Friday, July 5, 2013

TSOG expansion (or something)

This post was actually going to be written on Canada Day upon my return from my lovely cottage.  But there were so many other goodies to talk about that day that I focused on those instead.

For the past few months, I've been working on two other blogs, each dedicated to characters I particularly like and neither of which will come as a surprise to anyone who has visited this site for more than 30 seconds.

The first...

Let's quote the very quotable John Byrne for a moment.  This is in relation to the story in which Guardian was killed (huh...the first time...)
...I did that particular story because I felt Mac was the least interesting of all the members of Alpha, but realized that from his death I could generate a whole flock of interesting subplots and arcs. In my constant quest to make the members of Alpha more three dimensional, I was always looking for anything that could be used to generate depth in their personalities. Mac's death -- and their reactions to it -- was such a way. So, no, I've never regretted killing him.
No, of course not...

Here's the part that Byrne overlooked, in my opinion.  What made Guardian the "least interesting" character is also what made him the most relatable.  I can not relate to a Native medicine man.  I can not relate to a Plodex alien water creature.  I most certainly can not relate to a demi-goddess.

I can much more easily relate to an ordinary guy reluctantly putting on a power suit and trying to do the best he can to serve his country.  For that reason, Guardian has long been a favourite of mine throughout his goofy history and I continue to hold out hope that someone at some point will treat him with respect for an extended period of time.  In the meantime, I'm trying to sort out the finer points of that goofy history and that blog is my notebook of sorts.  So if you also happen to like the least interesting member of Alpha Flight, feel free to check it out and I hope you enjoy it.

The second...

Well, yeah...Information about the Captain isn't that hard to come by, but I was not aware of a resource that combined the several different versions, so that's what I'm up to.  That one is still very much a work in progress.  This will be rather obvious if you happen to visit as many of the pages are clearly incomplete.

Other characters may get the same treatment down the road, but probably not until the Captain Canuck blog is closer to completion.  Once the publication history is pretty well taken care of, I want to get into merchandise, art, magazine covers and articles, things of that nature. There are a lot of obscure appearances by the Captain out there so that could take a while.


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    1. Why thank you! And speaking of looking forward to things, I finally finished the Gryfalcon story last week about a year after I started it! I hope to see that character again at some point in the future.