Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Can anything stop...the Animale?

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So reviews of Hero House are slowly starting to come in (look for a round up of the recent ones soon), but I have not yet even begun to plug. I definitely want to get the word out about the book coming out at San Diego, and I need YOUR help. But that's a topic for another day.


At this point probably less than 20 people have read the book, but a lot of people who do respond to two characters, and for (ironically) totally opposite reasons. People seem to like Poltergeist because he's a complicated character with a lot of layers to him. And people seem to like Animale because he's an uncomplicated character: he is a party animal. Literally.


Hero House is, despite its title and concept, in no way "Animal House" with super powers. In my mind, these people are training to be superheroes, and I certainly love Animal House, but the characters in that aren't exactly heroic...futures as senators or not. So I modeled Epsilon Epsilon Psi more on a "service fraternity" that a traditional frat, only the service they do is super-heroics. But I digress.

But Animale is perhaps my one nod towards people's expectations for that. Animale probably would fit right in at Animal House. Here, this basically tells you all you need to know about Animale:


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Animale's certainly got a little bit of Bluto in him, but he's got a practical reason for being, in the words of Homer Simpson, a "big, fat party animal." You see, Animale can change his shape, but not his size. Size-changing, I figure, is a totally different power, and it doesn't seem fair that most shape-shifters are also size-shifters. Right? Anyway, Animale always retains the same mass, so he keeps his mass up so that he can shift into more substantial shapes. It also means that if he turns into a kitten (and he does), he turns into a giant kitten (and he does).



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And as you can see, Mike just nailed his design on the first pass.


Speaking of Mike and the creative team, come back in a few days when I'll start posting mini-interviews with Mike, Frank, Brian and Shawn. I'll also post links to some of the new reviews. Oh, and check out the print debut of Hero House in any form: there's a half-page ad in the new Wizard that's on shelves today (#214) for Hero House!

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