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Subj: Re: The West Coast? (now with actual content)
Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2021 at 04:20:22 pm EDT (Viewed 74 times)
Reply Subj: Re: The West Coast? (now with actual content)
Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2021 at 01:56:28 pm EDT (Viewed 85 times)

    Louisiana and New Orleans are more than just French. We've got a sizable SE European population, as well. Irish, German, and Italians are the big 3 after French, but we also have huge populations of Greek and Vietnamese (there might be just as many Vietnamese fisherman as French at this point).

That is all very well, but not enough of a reason to set a story in New Orleans instead of New York. If you want to do a story involving Irish, German, Italian, Greek and/or Vietnamese Americans you could set it in pretty much any major US city. When people reflect on things that are specific to Louisiana and New Orleans, they are not going to think of the local German or Irish communities in the way people e.g. will think "Amish" and "Pennsylvania Dutch" if you ask them about Pennsylvania, the Prohibition-era Italian and Irish mobs re. Chicago, or of the French Quarter, Mardi Gras, Cajun cuisine, Marie Laveau, Voodoo and the birth of Jazz if you ask them about the Crescent City.

    As for GRs, they've stopped being stuck to that one family line for a while now. These days, we have GRs that are Native American, Asian, ancient Norse, Russian, Atlantean(?), Thulean, Moari, German, Mayan, Druid, Philistine, Muslim, Hindu, Irish, Tibetan, African... you name it.

    So why not French? Cajun chef? Blackened Voodoo GR? Give him a flaming pirogue or have him ride a giant flame-spewing gator.

I never really read Ghost Rider, mostly just Johnny Blaze's guest-appearances in other titles, so I had only skimmed through the wikipedia article, which concentrated on Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch, and Robbie Reyes. Not sure if the others you mention really were nearly that important, so did any of them e. g. headline their own title for an appreciable time or do more to provide additional history for the other Ghost Riders' background? But it seems like we're talking of essentially coming up with a new or at any rate unproven character, not of moving an established one to Louisiana.

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