4 of 20 Looking under the hood of Metaphysical Neuroma. This one is a character sheet for one of the reoccurring baddies in the story.
Long before this story or it’s predecessor “Koolaid and Blue Skies” (published back in 1999) I had an image floating around in my head of a villain character possibly a cyborg that dressed in the colours of Bruce Lee’s famous game of death outfit. This idea eventually evolved into ‘Miki’ aka ‘The Deadly Yellow Jacket’ aka ‘Mikimaüs natzi face’.
Miki even in earlier iterations of the comic then named “Yellow Jacket” was one of the main antagonists.He started out as a two dimensional ’cyborg bounty hunter’ trope character but then quickly evolved because of related themes that run through the book (humanity in a nanotech world, metaphysical warriors etc.). So, in choosing to integrate rune/symbol magic and astral plane battles into the story–that sparked the idea of ‘Yellow Jacket’ being a dream warrior who uses power symbols to bend the realities between planes. Eventually I landed on ‘rune alchemist / voodoo assassin’ a description of Miki which in the end is basically the same trope but gave me the spark of that helped me flesh out a much more realized and detailed character and history.
So the example image is a basic character sheet I make up for each of the reoccurring cast members. I also have an influence map folder of images for details and I always pick an actor or two who I model the look of the character and expression sheet around. in this case Bruce Lee Paul Bettany and Masashi Odate.
Enjoy! More soon-