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Wow! This is my fave in a long time. The dachsund and boar are awesome. I love how they seem pretty sweet and likeable, like they're basically good guys who stumbled into pit fighting. Am I off the mark with that? Also great - the cut to the boar's eyes after the cattle prods are mentioned. And the snake's pointing with his blount little tail totally rocks. Sorry I'm gushing, but one last thing -- The whole situation here, knowing that the fight is about to ensue, is giving me an intense feeling of anticipation, like 5 episodes worth of trash talking before a 47 episode fight on Dragonball Z. Keep it up!
I like how genteel these guys are despite the fact that they're poisoning our nation's youth with boba.
Thanks Chris! This was a fun episode to draw.I don't think you are that far off the mark. I hate it when you see a situation like this in a movie and everyone acts the same way. Hostile, hostile, evil, hostile. I like to see people enjoying themselves, and I think that is a more interesting way to introduce characters in a situation like this.There is a lot more to come. Frank the boar is only the beginning. And what about Loopus? My wife keeps pushing me to get back to Loopus.(I think he is her favorite)
Hey Paul!! You posted your comment at the same time I posted mine!!! As I said to Chris, I think it is more interesting to play against type. Sure they could have been tough talking Paisans or stoic Yakuza, but I like to think that all too often, evil is downright amiable and friendly.If you think about it, it's scarier and more realistic.
I couldn't agree more, Robo. --I write myself and I'm always trying to skew my characters a little. There's nothing more boring than a what-you-see-is-what-you-get type.
Amen. It's funny if you think about it. I'm sure in these movies, guys can't be sittig around before one of these fights talkiing about how evil they are. I love that. You gotta figure that, yeah, they're talking about what they're gonna have for dinner later. Great angle. Fight Fight Fight! And then more Loopus, I hope...
We'll be getting back to Loopus very soon. I think there are 2 places that I draw inpiration from in terms of this type of characterization, Mario Puzo's Godfather, and pretty much any Quentin Tarantino film, particularly Pulp Fiction. In The Godfather, you have characters that are tender, loving, and loyal first, and ruthless mobsters second. In Pulp Fiction, you have two hitmen; Julius and Vincent, act like regular guys, talking about chicks, smoking dope and hamburgers. Then, just before they go to do their thing, Julius actually says "Let's get into character" boom, they are the bloodthirsty killers they need to be. This type of characterization is so difficult to get by the mangement of most animation studios. Here, I can just do it.Glad you guys are enjoying it!
Those're two great touchstones. --I love the scene in 'The Godfather' when the Don says a man who doesn't spend time with his family can't truly be a man. A wise and true statement from a guy who orders a horse head placed in the bed of a man who's causing him problems. Dichotomy is a powerful tool. BTW thanks for the kind comment on my site earlier. I'm working on the strip actually but I have a fairly elaborate plot in mind. I'm mulling it over between a freelance writing gig I took on and caring for my pregant wife. --What I wouldn't give for some thirty hour days. :)
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! We should do some pit fighting at work. Spice up the day.
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