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Julia and Vanessa Kapatelis Profile by Femmes-Fatales Julia and Vanessa Kapatelis Profile by Femmes-Fatales
This is the seventh in a series of character redesigns for an imagined Wonder Woman live-action television series as produced by myself initially based off George Perez's iconic run on the Post-Crisis title. Here we have the mother-daughter duo Julia and Vanessa Kapatelis!

Of all of Wonder Woman's allies, the Kapatelis family are probably the most obscure despite being perhaps the most important. Julia served as Wonder Woman's guide to Man's World when Diana first arrived in America and helped the Amazon Princess to learn English. She's also aided her in battle more than once. In addition to this, Julia really became like a surrogate mother for Diana while she was in America. Vanessa, meanwhile, served as the little sister Diana didn't have (in Post-Crisis continuity at that point). The two were very close and Diana's influence in Vanessa's life helped to show how beneficial it is to have such a good role model as Wonder Woman present. I really love Julia and Vanessa as characters and am dismayed by their eventual removal from Wonder Woman's comics. To add insult to injury, Julia and Vanessa were plagiarized when John Byrne created Helena and Cassie Sandsmark. They are carbon copies of Julia and Nessie. Luckily, Phil Jimenez brought Julia and Nessie back later on to create some fantastic drama (and a great catfight between Cassie and Nessie). For me, I see these two as being essential to the series and really as being the centre for everything. They are a stabilized influence in Diana's life and I wouldn't want to phase them out.

When it came to coming up with new looks for Julia and Vanessa, I wanted to go the opposite for Julia but simply do an update for Vanessa. In the comics, Julia was very plain and at times frumpy. Rather than perpetuate this I wanted Julia to essentially look like Meryl Streep at a charity event or casual red carpet. Overall, Julia's look is really Meryl Streep-inspired and I think she looks fierce. I imagine her being "the cool Professor" (made even cooler by having Wonder Woman live with her). It's also worth mentioning that I made purple Julia's signature colour in order to further link her to Hippolyta and imply a maternal link to Diana. Nessie, meanwhile, I wanted to give a very casual appearance. I wanted her to remain the plain Jane she was in the comics but I updated her to look more like teenagers in the present. Of course, I also wanted her outfit to reflect her being a fan of Diana's so I purposely made her look a little like she'd be a Wonder Girl. Overall, I'm quite happy with how this mother-daughter duo came out. :) Helena and Cassie Sandsmark... eat your frumpy and whiny hearts out.

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Snoopykatlover Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I absolutely LOVE Vanessa's story in the DCU!!Her character is so intereting and so relivant, to ACTUAL teens today, thye should defenitely reboot her and her story, its great and teaches a message throygh tragedy and strenth of overcomming it. im actually using vanessa in my oc's storyline, it'll be very relavent to my Oc and her development to her character as well:D great job :glomp:
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Vanessa will probably continue to be relevant to teenagers for many generations to come. It's a shame that so many writers have tossed her to the side (i.e. John Byrne) in favour of characters like Cassie Sandsmark but at least many have at least acknowledged her existence later down the road.
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Snoopykatlover Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
I hope they bring her back soon, she's a FABULOUS CHARACTER^^
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's doubtful. It's unlikely we'll ever see Vanessa or Julia in Wonder Woman comics again unfortunately.
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daiohnysis Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Cassie should die. Nessie should be Wonder Girl.
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Snoopykatlover Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
lol true true. never liked cassie annyway. too..peppy:P
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daiohnysis Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
She was Byrne's ripoff of Nessie.
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seanwiccan18 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Is it weird that these two were some of the people I was actually looking froward to the most? Lol. I was quite interesting in what you were going to do with them and how you would change up their looks, or if you were going to change them up at all. I'm glad to see that you did update Julia's look and changed her from her frumpy self. Lol. I'm also glad that you didn't stray too much in Nessie's redesign either. I do like that fact that you took her and have her showing off the fact that she is one of Diana's biggest fans.

I think it's really sad that Julia and Nessie don't get that much attention from comic fans. They really were incredibly important to Diana and her journey when George Perez was writing the title. They were Diana's second family and without them she wouldn't have become who she did. I believe they were just as instrumental as the Amazons in shaping Diana into Wonder Woman. It really does suck that they get phased out. That should have never happened. I understand wanting to set Diana up as her own person and have her move out of Julia's house, but they have never been out of the title completely. That's just plain bad writing there. Diana would never just stop seeing her second mother like that. Julia and Nessie meant so much to her, she wouldn't just cut them out of her life, especially for new people like Helena and Cassie. Lol. Anyways, I really do enjoy Julia and Nessie as their own characters. They really helped make up Wonder Woman's supporting cast and they made the book a joy to read. It was fun watching how they interacted with each other and I liked seeing how their mother/daughter relationship played out. They had an interesting dynamic and I enjoyed reading them. Of course all the school drama that Nessie brought to the book was a nice change in pace every once in awhile from the big battles Diana would have to fight. Lol. Of course there's also the fact that Julia was able to help Diana on several occasions with her vast knowledge of Greek culture and different things. If it hadn't been for Julia Diana would still be walking around speaking Themysciran. Lol.

