From Ape to Superspecies to Qwixotism…
Posted by Gui Girolmini
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…
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!
About Gui GirolminiCo-creator of the QWIXOTIC Webcomic, poet, philosopher and musical historian. A true fire sign that causes onlookers to squint. Viva la revolucion!
Posted on September 24, 2010, in Main Page and tagged action, anthropology, art, Arts, balboa, boxer, character, comic, comic book, comics, don quixote, environmental, Ewan McGregor, fantasy, future, hero, history, humankind, Johnny Depp, Man Who Killed Don Quixote, narration, Philosophy, poem, poetry, political, politics, quixotic, qwixotic, social, society, spent pencils, super hero, Terry Gilliam, vince sunico, web, web comic, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.