I'm not sure why Erik bought Ant in the first place. He probably poops out better super heroes in his nightmares when he's sleeping off a case of swine flu.
I mean, seems as if Erik could have created a better character himself. She must have a bad ass "story" though I thought Erik rewrote that too so yeah very confusing...Either way sounds like he did the dude a favor...
Before ANT became an Image comic book the book was about a kid named Hannah Washington and ANT was her way of escaping the torment of her life--a character that existed only in her diary. Needless to say--though Hannah's story could be compelling--ANT's was not--ANT could never really
be in trouble because ANT didn't exist
in the real world.
I liked the visual of ANT--very simple, very sleek, very clean--iconic. Too often character designed are unnecessarily complicated and ANT was the polar opposite--her antennae was the only detail on an essentially nude woman. Yeah, she's covered from head to toe with a metallic sheen like the Silver Surfer but her costume's color and antennae made it unique.
Mario and I talked quite a bit about how to make the character work--what it would take and I put considerable thought into it. A couple years later when Mario contacted me about purchasing the character he knew I had put a lot of time and energy into the character. I was interested in the character and I was invested in the character. And though I've never bought a character before or since--I took the plunge.
Could I have created an ANT-like character on my own? Sure. But then I'd be another guy ripping off an established character. I didn't want to do "my Batman" and "my Spider-Man" and "my ANT" --I want to work on my own iconic superheroes. You want to draw Batman? Go work at DC. You want to work on Spider-Man? Go work at Marvel. Creating knockoffs is only a legitimate creative exercise IF you're going to take that idea and take a hard right turn and transform it into something new. If you just want to do that character--do that character. And in this case--I wanted to write and draw ANT--not some shitty ANT knockoff.
ANT is very much the kind of character that I already create. Savage Dragon is akin to ANT. Design-wise, he's a essentially green guy with a fin on his head. Simplicity itself. But few characters are that stripped down. It's not easy to eliminate all detail to the point where you're left with a skin color and subtle details which make a character distinctive and unique. I also like that ANT isn't a version of some other character. There isn't an ANT prototype out there. She's not a female version of a male character the way so many are--Batgirl, Supergirl, Spider-Woman, Mary Marvel and all the rest.
I have no regrets.
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