What SNI (Super New Idea) were you psyched to work on, but discovered it was too close to something already done?
I've had this happen, but it wasn't until later on did I discover (with more than a few heavy sighs) that a character design I thought I dreamed up, had already been dreamed up before... by Neil Gaiman.
Speaking of dreams. Here's the character:
Dream or Morpheus from Gaiman's
I also need to state that these comics have been around since 1989, and I didn't create my character
until almost ten years later.
Somehow in all that time, even if I read comics (most of which I got from my older brother) I hadn't run across Sandman before.
Here is my character:
Jakin the Wishmaster from a series of short stories I wrote in high school. Jakin was originally dressed all in black like Morpheus, but when I discovered just how much they resemble each other, I redesigned Jakin's clothes.
I still prefer him in black.
You might wonder what inspired my character since I hadn't discovered Sandman yet.
The Goblin King!
"Well, of course!" I hear you saying. "It all makes sense now!"
I love that movie, and the first short story I wrote with my Wishmaster patterned very closely to Labyrinth. It was about a spoiled teenage girl who made a wish and the Wishmaster showed up and whisked her away to a magical wish kingdom. Of course, all her wishes turned out to be horrible mockeries of what she really wanted.
This story laid the groundwork for other fantasy stories I'd write in the future. It still has a special place in my heart since it was my first epic fantasy story. Maybe in time I'll rework that story and turn it into a YA novel, as a tribute to my favorite 80s movie.
Now that I look at them together, my Wishmaster doesn't really resemble Morpheus as much as I thought he did....
What about you? What idea were you stoked to write and realized someone else already wrote it?