One of the objectives to Perfume and Primer Caps is to create a sexy feel to the characters without objectifying women. This may seem cliche, but this goal is harder to achieve than one may believe. Take for example all the times you’ve heard comic book creators, movie directors and video game producers state this mission, but still create a buxom young lady in a tight tank top, mini skirt or spandex. If it isn’t any of those, it turns out to be some sidekick character or a nerdy protagonist in a slice of life story. We wanted more. We wanted a grandiose storyline with women that were strong, sexy and won’t end up as downloaded wallpapers from deviant art for some lonely guy in a basement.
In the case of art, Peter’s style was ideal as the solution. His style is slick, professional, but whimsical. No protruding nipples, or rounded bottoms. It’s a style that gets the point across without being obtuse. I can’t say too much about the art, it’s not my forte, but Peter’s style is the main reason why I chose him over seeking out other artists.
The other way is through the writing itself. Deep down inside, all straight men want strong women. It shows them that they can be left alone, not codependent on the men around them. This is intensified through the girls of PPC. The strength makes them sexy and desirable, but it also shows you that it’s about what they can accomplish, not how good they look in leather.
I’m not saying that this is the only source of entertainment without objectified women. I’m not even saying that we’ve succeeded. I’m just saying that, unlike a lot of content out there, we’re going to give this a genuine try and make sure it shows.
Hey guys! And welcome to the new website design for Maddy!
I wanna give a good shout out to my buddy Mo Jangda for coding the site. Without him, this site wouldn’t have been up and running, so thanks man!
You’ll notice that the site’s upgraded quite a bit compared to its previous and former Blogger counterpart. Now I can post text elements in this blog as well as under the comic to make it easier to communicate out to you readers. You can comment on each blog post, too! In fact, we’ve got a lot of ways you can contact us, including all those social media pages linked on the right sidebar there.
That “we” bit brings us into my favourite new thing about the comic: a new co-writer! I would like to introduce you all (officially) to Britt Baker, a good friend of mine and a talented writer and idea-person. A great genre-writer, it’s one of her first forays (if not first) in writing with noir elements.
How much do I trust her as being a co-writer? Well, considering that I’m letting her handle the origin story of Madini Investigations Group, I’d say, “quite a bit.” We’ve got a lot of stuff planned for Maddy and the team, so be on the look-out for the start of our next chapter “Sometime Around Midnight, Part 1.” It should start a week or so after “Little Motel” is finished before the end of the year.
Things have been a bit weird with both our schedules lately with some bumps in the proverbial road, so I’m lacking in the page-delivery apartment this week sadly. But I remembered that I did have one illustration left from our trading card pack to show off, so at least we’ve got that for you!
Anya Havelova—crazy, brutal, Russian. She’s what you’d expect from a Gen-X-born Russian assassin with a mobster for a father. Anti-social, hot-tempered, and brilliant with a combat knife.
Hmm. That’s weird. Was the site always like this?
When writing the script to Perfume and Primer Caps, I made it a point to keep the setting contemporary and based firmly in reality. Though there are many ‘over-the-top’ action sequences strewn about the story, it was important to pay close attention to detail. After all, the devil is in the details. This holds true to any type of genre based fiction. You’re already asking the audience to believe in a handful of characters saving the world from a plot of global domination, there’s no sense in asking them to believe that a human being can catch bullets with their teeth.
The best (and easiest) way for me to do this was to place the characters in actual cities and actual locations. Once put into the reader’s mind and mine that the locations are real, it forces me to create a story that cannot waiver too far from realistic scenarios. Even if the plot devices seem outlandish and silly, great strives have to be made to explain them and place them firmly within the confines of logic.
Wholly this does away with plot holes and moments of lost suspension of disbelief.
On a side note, you may have discovered that Peter and and I have been taking turns updating this site for all of our perspective readers. This is intentional. It gives all of you the opportunity to see the creative process from both sides. The recollection of scripting and the intriguing side of illustration.
For those of you who are getting tired of checking back here from time to time with no new content, the schedule for updates is every Friday evening. For those of you waiting patiently for an actual book, we appreciate the wait. Please remember that creating and publishing a book is a long (and expensive) process. Thank you and check back next Friday to see some more artwork by Peter.