Character Mood Boards

Brainstorming. First one for Heroes are Magic, who will feature tonight.

author: Doyce T.
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author: *** Dave H.
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author: Doyce T.
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author: James H.
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author: Bill G.
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author: Doyce T.
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author: Bill G.
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Surprisingly hard to find a couple of the images I wanted for this. There’s definitely a poetry to making these - for example, having each panel try to hold at least two meanings.

author: Bill G.
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author: *** Dave H.
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This one took awhile, between the combination of finding good images and trying some of the positioning tools Canva provides.

author: Bill G.
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I also want to say thanks for introducing me to this concept, you guys. Some of these are pretty straightforward, some are colorful, some are dark (jesus, Alycia), but I can tell something about every character. I hope to see more as inspiration strikes.

#Meme

author: Bill G.
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An appalling amount of time and digging through past forum posts went into this, but I thought she deserved it, given the increased screen time she has been getting.

Also, it is incredibly hard to find a good image of a person flying, especially heroines. Every one is stick thin and has the leg lift that my dad “loves.”

author: James H.
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That’s excellent, James.

And, yeah, the one-leg-left for female flyers bugs the snot out of me for some reason.

I mean, even in stock images.

One can find plenty of exceptions, but it’s the go-to pose for flying female metas. And while you can find males doing the same thing, it’s much less common.

But I digress. Again, good job, James.

author: *** Dave H.
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“Why are you flying like that?” “I have a leg cramp.”

author: Bill G.
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James H. said:

Also, it is incredibly hard to find a good image of a person flying, especially heroines. Every one is stick thin and has the leg lift that my dad “loves.”

*** Dave H. said:

And, yeah, the one-leg-left for female flyers bugs the snot out of me for some reason.

One can find plenty of exceptions, but it’s the go-to pose for flying female metas. And while you can find males doing the same thing, it’s much less common.

But I digress. Again, good job, James.

As with many things, it’s one of those things that started out as a reference to something else but has been going on for so long that a lot of people don’t realize where it came from. In this case, that pose was originally a reference to war plane pin-up nose art but over time has just become “generic woman flying pose.”

Yeah… this is also one of those things were learning the origin of something doesn’t make you dislike it any less.

author: Mike
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And they all have capes. Because to fly, of course you have to have a cape. Capes hold flying power.

author: James H.
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In a superhero universe, this was a very different movie:

author: Bill G.
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James H. said:

And they all have capes. Because to fly, of course you have to have a cape. Capes hold flying power.

Well, at least three of the examples I gave (Ms Marvel, Hawkgirl, and Starfire) don’t have capes. Nor does (except on ceremonial occasions) Wonder Woman. So there’s that.

(Storm sometimes has a cape, sometimes has kind of arm-wingy-flaps, but she’s flying via actual wind power, so that almost works.)


Having just rewatched The Incredibles, that no-capes scene is brutal (insert reference to the EMode Capes Theory here). Interestingly, it’s also the only scene that confirms that the visual mid-century modern style choices for the movie are, in fact, non-anachronistic, as Edna cites the dates of first few cape incidents, and they’re all in the late 1950s.

author: *** Dave H.
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