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Mellie ACEO

Written as part of MoJoWriMo, my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing spree in 2013

Mellie lives across the hall from Paul Ballard and apart from playing his would be love interest is also heavily invested in scraping him up off the ground after he falls flat on his face.

Mellie ACEO

Mellie ACEO

Unfortunately for Paul he does this rather often. Luckily for him he has found Mellie has a shoulder to cry on and a warm bed to sleep in. He feels entirely safe around her and he needs that refuge because the world out there is a big and mean place

Look at the real me. And really think about whether I’ve ever told you *anything* I didn’t believe with all my heart. –Mellie

This card is my last in my first series of Dollhouse ACEOs. You can tell by all of the browns and wood work that I was really enjoying the set of Copics brush tip markers that I had recently acquired. The linework is done in sepia toned Copic liners which lends a softer almost paint like quality to the drawings with little to no black in the images at all. These are a departure from my previous style and are also different from the cards that were to follow. A unique moment in my art where I was experimenting and enjoying what I could do with copic inks.

Stats

Title Mellie
Card Type ACEO
Number 36
Color Prismacolor and Copic Marker
Date September 2012
Series Dollhouse I
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Victor ACEO

Written as part of MoJoWriMo, my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing spree in 2013

Victor is the primary male doll on the show and is used in a variety of roles including a repeated engagement with a mysterious Ms. Lonelyhearts.

Victor ACEO

Victor ACEO

Like Echo, Sierra and the other dolls he doesn’t use a true name when a doll, but instead the name like designations of the NATO phonetic alphabet. These lend to their less than human status as dolls and are temporary in nature as they only revert back to their doll name when they haven’t been imprinted with the name and identity that was created for them.

Victor is also the most alarmingly docile in his doll state. All of the dolls are complacent and “happy” in their un-imprinted state. However, Victor’s childlike innocence and naivety are apparent, perhaps because we expect a man to act more.. man like.

How can I be my best now? Dr. Saunders? How can I be my best please? –Victor

Stats

Title Victor
Card Type ACEO
Number 35
Artist Jamal Hansen
Color Prismacolor and Copic Marker
Date September 2012
Series Dollhouse I
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Sierra ACEO

Written as part of MoJoWriMo, my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing spree in 2013

Sierra is another doll and since she isn’t the primary doll in the house that the show focuses on she generally plays a back up role to Echo, when a second doll is needed for something or other.

Sierra ACEO

Sierra ACEO

This means that she often gets to go kick ass and clean up any mess that needs to be taken care of.

However, one of her more interesting moments is in the episode where Topher imprints her with a female alter ego of himself. Someone that he can geek out with and feel comfortable around. The performance takes something that could be seen as exploitative and icky and transforms it into something that is touching and bittersweet.

Come on, Topher. We could have them battle one another and bet on them like gladiators. –Sierra

Stats

Title Sierra
Card Type ACEO
Number 34
Artist Jamal Hansen
Color Prismacolor and Copic Marker
Date September 2012
Series Dollhouse I
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Echo ACEO

Written as part of MoJoWriMo, my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing spree in 2013

Echo is the main character of the show. She is also a doll, meaning that each week she is imprinted with a different personality. That is what they do at the Dollhouse. It is big business and it brings in lots of money.

Echo ACEO

Echo ACEO

Her story is an interesting one, because you wonder who she is under the imprints, or if she is still under there somewhere. Does the woman that she once was before she bacame a dool still exist underneath the exterior or has that person been completely obliterated and replaced with some rich person’s fantasy? That is one of many interesting philosophical and moral questions that is asked in this Joss Whedon show.

Echo is played by the lovely and talented Eliza Dushku, who Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will recognize as Faith, the other Slayer. Some of you might also remember her in The New Kid with DJ Qualls. In any case her acting shines through in this role as she convincingly plays a different yet familiar character in each episode.

Yes. Please. I enjoy my treatments. Shall I dress? –Echo

Stats

Title Echo
Card Type ACEO
Number 33
Artist Jamal Hansen
Color Prismacolor and Copic Marker
Date September 2012
Series Dollhouse I
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Paul Ballard ACEO

Written as part of MoJoWriMo, my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing spree in 2013

As an FBI agent, you wouldn’t think that Paul Ballard’s character is one of the most irreparably broken on the show. I mean, he is he good guy. He is supposed to be a knight in shining armor. Don’t get me wrong, he has good intentions in spades and he follows his heart and always does what he thinks is best.

Paul Ballard ACEO

Paul Ballard ACEO

The problem is this case that he is on. Trying to track down and bust the secretive urban legend of the Dollhouse. His first issue is that no one believes that there is a Dollhouse. They all thing that he is chasing snipes and wasting his time and government money. Secondly, the Dollhouse always seems to be one step ahead of him. Leading him down the rabbit hole to nowhere. Every time he thinks that he has a solid lead it evaporates in front of his eyes.

Still he is driven to find it and tear it down, in any way that he can. He is going to save the victims if it kills him, who knows maybe his big break is right around the corner.

I don’t even care that these people signed themselves over to you. There is no provision for… for consensual slavery.

Stats

Title Paul Ballard
Card Type ACEO
Number 32
Artist Jamal Hansen
Color Prismacolor and Copic Marker
Date September 2012
Series Dollhouse I
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Boyd Langton ACEO

Written as part of MoJoWriMo, my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing spree in 2013

Boyd really needed a job, I mean you figure that he did. He isn’t the type to become a bodyguard for a hooker. Definitely not the type that would sleep well at night if he thought he was making a living by hurting people. So what is he doing going to work for the Dollhouse?

Boyd ACEO

Boyd ACEO

Boyd’s character development is one of the things that really shines on the show. Like Adelle his association with the dollhouse lends some credibility to their image or at least leads you to wonder about their motivation to be associated with it. Again this is something that you just have to watch the show to figure out because I really don’t want to go into it all here. I will however say that he is a likable character and becomes a sort of father figure to Echo and other dolls.

I appreciate the offer, but I prefer to stay with Echo. I need to take care of her. –Boyd Langton

Stats

Title Boyd
Card Type ACEO
Number 31
Artist Jamal Hansen
Color Prismacolor and Copic Marker
Date September 2012
Series Dollhouse I
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Topher ACEO

Written as part of MoJoWriMo, my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing spree in 2013

Topher is my favorite character on the show. Period

Topher ACEO

Topher ACEO

He is the hacker genius type that runs all of the technology behind the dollhouse, but he is also the most arrogant mofo in the place. In a way, he has landed the dream job for any and all computer geeks. He is working with advanced bleeding edge technology, he is surrounded by beautiful women and he gets to live on the job in a relaxed semi-casual atmosphere with people in awe of what he does. I think that this more so than any other portrayal is where every teenage computer geek would say that they want to work when they graduate high school.

He is living the dream and he is not afraid to let other people know that he is in fact so much smarter than they are. His dialogue is typically hilarious. Here are a few examples.

Alpha got it to work through a phone, nonetheless. Are you comparing my intelligence to Alpha’s? Well, you’re talking to yourself like he does. That’s… a very good point.

and of course

This feeling, it is not unlike pride.

Stats

Title Topher
Card Type ACEO
Number 30
Artist Jamal Hansen
Color Prismacolor and Copic Marker
Date September 2012
Series Dollhouse I