Black Steel, The Hidden Blade

Here is the full colour version of Tommy Lee, also known as Black Steel, “The Hidden Blade”. Black Steel was the winning character in the GagMen RPG Podcast character contest.

Black Steel by Sean Izaakse

Tommy’s father was Korean, and his mother was an African-American US diplomat stationed in South Korea. His sculpted profile and green eyes gives him striking good looks, but his features are rounded enough to make him inviting rather than intimidating. He is always impeccably dressed when in his civilian identity; as Black Steel, he wears a black gi paired with a deep hood and a domino mask.

At the peak of human ability, even without his powers Tommy would be a deadly foe. But add in his ability to teleport, control kinetic energy, and mark targets, and you get an implacable hunter, able to reach targets where they think they are safest.

Sketch: Manticore

Manticore sketch by Sean Izaakse

Manticore sketch by Sean Izaakse

Counting down: two days until our Kickstarter for Bulletproof Blues Second Edition! This evening, Brandon Blackmoor (Evil Mastermind of Kalos Comics) sat in with Mike Lafferty, Sean Izaakse, and a few other gaming luminaries to discuss comics and their favorite “alternate continuities”. It should be posted to the BAMF! podcast in the next day or so, so keep an eye out!

[As always, I think I sounded like an idiot, and I wish I had talked more about the talented folks who will be contributing art and stretch goals for Bulletproof Blues Second Edition. Aaargh! — BSB]

However, we don’t want you to leave the Kalos Comics blog unsatisfied, so here is a sketch from Sean Izaakse, and one of our favorites: Chloe Zhang, also known in North America as Manticore. Chloe Zhang is the photogenic, famous, and brilliant daughter of Zhang Ka-shing, one of the twenty richest people in the world. Fun fact: In China, Chloe’s superhero persona is known as “Dragon’s Lovely Daughter”, while in Japan, she is known as “Super Demon Rider Girl”.

Sketch: Widow

One month until our Kickstarter for Bulletproof Blues Second Edition, which is scheduled to start February 1st! This is a sketch from Sean Izaakse: Charlotte McCoy, better known as the Widow. In her guise as Widow, Charlotte’s entire body is covered by a thin layer of extraterrestrial nanotechnological goo. The goo can take on any color or texture, but because of the neuroses of the previous wearer of the goo, it now tends to display itself in ways that represent spiders.

Widow sketch by Sean Izaakse

Widow sketch by Sean Izaakse

As we gear up for the Bulletproof Blues Kickstarter, we are having a contest. Take one of the characters from Bulletproof Blues, and write, draw, or design a new format for the character’s write-up at the back of Bulletproof Blues Second Edition. The winner will receive credit in the second edition credits and a free print copy of the game (either the current edition, or, if they are willing to wait for it, the second edition). Here are the characters to choose from:
http://ogc.rpglibrary.org/index.php?title=Bulletproof_Blues:Characters

Send your contest entries to bblackmoor@kaloscomics.com

Manticore, celebrity super-scientist

A new character for Bulletproof Blues: Manticore, celebrity super-scientist.

Chloe Zhang is the photogenic, famous, and brilliant daughter of Zhang Ka-shing, one of the twenty richest people in the world. If one word could be used to describe Chloe Zhang, it would be “active”. Nearly every moment of every day is occupied with something, whether it is research into new semiconducting polymers, competing in a snowboarding competition, acting in a film on location in Mongolia, promoting the Special Olympics, or dancing at the newest and most exciting club.

Despite the frenetic pace of her lifestyle, she always seems as ease with the people around her, and she is never too busy to be gracious. She is a genuinely nice person.

Fun fact: In China, Chloe’s superhero persona is known as “Dragon’s Lovely Daughter”, while in Japan, she is known as “Super Demon Rider Girl”.

Grimknight, ominous protector of Manhattan

A new character for Bulletproof Blues: Grimknight, a grim protector of “his city”, New York.

By day, Diggs Tyler is a charming prosecuting attorney for the New York County District Attorney’s Office. By night, he is the scion of Gwynn ap Nudd. Using his skills as an investigator and the strength and hardiness of a fae warrior, Grimknight brings justice to those who think they are untouchable.

In addition to his own considerable abilities, Grimknight wears the Mantle of Arawn, an ancient fae artifact which allows the wearer to warp time and space, traveling thousands of miles in an instant.

Character Sheet Helper 1.05

Bulletproof Blues Character Sheet HelperWe have finally wrapped up all the changes and improvements we hoped to make to the Character Sheet Helper. Barring the discovery of any new bugs or serious omissions (knock on wood), it’s ready to go! Feel free to use it, and post any questions you might have to the Kalos Comics mailing list. While I have your attention, please take a look at the Kalos Comics pages on Facebook and Google+.

Bulletproof Blues Character Sheet Helper

Here are the characters we have written up so far using this version of the Character Sheet Helper:

Blueshift
Karen 7
Karen X
Monolith

More characters will be posted to the Kalos Universe wiki as we write them up.

Update 2013-01-01:

Well, poop. While tinkering with the spreadsheet while on the road, I found a serious bug. The power data for [Attribute] Drain was entirely missing. I have fixed it, and have updated the Character Sheet Helper on DriveThruRPG to version 1.06.