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Back Story or bust.

          How often have you attended a Comicon and ventured down the back half of the event? This is informally called the illustrator’s alley, or so I’m told. This is normally where all the independent writers and illustrators dwell. When I do attend, I like to see what folks are trying to put out. Some are nice, some are great, and some need to return to the drawing board and try it all from scratch. Just the other day I posted a sort of “what if” in one of my groups. like what if you were forced to explain your character at gunpoint in under one minute to see if the could do it. A few took the challenge and did pretty well explaining the who, what, when, and where of their concepts. I was really hoping for more but hey, we’re under this covid19 foolery so they may pop up later on in the month.                                                                              For the most part, whenever I do happen across a new character, I always ask the person posting to give me a back story of their creation. I do this for three reasons, 1. I love the creative concepts that illustrators and writers come up with. 2. To see if this particular character is worth the follow. 3. To see where the creator’s mindset is. Now, number 3 is hugely important. Why? because while the art may be outstanding, the lack of character stuffing may be out of place. What makes your character do what they do? How did they come to be in this state? I need details! This being said, if you are a new creator or even a seasoned one, a well-thought-out backstory will tell us about what you have created and the time you took to do it.

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