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16 December 2008 @ 08:24 pm
Take A Chance: City of Heroes  

If there is a such thing in the world as a comic shop that actually puts its comics out on Tuesday, today is the official launch date for Take A Chance. Really, it’s probably tomorrow, but today is technically Publication Day.

In celebration, I’m posting a series of Chance icons I’ve done from issue #1, and some of the very first Chance sketches by Ardian Syaf (who, as we all know, has gone on to do brilliant things with Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files comic book!), along with some (very brief) character sketch notes about some of the major players.

As it happens, it seems that the comic shop I normally shop at will not have Chance in until after Christmas, which means I’m going to have to turn to you, my faithful readers, for pictures and reports of Chance In The Wild. I’ll figure out some kind of contest or prize or something for pictures posted in the comments thread here. :)

Everything else

Splash!

This (clicks through to a larger version) was pretty much the very first piece of Chance art I ever got from Ardian. It came with an apology for being late–he’d wanted to deliver something “a little more complete” than roughs, and so turned this and a fully complete page one in at what amounted to the last minute in my audition process. We changed the mask, but…there she was, large as life on my computer screen. It’s been just about three years since then and I still can’t quite get over it.

 

 

CHANCE

Another very early sketch. I think this was the first one Ardian did that wasn’t part of a page–just working to get the feel of the character as we threw around mask ideas. Chance isn’t superpowered: she practices two styles of martial arts and works out, and I wanted that to be part of her physicality. She’s not a fragile character (except maybe mentally), and the art reflects that, which makes me unendingly happy.

 

 

DETECTIVE DARIUS MURKOWSKI

I wanted Murkowski to, above all, have a solid, reassuring presence. I told Ardian he doesn’t necessarily actually *look* like Denzel Washington, but he’s got that kind of air about him. I believe it was when she saw this sketch that shadowhwk shook her head and said, “You and your cops” (which is totally fair: I’ve got quite a slew of cops in my fiction, and I’m not sure why), but I must say, when *I* saw this sketch I said, “Oh my God, I’ve got a crush on my own character.” Again, this was Ardian’s first sketch for the character, and he delivered what I was after.

 

 

TAZER

Clearly a name change here–Static, or Static Shock, at least, is a copyrighted character, so my electricity guy ended up being Tazer, which I’m perfectly happy with. He’s one of the new heroes: a character who’s developed superpowers and who feels he should be out Fighting Crime with them, even if he hasn’t got the foggiest idea how to fight. I asked for a bleach-blond Adrian Brody for this character, in part because (er, well, because I like big noses, actually, but it sounds better if I say) I wanted to avoid everybody having really perfect features the way they tend to in comics. The end result is I have a crush on Tazer, too. :)

 

 

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(x-posted from the essential kit)

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Evil Headdrivingblind on December 16th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
So! Awesome!
Brian: Horrible: Geniuslogrusboy on December 16th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
There is something to be said for outsourcing the art, I suppose. ;)
kit: chance_heroineaddictmizkit on December 17th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
Yeaaaaaaaaaaah. :)
Cally Beckeldestmuse on December 16th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Guess I'll have to take a break from buying Hellblazer comics and see if the local shop has this in :)
kit: murkowskimizkit on December 17th, 2008 08:15 am (UTC)
If they don't, order it! The problem with going with an independent publisher is not all comic shops will automatically order it, so it's a little harder to get it on the shelves where people will see it. Diamond order code is OCT08 4065F. I said helpfully. :)
Cally Beckeldestmuse on December 17th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
I've ordered stuff from the comic book guy before, if they don't have yours I definitely will ask him to get it in :)

And I'll write down that code to make it easier for him, since he's a really nice older gentleman who's been running this shop for ages in my area.
omegar: take a chanceomegar on December 16th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
i have been in need of a "take a chance" Icon for awhile, so i am going to use Number 23, i was going to take 9, but 23 is cooler :)

hmmm must wander the comic book stores of dublin looking for the comic, though i wonder if i will find it...
kit: chancemizkit on December 17th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
Sub City will theoretically have it after Christmas, but you should check Forbidden Planet, at least, and see if they've got it, cause I don't know! And yay for iconsnurching! :)
Trent the Uncatchable: comicsknappenp on December 16th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
I shall continue to use my favorite. For I know his name.
kit: staticmizkit on December 17th, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
You know, I can't even remember what issue we *learn* his name in.
wednesday childewedschilde on December 16th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
oooooo so much of the pretty!
sammywolsammywol on December 16th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
HOORAY! Breaks out streamers and 76 bloody trombones!
Ghost Lightghost_light on December 17th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Wow...
nuj on December 17th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
Oh, yay! I totally forgot it was this week! So when I go to my comic store on Thursday to get the goodies from my box, it should be there!

Yayay!
Kevenn: Kevenn Cute Grinkevenn on December 19th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
Hi, goth_huntress told me you were on here. I've been a Livejournal friend of hers for years.

I've been looking for a comic book with a strong female protagonist with great art that wasn't gratuitously cheesecake and well written. I've looked for something like this for months to supplement Fallen Angel in my reading. I came across the solicitation for you comic book in Previews and it sounded interesting. I've never read anything by you before.

I bought the issue this week and read it tonight. I can't tell you what an amazingly great read it was. I can't believe I got a whole story in one issue - with fantastic writing, intriguing characters and gorgeous, gorgeous art.

Thank you and your team for putting this book out. It is exactly what I've been looking for - and free of editorial interference that I've really been tiring lately. You guys did a wonderful job, and I hope to be able to read this comic for a long time to come. (Obviously, I'm hoping for more after the 5 issue miniseries.)
kit: chance_heroineaddictmizkit on December 19th, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
*dies happy*

You are the first person I _know_ who I didn't previously know (if that makes sense--somebody who hasn't read my stuff before) who's picked up the book. And what you got out of the book is so exactly what I was trying to put in that I am now just sitting here totally a-glow and beaming about it. I'm going to forward your comment on to my team. *beams* Thank you SO MUCH.

(And I very much hope you'll be able to read it beyond the 5 issue mini-series too. In a very ideal world, there'll be 48 or 60 issues. Let's hope the sales get us there!)
Kevenn: Kevenn Yummykevenn on December 19th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
Aw, I'm so happy to be that person. I can't tell you enough how much I loved the comic.

I also think that Dable Brothers did a really good job promoting it in Previews, giving it a big enough image to catch the eye. Also, whoever wrote the solicitation copy did a great job, because it told me enough to get interested in the book - giving me an idea of the character and how strong she was. The art was not gratuitous and very lovely. There were a lot of really good choices made in the promotions there - which is the only place that I noticed it.

I'm glad to hear of the long-term plans. I'll be sending my money at every issue as long as they're available. :)
kit: chancemizkit on December 19th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
*laugh* Thank you; I wrote the copy. :) And I was *thrilled* with the Previews ad. So big and shiny!

The artist, Ardian Syaf, is incredible. I discovered him through digitalwebbing.com, and he's since gone on to do the Dresden Files comic book for the Dabel Brothers.