Drawing For Myself – Zodac

July 15, 2011 by  
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Time for another re-imagining of a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe character, pretending that I’m rebooting it as a comic aimed at young people! I’m not sure if I’ve made this clear enough in the past, but these character designs are in no way endorsed by or connected with the copyright holders of these characters. I’m just doing them for the fun of it and for the challenge of updating the designs for a series I have a lot of affection for.

Zodac would definitely get more stage time than in past iterations of MotU. I’d play up a special connection between him and Moss Man, though they are definitely not friends. Like Moss Man, Zodac is aloof and weird. His mind is straddling the cosmic landscape and the material world of Eternia, so he can seem distracted or bemused by what’s going on around him. He can pivot between human empathy and detached godhood in a moment’s notice, so he’s a little hard to converse with.

I considered making his “skin” a window into the universe itself–instead of flesh color, it would be stars and galaxies. But I think that took him too far towards Marvel/DC cosmic characters in look, and I do want to stay true to the original design as much as possible. And at least in the Filmation series, it was hinted that some Cosmic Enforcers were once regular Eternians who got recruited for the job. Which would certainly explain why Zodac has the furry underpants. When he was a man, they were part of his outfit.

I started out someplace else entirely with the design. I played around with giving him a more distorted head. But I quickly ditched that idea.

This series has always been about stretching the characters into new areas while still trying to honor the original design. I don’t know if I’m always successful, but it sure is a lot of fun!

Past re-imaginings:

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