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Of all the insane things I've done...

This isn't the craziest, but it still makes me wonder what the hell I was thinking.

Here's the deal. Remember Apparat? It was a Warren Ellis project: a comics company that doesn't exist, publishing the first issues of four books that would exist right now, had superheroes as we know them never been created. Comics from an alternate Earth.

One of them was Simon Spector. He's a black, crazy, public, violent Bruce Wayne - think Doc Savage meeting Nighthawk and convincing him to dress like Ambrose Chase. He's usually a genius, and has invented a pill who makes him supersmart for a few minutes, taking a week out of his lifespan in the deal. He has a bodyguard, because he doesn't know non-lethal fighting styles, and a personal physician, because he keeps breaking up himself to help other people.

He's kind of cartoonish in a yes-you've-written-this-before,-Warren sort of way, but he also hits a lot of my buttons at once. Doc Savage with nootropics! Guns forged with his parents' wedding rings! He has his own skyscraper! The potential, I felt, was there.

And so was born this ridiculous plan: to complete a psych_30 challenge for a character (and an universe) that has exactly one issue of canon.

As Calvin said, I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul.

1.Transference 2.Daddy Issues 3.Addiction 4.Ego/Id 5.Multiple Personality
6.Inferiority Complex 7.Nature vs. Nurture 8.Phobia 9.Sociopath 10.Approach-Avoidance
11.Castration Anxiety 12.Collective Unconscious 13.Delusion 14.Fixation 15.Halo Effect
16.Fetish 17.Group Think 18.Instinct 19.Separation Anxiety 20.Learned Helplessness
21.Rationalizaton 22.Libido 23.Vicarious 24.Skinner Box 25.Placebo Effect
26.Obsession 27.Catharsis 28.Free Association 29.Repression 30.Denial


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 9th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
You are crazy and I heart you. ♥

*goes look for the canon to get ready for this*
Jun. 9th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
You're insane. ♥

I look forward to this eagerly; your writing touches the tingly parts of my brain that want to be able to feed on high-concept pulp flashfiction all the time, and the idea of you getting hold of a character already immersed in that world and spinning them through your own personal neuron-firing pattern makes me giddy.
Jun. 9th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Oh honey, you are insane, and we love you.
Jun. 9th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
... Would you like me to kill someone for you? Something less violent perhaps? I mean, I'm grateful over here.

Say, would you like me to send you the origin I came up with for him or would that be memetic contamination?
Jun. 9th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Say, would you like me to send you the origin I came up with for him or would that be memetic contamination?

I very much appreciate the offer, but half the fun of this is in coming up with the stuff. *g*
Jun. 10th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Cool. I'll try to remember when you're done then.
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cass, can you not

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