Each bachelor in Tailor Tales has a unique story. The only consistent element in each story is that Joselina has her own boutique and makes clothes. Neil, Dimitri, Caine and Aiden have always had their stories planned from the beginning. Recently, I managed to outline Sam’s story as well.
But what about James? Well, to be honest, while I did have a vague idea where I wanted to take the story, it never quite settled for me. I came up with a bunch of ideas, but none stuck. James therefor, never had a clear outline.
In his first iteration, James was a carpenter in a small village.
With Tailor Tales’ reboot, it has turned into a visual novel and Joselina now lives in a city.
The idea that James is a carpenter was still on my mind, it could fit with home improvements. But I didn’t get a very concrete idea for it.
Because James has always been the most popular character – the one people look forward to playing – I figured it’s best to not touch James unless I had a really good story planned out for him.
That day has finally come!
After watching The Incredibles 2, inspiration struck. Suddenly a very vivid story came to mind. It had everything; a fantastical romance, action, character development, and supernatural powers. The only thing it was lacking…
A bachelor that would have this story.
This story is obviously not in line with the rest. Tailor Tales is a modern-day setting, mostly slice of life stuff. The idea of superheroes with special powers did not fit with any of the guys. So I kept thinking about a potential 7th bachelor, for in the future.
But to have this great story thought out while James’ was still sorely lacking… I wondered; could I give James this story? His personality would be in line with what I had in mind, it would just mean a complete overhaul of what I currently had for James.
After asking around, it seems most people were okay with a superhero storyline for James.
So James is no longer a carpenter… James is from now on, a superhero! Trust me, this story will be awesome, I’ve got a clear vision of what I want to do with it and you won’t be disappointed. Yes, it’s supernatural and doesn’t fit in with the other bachelors… but Joselina is still running her boutique, making clothes. Except this time, she makes costumes for superheroes.
With a new story for James, I needed a new sprite for him as well. So, say hello to our new (and very buff) James!
If you’re curious, here’s how James’ design has changed over the years:
I’m very excited to write his story, which is the most important thing :)