Shelby is a twenty-something university student who plans to spend her summer break on an archaeological dig with her father, Dr. Robert Bly, to catch up on lost time. Although her father was once an adventurous globetrotting archaeologist, Shelby is studying to be a simple historian with the goal of one day working in a temperature-controlled museum. Her over-protective father supports this rather than encouraging her to follow in his danger-ridden footsteps. Shelby’s world is about to be turned upside-down when shadows from her father’s past re-emerge.
With the aid of her friends Maia Avanti and Joel Rio, Shelby will attempt to become an adventurer to unravel the mysteries of both the mythical Vril and the past she thought she knew. Although she finds the prospect of adventuring to be exciting after her previously sheltered life, the reality may be too difficult to accept and to survive.
The character concept for the main character, Shelby Bly, has undergone so many alterations, overhauls, and adjusting that it’s almost impossible for me to keep track of all the changes. What you see above are the finalized concepts. That means that these are the last concepts and this is how she will appear in the actual graphic novel. I may try to find the first/earliest concept art I can find of Shelby for reference/fun/comparison. For now, I’m focusing on finalizing all of her outfits for the novel because she does tend to change clothes on a normal-like basis over the course of the story. Once these concepts are finished (and if they don’t include spoilers), I’ll add them here to this post.
There may be some scenes that take place underwater so Shelby will need a scuba gear outfit for those scenes. I think I have all the elements assembled here but this concept isn’t quite finalized just yet. It still needs a bit more work though I did just add more pouches to her belt and got rid of the dive knife since she doesn’t use it in the story.