when I took this course, my teacher knew her and said she was super nice. Go figure! Anyway, my teacher was telling us how her and Nora Roberts were down in Florida at a convention and just so happens while they were there, a body comes floating up on the beach. My first thought was, "Wow!" that would make a great opening to a story... :laugh:

Tyburn
03-27-2009, 05:52 PM
1993
1997.
2005.


So which do you date his Creation from :ninja:

NateR
03-27-2009, 06:42 PM
No, we only got so far in class and so my characters and story weren't fully developed. I was hoping they would offer more classes (with the same teacher), but they discontinued it. Like you said, there is a lot you have to think about and work out at the beginning from that "blank" page. But, I haven't given up on it. :) I really like the "suspense/mystery" sub-genre. I like a good solid story with the romance built in at the appropriate time.

I hate books where the characters meet on page 5, are having sex by page 7 and are madly in love after five days of knowing each other. So unreal! :rolleyes: Probably the kind of "simple" plot Moose is thinking of. :wink:

You talk like a "writer" when you say you have to "let him out..." They use to have this huge "national" convention of writers in Beaumont (where I'm originally from) every year and I got to go one year. They would get different authors from different genres (romance, western, sci-fi, etc...) to come and give lectures/seminars on their specific genre. They talked about writing, the stumbling blocks, the rejections, and the triumph of getting their first book deal.

These authors, of course, were all published (Nora Roberts and William Johnstone to mention two) and hard core about their writing. William Johnstone talked about how he would sequester himself away on his property and all he would do is write. His family knew not to disturb him during this time. Anyway, all of them had that "character" inside their head that they just had to get out. It was fascinating. At the end of the three days, they had a greet/meet and you could talk with them. They were all so friendly and couldn't wait to talk to you about the subject, their books and characters. For them, their characters are very "real" people.

It sounds like you've developed your story quite a bit and got past those initial stumbling blocks of starting from scratch. I don't know how it works with comics but in other writing, you have to "grab" the reader right from the start. You know, get them to want to turn the page. Just thinking about it, it seems doing a "hero" comic might be even harder than other genres because you really are creating this "fantasic" character. I can't wait to see him on the page, Nate. :cool:

Btw, I met Nora Roberts (her books are everywhere now) at that convention I mentioned. She was the "only" author I met that did not come off so friendly. Turns out several years later when I took this course, my teacher knew her and said she was super nice. Go figure! Anyway, my teacher was telling us how her and Nora Roberts were down in Florida at a convention and just so happens while they were there, a body comes floating up on the beach. My first thought was, "Wow!" that would make a great opening to a story... :laugh:

Well, comic book have traditionally been considered a "disposable medium." Up until the 1970s, not a lot of thought was put into the individual storylines. If you read some of the old comics from the 1960s, you can see that they were essentially writing on the fly without putting much thought into the characters or the logic of the events. You can even find major mistakes that would never have been overlooked if the stories had gone through the simplest of rewrites (in Amazing Spider-Man #2 from 1962, Spider-Man is actually referred to as "Superman" by one of his villains.)

Nowadays, though, one issue of a comic will run about $3.99 (versus $0.12 back in the 60s), so people demand more detailed, polished and fleshed out storylines and characters. Unfortunately, the trade off is that stories that would have been told in one issue of a comic in the 60s can take up to 3 or 4 issues of modern comics.

However, the level of writing is still not up to the level to justify $12-16 for a story that would have only cost you 12 cents 40 years ago. Most of that is just due to the fact that the writing, while more detailed, is still rushed by publishing schedules.

So, I'm working towards a mini-series that will have an overarching plot line, but each issue will also have it's own self-contained story, that isn't necessarily related to the greater story. I would rather have one 4-6 issue mini-series that people can read over and over again and discover new details each time, than to put out 100 rushed issues with forgettable characters and stories. Which is why it was so important for me to actually flesh out Stump's origin and not just make it up as I go along (a mistake that a lot of comic book writers make).

It's taken me 16 years so far, but it took J.R.R. Tolkien over 20 years to write Lord of the Rings (to his defense, there was a little thing called World War 2 distracting him), so I'm not doing too bad.:)

NateR
03-27-2009, 06:46 PM
So which do you date his Creation from :ninja:

1993, because the basic look and name for the character hasn't changed since then. The biggest difference is his height, which started out as 4' 3" but was eventually raised to around 5' 5" or 5' 6" (roughly Sean Sherk's height, maybe a little shorter).

Also the basic story of his appearance on Earth hasn't changed. He came crashing to Earth like a meteor in 1993 and that's pretty much what happens to him in the current story.:laugh:

Crisco
03-27-2009, 06:46 PM
I love LOTR :)



War Stump!

Moose
03-29-2009, 12:35 AM
:rolleyes:

There are different catagories/sub-genres within the "romance" genre: paranormal, fantasy, suspense/mystery, contemporary, inspirational (christian), regency, historical, erotica, etc...

Hmmm...I'm thinking I definitely have a lock on which "target market" you fit into, Moose. :laugh:

Sorry, I had no clue. Inspirational romance? I can see why it's considered 'fiction'.