so lately i've been doing a lot of thinking about how important it is to have an influence of gender in my stories. like i once said before, Gareth Edwards did an amazing job on reviving Godzilla, but one of the main topics of criticism was directed on the lack of female characters or even a sense of cultural diversity. they mentioned how yes there were female characters and other characters of color involved, but they seemed to often play second fiddle to the male white heroes of the film, either that or they just fill the space that can be taken by pretty much anyone. the critics even pointed out how the ethnicity and gender of certain characters could have been easily flipped and the story would have still played out just as great, only a little more inclusive to all (which is good)
so as a means of being more inclusive, i've decided to start taking into consideration the fact that i might need to start re-thinking the genders of my mainly male-filled world of OC's in my mind.
ever since my first OC Young Ty, i've created characters that shared common traits; some kinda reptilian/dinosaur face, animalistic qualities, and more often than not.. default male. that would be fine.. if i hadnt gone on creating tons of males heroes and maybe like 3 female heroes in the time being, and even then they might play second fiddle to the males, and that's not really sending a good message
this year i've already taken steps to changing up the genders of some of my OC's, tonight i changed Jermone the male, Gnome-type character into a female Goblin-type character named Ja'Moa (i'm still testing this out, ok?)
also for those of you who dont know, Constellation Draco is a fictional parallel universe in which mythical creatures are based on evolution and that earth's natural history is rewritten, also the races of gnomes, trolls, goblins, elves and ogres play the roles of Earth's human ethnicities, meaning that Gnomes would consider anyone of color to be "not human" and therefor a monster (it's pretty easy to label Shrek as a monster if you dont consider him human, i mean he walks and talks and lives in a home and saves cities and owns a family and wears clothes and behaves like a lumberjack ... but he's green and has those ear thingies and is therefore a monster ... see?)
so i thought the story of people setting out to change the world and its prejudices would have a little more impact if you partner up a big white soldier with a smart woman of color and pair them up with a small dragon and THEN GO CHANGE THE WORLD!!
and i've already designed a female version of Terri Jara and so far i like it
so thoughts on genderswapping any OC's of mine, just to see if maybe that would improve their stories or maybe spark something else good, lemme know, i would really appreciate it if some of you guys took the time to read through my galleries and learn up on my OC's ... if you care