It’s a familiar sight. You enter the local comic book shop (if you even have a comic book shop) and see the shelves packed full of bland, stupid looking funko pop dolls and done to death recycled trite. Books that sell based on nothing more than name recognition and an endless series of gimmicks. What if Thor was a woman? What if Spiderman was black? What if ice man was gay? Forget telling a compelling story, simply changing the characters demographic data to the trending minority of the week should be more than enough to draw new readers. Right?
So you want to write a book, comic or screenplay and all your characters are caricatures of two-dimensional tropes so done to death they’re contributing to global warming. What can you do to freshen things up a bit? Well, here are my ten tips for making your character more compelling.