This was the very first sketch of Gilda for the 2008 MLP:FiM pitch bible--- before she got her bad attitude. At that time, I didn't have her character worked out, I just had a section about magical creatures and drew a griffon for it. Once we want to script with grouchy Gilda, her original name was Grizelda, but it didn't pass legal.
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Gilda is a female griffon and supporting character in the series. She appears as an antagonist...
Griffons are a race of creatures in Equestria that have the body of a lion, and the front claws...
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