Malicious Intent is a comic that was borne from my hurt feelings and disappointment, after the comic i made previous to it, Shrimp Fried Riot failed.
I took that one personally. I will post SFR to this artdump someday soon, but, for now, I am scattered and running with it.
Anywho, SFR was a chibi-style comic starring myself and folks I know here in Bellingham, Washington. It ran for 20 strips, over the course of 2 years or so (that's how slow I was).
So, when that comic crashed and feelings got hurt and such, I took the main character,
(me, aka "Octavius" )
And the unofficial secondary character, Jesse,
patterned after my best friend, 10dollargrapple
, gave him a different name ("Zed Ellis") and started a new strip by remixing the first SFR strip:
I went in a different direction with the strip, changing Octavius into Milo Mannheim, the name of a character from about 10 years previous, who was also based on me. Instead of just being 'chibi me', (this version of) Milo was a nihilistic mad scientist and self-taught would-be supervillain. This character archetype was also a holdover from a previous idea. The original character's name was Vaughn Harvey.
(You will find that for some odd OCD reason, I do tend to recycle a lot of the same names over and over.)
Vaughn had a sidekick/lackey/whipping boy named "Scorch", whom I transferred to this project to fill that same role for Milo.
Milo Mannheim represented everything from my misanthropy to my self loathing. He was a somewhat lazy villain who couldn't decide whether he would take over the world or destroy it, and himself along with it. All the while, proudly wearing T-Shirts that featured the icons of his 'heroes': Supervillains.
(This character also gave birth to 2 supervillains in my actual superhero efforts: Dr. Daemon, who was basically an older Milo who had decided to take over the world. He was inserted in my ThrillSeekers project as their first antagonist. His own enemy, who would show up later, was called OverKill; another older parallel world Milo who had decided to annihilate everything and everyone on Earth, including himself.)
This version was different from original SFR, even though I kept the name throughout the first 16 of the 17 strips made. I went back and pasted a Malicious Intent logo over the still-used SFR one, though I seem to have misplaced all the edited ones, and still have the original strips with the old SFR name.
Milo would abuse Scorch, clone Zed and even face off against the Grim Reaper himself.
The project initially ran for only 17 strips.( Here are numbers 15, 16 and 17Collapse )
The young lady with the pointy ears was named Gemini Roman. She was one of Milo's only "friends", and, knowing who and what he is, names herself his conscience. She is determined to try and stop Milo from reaching full-on villain status by trying to be his friend, and show him that life isn't really the suck-hole of treachery and despair that he believes it is.
Scorch himself also had a pretty interesting backstory. It was a secret through most of the strip, with what would have been a big reveal, but that never came aboiut, so, what the hell? No one's really paying attention anyway, so I will spill the beans.( Scorch is actually a demon.Collapse )
After this strip ended, I took the Milo Mannheim idea and transferred it to another character, whom I called
Prettymuch the same character, but, with a sense of off-kilter whimsy and zest for life in his mad science and wanton destruction. He's still pretty abusive to Scorch, though.