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.