Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Researching the unknown .. with Professor Mentia
Before reading the following paragraphs telling of the plotting of this caption, please look at the actual caption and try to figure out how I came up with what I did.
This is another one of those captions that came out after I "went through the motions" of making something the other day. I had gotten a caption from a Haven newbie, and I thought it was pretty good. I am not a big fan of steampunk and fantasy stories, but it was quite well done and I LOVE the aesthetic of steampunk fashion.
When looking at her preferences, she was well within the realm of what she had created for me, so I had to step up my game. I know of Dr. Who, though what I know is mostly in a Pop Culture sense. I've never watched more than 5 minutes of any show, and the one I think of when someone says "Dr. Who" is that dude with the afro from the late 70's. Tom Baker is his name I think.
Anyway, I had an idea to take what I thought he was, mix it with a movie I'll mention in the next paragraph, and sort of merge it with John Audobon. I've been reading up on his life, and the idea occurred to me that it'd make a great idea for a story ... research for a compendium of magical entities. My character would be that mixture of Dr. Who and John Audobon sort, in the manor of Sherlock Holmes, who definitely needs a sidekick ala Watson. The best way to do that is have someone that is impartial and unbiased .. hence where Suzy comes in.
What fully got me into this plotline is the goggles. When I saw them, I thought about Ghostbusters and the P.K.E. meter device. The lenses are green, and the green meter represents paranormal substances. In my mind, I combined the P.K.E. meter and the Ectogoggles into one device (much more stylish goggles too!) which Suzy can use now that she's fully female.
That tied all my thoughts together. A traveller, reasearching the magical world, and where it intersects into our real world ... gadding about and having fun. Now that I look at it like that, perhaps there is a bit of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in their as well. Anyway, I am not adverse to revisiting this avenue again if need be, and mostly if I can find pictures that work for it.
What shocked me though was the response. People that I respect on the Haven seemed to really enjoy it. Maybe it is due to the quality of the "source material" but it went over MUCH better than I expected.
DISCUSSION QUESTION: If I decide to continue it, any ideas on how to structure it as a series? I have a definite idea on how I would write more captions, but I am interested in seeing what others would suggest. Also, what magical entities (hopefully some will be somewhat obscure) would make good antagonists for Suzy to interact with?