This month marks the arrival of the 5th annual 30 Characters Challenge, the excellent event run by ComixTribe publisher Tyler James, where participants have to create a new comic character for every day of the whole month of November. I participated in the first year, successfully completing the challenge with 30 badly-drawn characters of my own, but haven’t done it again since. I won’t be participating this year either, but thought it might be fun to spend each day writing up a little showcase to celebrate a new comic character who showed up in comic pages for the first time this year. Comics are one of the most highly inventive mediums around, and this has been a particularly strong year for pumping out exciting new stories packed with compelling new characters. Let’s take a look at some of my favourites.
18. FUN MUDLIFTER
I feel like people must be getting sick of me raving about Dungeon Fun by now, but trust me, it’s worth every word of praise! If you want to see me gushing about the virtues of the comic as a whole, please refer to the previous post in this very blog, where I talk a bit about its presence at the fast-approaching Thought Bubble. But here, I want to focus on the particular charms of its heroine and (believe it or not) title character.
Neil Slorance gives Fun an immediately arresting design. That front cover, with the little girl clutching the massive sword she can barely carry, instantly marks her out as an interesting figure. Then you open the comic and see how Slorance can tug at the heart-strings, giving us a quietly moving account of her being raised by adoptive goblin parents who then died of old age, leaving her twice-orphaned. And then Colin Bell steps in to imbue Fun with a lively personality and spark-plug wit, always ready with a pithy putdown and a clever comeback. She gets to prove her mettle as an adventurer in this first issue, and emerges as an instantly likeable protagonist. Now, when can I get a Fun Mudlifter soft toy?