This is the second of our new feature where we take a closer look at our characters. This week it’s the turn of Sally Joanna Sabrina Vixen, better known as Wondervixen…
Wondervixen by SonaWolfGenie
“I love WonderVixen because she is a strong and sassy girl who I can relate to” Jess Austin, Reynard City Sales Team Leader
“”I like Wondervixen because she’s Reynard City’s blonde bombshell with a dark side – don’t mess with her!” Rachel Keeley of Keelock, singer of Hyper Rob/Wondervixen ballad Maybe Someday
Sally Joanna Sabrina Vixen looks like she has it all- a former beauty queen (third place) who has gone on to form the leader role of the Reynard City team. She has the gift of super strength, flight and super agility, as well as wielding her pole (complete with hidden taser).
But underneath it all Sal has a problem- she sees herself as fat and keeps hearing voices in her head. To make matters worse she lies to her friends and strange things seem to keep happening around her…
“Knowing the influences that the writers used to create Wondervixen has been incredibly useful to me. She is going to be a great character and I hope I can do her justice!
At first I thought I just needed to think of a voice and a bit of characterisation, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to delve into Wondervixen.
The reason being is that as a stage actor I like to delve into different layers of my character so I thought that shouldn’t be any different for taking on the role of Wondervixen. And after all she does have many personas!” Laura Landamore, voice of Wondervixen for the Radio Norfolk project
Princess Sally from Sonic Satam- For those of you who know Sonic Satam is the fan name for the second animated Sonic the Hedgehog series. While the first series was wacky and had a lot of Warner Bros-esque slapstick, this was darker in tone. What was interesting was the inclusion of Princess Sally- a squirrel who was in effect a love interest for Sonic.
The first influence was the name- It seemed to fit the character. However the character also had a seriousness that contrasted well with the casual attitude of Sonic. Those of you who know the comic know that it’s more Sal and Vibes’ friendship that has this kind of “odd couple” vibe, both in a funny and slightly more serious way…
Jean Grey from X-Men People assume because Jean Grey is a psychic that she was a big influence on AK Girl. Again for people who have read the comics you will know that in character terms she is closer to Sal. Sal is a bit more serious minded and also hides a darker side that she struggles to deal with.
Cheetarah from Thundercats- Now the name Wondervixen does obviously have parallels with Wonder Woman. However in terms of her look I’d say she is closer to Cheetarah.
The Picture of Dorian Grey/ The Nutty Professor- I have always had a fascination with stories about alter egos and with superheroes you do sometimes wonder- do they ever wonder about who they are? In Sal’s case there is the additional dilemma of having body dysmorphia (a real condition in which people see themselves as fat when they really aren’t). In both these stories there is a sense of a person struggling to reclaim their soul, albeit one is more dramatic and the other is more for comedic purposes.
A Doll’s House- Ibsen’s story is an interesting one as it is about someone hiding secrets from their partner and generally being treated in a superficial way (hence the title).
Grace Kelly in Rear Window- As we all know Hitchcock had a thing for blondes. But Grace Kelly was more than someone to shriek in horror and especially in this film- she is confident, playful and her relationship with James Stewart is just as engaging as the thriller plot. While we have allured to the dark side of Sal, she is equally someone who can play off people with a similar dry sense of humour.
* Issue 7- Sal talks with Dr Anty about her time in New Jamestown and why she didn’t
Go back to find her friends.
- Issue 9- Sal risks a mental breakdown dealing with a demanding diva (and a mysterious Mexican stalker.
- Issue 17- We learn the truth about the voice in Sal’s head.
- Issue 19- A mysterious face from Sal’s past brings trouble to Reynard City.
- Issue 20- Vibes and Guillermo go into a villain’s mind to save Sal.
- Issue 22- Dr Anty forces Sal to confront some difficult truths.
- Bonus issue Chubby Little Secret- A 2 page mini comic about Sal’s past.
- Bonus issue Revelation- Dr Anty has a therapy session with Sal.
Q and A
Wondervixen’s jump attack by Jamel Markel
Q. How did Sal fall in love with Guillermo (Louis Yamato, Forum)?
A (Sal): I was working as a waitress in a cafe in Pinball City. I was finally able to go my own way and not have the pressure of learning how to walk with poise or deliver some corny speech I had no real belief in. What that did mean was working long hours and generally not having much to my name, with no real support from my Mum, who was moaning that I was “wasting my gifts.”
One day a guy rushed into the cafe. He said his name was “Guillermo”. Now I don’t know if you believe in love at first sight or not. But for me personally at that moment something clicked- even though he was talking about robots and invasions and all kinds of crazy stuff, you could tell he was serious and that was when I ran away with him.
To be honest it’s a good thing I did- pretty soon after that Pinball City and most of the planet Animal Kingdom was taken over by Mega Fox and his goons. Guillermo saved me and I can never forget that. We have been through a lot and to be honest the thought of losing him scares me. I dropped everything for him and if I could relive it all again…I’d do exactly the same thing a hundred times over.
Q.What made you give Sal body dysmorphia? (Van Hikari, Forum)
A (Rob): I think the common link with a lot of the influences of the character is repression, particularly the dark side. I think the dysmorphia (aside from being a real condition) is symbolic of her inner struggle.
Q.What are your personal favorite qualities about Wondervixen’s character? (Mariah Chastain, Facebook)
A. (Rob) For me personally I like the layers of the character- she is someone who works hard and doesn’t always get the reward for it and I think everyone can relate to that.
Q.Who would you compare yourself to and why? (John Paul Guerra, Facebook group)
A (Sal): Well I suppose that would be my Mum- she had…how can I put this? High
Q. Do you dye your hair because you support the Canaries? (@Steakokidney, Twitter)
A (Sal): I don’t dye my hair…totally natural (Also wearing a white and blue costume doesn’t make me an Ipswich town supporter!)
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