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July 4th, 2017 – Remake of July 4th, 2015

5 Jul

In the past few years, I’ve taken note of various intellectual properties and products getting an enhanced treatment. A remake of the first three Crash Bandicoot games recently came out in a single pack for the PS4 (which I don’t own at this time), and boy, does everything look amazing! I had already downloaded the first game (in original PlayStation form) for the PS3, so I was able to notice better improvements in the remake.

The point I’m trying to emphasize is that anything that looks pretty obsolete can still be enhanced. Remember this comic from a couple of years ago?

Before:

I’ve made a version of it on Illustrator.

After: Jacken's July 4th Remake

Some of the poses look even more Jackeny than before. Sometimes I impress myself with my skills.

If the JPEG’s not that good, there’s always the PDF: Jacken’s July 4th Remake

April Fools’ Day (2017)

1 Apr

This time around, I’m doing just a single picture, which pretty much speaks for itself.

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Lately, remaking animated Disney films as live-action counterparts has been becoming a thing (not that I have anything against it), and I noticed how beloved Hanna-Barbera properties were being reinvented in ways that don’t reflect the source material in comic book form. Observing these particular circumstances, I wondered, “How would Jacken DeBox look if he were to be revised?”

If took me slightly longer to to draw the fake Jacken, which turned out just fine, but I do love the way I drew the actual Jacken – the body language, curvature, eyes, and mouth are quite pleasing.

Lunar New Year 2017

5 Feb

One of twelve creatures of the Chinese zodiac. 2017 is the year of the rooster. Although I’m a couple of days late, my wit and humor couldn’t be more fitting. I even found a use for Kao Kaitao, the kite/acrobat I created when I made my “Congratulations!” sign back in 2015.

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For a while, I got the idea of Chickpea McCluckading having a brother named Cocktail. When my chance came, I threw in the reference. It was tricky to pinpoint one less obvious difference between Clumpy (calling himself ‘Clucky Drunstickbottom’) and Cocktail, but I was able to find it one day before I finished this piece.

Also, I think the name ‘Mei-Din Chinatown’ has a clever ring to it. I ought to copyright it.

 

Supermoon (2016)

16 Nov

The super moon came around on November 14th and I had a pretty good idea bring some attention to it. It took me at least one week before before then to think up the concept, type the script on Word Pad, draw everything on one sheet of paper, and add the colors. The result: comical writing and images, an astronomical lesson, and a visual aid all wrapped together into one piece of edutainment.

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Like I said before, my expanding on certain characters makes my series look promising. A moon orbit model around Yonda? Very fitting! It has been quite a while since I drew Damsel 5000, but I found one good use for her. Other uses for her remain a mystery, but I’m sure something will come along in the future. Plus, I came up with a (one-shot) character called Supermoon and some background camera characters you see running behind Vivian. You know, Blockopolis wouldn’t be much of a city if it didn’t have more citizens.

Smart Phone Safety PSA (2016)

6 Aug

Last month, Pokémon GO came out, and boy, did the number of downloads rise. And even though I enjoy the Pokémon franchise, I decided not to get the location-based game. It uses up quite a bit of battery power, you know.

Within a few days of release, there were some reports of accidents, injuries, and the occasional traffic jam, all because the users never bothered to pay attention to their surroundings. A problem like this inspired me to put Nespa Vespa (Jacken DeBox’s three-wheeled Italian scooter) to somewhat greater use in this PSA I completed on July 31st. Note: I’ll get a scanned version of the image as soon as I can.

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Some of the characters I created are still being developed personality-wise. As you can see, Nespa is portrayed as plucky, rather sassy vehicle who can take Jacken to other places whenever possible. It occurred to me that while the name ‘Nespa’ comes from merging the words ‘nest’ and ‘Vespa,’ the initials of Nintendo’s home console, NES, appear in the name. As a result, I made Nespa more of a gamer girl, gave her handles some dexterity, and placed a smart phone holder in her compartment. It’s pretty interesting how the whole thing plays out when you give someone certain attributes. Once I thought of this story, it practically wrote itself!