Dragon Rats by DragonsAndBeasties
N Force #9, March 1993 - Bubsy The Bobcat Cover. “What could possibly go wrong?”
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Oh, Bubsy. I played way too much of you and thought your game was sooooo much better than it actually was when I was 13. I think this cover is extra hilarious because Bubsy, who is obviously meant to be the star, looks like someone’s furry OC on DeviantArt, what with the lopsidedness, tangents, weird silhouette, crude coloring and attempt at a popular art style. And yet Bubsy, so obviously trying to emulate the clean, weighted and appealing style of the cartoons of the day, like that of one Buster Bunny up there, pales in comparison. Yes, it’s bad when your wacky mascot takes the back seat to the other character who is 1/8th the size of yours on the page.
It really captures the watered-down qualities of the Bubsy games, actually. Well played! ;)
"Hey mister! Whatcha doin’ with that hairy meatball? Where ya goin’? What’re ya doin? Can I try? Can I see? Hey! Hey! Look what I can do! Hey! Listen!"
GOD DAMMIT MEERKATS CAN’T A GUY ROLL HIS BALL OF SHIT IN PEACE?
It’s 2:30 am and I am so tired, but I regret nothing.
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Gray wolves on the go! Kind of like the white tailed deer piece I did, I wanted to have the animals recede into the background in this one. It’s kind of risky since this is for an animal art book and typically you want to see the animal up close, but I said “Screw it, it’s my book and I’m doing it this way.”
I get one Art Brat card to play per book. Consider it played.
Chinese Pangolin swirl! It sounds like a really gross flavor of ice cream, actually.
I know it’s a holiday here in the States, but there’s art to be done so that I can declare my own independence from the book later on this week.
So here is the wonderful axolotl! The story behind this piece is “missed connections”. The axolotl is believed to be extinct in the wild because the very few freshwater bodies they lived in were either drained or polluted with fertilizer run-off, which is pretty awful. The plus side is that there are lots of them in captivity, because they make for good test models for regeneration research and there are efforts being made to create a genetically diverse colony that can be released back into the wild.
So, perhaps these were the last two axolotls in the wild, and they could have saved their species… if not for this missed connection.
READING IS GOOD.
OMG looks like my Smudge <3
Deep down, he has the spirit of a giant rat.