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18th Sep '17 7:43:51 PM valhallaerikson
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Try averting the StatusQuoIsGod trope by having characters actually age. Maybe showcase how the world will actually change now that you have super beings in it. Also, the older a super hero gets, the greater possibility that the heroe's reflexes might not be as sharp as they once were.
12th Sep '17 10:50:16 AM CosmicFerret
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What is the scope of your hero's powers? Franchise/{{Superman}}, for example, is your typical hero-god type, who seems to have it all. Then you have your human hero, your Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, etc. In between the hero-god type and the human hero are a wide variety of options. You could have your power specialist, like TheFlash or TheHulk, or your all purpose type who is not exactly a powerhouse in and of himself, but is able to make a wide variety of powerful things happen, like ComicBook/DoctorStrange and his spells, or ComicBook/GreenLantern and his ring.

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What is the scope of your hero's powers? Franchise/{{Superman}}, for example, is your typical hero-god type, who seems to have it all. Then you have your human hero, your Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, etc. In between the hero-god type and the human hero are a wide variety of options. You could have your power specialist, like TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash or TheHulk, or your all purpose type who is not exactly a powerhouse in and of himself, but is able to make a wide variety of powerful things happen, like ComicBook/DoctorStrange and his spells, or ComicBook/GreenLantern and his ring.
17th Jun '17 9:31:11 AM nombretomado
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Now, my minions! You have what you need, now go to the studios of DC and Marvel and take over the writing staff! Make Franchise/{{Superman}} as weak as a baby! Make Franchise/{{Batman}} afraid to leave his home! Force the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} to go back into hiding! Force {{Spider-Man}} to make a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Mephisto]] to undo everything that has been done since the Silver Age! (What do you mean, [[JoeQuesada they]] [[WriterOnBoard already]] [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay did that?]])

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Now, my minions! You have what you need, now go to the studios of DC and Marvel and take over the writing staff! Make Franchise/{{Superman}} as weak as a baby! Make Franchise/{{Batman}} afraid to leave his home! Force the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} to go back into hiding! Force {{Spider-Man}} to make a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Mephisto]] to undo everything that has been done since the Silver Age! (What do you mean, [[JoeQuesada [[Creator/JoeQuesada they]] [[WriterOnBoard already]] [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay did that?]])
10th Jun '17 1:34:06 PM nombretomado
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Another subversion would be to focus on non-heroic characters. For example, a comic about the trials of a sidekick, or a VillainProtagonist -- the webcomic ''{{Webcomic/Narbonic}}'' did both (at the same time!) to great success. Changing the focus from Heroes to Heroes-in-Training, such as in the webfiction [[WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]] and the webcomic ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'', is also an option. Or even a character who isn't a hero or a villain at all, but just happens to live in a world with them (like Creator/KurtBusiek and Creator/AlexRoss' ''{{Marvels}}''); how might the InnocentBystander feel about living in a world of superheroes?

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Another subversion would be to focus on non-heroic characters. For example, a comic about the trials of a sidekick, or a VillainProtagonist -- the webcomic ''{{Webcomic/Narbonic}}'' did both (at the same time!) to great success. Changing the focus from Heroes to Heroes-in-Training, such as in the webfiction [[WhateleyUniverse [[Literature/WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]] and the webcomic ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'', is also an option. Or even a character who isn't a hero or a villain at all, but just happens to live in a world with them (like Creator/KurtBusiek and Creator/AlexRoss' ''{{Marvels}}''); how might the InnocentBystander feel about living in a world of superheroes?
31st Mar '17 8:24:03 PM Doug86
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''Creator/{{Marvel}}'' and ''Creator/{{DC}}'' have spent decades doing a great job of holding our attention. Study them well.

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''Creator/{{Marvel}}'' ''Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}'' and ''Creator/{{DC}}'' ''Creator/{{DC|Comics}}'' have spent decades doing a great job of holding our attention. Study them well.
16th Mar '17 10:49:28 AM nombretomado
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Another subversion would be to focus on non-heroic characters. For example, a comic about the trials of a sidekick, or a VillainProtagonist -- the webcomic ''{{Narbonic}}'' did both (at the same time!) to great success. Changing the focus from Heroes to Heroes-in-Training, such as in the webfiction [[WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]] and the webcomic ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'', is also an option. Or even a character who isn't a hero or a villain at all, but just happens to live in a world with them (like Creator/KurtBusiek and Creator/AlexRoss' ''{{Marvels}}''); how might the InnocentBystander feel about living in a world of superheroes?

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Another subversion would be to focus on non-heroic characters. For example, a comic about the trials of a sidekick, or a VillainProtagonist -- the webcomic ''{{Narbonic}}'' ''{{Webcomic/Narbonic}}'' did both (at the same time!) to great success. Changing the focus from Heroes to Heroes-in-Training, such as in the webfiction [[WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]] and the webcomic ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'', is also an option. Or even a character who isn't a hero or a villain at all, but just happens to live in a world with them (like Creator/KurtBusiek and Creator/AlexRoss' ''{{Marvels}}''); how might the InnocentBystander feel about living in a world of superheroes?
6th Mar '17 7:56:16 AM susaga
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!!'''Online Resources'''

* Creator/GailSimone's [[http://comicssurvivalkit.tumblr.com/ Comics Survival Kit]] offers advice from comics industry pros.
8th Jan '17 1:39:42 PM nombretomado
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You may also want to avoid most of Jeph Loeb's later work, particularly ''TheUltimates 3,'' unless you have an obsession with death and/or women being eaten. His earlier work, in particular those that involve Batman, Tim Sale or both, are safe for consumption, however.

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You may also want to avoid most of Jeph Loeb's later work, particularly ''TheUltimates ''ComicBook/TheUltimates 3,'' unless you have an obsession with death and/or women being eaten. His earlier work, in particular those that involve Batman, Tim Sale or both, are safe for consumption, however.
29th Oct '16 12:11:41 PM nombretomado
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Speaking of new media, the {{Franchise/DCAU}} as a whole is an excellent job of transporting comic book characters into WesternAnimation while ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is the best example of how the Marvel characters get such treatment. In addition, Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', created by GregWeisman, is a superb original creation that can show you how Shakespearean literature and medieval history can provide a wealth of material when use in conjunction with the conventions of the genre. Just remember to confine yourself to the first two seasons that were first-run syndication, avoid ''The Goliath Chronicles'' episodes and read Weisman's SLG comics that replaced them as canon.

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Speaking of new media, the {{Franchise/DCAU}} as a whole is an excellent job of transporting comic book characters into WesternAnimation while ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is the best example of how the Marvel characters get such treatment. In addition, Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', created by GregWeisman, Creator/GregWeisman, is a superb original creation that can show you how Shakespearean literature and medieval history can provide a wealth of material when use in conjunction with the conventions of the genre. Just remember to confine yourself to the first two seasons that were first-run syndication, avoid ''The Goliath Chronicles'' episodes and read Weisman's SLG comics that replaced them as canon.
23rd Oct '16 12:50:59 PM nombretomado
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* GailSimone's [[http://comicssurvivalkit.tumblr.com/ Comics Survival Kit]] offers advice from comics industry pros.

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* GailSimone's Creator/GailSimone's [[http://comicssurvivalkit.tumblr.com/ Comics Survival Kit]] offers advice from comics industry pros.
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