Tag Archives: INSPIRATION

HYDROFOIL

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Here is a super-fast hydrofoil boat from St. Petersburg, Russia. Like the Renault Twizy, I saw this vehicle on Top Gear and liked its design so much that I am planning to base something off its concept.

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EVOLUTION OF THE AMERICAN SUPERHERO

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Allow me to share with you what I have learned from the documentary known as Superheroes Decoded. This show detailed how the superhero genre evolved and how it tied in to the past century of American history. When Superman and Batman were created, they served as symbols of hope in the wake of the Great Depression and the aftermath of World War I. During World War II, Captain America and Wonder Woman served as propaganda pieces and Wonder Woman later became a symbol of the Women’s Rights Movement. To answer the conformity and resulting discontent of the 1950s and 1960s, characters such as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and the Hulk were created to serve as role models for the youth of that era. When the Civil Rights Movement took place, Black Panther, Falcon, and the X-Men were created to symbolize and empower the persecuted outcasts of that time. During the Vietnam War, Iron Man was created to represent the war profiteers who were enriching themselves during the war while Wolverine was created to symbolize the veterans of the Vietnam War. As crime rates rose in the 1970s, characters such as Luke Cage and the Punisher were created to symbolize the public’s desire for justice against the growing crime wave. In the 1980s and 1990s, a group called Generation X emerged and they were given Deadpool as a role model. The Kamala Khan version of Ms. Marvel was created to battle the Islamophobia that spread through America in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. With each significant event that occurred over the years, the superhero genre continued to evolve to create increasingly more complex superheroes. For the past century, the concept of the superhero became an integral part of modern American mythology like the Olympians were to Ancient Greece. I am thinking of keeping with this tradition and create my own superheroes who best symbolize the times that America is in here and now.

NANITE TORTURE

I once saw a documentary about futuristic technology and it described a very disturbing usage of nanotechnology. Even though nanites can be used to cure cancer, heal injuries, and improve human physical conditioning, they can also be used for more sinister uses. Instead of healing, nanites could theoretically be used as a technologically advanced torture device. Once injected into a subject, the nanites would tear the subject apart atom by atom. This way, the nanites would operate like a flesh eating disease that eats them from the inside out. I am thinking of drawing inspiration from this concept in order to come up with the origin story the first supervillain in my new superhero series. It will be horrid, but the end result will be terrifying.

THE PAST AND THE FUTURE

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For my new superhero series, I am thinking of making the interior of the space station look like a more technologically advanced version of 1938. I thought this would be an appropriate way to model the setting because 1938 was when Superman was first introduced to the world before being followed by many other superheroes. It would serve as a homage to the golden age of the superhero genre.

ACHILLES

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One of the most legendary heroes in Greek mythology would be Achilles from Homer’s The Iliad. Achilles was the demigod son of the sea nymph Nereid Thetis and Peleus, king of the Myrmidons. He was the greatest warrior in the Trojan War and was famous for slaying Prince Hector, the greatest warrior in Troy. The secret behind the invincibility of Achilles was that his mother dipped him into the River Styx when he was an infant, which resulted in him becoming virtually unbeatable in combat. However, because she held him by the heel, his heels were his only weakness, which is where we got the expression “Achilles heel”. Despite this weakness, no warrior could stand against the mighty Achilles and his fearlessness was so great that not even the gods themselves frightened him. In the fourth volume of my fantasy series, I am thinking of drawing inspiration from Achilles in order to create a High Prince from the rival empire and his personal guard will be based on the Myrmidons.