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XGB: Early Concept ~ Lucy ~ Part 1 by filbarlow XGB: Early Concept ~ Lucy ~ Part 1 by filbarlow
Back in 1996 while I was setting up my studio in Australia, Executive Producer Richard Raynis from Columbia Tristar (Sony) worked from LA with me visualizing the characters for what was to be Extreme Ghostbusters. It was so early in development that the characters I designed had no names so I would randomly assign them ones. Richard wanted a male character in a wheelchair, I was pushing for more female characters in the line-up and I could only foresee problems with the wheels in animation (that's a lot of ellipses and perspective to get right), so I sent him this design of "Lucy" and put her in leg braces (or calipers). I tried to show that the crutches could be used for sucking up ghosts, also that her head would be at the correct eye-line for the other characters to play off, making it easier for the Directors who would have to cut down to someone sitting all the time.

Needless to say the calipers were rejected, Richard really wanted a wheelchair so I went back to the drawing board.
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Planet-i-Studios Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Without looking at the description or what XGB stands for, and basing this something on first glance...
Flamethrower crutches.... Plus 7 awesome right there.!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Ghost vacuum crutches, isn't that cooler?
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Planet-i-Studios Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ghost Vaccum Crutches that use fire!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Haha!
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JansurOrosisimaru Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist
More girls is a great idea. And this concept is cool! But Garret is cool too. You did a great job! Thank you!)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Professional Filmographer
You are welcome :) I'm glad that Garret is among us, it's just that in my head she lives too.
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Balter186 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm glad Garrett was created. he's true badass 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Agreed.
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Cain-O Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Here's the thing about Garrett; he was executed very well. Practicalities of busting ghosts in a wheelchair aside, I've always regarded him as a karmic counterweight to wheelchair-bound characters who were depicted as flawless angels. Obviously, those depictions came from a good place (showcasing those with disabilities in a positive light), but only ever offered some really insipid characters.

Garrett, by contrast, was an arrogant, sarcastic arse. The show allowed him to be just as flawed and funny as the rest of the cast, which ultimately made him more entertaining and endearing. Wouldn't change him for anything. Those who dismiss him outright because of the wheelchair don't know what they're missing.

Great show. You did good work.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I really appreciate what you've said here, I agree and I'm glad that Richard stuck with his vision of Garret.

Thank you.
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LemmiwinksGerbilKing Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
I like Garrett, so I can't say I really regrat that it was rejected... But it's very interesting to see how my favorite show was developed and what over possibilities existed. And she does look cool with sci-fi crutches. Thanks for sharing this!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
It's just part of the process of development. I've been lucky that not too many of my characters fall by the wayside.
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CorneliusArts Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In wehich episode is she appearing?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
She was rejected.
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CorneliusArts Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Was she a precursor of Garret, the guy who sits in the wheelchair? If she would have become a Ghostbuster, would exist Kylie yet?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I explain it all in the description. Kylie didn't exist when I did this design.
Have you seen this post?
filbarlow.deviantart.com/art/X…

Look around in the XGB folder in my Gallery for more conceptual art.
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Niqesse-Pistache Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Nice concept! I'm part of a german cosplay group www.german-ghostbusters.de/ . It's very sad that there are just a few female ghostbusters. Until now my role was a fictional character, because the positions of Janine and Kylie are taken. So we like to pick up your characterdesign for Lucy. Is it ok if we give her the ability to walk? Greetings Niqesse
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Of course Niqesse :)
I don't have any control or ownership of these characters (even the rejected ones).
So go for it! Looking forward to seeing the results.
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Niqesse-Pistache Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Thomas send you the pics on Facebook I guess. So there she is :) Thanks for your design :heart:
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Oh thank you for modelling her :)

