Saturday, February 18, 2006
Fun With Scissors - part 27
The second member of the Mystery Inc. gang is Velma Dinkley. On the original tv series, there wasn't much to distinguish her character from Fred's, especially when it came to purpose. They were both the smart ones who put the clues together and had everything figured out. Sure Fred got to drive the Mystery Machine, lay the traps which never worked, and unmask the villain, and Velma had that schtick with losing her glasses and the catch phrase "Jinkies!" but that was mostly it.
In writing the comic book, I wanted to seperate them more. Fred is more serious, and Velma, while being serious when it comes to research and mystery solving, seems to have more of a sense of humor, or a tolerance for it, especially when pertaining to Shaggy and Scooby. I also decided to have Velma's bookish nature lean towards books, making her areas of knowledge more scholarly; history, folklore, science, biography, etc., while Freddie's knowledge was more practical, and worldly; languages, mechanics + engineering, and so forth.
Velma also ended up being more patient, no doubt stemming from her relationship with the group's two buffoons, Shaggy and Scooby, which is somewhat motherly at times, or more accurately school teacherly. She's willing to take her time gathering the information she needs to solve a case, whereas Fred likes to charge in and take it as it comes.
Stay tuned for more.