When I was big into cartooning, one of my ideas was a tag-team duo based on my patriotism. But of course it’d be silly to make it entirely propaganda-like, so what do I do? Put a bit of humor and slice-of-life angles, and I get “Liberty & Justice: America’s Ladies.
I do have drawings of them, but until I delegate how I handle graphics here on the blog cleanly, I’ll hold them aside. In the meantime, I can still describe the brunt of the cast and stuff here…
L+J is a tag-team duo of the Lady personas of America: Liberty and Justice. They are superheroes, but not in the sense of magic abilities or heightened skills by themselves, but with their items. Think more like Buddy Cop stylings, with the inclusion of said powers from the outside. The two Ladies are totally different of each other and may conflict once in a while, but they still, in essence, save the day from the villains who are parodies of some of America’s grittiest conflicts.
The story is supposed to be somewhat wacky and silly in its execution; namely with how the characters interact.
I have a lot of work to do with all of the characters, but for the most part, this is the main cast, including the good guys and the villains.
The Good Guys
- Lady Liberty
- Liberty is the happy, cutesy, bubbly one of the duo; donning a bright green shirt, sneakers, and bell-bottom pants, wearing her shoulder-length brown hair down. Just like the statue of her namesake, her personal items include her crown, a torch, and a tablet.
Her strengths include her power to harness light energy with the torch, her crown giving her agility, and her tablet as a strong shield. Her biggest flaw is her naivete and short attention span (representing an anything-goes nature of freedom) getting the best of her.
- Lady Justice
- Justice is the deadpan, cold-faced, hard-ass one of the duo, donning an off-white tanktop, khaki shorts, and ankle-high black boots, wearing her longer dirty-blonde hair in a ponytail. Just like her popular image, her personal items include a sword, a set of scales, and a pair of shades (in place of a blindfold, of course).
Her strengths include her martial-arts skills with her impeccably-sharp sword, and her scales help to determine the truth values of anyone or anything. Her biggest flaw is that she is visually blind, and has to rely on her heightened sense of sound, her partners, or her sword to guide her.
- Abe is the Ladies’ talking pet Bald Eagle. In the same vein that falconers use their birds to hunt prey, the Ladies employ Abe to help out with tasks as the girls need.
- Providence is a floating pyramid with an eye in the middle. He is the boss figure of the Ladies, and he talks to them on occasion, whether it’s for general discussion or to warn about an occurrence.
- The General Washington
- The Ladies have their own superhero car, and the General Washington is it. A direct parody of the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard, it is a blue 1976 Pontiac Trans Am, with a Betsy Ross flag emblazoned on the roof, the number 76 on both doors, and a body mod of eagle wings for a spoiler. It is able to traverse land, sea, and air.
- Redcoat Randy
- The leading figure villain of them all, both his temper and his stature are the same: short. His aim is to build his own empire by conquering and looting the country in his dastardly deeds, but the Ladies keep getting in the way of his outlandish plans. He is a parody of the British Army during the American Revolutionary War, donning a red uniform, white pants, and an overly-large hat.
- Dixie Dan
- Daniel’s role as a villain is to dissolve the government, and does so by igniting the hate that citizens may have for each other to convince them its time to secede. He is a parody of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, donning a gray uniform and a sword.
- Axis Alexis
- Very uptight, authoritarian, and extremely (though comically) violent in taste, Alexis aims to crush the Free World under her boot for an idealized “perfectionist” society, and does so with disturbing methods. She is a parody of the Axis Powers from World War 2 (Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany), donning a shiny black uniform, her hair in a bun, a jockey whip, etc.
- The Red Couple (Comrade Conrad & Commie Connie)
- Personifying the power of the Soviet machine, the Couple are the rival anti-hero equivalents of the Ladies; whereas the Ladies protect America and its values, the Couple is out to spread Soviet values in competition, and usually do so with espionage to catch up and one-up. They are a direct parody of the Soviet and Communist nations during the Cold War, and all of the espionage fanware that surrounds it (ie: James Bond). Conrad’s weapon is the Hammer, and Connie’s weapon is the Sickle.
- Skarib is a green and black scarab beetle with a terrifying knack of being able to go and cause havoc unnoticed, because he knows his size won’t serve well. His aim is to obliterate the Free World for only his twisted image of a world. He is a direct parody of the Middle Eastern conflicts, including the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War.