The art on this piece is as always, perfect. You really captured who these two characters are in this piece. I think you also were able to show off their mother/daughter relationship rather nicely. As I said above, I love how went the stylish route for Julia. She really does look better as a Meryl Streep inspired "cool" professor. The outfit you have her in is ten times better than anything I've seen her wear in the comics. The dress itself is really stylish and professional looking. I love the belt and the huge buckle. It looks like a big "D" to me, maybe a little nod to Diana there? Lol. The rest of Julia's look really pulls the whole thing together. I like what I can see of her shoes, and I like the big hoop earrings and the thick black rimmed glasses. And of course giving them both the "Wonder Woman" bracelets is a nod to how in the comics Diana becomes so popular everyone has a pair of knock off Amazon bracelets. Lol. As for Nessie, I'm really digging her look as well. You certainly did what you went out to do, you made her look like a modern teenager. The skinny jeans and the Converse sneakers look really cool on her. At least I think they are supposed to be Converse. Lol. I really like the Wonder Woman t-shirt you have her in. It's really nice showing off that she is a Wonder Woman fan, as I said above. I also like the belt. I actually think it's quite stylish and makes her look like she's the type of teenager to borrow things from her mother's closet. Lol. I'm not sure if that's what you were going for, probably not, but oh well. I think it works with their relationship. I think both of their faces are done really nicely here and I like both hairstyles you gave them.

Overall this is a great piece and I wasn't disappointed with it at all. You were able to capture them in a great pose together and show off their relationship, which I think I've said enough times now. Lol. They look great and it's like you just updated them for more modern times. I like that. You didn't go too busy with either of their looks and you stayed true to their characters. I can already picture Julia and Nessie having some awesome interactions with Diana in your show. I look forward to seeing how you have next. I know they will be awesome because this series just keeps getting better and better.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, it's not weird that you were looking forward to them. It's nice that they've gotten one more fan than before. Of course, it's still sad that people don't seem to want to expand their horizons and learn more about the beautiful tapestry of Wonder Woman's vast narratives. It's very unfortunate that the Amazon Princess should be punished in such a way.

I wish that Julia and Nessie hadn't been phased out the way they were but I'm glad that they came back a handful of times at least to acknowledge their impact on her Post-Crisis history. I actually did find Nessie's school life to be really interesting and sometimes I even felt it could have been explored even more. I really wish we'd gotten to see her life in high school and later college more fully.

I'm glad you like the looks I've come up with for the two of them. A stylish Julia is a cooler approach to the character and think goes against type of what we usually think of college professors. I like imagining Julia as being more cosmopolitan. Just because she's smart doesn't mean she can't dress well. In terms of the belt though... the D isn't a nod to Diana. It's actually simply that I saw that belt on Meryl Streep and thought it'd look cool on Julia. Lol. When it came to Nessie's look, however, that's 100% meant to be a nod to Wonder Woman. Everything is supposed to look like Wonder Woman in casual clothes. The sleeves are red like Wonder Woman's bodice, she has the WW sign on her chest, her belt is gold and the lines on it are meant to reference the lasso, the pants are blue like Diana's bottom and the Converse are red and white like Diana's shoes. :P
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seanwiccan18 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Well, I'm glad it wasn't weird. Lol. I've really enjoyed reading Julia and Nessie and it is a shame that others don't take the time to get to know Diana's wonderful supporting cast. It is like Diana's being punished because all these amazing characters made her who she is and to not know them and to not read them is a slap in the face to who Diana is.

I'm glad to hear that they come back a handful of times. It would be really weird for them to just disappear completely. It really would have been cool to see more of Nessie's school life explored. I'm sure they could have done some good storylines. What they did touch on in the comics was good, so I'm sure if they had done more, it would have been jsut as good.

I agree that making Julia a cosmopolitan professor is a really cool change. She already seemed to be a cool professor, just taking her that extra step is awesome. I can really picture her being the professor all the students go to for their problems and I'm sure she's able to help them to the best of her abilities.
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