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Marrow by damnskippy Marrow by damnskippy
I was asked to contribute to the Marvel What If blog (formerly DC Fifty-Too); the idea was "What would you do if Marvel gave you free rein to do a comic starring one of their characters?" I chose Marrow, an obscure character from the X-Men: [link](comics)

This is the comic I'd make for her:
I picked Marrow to draw because I very briefly read X-Men in the late 90s, then stopped reading when I realized the stories would never come to a proper conclusion (it's important to me that stories have a beginning/middle/end). Marrow was a new member of the X-Men, and I liked her defiance to the rest of the team, as well as her strange look: the jutting bones and short hair (I always thought her green/blue costume was kinda ugly) was very different looking from the typical female X-Men, and as an awkward teenager who didn't feel terribly attractive, I identified with her.

I'm passionate about doing comics for younger readers, and I think superhero comics have really dropped the ball on that. I do outreach to schools and libraries, and I always find kids/teens who are really interested in comics, wildly enthusiastic about Bone, Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach or Smile. I meet maybe one kid in 30 who reads a superhero comic. So my Marrow story would be for teens and maybe a little younger, with action and bravery, but also about a young mutant with alienation issues, someone who doesn't really fit into "normal" society.

My Marrow story (one with a beginning/middle/end), would start with her Morlock origins: she'd be a kid growing up in the sewer with a surrogate mutant family, knowing that she was very different from the world above. She'd chafe at being forced to stay in the sewer, where it was safer and she could be protected from the scorn of "normal" humans. But she'd start to explore the world above and, like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, would fight crime in the shadows. And then she'd probably run into some of the X-Men, and there'd be fun conflict between the groups.

Here's the Marvel What If blog: [link] Lots of good stuff there!
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Enderemperor Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I would love to read this.
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BugleMan-Snow Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Great description, cool style, and I love the design! Definitely something I would be interested in reading. :)
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Othergrunty Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Nice work. Also i agree on that green and blue costume. Somehow it just doesn't looks right. It seems like Joe MAD couldn't decide what ever it should be more of a street outfit or actual costume, since it's very simple (tank top, pants, boots) but still has the material and bright colors of a super hero/villain outfit.
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lagriffoneuse Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
I OWN THE ORIGINAL ! So happy :)
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EddiePerkins Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Marrow's always been one of my favorite X-Men characters. It's sad they could never really write her very well. But, yeah, I'm in the same boat. Read X-Men in the 90's then stopped when I realized nothing would ever be wrapped up. It was just a mess. Liked the characters but it was just a mess.
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
love it! :D
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She totally deserves her own spin off.
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sashimidragon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Marrow definitely benefits from the Faith treatment. She looks like she can kick your ass, but also cute, which I love. I would totally dig that comic if you were ever able to make it. I also shy away from the never ending story comics. I do not like that feeling of knowing there really is no light at the end of the tunnel, and someone will always be in peril all the time. Not satisfying at all. That's why I love your stories. They are beautifully told.
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nervousystem Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
I like Marrow. Probably my second-favorite X-Man after Feral (also a Morlock escapee).

This is gorgeous, boss.
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pennydrdful Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
I'd love to read a Marrow comic by you! Marrow was a character with a lot of possibility and interesting conflict, at least until Marvel used alien technology to magically make her pretty. I'm still bitter about that.
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damnskippy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Artist
Yeah, I heard about that. Pretty dumb.
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vinegartom23 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
It's not a story if it doesn't have a beginning, middle and an end. It's a gigantic advertisement. And strangely I think I recall this character- and abandoned mainstream books about the same time you did.
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Carsis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I am only going to say that I Love your imagination and if I had the funds would be your official patron. :)
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catc10 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it awful that I want this Marrow comic, now?
GAWD.
Can you imagine sanctified fan-comics? I WOULD WANT THIS IF THAT COULD HAPPEN.
I want it anyway, who am I kidding?
ME
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Petarvee Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Artist
The great use of varying line weight was what got me, then the great use of such an earth-toney palette only gives Marrow that sorta "one with her surroundings" type feel. And man, your style has only gotten better since I first found "Zombies Calling".

I would buy the fuck of out this print if it were available.
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Corporal34 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Writer
I love the picture, but i favourited for your description :salute:
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Kanthara Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
I second this motion. *nodnod*
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Kikyz Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student
Really cool idea...don't see a lot of marrow stuff.
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Pompeybot Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
I remember Marrow, wow. Nice ideas, too.
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martymckfly Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful idea! I, too, could never really dig superhero comics - I was pretty aware of the contrived gender stuff at play, even back then - and you make a good point about the beginning/middle/end. Seriously, that just struck with me. I can't articulate what it is, but unless you get really drawn in by a character (which I didn't), you are faced with just a endlesssss series of plots that are kind of made pointless by the lack of overall structure/end (lulllz, like life, mabbe? The predictability of mortality shakes things up. Immortal folks in shows/books seem to be preeeetty damn bored 90% of the time - if not boring themselves, in the case of some).

I heart this cover liek whoah, because it is also an example of sp comics need more of if they don't want to offend ladywallets of the future: dramatic covers that don't rely on cheesecake. Serrriously man. As another commenter said above, if I saw this, I would definitely buy the first issue - DC should take notes! :P

Slightly OT: I totally forgot about the Marrow character (I knew her vaguely from the Wolverine cartoon, but that was uh...a while ago /feelsoold) - and I thought this might be for a zombie comic! "Marrow" would be such a kickass name for a zombie comic too, so I may be nicking that for the future XD!
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frozenverdugo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
very cool. lack of cohesive storyline is also why i never read supes. theyre a snore!
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SamhainNightManga Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice job! I love the sense of dramatic tension you captured!
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LithiumBlossom Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Interesting premise, I always enjoy it when someone takes an obscure charcater and runs with it to make something special. The cover hints at an intreguing story in itself, the careful composition garnering the charcater some empathy. I particularly like the urban survivor image they have, a nice compromise between real world fashions and a recognisable super hero outfit.

I would pick up the first issue at least.
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