Anonymous asked: It seems Monet had darker skin back then.
Yup. I remember some letter pages in early X-Factor commenting on Monet’s skintone, and that she got darker after that. And sometime later we got introduced to her dad, and he was a Black man.
Which is great. And I kind of wonder if that was the case when Monet was first introduced in Generation X?
Because American culture - besides a tendency to whitewashing characters, especially characters who are supposed to be good (like, I could do some compare & contrast on Frenzy, I think she definitly got lighter now that she’s with the X-Men) - has a weird kind of colorism where if a character belongs to an ethnicity that is read as “not white” by American culture, they sort of expect them to be… really not white. It’s a weird sort of all dark skinned people look the same. Like, TV shows regularly have Black American actors standing as Middle Eastern characters which is not believable at all. Or it’s the same kind of thing that make people think that Japanese’s culture emphasis on paleness comes from Western people’s whiteness envy or some shit.
And Algerian people? Well most Algerian people aren’t very dark skinned. Not to the point of that scan. In fact blondeness and blue eyes isn’t even rare amongst Berbers and Kabyles.
There may be some Black Algerians though, it’s a pretty big country and it goes pretty deep south in the Sahara. But when I first saw Monet and heard about her being of French & Algerian background, I sort of suspected that the very dark skinned depiction was mostly due to that sort of colorism. So I thought it was awesome to have her dad be a Black guy XD Especially since it’s very, very rare for comics to remember that France also is a country with a lot of immigration and ethnic diversity.
I had a huge inspiration about it so have some designs and character bios :D
Founder, manager, director, drummer, show master, bartender, cook, waiter…basically everything and anything.
Jamie could never choose what he’d become so he tried it all. In the end he ended up with a witty bar and a bunch of skills to do stuff with.
Dancer, singer and waitress.
Rahne has a past she doesn’t talk about. Judging by the way she acts, it’s something awful, but she’s still on her both feet and she has the attitude so no-one asks. She was one of the first people working for Jamie. She mostly sings slow husky jazz ballads. She lives with Rictor and sometimes when they feel lonely and mizerable, they sleep together.
Julio Richter alias Rictor
Sad Mexican troumpetheer, bartender, cook.
Julio doesn’t let anyone call him Julio or Richter, only Rictor for it’s his stage name and it’s professional. He was the first member of the band that plays in Jamie’s bar. Jamie pulled him up from a sewer with a bottle of whiskey. He doesn’t like to be reminded of that. He says that falling there was an accident. No-one believes him. It’s very important that in his contract there is a section that says that in any occasion Jamie is banned from trying to make him sing or dance for that is something he will never ever do ever again.
Pianist, cook, bartender, the security guy.
Quido sortof came with Rahne. They knew each other before the awful thingy and met again after it. Quido is also old friend of Jamie’s. He’s very hard to draw.
Monet Yvette Clarisse Maria Therese St. Croix
Monet is a diva from France. She has old connections with everyone everywhere. She herself says that she’s with Jamie’s group just for pity but that’s a lie. It’s hard to find a worthy rival these days…
Theresa Maeve Rourke Cassidy alias Terry
Another Diva, waitress.
Terry has a magnifficent voice but she’s not as elegant and charismatic as Monet. She’s a worthy rival, tho. She can sing people to unconsious and convince anyone to sleep with her. That’s not always a good thing because every now and then she gets harrased because of it. She has a horrible luck.
Dancer, singer, costume designer, the actual director since Jamie can never decide what’s the best way to do things.
One day Layla Miller just showed up on the bar and started working there without asking anyone. She knows stuff and others are disturbed. It doesn’t bother her.
(Oops I forgot to draw him :I Poor Darwin)
The prop maker.
Armando is a part time worker and stops by only when they need new props and settings. He had a huge thing for Monet but it didn’t work out. Now he’s traveling around, seeng the world. He sends post cards every now and then.
AND THAT’S IT FOR NOW!
I’ll make another post for Shatterstar and Longshot because they are…difficult. It takes time to draw them.
I…hope you like this AU and I hope I made any sense :I