Jan 13 2011

Mr. Crowley’s Second Review Forum

Published by at 5:34 pm under Review Forums

I’m writing a series I really need to pan out a bit, with characterization and the such. It’s a team of normal people (Challengers of the Unknown-esque) who go on very Silver Age-style stories of weird monsters and time travel. It’s more of a fun comic.  I’ve recently come to respect Silver Age weirdness and would like to write stories with a possible overarching plot, but with comic-to-comic plots that last 1 to 2 issues before resolution.

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8 Responses to “Mr. Crowley’s Second Review Forum”

  1. Mr. Crowleyon 20 Jan 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Alright, here goes.

    Im going to use several silver age tropes, such as aliteration in character names, secret bases and, as mentioned above, general wierdness. Also talking gorillas…just because.

    Characters:
    James “Shemp” Johnson, basically starts as how I used to feel about the silver age, pointing out the absurdity in some things, like how in the hell can there be a 200 foot iguana in the city. But eventually just decides to go with it, more like how I am now.
    Silvia “Blondie” Siveen, medical doctor and the one who keeps the peace when the other characters get a bit angry. She is more willing to forgive and forget.
    Bob “Bob” Bronks, Mechanic and former navy SEAL, The guy who carries the big guns but is very collected most of the time. I want a big guy on the team, but also want to prove that “Manly man” and “Loud Womanizing Jackass” arent the same thing.
    Steve “Marx” Seagle, Dangerously genre savvie and the only one who doesnt really have a problem with any of the things happening around him. Fast with a joke but quick to apologize in case of insult.

    I really want them to have some kind of base but I dont know what it should be. I like the idea of a lighthouse, but it seems way to similar too Challengers, which is, of course my main inspiration, but I dont really want to be seen as stealing off of them.

    And as for the gorillas…I really cant explain that, everythings better with Monkeys?

  2. Contra Gloveon 20 Jan 2011 at 6:26 pm

    As for a secret base, how about a “thicket of solitude” or other forested area?

    Another good idea is placing it underground to escape detection by supervillains and satellites.

    In one episode of “Sheep in the Big City,” the military personnel chasing the sheep had a “secret military bakery.” Similarly, you could hide your heroes in a legitimate place of business — say, a laundromat, take-out shop, karate dojo, grocer, etc.

    Hope this helps.

  3. B. Macon 20 Jan 2011 at 6:50 pm

    “Everything’s better with Monkeys?” Except for Sportscenter, sadly.

  4. Mr. Crowleyon 20 Jan 2011 at 7:20 pm

    How about an underground base reached by several points in the city? A phone booth elevator, bakery stair case entry, sewer escelator, etc.

  5. Contra Gloveon 20 Jan 2011 at 7:43 pm

    @ Mr. Crowley

    Those would work splendidly. Glad I could be of assistance.

  6. Mr. Crowleyon 25 Jan 2011 at 7:09 pm

    All right, im having trouble with story ideas. Ive only been used to planning limited series’, with a begining middle and end, and thats it, and its kind of frightening to think of the fact that Im writing a ongoing series now, with unlimited scope and potential and having to keep introducing the highest quality I possibly can and its blocking my ability to think of anything. Help.

  7. Nicholas Caseon 25 Jan 2011 at 8:39 pm

    My tip, spend every moment you have free to think of one scene you would want the main character to have, toss some people in if you want! You don’t have to know exactly who they are, just develop them. That’s how I do it.

  8. Mr. Crowleyon 29 Jan 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks Nicholas, Ive been doing just that. I thought of a few things Id like to do. I’d like to do a romance between Bob and Blondie.
    A side character introduced called Dr. Blue, who’s stuck in a blue jump suit that teleports, and he designs new things and is VERY eccentric.
    Lastly I’d like to do a story that takes place on a massive multiple universe scale (like Crisis on Infinite Earths, but without the universes collapsing or a continuity reboot.) where a being who may or may not be god is ravaging the multiverse and Dr. Blue reveals hes from the current earth the being has set its eyes on, and came here to help the team get prepared. Also that he is an alternate universe version of Steve.

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