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I made the mistake (will not really a mistake) of reading an article at io9.com http://io9.com/5878720/how-to-create...ero-or-villain and started thinking about creating a world for superheroes. Thus making me wonder if anyone wanted to do a shared world.
The idea is for a new and original take on superheroes and the world they live in.
So far I've found a group of 7. Right now we're looking for a few artist to join our group. We've got a great world coming together and some amazing scripts being created!
Comment if you want to know more or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our world well have taken a turn around the 1960's where in our world there was a massive breakthroughs in two medical fields: Genetic engineering and cybernetics.
Of course the technology was far to much money to continue and couldn't even dare touch every single person so the tech was abandoned. But the damage was done. The knowledge of gene manipulation was out there.
Around 2010-2012 super heroes started showing up. Through genetic creation, by accident, by a parent that had their genes altered etc.
We have four title characters right now and one artist that is with the group. We're looking for more creators to help with the characters and most of all drawing!
How does the stuff you told actually affect the world you are creating?
Last edited by TinyBird; February 24th, 2012 at 03:14 AM.
Are you just doing this for fun or are you actually wanting to make a product that is taken seriously with this venture?
Because depending on your answer, you will get different responses.
Right now, I am assuming you are just doing this for fun and because of that I think some of the responses here aren't really necessary. If you are, however, actually doing something serious and trying to make a product that you can sell, then the critiques will be useful for your success.
If you want to pitch this idea somewhere, I would suggest you to come up with a short and condensed, well, pitch that gives the basic idea of the thing or at least tells what would be the interesting and new part in the concept. Like, uh... "The Authority is a diverse superhero group that works completely above the law and politics and will save the world(s) even if they have to kill everyone to do it", that type of thing where people can see the potential and get interested. Right now from what you have told me your pitch would be more like "There was gene experimentation, and now there's superheroes".
Of course it would be easier to pitch signal characters rather then an entire world, but I don't want to get into characters here.
Last edited by magicalbookworm; February 25th, 2012 at 08:14 PM.
TinyBird has a point about it not being terribly original, its not exactly the same as any thing else I can think of, but not that different either, what I'm hearing is:
"An alternate 2012 where super heroes exist"
Although I don't know a bunch about it, I think that with a little tweaking it could be a really great idea, hell, there are bunches of webcomics out there that are really popular, there's no reason yours shouldn't be. All you need to do is find a niche.
Another thing is that you really need to have a solid story, write/plan it out before you put pen to paper, don't go into this half cocked.
A book I'd recomend is: How not to write a novel, I know you're not writing a novel, but a lot of writing skills are transferable.
Now, I'm not a proper author, but I've been writing for a couple of years, and while I do have one poem published, I wouldn't call myself professional by any standard. I do know however, that coming up with real-seeming characters you can empathise with that inhabit a solid, believable world is not easy.
As far as my helping you out, my artwork is not nearly good enough, nor do I have the time.
And if explaining what is new or original really does require you to post every single detail of everything, then I can't but feel that there's something wrong with this.
how about a sci fi concept about OMG, I dipped my toes into too much fertilizer and my nails started growing, made superpea-pods which then metamorphosed into capered super flutterflies... Honey, I unshrunk my toes and they grew these little balls. Then I dip them in treated superhooman poop and they started to glitter and turned into mini aliens who came to save us from ourselves!
At least try to turn things on their head to see what they look like. There are three and a half million run of the mill sci-fi stories out there of the kind you just described.
1. Jason Bourne is not entirely different from all the movies before it but it is really successful. So I think even if the universe is not entirely new & original, the comics can still work (given that the story, the characters, the design etc are good)
2. when the comics is a commercial one and there are many people involved in the project, some potential legal issues may arise e.g who owns the rights?
I agree. Back story/world building isn't that important if it's not a huge part of the plot. If you're just looking for an excuse to have people with super powers run around then any old backstory will do. (Then again, the more interesting ideas the better.) As long as you have a solid story and characters you could make it work in almost any setting.
That said though, I do agree with tinybird too. If you want to make people excited about this you're going to need to figure out how to pitch it in a way that tells the gist of the story and that also makes people interested. Most people below a certain age will probably be game as soon as you mention the word "superhero", but people with a bit more experience, especially publishers, probably won't be so easy to convince.