Character Appreciation Week – Day 04 – JEANNE DARQUE

Jeanne Darque Finished Layout. Art by Patrick Fillion.

Welcome to day 4 of Character Appreciation Week, my friends.  Today I want to take a break from the boys and focus on my favorite leading lady – the always fabulous JEANNE DARQUE.

In interviews, people often ask me which one of my characters is the most like me. Sure you could argue that Cam and I share several traits in common, but the character I can relate to the most, at least in terms of personality if not physicality, is Darque. She is very determined and headstrong. She knows what she wants and she has no patience for shit getting in her way.  So yeah, she and I are very similar in that respect. XD

Jeanne Darque. Pencils by Patrick Fillion.

The honest truth is that when I created Jeanne Darque back in 1994, she was sorta my answer to Marvel’s “Storm”.  She may have been that at first, but she quickly became much more and took me by surprise with her incredible drive to become her own entity.

Darque is remarkable.  She’s a force to be reckoned with, both in personality and in raw force.  The woman is an actual black hole, in scientific terms.  All that immense power – that control —  bottled up in the form of a single beautiful, graceful woman. It’s impressive. It’s even more impressive that as the former leader of the Guardians of the Cube, she’s been able to balance that immense responsibility with the equally immense responsibility of being the primary wielder of the Cube. This is not a trivial task.

But you know what? Once in a while a girl needs to have a little fun.  So Darque handed the Cube over to fellow teammate, Numa, and set out in search of herself.

Jeanne Darque. Inks by Patrick Fillion.

Currently I’m preparing the script for the next Guardians of the Cube series entitled “CUBE: After Darque”.  The book will explore the delicate relationship between Darque and the Cube and the other Guardians.  Believe me, this lovely lady is in for a major epiphany.  The series which will be a great deal sexier and raunchier than the original Cube series, at least where the male characters are concerned, will shatter everything you thought you knew about the Guardians of the Cube.  It’s gonna be a blast!

Jeanne Darque. Colors by Hernán Cabrera and Patrick Fillion.

As for Darque herself, I absolutely love to draw her.  I don’t often get the opportunity to draw my female characters, and so every time I get to do so it’s a true celebration of feminine beauty and my appreciation of the feminine form.  Women are beautiful, graceful creatures, full of sublime curves and supple lines.  Being a gay man doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate those qualities.  They’re something I try to capture every time I draw Darque and her fellow Class Comics Heroines.  I hope I’ve done so today in this latest pin up of my favorite ass-kicking beauty.

Back to the fellas tomorrow, gang.  I hope you enjoy Darque and I’ll see you again very soon.

Much love to all!
Patrick XOXOX

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