The iGirl Project: It isn't about a contest!
I'd heard about Talenthouse one morning when my landlords dog came upstairs and woke me up earlier than I wanted to be up. I had been up very late and was hoping to sleep late but that wasn't to be. Popping Facebook on the computer I was greeted by a contest that another artist I know had posted an image for. Looked promising, so I thought I'd check it out.
This was my first knowledge of the creative endeavor known as Talenthouse. On it was a link to the 'create a character' that Todd McFarland and Stan Lee were hosting. WOW! I could get behind that and set down and sketched out a rough for the iGirl character you see before you. I had just under two hours to conceive the character and do a write up to send off and my pen tablet decided to go down. Long story short: it took the full two hours to do everything using the mouse but I got it online with thirty seven seconds to spare.
It wasn't until I'd posted and I read the write up that it hit me that Talenthouse could be used much more effectively as an educational tool. I'm not really interested in creating a character whose sole purpose is to punch out or beat down others for some self determined, self righteous, convoluted story. That's being done to death in comics already. The Talenthouse platform could allow for a much grander statement in a much broader arena than the small press could ever allow. This opened my eyes to a possibility I hadn't seen before.
Comics being used as an educational tool isn't new but if they're used to effectively show the importance of education because the character has to be knowledgeable to use those powers; that would be something! This is the concept behind The iGirl Project.
Additionally, she'll have a team of friends across the gender, age, and race barriers that divide us as a planet, who will assist her in her quest for knowledge and even though I didn't illustrate that in the original image, I can (and will) make it a part of the iGirl final story.
The stories will also be set in 'real time' and in our worldwide continuity. No made up worlds or localities as this is going to be a very real story and very real story line. To explore the ramifications of how our educational system would impact a super powered being and vice versa, you can't abstract the concept to an imaginary place and expect it to be valid.
I also wanted to see if the social media is an actual and viable revolutionary tool to effectively change the way we view components of our world. Egypt proved it could topple a governmental power base and I'm hoping The iGirl Project will allow the American educational system to adopt at least one new avenue of alternative creative learning that might be beneficial to any child having a hard time learning through conventional channels. This social media can be so much more than the bla, bla, bla that fills our lives.
Consider The iGirl Project a practical example about whether a group of people can effectively create an outcome. Thank you for checking this out, and in the future, supporting this project.
Darrell 'The Nightray' Goza