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GEN 13 Caitlin Fairchild: GenActive by filbarlow GEN 13 Caitlin Fairchild: GenActive by filbarlow
I designed most of the female characters for the Gen 13 movie, Directed by Kevin Altieri, while I was living in Queensland Australia back in 1996.

I owe my Hollywood animation career to Kevin as he was the person who showed my comic Zooniverse to Richard Raynis who was looking for a character designer for the animated ALF back in 1987. After the second season of ALF Kevin, and much of the original DiC crew, went on to work with Bruce Timm on his Batman series. I did not, I had to return to Australia in late 1989 after the DiC layoffs because my work visa had ended. So I focused on my own comic work once more.

In 1996 Kevin asked me to work with him on Gen 13, he liked the way I drew the female characters, especially Caitlin. I found the project a difficult challenge. Had I worked on Batman I feel I would have understood the stylistic shorthand that Kevin was expecting me to master, but I felt like I was fumbling around in Bruce Timm's style. I also felt uncomfortable doing so. I'm used to creating my own styles, and while I can easily pick up other peoples, I prefer the freedom of setting my own stylistic rules. So when Kevin brought character designers from Batman on the film to help out, and I saw that they could do a better job than me, I decided to pull out. Richard Raynis had been talking to me about Extreme Ghostbusters and it was a chance for me to start fresh with my own style. I will freely admit that I brought some of the simplicity that I learned from Gen 13 to XGB.

When Helen Maier and I were back in Los Angeles later that year we attended Kevin's screening of Gen 13 at a book store. It was great to see it completed, however it has never been release commercially in the USA. Disney sat on it, and sits on it to this day. They claim it is due to adult themes and language. They seem unable to slap a rating on the animation and release it. Ironically the Gen 13 movie was released here in Australia on DVD. Go figure.
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Victor2K Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Her hais has a bit of Daphne
filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Maybe, but Caitlin does a lot more than stand around blinking.
TSG-Arakara Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you really picked up the style very well. I mean, she could've been in the Batman TAS show, it would've worked.
filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I can see it now, but back then I thought I was way off the mark.
JFP Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Do you know where to find a copy of the Austrailian DVD?

If only Warner would gets the rights to this film for Disney...maybe trade them the old Fantastic Four Hanna-Barbera cartoon, plus CN's stake in the 2005 FF cartoon and maybe the Blade series and movies for it?
filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Sorry I can't remember which store I've seen it in.

Why the sold it to Disney I'll never know, but now that they own Marvel, who knows?
Hersiali Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Just saying through....
Rblue Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
This character looks great.
filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you.
Hersiali Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Has bit of a anime Flair on the eyes there...
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