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    The Prints 

A media category defined by their reliance on ink, paper, and printing presses.

  • Outdated Outfit: Played with for most of them, who dress in clothes that wouldn't look too out of place in the early 20th Century.
    • Literature typically wears a sweater vest and dress shirt, something that looks vaguely academic without looking out of style.
    • Journalism's outfit is meant to evoke a Depression-era newsboy crossed with a journalist.
    • Magazine's is based on a 1990s GAP model.
    • Averted mostly with Mail and Comics. Mail is dressed like a modern mail carrier (albeit wearing pants and a tie) while Comics wears a T-shirt and jeans—a look that never went out of style to begin with.
  • Old Media Playing Catch-Up: They've been rivals to media newer than themselves since forever
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Mail, Lit, and Journ have this sibling dynamic.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: They all have shades of this. Except Journalism, of course.

Print Literature—Sean Macmillan

Represents books, both fiction and nonfiction. Oldest of the prints and the patriarch of the print family. He wears a sweater vest and long sleeve shirt, evocative of an intellectual writer.

  • Parents as People: He and Comics do not get along often. He has his moments, though.

Print Journalism—Jimmy Pulitzer

Print Literature's brother. Represents newspapers. He dresses as a cross between depression-era newsboy and 40s journalist.

Cartoons and Comics—Clark Macmillian

Literature's son from Visual Art. Represents comics as a storytelling medium, including He and dad don't get along often. Closer to his uncle and his half-brother, Animation. Wears a heavy overcoat over a gray shirt with a word balloon in it.

  • Fun T-Shirt: His T-shirts usually have a logo in them; the one he wears the most has a word balloon on it.
  • The Unfavorite: An illegitimate child barely acknowledged by his distant father.

Mail—Cody Williams

Represents the postal system. The only female among the print siblings, in between Journalism and Literature. Dressed as a mail carrier.

Magazine Publication—Daniel Henry Pulitzer

Represents magazines and the magazine publishing industry.

Writing—Elizabeth P. MacMillan, Esq.

Matriarch of the prints and mother of the siblings. Represented as a Grand Dame in Victorian clothing.

Printmaking and Sigilography—John Pulitzer

Patriarch of the prints and the oldest member of the family. The father of the siblings.

    The Audio Visuals 
Characterized by their adherence to the simultaneous use of audio and visual equipment, usually for broadcast or home consumption.

Television—Walter Logie Farnsworth

The de facto leader of the media, representing the television industry and live-action TV shows. He wears a suit and a lapel mic. Video's older brother.

  • Butt-Monkey: He's essentially a huge Take That! to television networks in general. But not all the time.
  • Executive Meddling: In-universe. Often ends up being controlled by this, but he does this for his survival and it isn't always bad.

Video—Mary Sue Farnsworth-Phillips

TV's sister and confidante. Representing video technology. Dressed like a production manager.

Recording Industry—Vince Raymond Phillips

A tall man representing the recording industry and recording technologies. Dressed like a music industry producer or a wealthy rapper.

Music Video

Daughter of the Recording Industry and Video representing music videos as a distinct medium. A teenage girl dressed in party clothes.

Cable—Lyndon Turner

Representing coaxial cable distribution and, for much of his history, cable television.


    The Digitals 
Representing computer-based media, this groups marker is the almost universal presence of Nerd Glasses.

Internet—Rossum Frederick Bell

Represents the modern Internet and the culture therein. Looks like a regular (if nerdy) teenager. Son of Computer Tech and Telecommunication, and the older of a pair of identical twins.

  • Teens Are Short: Averted. He's taller than his father and is as tall as TV.

Intranet—Robert Licklider Bell

Represents Internet-like localized internal networks. Dressed similarly to his identical twin brother Internet.

Computer Technology—Timothy Babbage Bell

Representing all of computer-based media sans networks and mobile devices. Dressed like a nerdy IT dude. Father of the digital siblings and married to Telecommunications.

ARPANET—Taylor Bell

Internet's older sister, based on the Internet's predecessor. Dressed in an American military uniform.

Podcast and Mobile—Miley Bell

Represents mobile technology and media accessible through portable devices (cellular phones, iPods, and associated ilk).

  • Characterization Marches On: Originally, she was made to represent "sound broadcasts sent over the Internet file that can be listened to over a device, usually an iPod."

Video Gaming—Kirby Park

A relative to the Audiovisuals and the Digitals. Wears a stylized South Korean competitive Starcraft team jacket.

