Extra: Momiko and Chika concept art

March 21st, 2018, 5:00 am

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Reply Elaienar, March 20th, 2018, 11:23 pm

Extra (1 of 2) These scans are all, I'm pretty sure, from early to mid-2011, when Key and I first started working on Maria. We started off with Chika, and kind of developed the story around her character--the idea of a timid, shy magical girl who runs around in jeans and a t-shirt, and fights her opponents by whacking them with her magic wand. You can see her doing just that to a giant floating octopus near the top right of the image--SWARMs were a later development. (Edit: I just realised that octopus has four arms and two human-looking legs. What on earth? I have no idea what we were thinking back then. I really wish I could remember.) At some point we did away with the baseball cap and then (much, much later, I think) decided that she would have her wand shaped like a baseball bat. (It balances better like that.)

Momiko came along almost immediately afterward, and most of their development was done in tandem. From early on we made them opposites: so Chika is shy and retiring while Momiko is outgoing and charismatic; Momiko is open and friendly unless hurt while Chika is reserved and quiet unless threatened, and so on. They weren't named for a while so early on we called Chika MC (Main Character) and Momiko PG (Popular Girl).

The gag with the roach-host SWARM from chapter two was planned from almost the beginning. We knew Chika would be a fantastic Maria once she got the hang of it; the challenge was the initial trigger for her violent methods.

When we began releasing Maria in 2013 we we using this character sheet from 2012 for Chika. As you can see, it's still not quite the same as Chika appears in the early pages of the comic.

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