This goblin was originally intended to be a loveable little scamp of an enemy faced in Meridian Knights - little creepy things that crawl everywhere essentially. However, I designed this, and while I very much like this design -- it became clear to me enemies that aren't characterized should be based off objects.
So, since I thought this was decent enough it should still be shared, here's the Goblin. I've also added him to my illustrations gallery.

Rasputin The Bee

While taking a few moments to revisit some old characters, I realized I had never really colored Rasputin in any sort of context. I mean, I never had really used Rasputin The Bee much... but more on that in another post.
I used to draw Rasputin a lot. Like, a lot. Cartoon bees are pretty simple to draw, and it was pretty easy to make him expressive. And if you really look at most of the drawings of Rasputin... it's pretty clear he's a cranky dude. (Note his stinger isn't visible so we're probably safe for the time being.).

This is potentially for some art I'll be using to update on social media near the beginning of the year, but I can't really guarantee that too much. Minds change... It's the plan for now though.

Damn It, Monkey! Art

Well, well -- my first new piece of Damn It, Monkey! artwork in quite some time. Several years! Sad part is this was based off a sketch I found from 2006.

I do miss these characters quite a bit. It's too bad between my other projects I couldn't revisit this in the same way I wanted to. When I found the sketch this was based off of, I also found a lost script to Damn It, Monkey! Episode 8. Any guesses on to who the special guest star was?

Happy Halloween!

Yay. Fanart. But this one tickles me. It should have been done a long time ago. I'd totally play as the loveable rascal Slimer in Splatoon.

I don't dare say this would make either franchise better; the first Ghostbusters movie is probably my favorite movie of all time (and I'll go on record saying that -- it's a brilliant comedy). And Splatoon scratches every competitive itch in my body just as well as Mario Kart does.

...Still, this would be fantastic.

Careful What You Wish For

And without further adieu, I present to you the inaugural edition of Jason In A Strange Land.[envira-gallery id="3731"]
Yes, I know, it's only six pages, and this took some time. And some of it's just bizarre for bizarre's sake. But either way, enjoy.

Unused Webcomic Idea #1: Razzle

Razzle is probably one of my favorite cartoon character designs, and it actually kind of saddens me I never did much with her.
Aside from being a little Animaniacs-y, Razzle does tickle me because it's a cat, wearing cat eye glasses. She was the straight person (in a sense) of a trio; the intelligent and gregarious girl along side her friends Hot Candy, a pretty, popular rabbit girl and Bad Medicine, a dour, gothic dog. The character design, again, like Animaniacs, harkened back to old black and white era and the golden age of animation - particularly Harman and Ising and Clampett -- rubber hose characters that stretch, squish, and more akin to Clampett, can still be expressive.

Aside from her two diametrically opposing friends, Razzle was an only child to two vague parental figures ( I had not fleshed these two out too terribly much ). In the first story concept I developed for this, her parents adopt a younger brother, who is an adorable mouse. Hijinks ensue as she continuously tries to devour her adopted brother. The story probably would resolve predictably with Razzle accepting her brother as a mouse and protecting him. But occasionally trying to eat him after that. Instinct! Or something.

Bad Medicine, Razzle, and Hot Candy (in order, left to right.)
Original character designs redrawn for your convenience.

The only thing that really kept me from getting this going was story, and how to handle it. The idea, is a little, well... tame, for me. It would almost make a better children's show than anything else. It's kind of safe, a bit simplisticly goofy. I never really felt inspired writing Razzle, and never even finished the first script (it's around, though.) I always liked drawing her, and even for a long time - years - used her as a default mascot for the now defunct apathyzeal.com and the occasionaly avatar around the web.

Unlike Jason In A Strange Land, I don't have many plans to revisit this comic entirely beyond this post. Still, Razzle remains a favorite design that I've done, and I'm sure art of her, at least, will pop up occasionally. Until then, I put the character designs into the illustrations gallery.

Jason In A Strange Land

After taking some time to pour through my old projects, I found something I had simply dropped and forgotten about for over a decade - Jason in a Strange Land. Honestly, I'm not terribly sure what made me drop this, other than a move across the country let it slip through the cracks as I focused on life and other creative endeavors.

The titular Jason.

I remember clearly why I started this project, though, as I really wanted to go in a very specific direction with this and achieve a few goals:
  • The art style was intended to be extremely surreal.

