Creators / Copyright: Tom Miller
Jenny Creation Date: unknown
Original Source: Sent to The Shifter Archive in 2007
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NOTE: Tom says that if there is ever anyone interested in illustrating this, that they should contact him. (Contact us, we’ll patch you through).
First things first. The art should have a real “Silver Age” feel to it. This may or may not be The Shifter’s origin (well, it’s my version anyway), but I want it to feel old. In large letters across the top of the page:”SHE IS THE SHIFTER!” The Shifter herself is standing, hands on hips looking off-panel. A very heroic pose. I’ll see if I can find source material, but I’m sure you can see it. For lack of a better word, it’s a “Superman” pose.
6 panel breakdown, 2 across, 3 down, all the same size.
So we’ve got three very brief origins. The captions stretch across the two panels. If I’m feeling really artistic, I’ll send along a little thumbnail thing.
Panel One: Shifter in street wear (secret identity?) walking along the street. We’re looking down through a ring of clouds. Oddly familiar deities are watching her too, staring down a la that pool they had in Clash of the Titans.
Caption:”DID THE COSMIC POWERS GRANT HER THE WONDROUS ABILITY TO CROSS THE DIMENSIONS?”
Panel Two: Shifter foreground, arms and legs spread facing us, like that Da Vinci thing that went up with the Voyager 2 probe. If that made no sense I’ll send a picture to you. Background is radiating from a central point behind Shifter’s back, cut into slices to show different dimensions. (Dinosaurs, robots, etc.)
Panel Three: Again, Shifter in street wear/civilian identity, looking at a small bump on her arm that appears to be glowing. In the sky behind her, possibly disappearing behind a cloud, is a stereotypical UFO.
Caption:”DID AN IRRADIATED BEE STING CAUSED BY A DOOMED ALIEN SPACESHIP ALLOW HER TO BE HER OTHER SELVES?”
Panel Four: Similar to panel 2, but with vertical lines cutting the panel in four. Each will have a different background. Shifter is running/striding across all four, but her clothing where her body intersects with each will match the background. (e.g. moonscape – space suit, beach – bikini, etc.)
Panel Five: Street wear again. Getting predictable aren’t I? Shifter is looking at a box on a table. The thought bubble over her head has a cat’s face and a question mark in it.
Caption:”IS SHE THE NEXT STEP IN THE QUANTUM EVOLUTION OF HUMANKIND?”
Panel Six: Split panel with Shifter central. On one side she holds an affectionate cat, on the other she weeps over a small grave.
The Shifter in a VERY Kirby-esque pose. Background in much the same vein as page 2, panel 2, but with more and varied dimensions. First caption at the top, second one at the bottom.
Caption:”THE ANSWER IS…..”
Another 6 panel breakdown, like page 2. Single panel descriptions of various odd adventures. Most of the captions will give you a clear enough picture to let your imagination run amok.
Panel One: Similar to opening page. Heroic stance.
Caption:”WITNESS HER AMAZING ADVENTURES!”
Caption:”BATTLING THE TERRIFYING MIND-SPIDERS!”
Caption:”SAVING THE EARTH AS IT BALANCED ON A PIN-HEAD!”
Caption:”STAVING OFF THE SAVAGE JUNGLE TERROR……”
Caption:”….AND THE STARK DESERT MADNESS!”
For panel’s 4 and 5 I was thinking some cheesily sexy poses of Shifter captured by prehensile vines and pseudopods of sand. A little something for the fanboys.
Panel Six. Think romance comic.
Caption:”OR MAYBE A LITTLE ROMANCE?”
The Shifter in uniform running towards us. Behind her should be every strange and weird character and creature that you can think of. In the sky a mass of spaceships and dragons and stuff. Let’s really show that these adventures can involve anything.
Caption:”JOIN THE FABULOUS SHIFTER AND HER FRIENDS FOR AMAZING ADVENTURES IN OTHER DIMENSIONS!”