Comic 845 - 15 April 2015 - Adam Cramer

15th Apr 2015, 1:21 PM in ProfEtheric
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15 April 2015 - Adam Cramer
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15th Apr 2015, 1:21 PM
(Ugh... could NOT get this design quite right...)

Adam is a junior at Jenkins High School in Autumn Bay. He is also the third baseman for the school's baseball team.

Adam's closest friends (for as long as he can remember) are Calliope Gallows and Stephen Esmond. The trio can often be found checking out supposedly haunted houses and other strangeness around the city.
27th Oct 2015, 2:06 PM
UPDATE: Adam (with a slight redesign) is featured in the rebooted Autumn Bay. Also, he's now a quarterback on the football team instead of being the third baseman.


15th Apr 2015, 1:45 PM
Ooo, I like his design, and the bright colors are cool! This is a bit different. :) I'm sure nothing goes wrong with those haunted house escapades.

(He reminds me of my boss's son in demeanor)
15th Apr 2015, 1:55 PM
When he makes his appearance in comic (and he definitely will), I'll have a better version. My allergies have been kicking my butt today, and I can't afford to obsess over these or else my comic will suffer...

Glad you like it! I was trying for all-American nice kid, which he pretty much is. Tomorrow and the next day are going to be his friends.
15th Apr 2015, 4:43 PM
Y'all appear to have double posted this page.
15th Apr 2015, 4:46 PM
Strange... it's fixed now.

And what, no snark for probably my most wholesome character yet?
15th Apr 2015, 4:58 PM
Prof, reread what you just typed up there: "my most wholesome character yet".

Do you think that this is a statement Spelledeg or Rinkel or anybody else participating in this exercise would ever actually use? Think about that.

Also, on a more serious tone, does this suggest that someone like Ghoul isn't wholesome for some reason? To me, blue eyes and blond hair in a character bears caution with regards to Aryan stereotypes/wish fulfillment. (Edit: And I dang well know you're considering this stuff, but I want to make it explicit.)
15th Apr 2015, 5:11 PM
From the POV of the average person, Ghoul is violent and has a filthy mouth. Carter is a horndog, Bishop is damaged, Falchionne is a criminal, Althea is a grifter, Johnson... okay, maybe Johnson... Deacon is insane, Andrew and Marie-Ange have been useless (and are raging alcoholics)... okay, I suppose there are a few more (Luna, Eileen...).

All I was saying was that Adam here is genuinely nice, undamaged, and would be a delight to invite to the family dinner.

I am aware that my work owes a lot to lurid pulp and noir stories. Adam doesn't. That's all I was saying.


And you are only assuming blue eyes. What does that say about you?

Okay, bile mode over... :)

15th Apr 2015, 6:12 PM
Seeing as how you just described the good guys... it's pretty clear that Adam here is an outright servant of the "Eldrich Evil" or "Big Bad" or "Right To Rise Super PAC" or whatever it's called in your canon.

The color scheme suggests blue eyes. Ask a third party to guess the color and I'll bet you get the same answer. But you're right, that suggests something about me.
15th Apr 2015, 6:19 PM
The trio (this character and the next two) are good kids all around. I'm serious, spoiler alert: there's NOTHING wrong with them (well, any more so than , say, the Gang in Scooby-Doo, and definitely less so than the "Scoobies" in Buffy).

And you raise a fair point. The color scheme DOES suggest blue, but only because those are the school colors and he's blond. I'm actually going to go with green eyes for him.

The only reason that suggests anything about you is that you have been saturated with teh same Western culture, pop and otherwise, that I have.

And you forgot "Illuminati", "Majestic-12", and "Snidely Whiplash Appreciation Society"... :)
15th Apr 2015, 7:03 PM
This is quite the discussion. Cool stuff though. *PEEKS IN FROM THE UPDATES PAGE* This brings up an interesting point in character coding, which is actually something I've been thinking about lately. It's easy to take a character who looks like an antagonist - and have them be one. But it's also easy to counter that and have a character who looks like an antagonist and have them be a super kind legit hero-type. It's also easy to take a generally goody-expected hero type character and have them be a villain. It seems much harder to create a genuinely kind goody-expected and have that actually be the case with solid character development.

On a different note - Prof that is a lot of big bads.

Lir, I am with you in a way. I kind of automatically assume that the people who look legit kind are in fact the opposite. It's not ideal. Thankfully, it's mostly limited to judging fiction. (It's why Feneryos is such a challenging character. SHE'S NICE. *shameless plug*)
15th Apr 2015, 7:18 PM
My fault for slipping so easily into the binary of "good and bad".

Characters have their interests, and whether they're seen as "good" or "bad" is in my humble opinion based off of whether those interests are parallel with the reader's. A father, seeking to provide the same opportunities for his child that his parents provided, may be a very sympathetic character, even if he's got a grenade launcher and a note ordering the bank teller to fill the bag with unmarked bills. Written well, this classic "bad guy" may be more sympathetic than the frightened and vaguely incompetent SWAT response he provokes--the apparent "good" guys.

And that is why I may very well still see Mr. Carter as a "bad" guy if his interests don't match up with mine--those interests being hatred and discontent, obviously! :)
15th Apr 2015, 8:34 PM
Well put, good sir. :)

I, too, tend to fall into the good/bad duality. I think it comes, in part, from our Zoroastrian-derived culture.

It simply brings into focus the need for more neutral-shaded characters and organizations, doing the wrong thing for the right reasons and the right thing for the wrong reasons...
16th Apr 2015, 2:44 PM
Radiant Sophia
As a note: Adam, Calli, and Stephen spend their summer mornings babysitting underprivileged children (free of charge) in Roosevelt Grove park. They bring juice and boardgames, and sometimes cookies or doughnuts.