Thank you so much!
We did draw from what we love, of course, but Adam and Helix actually originated as tabletop roleplaying characters. I played Adam, and Ben played Helix. It was for a Star Wars setting, and Adam was a human replica droid that Helix was working on, and eventually stole, which led to them joining the party.
When the game ended, Ben and I weren’t ready to give up the characters, so we discussed doing a fancomic with them. However, we thought it would ultimately be better in the long run if we made an original setting. We played with some original sci-fi settings, fantasy settings, and eventually settled on the alchemy-fueled steampunk setting you see now. Ben’s extremely knowledgeable about old western magical traditions (among a variety of other things) so it was an easy pick. We loved getting to explore themes like humanity, otherness, the definition of a soul, Helix’s responsibility to build Adam’s mind, how much of Adam was real versus how much was defined by Helix, etc.
Even though Helix is as much “mine” as Adam is now, I’m like “eh Adam’s okay I guess” and then with Helix I’m all “OH MY BABY LET ME DRAW YOUR SWEET FACE” because I’m always more passionate about my characters’ love interests (SPOILER as though anyone hasn’t figured it out yet) than my characters themselves.
Okay, expect a Green Lion update tomorrow morning. I got set back a little bit because I’m reapplying to school and had to get a few last little things in order. c: