Lessons Learned - Part 40
August 11th, 2014, 2:00 pm
Average Rating: 5.00
August 11th, 2014, 2:31 pmReply
And with that, the third crossover of Kirby Adventure is complete! That might also be the third and final, depending on how things go in the future. I can't see another crossover with 20 Times Kirby happening due to how much more rigid planning Gigi puts into her comic, and I'm Kirby's Dream Adventure-d out for now. Maybe in the distant future, there'll be a fourth crossover, but don't get your hopes up.
So, as per Kirby Adventure tradition, time to talk in-depth about the segment and my writing process.
I'll freely admit it right here and now: the only reason why I asked BattleStarX if he'd be willing to do another crossover was so that I could do what I did with Kexas during this segment.
Back when I was doing my Kirby's Dream Adventure In-Depth Review over at my review comic, Ulti Reviews, I took notice of Kexas a little bit more. Everyone who reads KDA knows Kexas, she's probably the most popular character in the comic. She's entertaining and her strength and reputation makes her also one of the most feared KDA characters. However, as I was rereading the entire archives to review the comic, I started to notice something about Kexas. As good as she was, she was also starting to become a bit of a one-note character in KDA. Every situation involving her was essentially exactly the same, and as opposed to some other characters in a similar boat in KDA, Kexas's reputation made it pretty much impossible for her to change from her current position. Nobody could talk any change into her, she was perfectly happy where she was, and people who didn't like her were too afraid to speak up against her. I noticed that if BSX ever intended to give more depth to Kexas, he was kind of written into a corner. I saw no feasible way for Kexas's character to expand any more from how she was presented already... unless someone who didn't know Kexas's reputation encountered her.
This is where the crossover idea sprung into my mind. Kexas could get depth to her one-note personality if she encountered somebody who wasn't aware of her strength or background. The only kinds of people who wouldn't know that would be characters not from that universe. This then eventually developed into having said person be Saia, as she's not only the only Kirby I have who would have enough care to want to talk with Kexas, but she'd also be strong enough to stand up to Kexas in the first place.
Of course, I would never do any of this without BattleStarX's permission, so in my initial private message proposals, I basically presented the idea to him in as much detail as I had already worked out. To my happiness, BSX was all for the idea, so after a few more inquiries into Kexas straight from the creator, I was ready to go on that front.
Also of course, it wouldn't quite be a crossover if only Kexas was involved, so I had to balance between the heavier Kexas characterization stuff with the kookiness of the other six characters I got. In addition to immediately requesting Kexas as a character, BSX gave me Karby and Kimsy to work with, and then I later requested Kubby, Kublie, Kruzy, and Klooshy, whereas aside from Ryka and Shat'l, BSX got to decide everyone he got to work with from my end.
When it came to getting the characterizations right, I think Kruzy and Kublie were the easiest for me to work with. Kruzy immediately clicked with me, and his evil-voice shenanigans were fun to work with. Klooshy was a bit mellowed down, and I don't think I was quite able to use him to his full potential, but he still came out alright. On the other hand, despite how much I love the Kubby-Kublie pairing in KDA, I actually struggled a bit when using it myself. I was able to use the two more effectively when they weren't together, surprisingly enough, or at the very least, when they were addressing somebody else. Thus, the Squishy entered the scene. I left his name and a good chunk of his personality open for interpretation by BattleStarX, thus making it so that BSX can do basically whatever he wants with the Squishy. Unlike Master Green, the Squishy had very little to go on, meaning BSX can write him however he so desires.
The pairing of Karby and Shadik was one that absolutely had to happen. Karby and Shadik missed each other in the first crossover, and Grace and Shadik didn't interact all that much in the second. This time around, I immediately put the two together to create as much silent laughs as I could. Speaking of which, though, that one scene where Karby actually speaks aloud? That was a BSX-approved scene. Unlike in the first and second crossovers, when I would usually just write jokes that may or may not create information from nowhere, or potentially overwrite canonical information, I was a lot more careful this time around. I thought of the joke midway through the crossover, and immediately went to BSX asking if it would be okay. Approval was definitely a lot more important to me this time around, as I wanted to ensure the characters were as accurate as they could be.
Alas, with each crossover comes an underused character. In the first one, it was Karby. In the second one, it was Leo (and Daniel and Yan, to an extent). This time around, Kimsy took the role of being underused. I'll admit, I had a very difficult time working with Kimsy. Like I said, I even forgot to initially put her into the comic when the rest of the KDA cast arrives. I tried to make up for her early underuse in the later half of the segment, but even then, she only has about two comics where she's got more than one line. I really enjoyed the comic where Bandana Dee wakes her up, as well as the comic with her talking to Kublie, but as a whole, Kimsy suffered a bit from me just simply not knowing what to do with her. She still fared better than Karby and Leo did, but it's undeniable how little she participated in this.
I don't have much else to talk about when it comes to the Kexas scenes. I wanted to expand upon her characterization, but I also did so in a way that accomplished two important things. One was that it didn't actually create any new information. Everything I did had its roots in her official KDA backstory, I just used it in a slightly different manner. The other thing is that in all actuality, I didn't change Kexas in the slightest. The way I wrote that conversation was an intentional way of simply sowing the seeds. Any actual change in Kexas's characterization, if there is one at all, can and will be written solely by BattleStarX now. I set the stage for the character growth to occur, but I didn't actually write it myself. I didn't want to feel as though I was interfering too much with the character, so now the future of Kexas rests solely on the hands of the Author Doo.
So yeah, that's all I really have to talk about for now, unless I'm just forgetting something. In the end, I think this crossover ended up being the best one of the three, so that's a good note to end on with the most likely final KA crossover. Hopefully you all enjoyed the segment, and if nothing else, the next segment should be a fun ride as well.
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User's CommentsHi(: (Guest),
August 11th, 2014, 2:45 pmReply
I have a question: Are you planning on putting Talzo in the next segment? It's been a while since he showed up, and I'd really like to find out more about what his next plan is.BattleStarX,
August 11th, 2014, 2:58 pmReply
Yeah, this was definitely our better cross-overs. With full on planning on one end and extra effort to not massacre characters on the other, I think we should get a lot less complaints about canon things this time around.
Not that we each didn't get a lot to play with last time, hehehe.
I actually look forward to the next segment to focus on Kexas and the other kirbies of that group now after this. Sometimes you just need something like this to break a mode JUST enough.
August 11th, 2014, 3:12 pmReply
I can't wait to see what happens next~Extremmefan,
August 11th, 2014, 3:30 pmReply
... Yeah, this was a good crossover, with effort in both comics. I'm still happy to read those comics and I'll always be a fan of KA and KDA!Sapar,
August 11th, 2014, 4:01 pmReply
Wait..... "Fun ride?" "Next segment?" "As?"
August 11th, 2014, 4:12 pmReply
Master green and the Ku-ie's Jelly will always hold the memories of Calibri.Luigi_96,
August 11th, 2014, 4:54 pmReply
Honestly, I'm glad things are back to non-crossover.
It's not that I don't necessarily like the crossovers, I just don't find them as enjoyable as the normal segments.
But maybe that's just me.
August 11th, 2014, 5:15 pmReply
@Ultimate Yoshi: So, what are your thoughts on how BSX handled your characters this time around?Kevin The Kirby,
August 12th, 2014, 3:31 amReply
I still wouldn't trust master greenMimistarlish (Guest),
August 12th, 2014, 3:45 amReply
Captain of zeros (Guest),
His not return yet
August 12th, 2014, 4:32 amReply