Comic 229 - Behind the Scenes Special Part 3!
16th Nov 2016, 9:00 AM
Behind the Scenes Special Part 3!
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Written by Vincent Carbone
Art by BloodyHorse


Hey everyone!
Our week-long look at the cast continues today with everyone's favorite renegade feline, Alice!

I've always had a special place in my heart for kick-ass female heroes. Nowadays a lot of pop-culture critics like to say that the little girls of my generation didn't have any strong role-models to look up to, but as a child of the 90s I have to call bullshit on that theory. My childhood was filled with bad-ass women like Renamon, and Blackarachnia, and the Powerpuff Girls, and Raven and Starfire, and more ladies than I have time or space to continue listing off here.

I refuse to believe that any child could grow up watching Android 18 mop the floor with Vegeta and still believe that women can't kick some serious ass. I honestly can't imagine an action series without at least one deadly female character. It's iconic to me.

That said, I think Alice is the character that has been reworked the most over the years I've spent putting this story together. She started out as the stereotypical quiet, stoic warrior type, if you can believe that. Then she sort of morphed into this weird, overly aggressive Red Sonja knock-off for a while. She got super bitchy for a while, too. That was probably around the time I saw that Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider movie.

I think my college years were what finally cemented who she was in my head. I attended a fairly liberal school, and while everyone always seemed pissed off about something they thought was wrong with the world, they never did anything except complain. I just kept thinking "Wouldn't it be cool if some of these preppy rich kids actually fought for what they believed in? Like, actually FOUGHT for it?" That idea, to me, is the core of who Alice is as a person.

Alice is a complicated character to write. She's trapped between these two powerful, opposing ideologies and it's a difficult to keep her believable without having her fall into one camp or the other. I spend more time debating her actions and dialogue than any other character (except maybe Tex. His accent has some SUPER complicated rules).

I love this picture of Alice cleaning her Stop Gun. It shows how much time and energy she's devoted to being a soldier. I always imagined her body being covered in hundreds of little scars and wounds. Alice isn't like Tre or the other dogs. Her physique isn't naturally strong. She's had to work long and hard to become the killing machine that she is now, and she's taken a lot of hits along the way. I think that makes her a little more beautiful.

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