    It's no secret I'm into bizarre, surreal or "deranged" art and cartoons - in fact, I love them. Cartoons especially are excellent examples of surrealist work in and of themselves, but if you compare the works of, say Chuck Jones (extremely beloved and amazing cartoonist) to, say Bob Clampett (another beloved, excellent cartoonist), or perhaps even the difference between Bloom County's original Run and the early strips of Outland, you'll see the differences I'm speaking of. During this period was when Damn It, Monkey!'s original run was at its peak (in my opinion) and I was exploring some other art in comics I had like Ratboy Is Dead('s previous run) and Something Inane (a now defunct comic I'll likely touch on again another time.)

    I very distinctly remember wanting to get extremely surreal and abstract with this, and I even found the original storyboards for the first six pages of the comic. Half of it is basially an acid trip.

  • Explore philosophical elements in the story.
    Strange Land is just that - a bizarre, surreal land with no known location anywhere, and the laws of reality may or may not apply, depending entirely on cartoonist's whim. I had written a small portion of the next area of the story while waiting to be called for Jury duty, and it got pretty deep (though, as a first draft, likely rather rambling and disjointed) on the very nature of existence. What better thing to think about when waiting to be a potential juror?

  • Social commentary on loneliness and friendship.
    This ties in closely with the former; Jason was, as a character, misanthropic, bullied, and an outcast, for no real reason other than other people were jerks. Taken to Strange Land could be considered a blessing - a chance to start new, a fresh new start... or become horribly isolated as there are clearly no other people around.
    Not to say that there are no other characters.

    Hans Booker and Backpack.

    Hans Booker is really nothing more than a 90s goth version of the Hamburger Helper Helping Hand, and backpack is a literal backpack, but in Strange Land, he probably fills in a role more akin to a malevolent or mischievous wise old owl, or the Cheshire Cat. Honestly, this whole idea is probably ripe for references to Alice in Wonderland.

    Aside from these two, there was also a group of characters made from a random assortment of objects - Rat Face, Jesus, Bitey, Erasercase, and Tony's Conscience. The designs in and of themselves are another nod to dark surrealism, as well.

Since I've redrawn the characters from their original sketches, and I still do have the first storyboards, I'm going to at least finish those pages of the comic. There's about six, and the story is listed with the boards I did for the comic. I may actually do the comic in color; I may not. We'll see. I may continue the project after this, depending on my personal drive and reception (you know, that thing where you can give me direct feedback in the comments section or on social media HINT, so try actually saying stuff to my misanthropic, introverted little self.

I'll keep everyone posted about my progress on the comics, as well, so please stay tuned.

Elf Queen

As I mentioned recently, I dug up and went through a ton of old art work, spanning what has survived over two decades of drawing various things.
One thing that struck me while going through this was a drawing I did of an Elven queen -- partially because, well, it didn't fit in with anything I had ever done. I think it was probably some concept art I never used when working on Axis (a comic that really never saw the light of day, save for a very, very bad 13 page intro drawn in the late 90s). The character did have a lot of promise, and if it wasn't an Axis character, I'm really, really unsure why I ever drew it.

Hey, there's more in the Illustrations gallery, you know.

I debated very heavily on sharing the original pen drawing here. The character in that drawing was very sad, and showed much more emotion than this version of here. I actually changed it slightly, and made her more aloof on purpose, more mysterious, and certainly more royal.

Since this character doesn't really fit in with, well, anything else, I took the opportunity to get to know Clip Studio a bit better, too -- I didn't texture the drawing in the same manner as I do with the Meridian Knights characters, or Sartris' initial character design. Everything in this is drawn with the various pens/pencils/brushes that program offers. It was nice, and it helped me get more comfortable with it a good deal.

Mario Kart: Talkie

In honor of Mario Kart's 25th North American Anniversary, I present... Mario Kart: Talkie
When I drew this Mario Kart Fanart, it was what I was hoping for from MK8. I tried to make this a rubber hose like creation from 1929, but I guess the idea didn't leave any room for retro tracks, because there ARE no retro tracks from before 1929. Should I have put a fake copyright date on it or something?

Also, not every character needs a tophat, so shut up.

Not pictured: Toad riding an old timey giant front-tired bicycle and Koopa Troopa flying Red Baron style. Also I guess maybe I should have had Wario tie Peach to the tracks, but it seemed more like a Bowser thing to do. Whatever.
Also, Daisy in Betty Boop style. Have fun with that,fan boys.