I have a surprise in store for Lucy fans, I've made her a character in my new comic 8House: Yorris, with some slight... changes.
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A-nyu-sama Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Realy interesting concept. I even a little sorry, that we get Garrett insted of this pretty girl. I love Garrett but a) we need more female b) she is awesome. Also I think if she had been in team, we could have had great love triangle between her, Eduardo and Kylie.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I liked her too. She probably would have rejected Eduardo just to piss him off.
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puppenspielerin Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I like the idea. And I would've liked seeing Garrett in calipers once in a while. Maybe trying them out for an episode or two but at the end returning to his wheel chair because he would be more mobile and faster with it. Sorry XD. Just instantly came to my mind as I saw the picture...
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filbarlow Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I agree, but it a way he looks more robust barreling around on wheels than hobbling around on calipers.
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Razorgeist Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Hmm interesting. You know I think a 2nd female GB would have been a cool idea.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I agree!
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Razorgeist Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
I hear that. Its unfortunate that the show is used as a springboard for the anti-PC whiners.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
You can't please everyone.
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Razorgeist Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Good word.
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DanSchoening Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love these EGB pieces you've posted Fil! Thanks very much for all the inspiration :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
You are very welcome Dan, keep up the good work! :)
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btnkdrms Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This would have been a great alternate to the wheelchair.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
It was a fun idea.
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute :D
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I thought so! :XD:
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally agree, :D
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avancna Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your ideas are so awesome, your brain needs to be preserved in the Smithsonian Institute. And I'm saying this even though I'm a diehard Garrett-fan.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I like Garrett too, he just started out... different.
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avancna Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Verily!
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HangmansFable Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I just... holy shit, this is amazing! I use crutches or my chair every day, but they are not even close to as cool as these!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
If only your crutches could suck up ghosts, huh?
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HangmansFable Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
That would be so cool, as a little kid I always drew myself in wheel chair races with Garret, or like in modified suites, as a kid I always thought the show would last forever, and I could try and play him in a movie, or at least before my arm got messed up I would be able to draw or write comics or animated series that continued the story, just to be a part of that world, that place where a guy with a disability was seen as a hero, but whats more, a real bad ass who had no fear, who was just "one of the gang" to be part of that world, that universe.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I love that Garrett had such a positive influence for you :) I wonder if IDW would ever put him into their comics? You never know, they brought Kylie back.
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HangmansFable Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
That was the first thought I had when I saw Kylie on the teaser art when they were soliciting the new books a little while back. I was like, if she is them, that means somewhere, someone may be thinking, just maybe, we will see Garrett, maybe, just maybe. A man can dream that one day we will see another hero with a proton-pack busting ghosts from his chair. I hold onto that hope every day.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'll keep my fingers crossed :)
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DayDreamOrNightmare Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Agree with polkanator about the logic...and dig your above design.:sun:
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for the :sun:I haven't seen them before!
Garret found his own solution to every problem, even stairs!
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DayDreamOrNightmare Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome.:sun:
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polkanator Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I always thought Kylie was well done, Roland was a bit of a Winston clone and Eduardo was interesting, but Garret looked out of place. It's hard to say this without sounding bad but a wheelchair-ridden Ghostbuster was always a bit far-fetched. One step and they're screwed. Your idea here makes a lot more sense. Back in the 90s they seemed to be really pushing the whole multi-cultural / physically capable thing.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad that Richard was, pardon the pun, pushing for a wheelchair bound character. It was actually a brave and risky move on his part and it could have easily backfired. In truth it was anything but safe. He had no pressure from government or anyone in management above him to create Garrett, he simply wanted to do it. I had my reservations mainly for practical reasons (I'm not a prop guy and thankfully Garrett's wheelchair was handled by the Prop Department).

I must admit I was genuinely worried about offending people who use wheelchairs by appearing to caricature them negatively, there were no scripts or voice actor to work from when I designed him. By 1996 I had been working with Richard for a decade, I had learned to trust his vision. I could make suggestions, but he made the final call. Richard encouraged me to draw a "jock in a wheelchair", he chose the voice actor, worked with the script department and Directors on how he wanted to develop Garrett's personality. After I saw Garrett in action I had no reservations, he could handle any situation with confidence, the show even had some stair jokes. To be honest XGB would have been pretty dull without Garrett.
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