100 Characters Challenge – #51 Black Flagon April 11, 2011 at 5:00 am
Here’s the first character on the other side of the hill. All downhill from here (meaning we’re cruising to 100, not a comment on quality).
RECAP: In November 2010, I participated in the 30 Characters Challenge and created 35 new characters. In December, I gave them all away (for the most part). I decided that one of my projects in 2011 would be to add to that list of 35 and, by December 2011, create 100 new characters total. Every Monday, I will post a new character. This is the sixteenth:
Let’s start at the beginning. A few months ago (sometime last year), Alan Moore (who doesn’t need an introduction) said that American comics have, more or less, become stagnant in the wake of Watchmen. Writer Jason Aaron took umbrage with this. There were a million replies and comments when these two hit the blogosphere, and a cultural firestorm ensued. I sat back and wondered what the big deal was. I am a huge fan of both writers, and I enjoy my yearly reread of Watchmen. But they’re just rejiggered Charlton characters…anyone can do that, right?
(I know what you’re going to say…it’s less about the characters and more about the story. You’re right. Please keep reading.)
Here’s your chance to write “Watchmen.” (Note the quotes…I’m not making up a group name so have at it.) I have come up with a group of characters that, if you’re so inclined, you can use as a version of the Watchmen. I’m not going to give you anything but their name and a simple description. Go with that and create.
Black Flag – dark patriot
NOTE: Due to weird HM usage rules, I’m not posting the images of the initial designs, so feel free to clicks the link to see them.
And, as promised, you are free to use this new open source character with this Creative Commons license:
Black Flag by Vito Delsante is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.vitodelsante.com.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.vitodelsante.com.
ARTISTS – If you’d like to take a swing at drawing Black Flag (daily sketch, etc), let me know so I can post your art here on the site!
#36: Effigy – aka, Christopher Sinclair
#37: Die Twenty
#38: The Gear(s)
#39: The Scout
#43: Agent Mummy
#45: Samhain (open source)
#46: Balor (open source)
#47: The Phantom Queen (open source)
#48: The Gaffer (open source)
#49: The Bloke (open source)
#50: The Bird (open source)
Next week, another Watchmen inspired character!
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