I was vacuuming this past weekend and I was pondering NVL. As the dog hair and cat hair were being sucked up, it hit me. I should just world build the Lady. Then, like a flood gate ideas began to tsunami into my thoughts. The gears churned, mulling over it in my head for 36 hours I think I have a workable storyline I'd like to share.
I keep getting these vignette images of silly things the Lady might do and it dawned on me why not create a world for her to do them in. So far, I see this world consisting of three places; the town she lives, Vinageville, 'The City' the giant nearby metropolis where all her dreams will come true, and a smaller nearby ville or burgh, I haven't decided.
Vintageville is basically a retro mecca. It's got a soda shop, a museum, a local tv station, a newspaper, an Elks Lodge (or equivalent), you name it. The Lady just moved there from said smaller town (that's still in the air) because she bought a 'new' house. She wanted to live somewhere between her old hometown and 'The City' because she wanted to be close to a place where her dreams are gonna come true.
Her great Uncle (name undetermined) lives in Vintageville and he owns the barber shop. He told her of this house for sale and did all the scouting for her. She gets there and the house is not like the picture he sent. In fact it's nearly dilapidated. He sees it a a fixer-upper, she sees it as a disaster.
The Lady had hoped to spend the time in her new house working on her dream, but she now has to get a job to pay for the repairs on the house. She gets a job sewing clothing in Mildred's Fashions, the seamstress shop in Vintageville's downtown. This sets our story.
I'm still working out the total number of characters, but the Lady is our own highly fashionable gal from my drawings.
I've decided on part of her name. I want her initials to be NVL, and her last name is Ladie, which is 'lady' but spelled this way. Her nickname is 'Lady' because of her last name, but I want her first name to start with an N and her middle name a V. Get it?
She is going to have BFF whom she will get into crazy hijinks with. I'm still working out that character. Also, the seamstress Mildred will be a tough old coot, who will know everything and everyone.
Her great uncle, right now named Mr. Ladie, will be a gentle old man who you will always think is going to fall over, but he's fine. Totally totally fine...just don't get a straight razor shave from him at the barbershop.
This is Lady's brother. I don't have his name yet, but I want it to be something that starts with an 'O'. Not Oscar. He's 8 and wants to be a magician, which is the reason he wears the magician's cape all the time. He watches the Magic Hour every Saturday morning on station 4 to see the Magnificent Mr. Meddles preform magic tricks all over Vintageville.
I know what you are thinking, where are their parents!? I don't know that yet. Still working that out.
Last but not least, we have this guy, Beau.
Beau is from Vintageville and he owns and runs the service station in town. He took it over after his dad retired. I don't know what Beau's family name is, but it's going to be something French. Beau is a nice fella and quite sought after by the ladies in town. He likes to hang with his greaser friends and they all fix cars and swing dance at the local bar. His best friend runs a tattoo parlor in The City. Besides that he is pretty much focused on work. And he does get his hair cut every week at Mr. Ladie's barber shop.
That's what I have so far. My vision for this is to do a page a week and see where it goes from there. What I need from you all are names!!! I need a first and middle name for Lady. I need a last name for Beau, and a name for the little brother starting with an O.
Give me some good old timey names, and which ever names I pick I'll send you a prize! More details on that later.
I'm going to finish up the character designs this week and have some finished ones next week. I'll go from there. So tell me what you think? And help get with some names!
Okay, have a great day!