And now I suppose we’ll never know just how long Space Kid could’ve successfully fought off the space pirate horde singlehanded, since the battle was interrupted by this sudden seismic activity… [How many of you vote for “he coulda taken them all out”?]Read More
And so our hero leaps fearlessly into the fray in a classic Kirby Pose®!
And yep, Space Kid is throwing an electric boomerang in that first panel! (“Where’d he get it from?” Out of one of his belt pouches — it folds up.)
Hey, Marine Boy had an electric boomerang [that also folded up and tucked into a pouch]. Mark from Battle of the Planets had an electric boomerang [that also folded up and tucked into a pouch]. So how could I not let Space Kid have one? 😛Read More
Looks like (when he’s piloting, anyway) Pizmo has nerves of steel — good thing, too! (Then again, he would have them, wouldn’t he?)
And, apparently, the space pirates eat in a cafeteria! (Albeit a kinda piratey one.) Hope they don’t serve cafeteria-quality food, though — that would probably be grounds for mutiny! 😛Read More
Finally Space Kid unveils two of the weapons in his arsenal: his raygun and his exo-suit. (In case you were wondering how a little kid would be strong enough to fight grown men — I mean, Astro Boy was a robot so no problem there, and Marine Boy … well, waitaminit, how did Marine Boy fight grown men?! I guess maybe he was a fair bit older than SK…??…) Anyway, now you know why his uniform looks different than it did in the earlier pages, right?
I had someone ask me why Robo-Swab 8 is saying “Squee!” when he gets blasted in the first panel. Well, what can I tell ya… when Magnus, Robot Fighter totalled a robot, it almost invariably said “Squee!”, so now that’s like traditional. Ya gotta understand that the term back in the 60s didn’t mean what it means now, ‘K?Read More
I’ve seen colour comics that use devices like sepia-tone or washed-out pastel hues to indicate a flashback sequence (um, why no, I can’t think of any specific examples right offhand, but when I do I’ll come back and edit this post 😛 )… so that gave me the idea that rendering a sequence all in grays [no black, no white] might give me the grayscale equivalent of such an effect.
I think it works fine, and I’m inordinately pleased with myself that I was able to figure out how to make that happen. Yes, it’s probably a very simple and obvious trick, and I’ve probably re-invented the wheel here. But this computer tweaking of art is still pretty new to me so I feel like I’ve got at least one backpat coming to me for this one. 🙂 And yeah, next time I use a flashback sequence in Space Kid! I expect I will do this again and make it like the standard representation for this series.Read More
I wonder if I have any [probably quite young] readers who were actually surprised here? 😀
A friend asked me if the arrow on the head of Space Kid‘s outfit here was a homage to Aang — and, after I gaped silently for a moment, I was forced to tell him “no!”
Here’s the deal: I like the look of a widow’s peak line in the facehole of caps and helmets, etc. (For some reason the only example that springs to mind now is Mega Man but I know there are others). So I wanted to give SK that point between the eyebrows… and then I remembered the uniforms in Star Blazers that had down-pointing arrows on the chests, and I realized a down arrow on SK’s head could give me that look. So this arrow is a Matsumoto tribute if anything. But that whole time, I never consciously thought of Aang!! Despite the fact that I have always been a major Avatar fan, and I’ve always known that Aang has a head arrow just like this! Where was my brain?!
Admit it: when you first clapped eyes on Kyzok, you probably thought he was a bit of a creampuff. And I’m pretty sure Holton thought the same. But don’t let that diminutive pipe-cleaner frame fool you: this guy is dangerous. Like playing with fire. Part of an old tradition of pirates who amused themselves with the torments of their victims.
(And yeah, the space pirates store their booty in sacks and chests, what?)Read More
Can’t think of much new or noteworthy to remark upon regarding this page [hey, they can’t all be “artistically groundbreaking”! 😛 ]. But I will say that this page was especially fun for me — I get such a kick out of drawing Kyzok and writing his dialogue, and here he appears and/or speaks in every panel, not to mention he gets a close-up! 😀Read More