Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Inspired by "Sharknado," "Axe Cop," "Chicken Little," SNL and a trip to Costco:
Archer and Ansel have talking a lot recently about a web comic that they would like to create...(to be specific: a web comic that they would like me to draw) Axe Cop, a very successful series written by a 5 year old boy and drawn and facilitated by his comics professional older brother is of course a great inspiration.
We often discuss potential characters for this hypothetical comic and the Land Shark was yesterday's topic. ("Sharknado" has a long tail, so to speak) Archer was primarily responsible for the description, including rocket boosters, laser weapons and a "chainsaw holster." Fish Out of Water, our favorite character from "Chicken Little" (originally one of our early favorite books by Helen Palmer) inspired the helmet.
I'll admit I was much more interested in the ridiculousness of the character than the kids were. The Saturday Night Live Land Shark sketches from the late 70's were in my mind. I recounted them to the kids, but they did not find my rendition as funny as I thought they should. And I liked the idea of the alpha predator riding around on the sort of motorized scooter that enables the morbidly obese to navigate around Costco. I am slightly sorry that I did not try to render the distortion of a water filled helmet in a realistic way... because, you know, the overall image is so very realistic.
And Archer pointed out that I had neglected to include the laser weapons.