Monday, June 13, 2011

Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 9th Grade - Concept art

Been sitting on this for a couple of years now. Figured might as well let people see a bit of what we had been thinking for Supergirl's future as she enters the turbulent world of high school.

One of the things I would like to point out about these images is the evolution of Kara's design. When the first series was announced (along with an image never intended for the public) the common complaint was that our Supergirl was boyish. That she was rough looking. That she looked awkward and maybe even a little weird.

Eric could have drawn Supergirl as the epitome of style and grace. But that wouldn't have been our Supergirl. Our Supergirl was a character who needed to grow. She was overly self-aware, insecure and gangly, that's part of being a young teenager (particularly as younger teens see themselves from within) and therefore an important part of the storytelling.

I think with the slight changes to the artwork here we really begin to see Kara's self confidence manifest physically. This would have continued on a curve, all through 12th Grade. By the end (and there was a definitive end planned) 18 year old Kara would have looked like an adult - particularly because you watched her grow up.

I guess what I'm saying is: It's a mistake to expect a character to be perfect right out the gate. Where do you go from perfect? Perfect makes for boring storytelling and boring reading.

Ideally we would have similar development with the emotional status of the character. And I think we do see that evolution just over the course of the 8th Grade mini-series. It was a trend intended to continue.

We would have seen some similar evolution for Belinda and Lena - for at least as long as they were around. And if that sounds vaguely sinister, it probably is. Or maybe it really isn't. Hard to say.

Anyway, that's some Cosmic Adventures 9th Grade stuff for you. Otherwise, Eric and I have been very busy working on new things. We will be making an announcement as to what exactly that might be at this years San Diego Comic Con.
























If you want to see Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures continue, let DC Comics know.

21 comments:

  1. Aw, man. I SO wish this had happened. "8th Grade" was such a great comic.

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  2. I am so excited to see whats coming out! Wish I could see you guys at SDCC! :(

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  3. I cannot believe this didn't happen!

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  4. DC never actually said "no", just a succession of "we're considering it". So who knows what might happen. I figure the more noise there is asking for the series, better chance of it happening.

    Or at least, I doubt it can hurt the chances.

    http://www.dccomics.com/sites/dcletterspage/

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  5. Oh, just beautiful stuff. I'll be writing in.

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  6. Never send a message to the editorials before, but considering how much I LOVED the first mini i just had to

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  7. I discovered this stuff by chance via Bleeding Cool. My daughter has inherited my love of all things DC & this would have been perfect for her.

    I just ordered the 8th Grade one via Amazon, and am definitely writing to DC via your link right now!

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  8. You are making me cry here. We will make this happen, we will.

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  9. We sooo have to! =D

    Although wouldn't it be more effective if we wrote to them in the traditional "snail mail" way though? =/

    PS: I truly love 'em stylistic and just all so beautiful art intended for the sequel by Eric there man! B-D

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  10. All I can say is WOW!
    Your story ideas and Eric's artwork makes me want to read this REAL bad. I just love how Kara is drawn with her headband and glasses.
    I also love how she is exiting locker #252.

    To follow up on TalOs' idea, DC Comics can be reached via "snail mail" at:

    DC Comics
    1700 Broadway
    New York, NY 10019

    Another idea is ask DC personally at their booths and panels at any of the conventions they will attend this year.

    If I ruled the universe I would make your concept of Supergirl into an animated series.

    GENE

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  11. I want this to happen! I will crosspost.

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  12. Hey all. Thanks so much for the support, both on this blog and the many reposts I've seen. It means alot to both Eric and I.

    With any luck, DC will listen.

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  13. Sent a letter in via email 'cuz it deserves to be continued!-ealperin

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  14. Hi Mr. Walker. Hope you don't mind.

    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000218750130

    And yes, I know I wrote "time" instead of "team". Sorry.

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  15. The twition has 10 followers!? Sweet! Sign it you guys and gals and make a difference! Link: http://twitition.com/xx5nk

    -ealperin

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  16. Oh. My.

    Batman. The Boy With The Kryptonite Heart.

    The Locker of Solitude.

    Already send an email when the Facebook page went viral. Will buy copies for my nieces (and for me)!

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  17. My daughter has been waiting for this comic since the first series wrapped up. We would LOVE to get a chance to read the sequel.

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  18. After reading this post, I joined the Facebook group, sent a letter to DC and was prompted to write a brief piece on our blog called Comics for our Daughters.

    You can find it here: http://thebraveandtheold.blogspot.com/2011/08/wednesday-update-comics-for-our.html

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  19. Since http://www.dccomics.com/sites/dcletterspage/ now redirects to http://www.dccomics.com/batman is there another URL we can use or maybe someone We can email? Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade was so cute I'd love to read the sequel.

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  20. I come back here every month, just hoping that something has changed so that we'll get more. Ah well, I can dream.

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