I’m trying to conceptualize images in a crowd of sports fans (in this chapter of my novel). Iconic images help, a lot. Cheerleaders and mascots interact with fans, so iconic helps sell the imagery. The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders created an iconic style, but of my choices in Florida, only, Buccaneer Cheerleader uniforms standout. The mascots of Florida, fair a little better, but I guess I have to tell some well paid marketing personnel, how to do their job.
Take for example, the Orlando Magic Cheerleaders of the NBA. They have somewhat a generic style but the name, “Magic,” brings with it a wealth of iconic imagery. Dancers probably prefer sexy sports bras that don’t interfere with movement , but you can take off accessories.
Even if the Magic didn’t want to work out a win-win deal with DC Comics to use Zatanna’s image; they could still do much the same thing because it is based on a traditional style. Working a deal with DC Comics garners a Comic-Con fan base.
Dark Magician Girl (left), from the Yu-Gi-Oh!, offers another style from another franchise.
The Orlando Magic have a wealth of styles available from the Disney’s Magic Kingdom, if they could work a deal. Element of genie style, as in, “I Dream of Jeannie,” are another option.
Icons are symbols. Coming up with something totally new in the magic genre, but taking advantage of established links (such as the magicians tux) gives a cheerleading squad an identity. For my writing purposes, a more iconic image helps if I make reference to a particular cheerleading squad. I’m not sure if the Magic cheerleaders even register much with hardcore NBA fans. The secret to iconic success is in the symbols.
Left image comes from Amazon: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Dark Magician Girl 1/8 Scale PVC Figure by Kotobukiya. The Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise is based upon the Japanese manga series about gaming written and illustrated by Kazuki Takahashi.
The Zatanna image is a book sold by Amazon: Zatanna: Everyday Magic Paperback – 2003 by Paul Dini (Author), Rick; Bolland, Brian (cover) Mays (Illustrator). Writer Gardner Fox and artist Murphy Anderson created the Zatanna Zatara character for DC Comics.