Let me start out by saying I hate the term "Original Character". Every character is original to someone, including characters that are in the public domain, and in practice, "Original character" or "OC" is often used to denigrate the very act of creation itself, as if coming up with something new was somehow less-than relying on other people's work. I find that use of the term adds absolutely nothing of value.
But the questions themselves, relating to characters that people have come up with, are worth answering.1) Your oldest character
My actual oldest character is not represented anywhere on the internet. I've been making comics since I was a pre-teen. My oldest surviving
character is X!Gloop from The Lives of X!Gloop
. 2) My newest Character
My newest character that is complete (but not completed - I just mean complete in the sense that he has a distinct identity and name) is Opiyo from a forthcoming comic Fury of the Plains:
Disqualified characters include the Doctor from the same comic, who has an identity but no name; Sixtus Platt and his two sons Carson and Sixtus Junior, who have a name but no visual identity and are also based on real-world people, Liana who is not original, and the two female characters that I'm adding to Lives of X!Gloop
because they are also unnamed.3) Favorite Character
Oof, I don't know. Probably Adrienne from Abui's Travels
right now. I mean, long-term I adore Kel from Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan
but I'm a bit tired of her right now, you know? 4) Any villain OC's?
I'm actually terrible at creating villains. In new stories, I do try to take care to have antagonists handy but I can't think of any delightfully evil characters I've created. I'll try to do better with the Platt clan for Fury of the Plains
, inasmuch as they can be considered original. The Green Knight is nicely villainous, but he is also not original.
I guess Barnardus Pothelmus from Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan
is an OK villain if you overlook how derivative he is.
5) Main reason for creating OC's?
Duh, I don't want to use someone else's characters for my comics.
... on second thought, that's not entirely true, is it? I've used public domain characters, real-world characters in masks and author avatars in my comics. But the main reason I invent so many people is to populate my comics.6) Describe your character creation process
There's a process? I just daydream shit. These days I do try to refine what I daydream a lot more, but that's just to save myself time later on. 7) Favorite OC ship?
Neive from Spun Off
+ Finbar, Gavin and everyone else with a penis in the same comic. Actually scrap that. No penis required. Besides, those goblin dicks aren't gonna fit.
Yeah, I've made up my mind that Neive is poly and a relationship anarchist and that both her sex drive and her capacity to connect emotionally are basically limitless. Oddly enough, it took a guy emailing me to insist on introducing monogamy into the world of Spun Off
to help me make up my mind about that. Polyamory is the default setting for the faerie society in Spun Off
. Deal with it.8) Do you ship your OC's with someone else's?
No. Maybe? I guess eventually I would like Liana (a character who is at least based on a character in the public domain) to get it on with Opiyo, but that's not happening until a few years down the line, and it's not because I think they're the best OTP ever, but because it'd make for a good character arc for both of them. It's possible that by the time this could actually happen, the characters will disagree.9) Weirdest OC?
Dude, have you read The Lives of X!Gloop
? Any character from that comic is so weird enough they make Zaphod Beeblebrox look square.
What am I saying? Nobody reads The Lives of X!Gloop
because from one page to another, nothing makes sense. So let's just say that John Longcoat is a bug-eyed, floating space alien, X!Gloop is not, when Ahasveros Or Why Man Has Two Eyes ups sticks, she literally picks up a bunch of sticks, and all of them are condemned to live a thousand lives because X!Gloop fucked up badly that one time, and the two out of three that are human believe, in most incarnations, that pants are for other people. 10) Favorite OC design?
Well, not Abúi, who is impossible to draw. Er, Sheriff Hogsworth from Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan
. He's so much fun to draw!11) Would you consider yourself nice to your OC's?
Nicer than I am to real people, anyway. I mean, the whole dying a thousand deaths thing sucks but most of the time, X!Gloop and pals aren't aware of it. And he gets to be in several of my comics for his troubles!12) An OC you've killed?
X!Gloop, John Longcoat and Ahasveros or Why Man Has Two Eyes. Over and over and over again. They get better each time. Sent X!Gloop to hell as well.13) Are any of your OC's parents?
Hell yes! Kel and Jodoque from Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan
are parents. Ragnarok from Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan
is a parent - as is either Tamlin from ROCR
or the Baron von Fieffelfalsfaffel who is originally from Chronicles of the Witch Queen
and therefore doesn't count as an OC. Aléas from Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan, Spun Off
and Abúi's Travels
is a parent, as is Maghreid, also from Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan.
Their male co-parents are also unknown but they're from a canonically polyamorous society, so that's not unusual. Ethan and Edina Shirtley from Abúi's Travels
are parents, obviously. Shireen from Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan
has a brood worthy of Nanny Ogg, and there's a multigenerational dynasty of witches in that comic as well. If you want more single fathers, Sheriff Hogsworth is your man, though to be fair he's terrible father. I'm not sure I'm done, but I'll leave it at this.14) Is there an OC you find yourself neglecting?
All of them, because my day job eats the time and energy I need to work on comics. I'm getting closer to where I feel I don't need it, so eventually this will end and I hope I'm not too burned out by that time.15) An OC that is difficult to write?
None. My writing issues have more to do with plotting. 16) Tallest? Shortest?
Tallest is Globbo who was briefly in Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan
more than 20 years ago. He's a cyclops and is gigantic, or was, until he was magically transformed into a large armadillo.
Shortest is, oh, I don't know. If we go by named characters then probably Emea from Spun Off
who, in her non-divine embodiment, is a small faerie and is shown to be shorter than the other faeries. On the other hand, now that I think of it, in her divine form, she may be larger than Globbo.17) Oldest? Youngest?
Well, let's see. Grandma Turniproot is the oldest, for any meaningful sense of the term old. She may not be the longest-lived, but she's at about the limits of human aging. There may be gnomes or elves or faeries who have lived longer, but it's hardly fair to compare that. They have longer lifespans. And when you get to characters who have reincarnated over and over again, things get really complicated.
Youngest is Harold from Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan
, who was born some time after Fay from the same comic.18) Do you dislike any of your OC's?
Bertie Hogsworth and his father are both scumbags. Kel can be difficult but I think that's part of her charm. 19) Self-insert?
I've been a minor villain in Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan
a few times, yes. Back when I had hair. 20) Any OC regrets?
(Ganked from jay042
. Dunno where he got it.)