By the end of episode 1 I had a clear picture of Cecil in my head. He was the pale, horned rimmed glasses wearing, Victorian Gothic voice of Night Vale that I draw now.
Carlos was more…complicated. At the beginning of the podcast I had a vague image in my head of Carlos as a nondescript European-Spanish man, perfect in hair of course. Later I heard Cecil Baldwin explain during an interview that he pictured Carlos as a Brazilian male model type. That, along with inspiration from Jared Padalecki and The Phone Call episode that had Jeffery Cranor as Carlos, solidified my Carlos headcanon to what you see me draw now.
When Dylan Marron was cast as Carlos I thought I would have to edit my Carlos headcanon to match the metal image Mr Marron’s voice conjures to mind, so I began to sketch out this twenty something Mexican kid. At one point I drew him wearing glasses, but then I thought to myself, “If this guy changes out his own vocal chords to avoid throat spiders, he isn’t going to wear glasses. He’s a scientist, he would totally perform lasik on himself.” Then it dawned on me, this fucker changed his vocal cords! Who’s to say he doesn’t look the way I think he does? Who knows, Carlos could look like Frankenstein’s monster, constantly swapping out body parts.
Anyway, so long story short, I abandoned my Mexican Steve Urkel-Carlos for my original headcanon Carlos. If there can be a glowing cloud that rains dead animals, then a nasally voice can come from a Brazilian Jared Padalecki lookin’ dude.
Besides, my Cecil really loves his Carlos. I wouldn’t want to split those two boys up. They look good together (I think anyway).