The notion of creating and customizing an avatar is almost ubiquitous in gaming these days. Especially with the popularity of Nintendo's "Mii" feature, where you make a cartoony version of yourself, so when you swing the bat you connect with the character on screen. Have you ever heard of a comic you can customize? I've been working hard for the last year or so with my friends at FableVision, and more closely with Keith Zulawnik, on an educational game that incorporates this very idea. The story component of the game is delivered using comics, and the character you build gets inserted into every panel. In the page above, even your pet gets customized.
There's been a lot of drawing and coding tricks, and the work is really paying off. The visual style is a blend of Keith's character design and my line quality. They are all drawn and colored in Flash, which was a first for me. I'm really happy with how they're turning out. Below is a more direct example of what I'm talking about. I can only hope that kids will appreciate all the hard work.