Sunday, May 24, 2015

Morgalla Turns 20!!!

2015 will mark the year that Morgalla turns 20. No, not in the literal sense, in the books she's in her early 20's already, but that I created Morgalla in 1995. Above is the oldest surviving drawing of her. 

As you can see, a lot as changed:

It was a little idea that turned into something else, growing into a trilogy (and possibly more) that I wanted to share with the world.

It started off as a short story, told mostly from the point of view of the male protagonist's point of view, in this case, Jasper. It was a romance where a human finds out his new girlfriend is actually a demon. Hilarity ensues, originally being a black comedy of sorts inspired by the writings of John Landis and Phil Foglio.

I went to work for Disney for a while and I did nothing of a creative nature and Morgalla remained "on the shelf", as it were. When Florida didn't work out, I found myself asking the question I think a lot of us have in our lives: "What now?"

Well, I remembered the little story I had. I converted it to a screenplay, then back to a short story, but it needed more. I continued to add and Morgalla grew into a trilogy: a story of a young woman wanting a normal life which is kinda tough when she has horns half the time.

The overall theme and Morgalla herself hasn't changed that much: A woman who is trapped between two worlds, who longs to smile and has a short of a dry, quirky personality but often has to hide it and force herself to put on a false face, both on Earth and in Hell. When one sees Morgalla smiling and even acting silly, that's her true persona emerging.

Another element that has not changed is romance. She falls in love with a human, a man who finds an inner strength that he never knew he possessed. He's the diamond in the rough who is forced to be brave. They become the ultimate power couple.

Morgalla's inspirations primarily came from some elements of comics and anime. Some anime and comics titles were filled with shallow versions of women who were no more than just window dressing or mindless t&a. I wanted Morgalla to be a bit more. Back in 1995, there were hardly any examples of this in the mainstream to her number one inspiration over all was what I wasn't seeing in all elements of our pop culture. I, on purpose, made Morgalla different from everything that mainstream audiences the time, anyway.

Which brings us to modern audiences and characters. Had Morgalla been picked up when I started my trilogy, she would be seen as a leader of the trend but now she's seen as a follower. In 1995, Morgalla was ahead of her time and in many ways, she still is.

I'd say she's aged well and will continue to do so.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Thanks for all the years of awesome work, in front of and behind the camera. Thanks for being a genuine spirit. You will be missed by all of us, Leonard. I have been and always shall be...your fan.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Morgalla Inspiration: Anne Lewis

Not inspired directly, but more on a subliminal level, Robocop & Robocop 2's Anne Lewis was a great (though underused) supporting character from these two films.

The goal of the first Robocop film was to tell a story about a bankrupt future Detroit that's a cesspool of crime and in desperate need of change...basically modern-day Detroit.

But still...

Anne Lewis is a regular cop in Detroit, fighting what seems to be a never-ending battle against crime. God knows how many partners she's gone through.

The character has many great qualities. One element that makes her unique is the fact that it could have been played by a man and yet was not. The director, writers, producers, casting director...doesn't matter, they could have all cast a man in the role but chose a woman. Perhaps the reason behind it was the fact that the rest of the film is a sausage-fest and at least one female was needed, but in the end her gender didn't matter.

Lewis is Murphy's tie to the human race and the soul of the audience. I state that she's underused for she basically is a sidekick to Robocop in both films, even though she has some great scenes. She is, first and foremost, a great woman of action in a time where that was non-existent. Heck, it's rare even for today.

Like I said in the beginning, on a subliminal level I suppose Anne was an influence on Morgalla, though not directly. What Paul Verhoeven and the writers of Robocop did was focus on all the elements that made a good character, albeit a supporting one, and the fact that she was a woman is merely a coincidence. THAT is what I feel should be the focus on most any character. No gratuitous shower scene (which is weird when you think about it, being Paul Verhoeven).

How many times have we seen in films the only female character happens to be a love interest, too? Glad they didn't try. That's something that's bugged me with many films where the filmmakers feel they "need" a romantic love interest for their male lead. You see it in all of the recent Marvel films with the exception of Captain America, The Winter Soldier.

Sad that we don't see more characters like this. Oh wait...I can think of one:

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Penguicon & Comicon 2014

Morgalla was a big hit at both conventions this year! Great meeting so many awesome people and hearing such enthusiasm for my work!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Epilogue or No Epilogue

Harry Potter is awesome in many ways. One minor criticism I had of it was that it was too long. One reason why I decided long ago to only make Morgalla a trilogy and nothing more. Another reason was Star Wars. Imagine if thirty years ago George Lucas officially ENDED Star Wars with only three films? Sure, people would have been upset but it would have ended on a high note and with people wanting more.

But still...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has an epilogue which takes place 19 years later. This was one of the few moments JK Rowling was wrong. We didn't need to see Harry grown up, see his children and others as well. We knew that Harry and Ginny were together, Ron and Hermoine. We know who lives, who dies, and we know that the wizarding world was broken and bruised, but not dead. The good guys won and started to rebuild and rebuild they would.

It would have been far better if perhaps someone gave a speech, like Professor MoGonagall, and gave a rousing speech that motivated everyone, characters and reader, that things were going to be okay.

Herry's world exists alongside ours, parallel and hidden. Yes, the victory against Voldemort was important and HIS victory would have been the end of our world, but did we notice? Not at all. Our world kept spinning and was untouched (or so it seemed) by the wizarding world.

Now one film series that I thought should have had an epilogue were the Matrix films.

UGH...the Matrix Trilogy. How you went wrong.

But still...

In the Matrix, the entire freaking WORLD is enveloped in a shroud and the planet seems to be a graveyard. Among the many...*SIGH* MANY problems with the sequels, one was the fact that I was left wanting more, knowing what happened after Neo died and the world was apparently "saved". Sure, there is an epilogue in the Matrix Revolutions, too but it's very brief and sure they give the "hope for the future" deal but I think everyone was left unsatisfied. Myself included.

Would have been better if we got a flash forward into the future. This is OUR planet, don't leave us hanging that maybe...MAYBE things got better. Show many decades into the future, where machines and humans are living together and the world isn't a pit anymore.

"The war is over!"

Um...okay that doesn't mean anything in the long run. How do we know that the machines didn't eradicate the human race anyway? Did they learn morality from Neo's sacrifice? Since the entire planet of Earth was in ruins, it was really important as to what happened to the human race and the planet since.

I repeat myself...Oh Matrix films, what a waste. Such lost potential.

But I'm torn as to how to truly END the Trilogy of Morgalla. Do I have an epilogue or not? I see the appeal of both. If I don't have one, I leave it up to the reader to determine what happens next but they might be disappointed as I was with the Matrix films, needing to know what happens to the Earth. If I do have one, I might take away from the reader something that they could imagine themselves.

Decisions, decisions...