Satellite Communication—Sergei Alexandrov/Alexander Goddard

Representing satellite communication infrastructure.

    The Films 
Characterized by their erstwhile dependence on semitransparent celluloid film with chemical emulsions to show still or perceivably moving images.

Cinema—Friedrich "Fritz" Stevens

Represents movies. Dressed like a De Mille-esque director. A bit of a fop. May be related to television.

Animation—Charlie Stevens

Representing the modern animation industry that traces its origin to the silent era. A wacky, animesque man dressed casually, wearing a backpack. Art's son from Cinema and Comics' half-brother.

Photography—Renee Daguerre

Represents photography as a technology and artform. Dressed as a stereotypical photographer. Journalism's on-again, off-again love interest.

    The Telegraphs 

Represents technologies dedicated to transferring verbal and written information without the use of physical transportation. Nominally would include Internet.

Radio—Giacomo Marconi

Represents radio technology as a whole and radio broadcasting in particular. Dressed a a disk jockey.

Telegraphy—Samuel Bell

Represents the sum total of telegraphic technology up to wire. Originally a sailor, now a distinguished old gentleman in an anachronistic Victorian suit.

Telecommunications—Samantha Bell

Represents telephone and fax communication. Parent to Internet and his siblings and daughter of Telegraphy. Dressed like a telephone operator.

  • Happily Married: To Computer Tech. They have four kids.
  • My Beloved Smother: She has some degree of control over Internet's financial earnings and tends to dictate a lot of her policy's to her son's chagrin. That she does little to actually control his behavior is probably for the best.

     The Spatials 
Represents lofty concepts of human creativity as manifested in the body of works and their creators as distinct from the other media.

Visual Art—Marcela Picasso

Represents paintings, sculptures, and mosaics. Is the love interest of Theatre, Cinema, and Literature. Dressed in a long-flowing skirt and a blouse with a sweater vest.

  • Parents as People: She is very well aware of her own ineptitude and left her children in the their respective fathers' care.

Music—Wolfgang J. Armstrong

Represents music as a means of communication Dresses like a "scruffy musician" stereotype. Art's brother and the parental figure of the Recording Industry.

  • Antagonistic Offspring: Played with; His relationship with his ward has been cool at times, although they mutually are fond of each other and look to one another as family.

     The Performing Arts 

Representing live performances, they are characterized by their intensive use of human labor and mechanical tricks to convey narratives before an audience

Theatre—Dionysus Marlowe

Represents theatrical productions including conventional plays, musicals, and operas. Dressed like a stereotypical theatre geek complete with scarf and skull.

  • Dogged Nice Guy: Regardless on how "nice" he could actually be, he always gets friendzoned by Art.
  • Friendly Enemy: He's like this toward both his romantic rivals, Literature in particular.

Puppetry and Puppet Theater—Henson Hearne

Representing puppet theater and puppet and animatronic use media in general. Dressed casually much like a professional puppeteer for TV and Cinema.

  • Cluster F-Bomb: When he's given half the chance, he's quite a potty mouth.


     The Motives/"Curtain Crew" 

A group of brothers that represent communications formats that manipulate public perception. They have curtain hairstyles.

Propaganda—Santiago del Pilar

Represents communications meant to sway people toward political or ideological dogma. Dressed as a hipster wearing the symbols of conflicting ideologies. Carries a yoyo.

Advertising—William Adams Locke

Represents advertisements and billboards. Main motive is to sell. Dresses like an ad executive.

Public Relations—Devon Bernays

Represents press meetings and other communication events meant to improve the image of a person or company.

    Tabletop Games 

Tabletop Games—Caissa Chaturanga

Represents board, RPG, and card games. Likes to cosplay.

    Cartography and Graphic Design 

Graphic Design—Benjamin Sullivan

Represents both charts and infographics as a medium and the discipline of design as opposed to art. Art's oldest son and an older brother to Comics and Animation.

  • Hipster: Evokes the appearance of an art school grad
  • Named After Someone Famous: American patriot and publisher Benjamin Franklin and architect Louis Sullivan, who coined the phrase "form follows function."
  • The Perfectionist: Focused on creating aesthetically harmonious things

Cartography—Gerard Robinson Sullivan

Represents Maps. Art's first ex-boyfriend and Graphic Design's father.

  • The Navigator: But of course, assuming the place has already been mapped.
  • Hipster: In the modern day, he resembles an outdoorsy guy on Instagram who spends way too much time bragging about where he travels.
  • Scaling the Summit: Evoked. He looks like a mountaineer or hiker.