I've been pushing through the self-publishing lessons and taking notes on everything, but I'll admit I have been distracted this week. See, I've been running into a problem lately while looking at the long-term goals of Old School Evil. I have 4 books planned - the main trilogy starring Jayce as he learns to be not only a Legacy but a leader - and a spin-off book, which is a screenplay idea I came up with a long time ago that I've adapted to fit in the OSE universe. But once those books are written, I wasn't so sure where else to take Jayce and his pals.
So I got to thinking of the other generations within the Old School Evil universe. The world Jayce inhabits is based off cartoons from the 80s and some of the 90s, where you've got small groups of colorful heroes fighting villains, like the Transformers and M.A.S.K. Some of them are even anthropomorphasized animals like TMNT and Biker Mice from Mars (which I have and probably never will watch).
But what about the other eras, like the 70s and the 2000s? Obviously there were villains before people like Max Malice and Big Gun, right? But what were they like? I had to look at the most popular cartoons of those eras to figure out what their bad guys were like.
When looking at the 70s, the answer's pretty simple: they were ordinary criminals that dressed in elaborate costumes to scare people away from some sort of treasure. We're talking Scooby Doo! After that cartoon became a hit, it launched a whole genre of mystery-solving teens that had a talking mascot; there's Speed Buggy, the talking car, Jabberjaw, the talking shark, and even the Funky Phantom, the talking ghost - though I assume most ghosts talk so it's not that special. The problem with this kind of show is that none of them had recurring villains - they were always just random people that liked wearing Halloween costumes and fog machines. Once they were arrested, that was it. Somehow I need to come up with a specific villain to fit that style of cartoon.
The 2000s presents its own kind of problem. The majority of the popular cartoons here fall in the collection genre - if it's got a different name, I don't know it. Most of them are, sometimes unfairly, considered Pokémon clones. Digimon (my favorite of the bunch), Monster Rancher, Yugi-oh, and the like. The problem is that villains are not so easy to pin down. Yes, some of them have rivals or human bad guys, but some of the other ones have massive monsters as bad guys. It's difficult to come up with a certain type of character for Old School Evil when the bad guys in these cartoons vary so much.
I've got ideas for some of the cartoons I'm going to make up for each era - the 70s cartoons are easy as heck as long as you come up with a crazy mascot to join the crew. I'm planning to come up with three cartoons for each of them, since I still want to focus on the main 80/90s eras for Old School Evil, but I always have so much fun coming up with new cartoon ideas that I might end up with more. Most importantly, this has me thinking of maybe another trilogy, and an excuse to stick with Old School Evil for a lot longer than I first planned.