We should also use this post as a chance to properly introduce our cartoon’s protagonists, Fairy and Goblin! Fairy and Goblin are a couple that live together in an apartment in a bizarre fantasy world. Their landlord is literally a fire-breathing dragon who forces them to hunt for treasure so they can pay their rent. They’d rather be chillin’ at home playing video games, but they don’t mind going on adventures as long as they’re together!
Goblin is an inventor who fights with semi-non-violent weapons like a boxing glove gun and a propeller hat! He’s the first one to question the ethics of their treasure-hunting job since it is basically just robbing people. Perhaps he doesn’t want to play into the stereotype that Goblins are always bad guys? But he also really genuinely enjoys punching people, so there’s that too! He’s voiced by Alex Small-Butera.
Fairy is an actual manic pixie dream girl who can bend reality with her magical fairy dust. Her magic is limited to pretty minor stuff like levitation, smoke bombs, protective bubbles and making people slightly sick. But she’s never intimidated by much bigger and more powerful warriors, and she’ll often bite off more than she can chew. She’s voiced by Lindsay Small-Butera.
When we were developing a cartoon based on our game we knew that the first step was figuring out who our protagonists would be. We went through the Story War card game's deck and we pretty much instantly unanimously agreed that the protagonists should be Fairy and Goblin. The idea to make them a couple came from our writer KC Green! It made a lot of sense to us! Lindsay and Alex have great chemistry together as actors and you don’t see a lot of stories about stable happy couples!
We also had to simplify their character design a little bit for animation. In the card game Goblin has more gadgets on his utility belt, and Fairy’s head was made bigger so her face could be more expressive. Vondell and Lindsay also decided to make Fairy’s skin a little darker because we thought it’d be nice to see a dark-skinned girl in a leading role in a cartoon.
You’ll be able to watch the Story War cartoon on Monday! We also might be livestreaming some of the final hours of animation later tonight - we’ll let you know on our blog!
(PS: If you wanna draw fan art of Fairy and Goblin, that’d be awesome! Post it in the #Story War tag so we can see!)
Geminid Meteor Shower The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks next week. Sadly, the Moon will be near-full brightening the sky for most of the night causing rates to be lower. However, the Geminids will still put on a good show pretty much anywhere that isn’t overcast, so don’t worry. Southern Hemisphere viewers will see lower rates, with the peak being ~40-60 meteors/hour in some locations, so you won’t be missing out as was the case for the Persieds earlier this year. Use the Fluxtimator to estimate the rate in your location.
Meteors will be visible when the radiant point is above the horizon from your location. The radiant point is in the constellation Gemini (Jupiter will be too, so get your binocs/telescopes), right next to the Orion constellation. You can spot meteors anywhere in the sky and it is not necessary to look towards the radiant point as some may believe. So go out, find somewhere dark, look up and enjoy the show.