Monday, April 9, 2012
The Return of Francesca
Yes, I am still working on the final installment of the series GIRL: The Second Coming. and one of the main plot points is Jaleira returning to Silo City and the FANG universe.
My first color series, the three issue FANG comics introduced Francesca, a young woman searching for her mother in a weird city populated by werewolves and vampires. She, as you might expect, has one hell of an adventure. In the third issue Jaleira makes a cameo appearance to help guide Fran. So I decided to have Francesca return the favor, but I wanted to make her a more integral part of the story.
For the first two issues of FANG I didn't even have a name for her. I didn't want to use a common name found in comic books then-not Jane or Donna or nothing too mainstream. After finishing the second issue, I went to Rome and met a gorgeous italian girl named Francesca. I didn't think of using that name for my character then, but a month after that trip, I was home and caught a late night television airing of "The Mad Monster Party" which is, in my opinion, probably the greatest stop motion animated film ever made with characters designed by the great Jack Davis. (If you've never seen it, find it.)
The "damsel in distress" in the film was named Francesca and that's when I thought about it. I had gotten into the third issue by then and tried to think of any existing comic book characters named Francesca and couldn't think of any. I haven't kept up with comics lately, so there may be some now, but at the time I was doing Fang, I couldn't find any. It's a great name, so I decided to use it as a name for a total amazonian bad ass.
And as you can see in the painting, you probably don't wanna piss her off.