The Bunnyboy Scalzi design went smoothly, for a change.

Q: “Rabbit?”
Codex: “Check”
Q: “Dress?”
Codex: “Bathrobe. It’s more superhero-y, and sadder. Remember, he’s a sidekick who thinks he’s the main character.”
Q: “Lightsaber?”
Codex: “Duh”

But then the real work began.

Q: “Name?”
Codex: “Bunnyboy!”
Q: “Hmm. I was thinking Scalzi.”
Codex: “Bunnyboy sounds more like a sidekick. Isn’t there someone in science fiction already named Scalzi?”
Q: “Yeah, but I hear he’s broke, can use the exposure. Scalzi is just a better name. People will still get it.”
Codex: “If you clean out the garage, you can have the name.”

That’s pretty much where we were stuck. Last to edit wins! Poor, poor Scalzi Bunnyboy.

In the midst of the crisis, inspiration struck, like a jolt of caffeine to an underslept amygdala.

Caffeine is good.

We here at Tempest in a Teardrop are proud to announce the world’s very first transnamed cartoon character: Bunnyboy Scalzi!

ScalziBunnyBoySadly, we cannot take credit for the transnamed concept. This honor goes to Mr. John C. Wright, whose Hugo-nominated novella One Bright Star to Guide Them features the transnamed Sarah/Sally character.

Mr. Wright, we know you’ve underplayed this title, but once they realize your novella is even more socially just than transracial fiction they will immediately cancel the vote in this category and shoot you The Rocket! Remember: its tear-drop not tea-pot when you give your acceptance speech.

The transnamed concept is so cutting-edge that some people cannot understand it. Until awareness grows, our good readers can expect to see Scalzi Bunnyboy in scripts when we need to encode the humor so only the “correct people” recognize it. Once the rabbit appears, look doubly-hard for bonus-ungood-wronglaughs.

Coming Tomorrow: The Germ will make his debut!