atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#590: It's hard to draw well when you're laughing.

I did some work on character designs for SubaruCo.

First I worked out the names of the Seven Sisters. Sayoko was a given, of course. I still have to translate the other six into Japanese, but they came out: Faith, Hope, Charity, Mercy, Truth, and Chastity.

And as I drew, it rapidly became obvious that the girls' personalities are going to be the opposite of their names.

Faith was drawn "straight", with a cross at her neck, but a sly expression. Hope ended up with a dull, glum look on her face. Charity? Charity has her back to the reader, is looking over her right shoulder with a selfish expression on her face and a wad of bills in one hand. And then I drew Mercy.

I couldn't stop laughing.

Mercy is looking down at the reader with this psychotic grin on her face, as if saying, "Now you're really going to get it!"

Truth looks sly, and Chastity is a raging slut with hickey on her neck.

Now I need to find the Japanese equivalents for those names.

*

By the way, in my earlier entry on SubaruCo I mentioned that I thought there was another series? There is.

I don't have a name for it. The story is about a present-day guy who finds a mysterious coffin-sized crystal sarcophagus that contains a beautiful young woman. This and that happens and the thing opens, and the girl wakes up, and it turns out that she's an Atlantean princess from about 16,000 years ago.

The story is about her adjusting to life in our world and about some of the things that crop up from her world, in the past. It's meant to be a love story with a SF twist on it.

But I cannot remember if I even came up with a title for it.

The girl's name is Cassile. She's an expert in antiquities, like her father. Atlanteans rule the Earth; some 8,000 years before she was born, there had been a big war between Atlantis and Mu to determine who would have to leave Earth, because both civilizations had decided that Earth wasn't big enough for both of them. Mu lost and went to Selene, the Earth's moon; and Mu and Atlantis then settled into a peaceful coexistence. But both worlds maintained masses of weapons, because there had been long times of peace before which ended abruptly with surprise attacks.

The Chrysalis was found on Selene when Mu was building its first city there; Cassile's father thinks he can noodle out some of its technology. Cassile goes to Mu to retrieve it; but just after she and her pilot take off from Mu, there is a research accident.

Some scientists are experimenting with a device which is supposed to damp out nuclear reactions, but there is a mistake and it instead sets off every nuke on that side of Mu--and every nuclear fission reactor on the planet goes super-critical as well, leading to multiple meltdowns. The resulting cataclysm sets off Mu's automated response system and all the world's remaining nukes are launched at Earth.

Cassile's shuttle, now severely damaged, can't make a quick reentry and land safely before its life support system shuts down. The pilot thinks he can make it if Cassile gets into the chrysalis and activates it; the life support system will last long enough if only one person is breathing. Otherwise, they'll both die. Cassile has faith in her father's abilities as a scientist, so she gets into the thing; it auto-activates and seals her in.

Her father spends the rest of his life trying to get her out, to no avail, and about a thousand years later the mortally-wounded Atlantean civilization falls into barbarism. The Dark Age lasts until the distant descendants of the Atlanteans found the earliest civilizations we have on record.

Cassile sleeps through all this.

But the chrysalis that Cassile is in isn't the only one....

*

Cassile has a computer crystal at her throat, something that makes our most powerful computer look like an abacus. (Like less than an abacus.) She uses it to learn English, and to make a similar machine for the main character, whose name I haven't worked out. Other interesting things happen. The end result is a series set during a time when modern-day archaeologists are discovering that Atlantis really existed, and that there are plenty of artifacts and...things...left over from that time.

The main character is an Iowa farm boy who had planned on doing something with his life, but who has ended up being trapped on the farm by his own sense of familial duty (think George Baily from It's a Wonderful Life, only without being such a jerk).

...but I cannot remember the damn title. Maybe I hadn't come up with one.

I suck at coming up with titles for my prose works. Most of the time I just call 'em [Title] until I think of something, while writing the story. Since getting into drawing manga, though, I've found that titles generally come to me while I'm working out the premises and characters for the series.

This series is the second one I've come up with which relies on myths about Atlantis and Mu--Magical Angel Selene is the other one; it's main character, Chuck Larsen, is the reincarnation of Selene, an Atlantean princess from about 11,000 years ago. (Different timeline than the one Cassile's from.)

Cassile was like 59th in line for the throne, where Selene was within the top 5. But I just like the phrase "Atlantean princess"; besides, being royalty gives the character another source for antagonists.

I don't believe the myths about Atlantis, but as a romantic notion it's dynamite--it works well as part of a foundation for a story.

(BTW, it's pronounced CAH-SEE-LEH.)

So, instead of five series, there are indeed six, and I still don't have any time to draw so much as any two of them. Argh.
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