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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
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Maybe, but Caitlin does a lot more than stand around blinking.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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?
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Hersiali Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Just saying through....
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Rblue Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
This character looks great.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you.
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:iconhersiali:
Hersiali Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Has bit of a anime Flair on the eyes there...
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Not deliberately.
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tsujigo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really Like your Version of Catilin Fairchild and the way you streamedlined her costume . Mind if I say that it Makes me think of Bruce Timm`s Clean Line work with that Added little Spark you give all of your Animated works ^_^ just looking at this Still makes me think of Happier Times watching Cartoons like this one back in the day . I had seen the Gen Thirteen Movie one time at a friend`s House was taken away by the quality of the animation and Voice-over work in the film :D afterword I had bought an Tradepaper Back of the first Image Ongoing series.great stuff . but seeing your work is a joy
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I mention the loose Bruce Timm link in the description if you want to know more. I'm glad that the design brought back happy memories for you :)
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's a very important share. There's a lot of background in there that I was always curious about. Especially about how you didn't get brought in on Batman and I'm very glad you didn't as your style is still distinctly yours in every manner. It would have been a loss if anything from the Batman crew had rubbed off creatively in my opinion.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I agree, I've been lucky that I've been able to set the style for most of the projects that I've worked on with a reasonably free reign. I do wonder what I would have brought to the villains on Batman.
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That sounds like a wonderful foundation for a series of commissions. Similar to Stan Lee's Just Imagine series.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Nah there are better artists than me who are all over it. :)
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WeiIngnan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am totally getting a Daphne from ScoobyDoo vibe off of this...she is even still sporting the same colour scheme
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Good to know I'm not the only one.
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Trust me, Cailin is NO Daphne. Maybe my choice of background color is to blame.
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Artist
Amazing work!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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:iconemerson-fialho:
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Artist
You're welcome, good friend! :D
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Hersiali Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
U sir are a Genious
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DayDreamOrNightmare Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the background on that. Always interested in insight into the industry and personal experiences. Watching Helen now too, appreciate the link. :sun::skull:
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
You are very welcome, Helen appreciates the watch :)
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HangmansFable Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Its on DVD!!!! I have been looking for it for ages, would it play on a US DvD player?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
You would have to change your player to region 4 to watch it. :( Silly regions.
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