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5 Things That Make Detective Characters Compelling

The other day I attended the National Children’s Book Awards and I bumped into a friend, Gutch Gutierrez.

He published an award-winning book called The Day of Darkness. The children’s book spoke of his passion for the fantasy genre, a genre built on sword-and-sandal epics, of wizard and warriors.

As much as I respect the genre, it never really interested me. When a fellow writer asked me why, I told him I couldn’t see myself as a knight or a king or a sorcerer. That self-same sentiment applied to sci-fi. I couldn’t wrap my head around its archetypes of robots and aliens

But the biggest reason, if you ask me is because the one archetype in fiction that I gravitated to, that has always been my chosen avatar is the Detective.

It’s an obsession that dates back to my childhood, when I was weaned on Sherlock Holmes and The Hardy Boys. Nowadays, no small thanks to the voluminous amount of detective fiction on TV such as True Detective,The Bridge and The Following, not to mention the forthcoming Gotham, it’s truly a great time to be a lover of mystery fiction. I think the detective archetype makes for truly compelling characters. In quintessence, they’re outsiders who are on a quest to answer a question. But let’s further find out what makes them tick, shall we? Here are five reasons:

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Maraming salamat po! Sana napanood niyo! Sobrang enjoy ako sa paggawa.

Drawing with Copic markers. Rufus from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Drawing with Copic markers. Rufus from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Been studying drawing 90s cartoons. The distorted anatomy just gives me so much joy!

Been studying drawing 90s cartoons. The distorted anatomy just gives me so much joy!

TV guesting with Lauren Young for Master Showman:Walang Tulugan. GMA Films’ Overtime. Showing July 2, 2014!

TV guesting with Lauren Young for Master Showman:Walang Tulugan. GMA Films’ Overtime. Showing July 2, 2014!

OVERTIME. GMA Films. Directed by Wincy Aquino Ong and Earl Ignacio. Starring Richard Gutierrez and Lauren Young. This is another alternative poster my wife made for the movie. Please watch! Showing on July 2, 2014. #overtime #movie #poster #art

OVERTIME. GMA Films. Directed by Wincy Aquino Ong and Earl Ignacio. Starring Richard Gutierrez and Lauren Young. This is another alternative poster my wife made for the movie. Please watch! Showing on July 2, 2014. #overtime #movie #poster #art

Woot! Here’s another poster of GMA Films OVERTIME made by @cjdesilva :) Starring Richard Gutierrez and Lauren Young. Directed by Earl Ignacio and me. Premieres on cinemas on July 2, 2014. #overtime #movie #gmafilms #art #poster

Woot! Here’s another poster of GMA Films OVERTIME made by @cjdesilva :) Starring Richard Gutierrez and Lauren Young. Directed by Earl Ignacio and me. Premieres on cinemas on July 2, 2014. #overtime #movie #gmafilms #art #poster

Overtime from GMA Films.
Directed by Earl Ignacio & Wincy Aquino Ong.

Overtime from GMA Films.

Directed by Earl Ignacio & Wincy Aquino Ong.

Poster design I did as a production designer for Wake Up Your Seatmate’s music video for “Panaginip”. Pen & ink and Photoshop.

Poster design I did as a production designer for Wake Up Your Seatmate’s music video for “Panaginip”. Pen & ink and Photoshop.