Do you remember how you first came up with the idea for Cirque Du Royale? Is there anything you can share about how it has changed since its inception?
Oooohh, good question! I actually wrote about coming up with Cirque, here .
I’ve never had a long story in mind for this comic, just ‘episode’ ideas and themes. Obviously things have changed to in order to make things make since and fit together. Everything is like that.
Since it’s mostly character focused and driven the most changes have been in the cast of characters themselves and their development. So many back stories have changed since last year. And one note characters, like Will & Fred and Daisy & Cupcake, became more fleshed out and developed. Leo was originally going to be a villain, but he ended up becoming like a weird rich uncle. Penelope’s the rare character who’s pretty much been the same from the first day I drew her. :/
The mime species changed a bit in appearance. I thought they looked too similar to clowns. Especially the royal family. 4 out of the 5 of them were supposed to be part mime, but they just looked kind of gray…so I made the mimes a darker purple and gave them more pointy features. That way, at first glance, Kingston looks like a mime but is more rounded like a clown. Another change coming up is that I’ve recently changed Claudette’s and Charlie’s eye color from black to a dark blue, because I felt they still looked too clownish.
The world they inhabit has changed a lot as well. It was originally going to take place in in a slightly altered version of earth, with all the country names and everything. The Klownikovs were going to be Russian. Mimopolis was going to be in China, and the Mills family would have been French New Orleans. However, I thought a totally separate worlds would allow for more creative freedom, and make more since in a world inhabited by talking plants and clown monsters. So it just became a world of small kingdoms with real world counterparts. For instance, Flower Kingdom is a greenhouse version of San Francisco and Mimopolis (not shown yet) will have a mashup of Russian and Chinese architecture.
Themes I started off with like family and friendship, acceptance, race, and mental health have been expanded upon. I can’t share them, but it gets kind of dark…
I hope some of this rambling made some kind of since…
Thank you for the question. Things like this really get me thinking <3