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Egon: Conceptual Design XGB

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By filbarlow   |   
Published: March 1, 2012
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I've been digging through my conceptual designs for Extreme Ghostbusters and found this early sketch of Egon. This was an idea I proposed to Executive Producer Richard Raynis while the concept of the show was still in it's formative stage. I did all of the initial XGB design of the main characters from Australia.

I was pitching the idea of Egon as an ambassador to the ghost realm trying to stop an impending war on the other side (I originally suggested between demons and ghosts, but when hell was nixed as a bad idea for a kids show I changed it to a war between ghosts and ghouls). I always liked the idea of the new team entering an abandoned Firehouse and Egon appearing out of thin air in his ambassador garb murmuring in an ancient ghost language. He had spent so long on the other side he was barely able to speak English.

I was asked why the final design of Egon had a ponytail, it was a holdout from this concept. I just couldn't let it go.
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Spike-McFinnHobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm suddenly reminded of John Lennon, albeit a blond one. Apart from that, it's good.
nilescclover's avatar
interesting (that is all I can say).
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T5-Comix-CartoonzProfessional Filmographer
With the staff he reminds me just slightly of Jafar. :)
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Yeah I can see the similarities, purely unintentional.
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T5-Comix-CartoonzProfessional Filmographer
I figured as much. Looks great nonetheless. :thumbsup:
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CanRayProfessional Writer
He looked good with the pony tail.
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Ah glad to know it :)
LemmiwinksGerbilKing's avatar
Very surprising idea, but that would be dun to see... Maybe not the full show, but at least one episode with alternative universe?timline or something...
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
They did play with these themes in later episodes, but I wasn't involved with those stories in any way.
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austintrenchHobbyist Artist
RIP EGON!!!
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
:(
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austintrenchHobbyist Artist
It's a tragic loss of a good entertainer
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That sounds like a good idea. Sorry it didn't happened. It would've made a great episode that's for sure.
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
I agree, they came close, but this would have added so much more backstory to Egon in the new series.
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Moonlord2084Hobbyist General Artist
egon's hair on the real ghostbusters if uncut beyond it's original length would have needed to be in a pony tail anyway... so to me it always made since.
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
true.
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nekoshappiness33Hobbyist General Artist
This should be a side story set in the future. I really think they should've used your concept for another series idea too. :iconinuhappyplz:
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
It would have been nice.
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GoblinounoursHobbyist Digital Artist
That's a really interesting idea! Love it! :o
Who knows, maybe something a little like that could happen in the third film?
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
You never know, but somehow I doubt it.
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GoblinounoursHobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I doubt it too. ^^

Anyway, the ponytail on the final design was a really nice touch. Made him look so much better than in RGB. ;)
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
In a way it was a kind of logical step from his RGB design.
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GoblinounoursHobbyist Digital Artist
Now that you mention it, in RGB, he had a little buckle of hair in the back, didn't he?
Still, I'm happy that he lost the hammer haircut in the process (not sure if it's the right term... you know the 'Elvis style haircut'... in french, it's called 'banana haircut') for the ponytail! ^^
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Yeah I never liked Egon's model in RGB.
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