Monthly Archives: September 2010

From Ape to Superspecies to Qwixotism…

The more I see our work come to life in the form of sketches, and then finally finished product, the more it thrills me exploring Qwynn’s dark nature. It’s critical that our girl’s atypical anthropology “shine” through and onto every image, and yes, she’s Balboa-esque indeed! All of that is evident in the last sketch posted by my partner and co creator Shah. The “South paw boxer” reference ties into her tenacity, the slabs of meat will in her case be living and not frozen. :O

Tenacious also ties in to another of Qwynn’s traits…being quintessentially Quixotic, redefining the meaning of the word beyond it’s synonyms of fanciful, fantastic and imaginary.

Quixotic? What does it mean literally?

Here is the answer, as non dry as possible, and hopefully it doesn’t read like a text book…

Quixotic
[kwik-sot-ik]

-adjective
1. (sometimes initial capital letter) resembling or befiting Don Quixote.
2. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical or impracticable.
3. impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

So QWIXOTIC, that’s what we call it, is our alternate take on current society. It’s social/political/environmental events. It’s decisions, regrets and consequences…everything, taken decades into the future. Qwixotic represents a  pseudoanthropological tale, a world that in a way, revolves around Qwynn…she is a sun unaware it’s radiating to things around it, she is an infringment onto life and humankind itself, she’s like the anti-host, if you will. But sometimes play things grow weary of their roles and lash out, and if some just want to see the world burn, others just want to be left alone in it, burning or otherwise.

References in the Qwixotic universe to the past will indeed be our present, as well as our past (make sense? lol). So stepping back in time to the year 2007, I’d like to share with you a poem I wrote as a direct result of talks with Shah, when QWIXOTIC was merely a plethora of tiny ideas swimming in our brainfluid. The idea of a female character having suffered trauma caused by her abilities + this volatile, crushing world trying to crawl it’s way back up to the top of the food chain, was overwhelming; I found myself  overloaded and stumbling.  How do you get into the head of this female lead and write about it? I started with poems to arrange thoughts/ideas/notes. Below is one example of many, used throughout this creative and mind bending, ongoing process:

When the white moth flutters
deliberately by me,
on the concrete steps,
the breeze burdens its movements

Perhaps I think to swat at it,
if it could,
it would embrace me,
penetrate or devour me
leaving behind blunt object of affection

The hornet in its dwelling
nests on guard
and weary of me,
it knows to probe me,
to sting me is better.

IT became easier to write short, character thoughts, or “splashes of thoughts” as practice before simply scripting pages without direction. Above is an example of Qwynn alone in her head, She considers what she is, versus how she is percieved. Evedence of a dark nature [Qwynn’s]  was taking shape as early as 2007.  That nature is present in Vince’s interpretation of our girl Qwynn…BTW her hood, the way it sits on her in the last posting…to me it looks like her cowl…and not unlike a bat . Lol. Kudos to Vince on that 😉

Still awake? Just wanted to give you a little insight on how our minds work, and what lead to us finally being able to present QWIXOTIC  to you, in all it’s soon to come glory.

I’m Stoked to see and to share with you our next step!

ROCK’d out QWYNN…

Huh, I surprise myself by actualy maintaining a schedule and posting this exactly a week after my previous update. This punctuality thing feels strange, I can feel the seconds ticking away on my wristwatch!! ( it’s digital, and I don’t wear a watch. 😐 )

But like promised last week, I give you yet another awe-mazing sketch of our title character QWYNN, done by artist VINCE SUNICO.

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I love the tone of this sketch, not to mention that it reminds me of Rocky Balboa. This is a great contrast to last week’s sketch of QWYNN in action. Here we get to see her a li’l calm. Well that is if ‘brooding’ can be considered calm. Again Vince captures her dark nature in a sketch where’s she’s not doing much. It’s a great representation of our girl. Let me know what you all think.

In the next few weeks we should be seeing the launch of the official QWIXOTIC web comic site, along with the debut issue, which is ALL QWYYN. *giddy*

Coming up next week though, we’ll actually see sketches of another big character(s) revealed from the QWIXOTIC Universe. And this will actually tie right into the first issue as well. So stay tuned peeps.

Kick-ass new sketch of QWYNN…literally!

So last time I did mention some upcoming art work of QWIXOTIC from Vince. Lo and behold, here we are with a brand new, kick-assingly awesome sketch of our girl QWYNN. I’ll give you a moment to take it all in.

Qwynn kicking ass!

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Done? OK. So now, the greatest thing about Vince is that he’s able to fully understand and visualize what we initially told him about this character. You can see in this sketch (cool as it is) that her aggression is so apparent and even feral, which is in complete keeping with her style and moods. Even her stance goes with the fighting style that QWYNN adopts.  (you’ll see 😉 )

I’ve had a journalist friend of mine tell me that, she’d like to be like QWYNN when she grows up. Now a role model is the last thing we’d imagine her to be; we are by no mean Joss Whedon and QWYNN is no Buffy. But at the same time, who am I to stop such steamrolling of acceptance from BLOG posts alone?

Make sure to leave me your thoughts on this sketch and subscribe to the BLOG for more art work. No really, I’ll have a new one for you next week. 😉

– Shah