“Shut up and get in the giant robot!”
This was the line I had stuck in my head and the whole reason why I wanted to start working on a giant robot mecha story. Some time has pass and I have very little to so for it so I thought it was only fair for me share why my creative process for this idea has come to a grinding to a halt.
Lets start this long winded rant with why I wanted to start a mecha story:
After hearing million jokes about Neon Genesis (get in the f**king robot Shinji) I stated to get a little jaded that the only two thing that the damn show was inspiring jokes about Shinji acting like a bitch and chicks in plug suits. Fine, Shinji needs to get punched in the face by Kamina from Gurren Langann but if you needed a more outgoing ass kicking character piloting a giant robot to root for, why not Asuka who is almost a 180 on Shinji? No, apparently the only thing that evolved from her character is chicks look hot in plug suits (Thanks goes to Total Eclipse for jumping that shark) So I started thinking of how you would make a better Mecha story.
Taking a page from Magas XLR and Gurren Langann, have a protagonist that said 'hell yeah' when a red head girl told him to get into the f**king robot. Making lite of all the heavy handed drama of Gundam and Neon Genesis while still acknowledge some of the themes (wow, your dad is a real ass hole) I messed around with a few different setting (multidimensional mecha duels became intergalactic mecha duels for simplicity and a chance to parody other sci-fi ideas) and purposely avoided a war story to keep it running into other mecha tropes (see Gundam) Our protagonist would instead be invested in a Mecha Combat sport, a chance to include some MMA/pro-wrestling jokes and acknowledging the real world robot duels. My only hang up, the damn giant robots.
In any mecha series, its the mecha that takes center stage. The whole point being that giant robot is the personification of the protagonist so the machines require allot of personality. Unfortunately, all my designs have fallen short and look bland. Sketch book full of designs but any of then very distinctive or original (One design could easily be mistaken for Optimist Prime while another looks like a Gundam) If I want to do this right, I need to make sure the mechas in this story are ready to impress and non of my designs fit the bill. So that leaves me with two options; commission someone to help me with the mecha designs (don't have the money and I wouldn't ask another artist for a freebie) or just put the story on the shelf until I reinvent the way I draw mecha. The second means I'll have to move on to other things but I believe it's for the best.
Funny, I never made a zombie comic because all I had was good visuals and no story. Now I have a start of a story and no visuals. Damn you brain, you have failed me again.
Enough wallowing, time to move on and draw something completely different