Big Ol’ Toaster Head

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© Little Dog Comics 2015

If you saw the last post you may have noticed that Kid Universal looks a little different than how I’ve drawn him in the past. Most notably he’s got a big ol’ toaster head and a tiny body. When you design a character it takes a while to figure out the finer points of a character’s personality. Even harder, how to show that through a drawing.

I think of Kid as being like a child, 8-10 years old, full of energy and ceaseless wonder. Looking over my work I managed to capture that feeling only a few times. That is until I started playing around with his shapes and proportions. I came up with a design that is similar to what’s featured in this post. It had more energy than my previous design and making him shorter allows for more visual variance when he’s next to Louis Coulon, and comedic possibilities. Think of how Laurel and Hardy played off of their physical differences in their comedy.

After settling on a design made this model sheet to help me stay consistent when drawing Kid Universal in the future.

This Is Why

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Jessie had the idea that I should do single page comics of some of the side characters from Little Dog Comics. She was like, “what if Louis was at dinner and the cat kept stealing the food?” And I was like, “that’s perfect.” So I drew it. Then I noticed that each of the four panels, if played in a sequence, almost looked like an animation. For fun I made it into a gif. Watch and enjoy.

This Is Why Louis Coulon Has Trouble With Dinner by Jessie Doerpers and Shaun Pinello

Update:  Wordpress is acting crazy so click the image to see the gif. 

Louis and Lutin

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When I started Kid Universal I knew that he would need a mentor, someone to talk to, someone to fly a ship and have his back. Since Kid can travel through time I thought it would be cool to find an historical ship captain and have him be the pilot of a futuristic time traveling vessel. I did a few google searches and didn’t find any captains I connected with but then I came across an image that had nothing to do with what I was looking for yet was exactly what I needed. In the back of my mind I knew there would be parachuting cats in my story I just hadn’t figured out how to tie them in. And that image I came across provided me with a captain and a way to tie in the cats. Enter Louis Coulon. Not the French Canadian military officer famous for being the only opponent to force George Washington to surrender, I’m talking about the man with the eleven foot beard and what he carried within it.

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Not much information is available about him in English so I only know a few details. He was born February 1826 and died in 1904. The legend goes that at age 12 he began shaving but could not keep the blade sharp due to constant use. By age 14 his beard ahas 19 inches long. (Just for context, I haven’t shaved in a year and my beard is just shy of four inches.)

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By the way, you can now get Little Dog Comics related phone covers and other products. I just signed up with Nuvango who partners with various artists for high quality printing.

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