#10 Powerhouse and Jake

| November 11, 2010 | 7 Comments

Ten year-old Jake Winston has an overactive imagination–not unusual for a boy his age.  Still, he’s not prepared for the shock of seeing a tall blue and yellow robot appear out of nowhere in front of him.  And then there’s the fact that the robot speaks to Jake and tells him that his help is needed.

But Jake thinks it’s awesome.  Unfortunately, he’s not able to pronounce the robot’s name, so he calls the machine “Powerhouse”.  The robot certainly lives up to his name, trashing a rather scary looking robot threatening Jake and his friends.  It seems that this machine will protect Jake (and any human near Jake) at all costs .  Yet Powerhouse cannot reveal much about why he is here, along with other questions Jake peppers him with.  According to the robot, his programming prevents him from telling everything.  While Jake has his own ideas–Powerhouse could be from the future, could be an alien in disguise, could be from another dimension–he’s still thrilled to have a robot protector…and judging from the creepy enemies Powerhouse has to face off against, that’s not a bad thing.

Category: Manga, Scifi, Superhero

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Hello everyone, I'm Marc McKenzie, and this is my second year taking part in of this challenge. I've been a freelancer for the past few years, working in animation and creating commissioned work for clients including the New York Times. There have been ups and downs, but...that's life. Honestly, though, I enjoyed taking part in the challenge last year, and I hope to do my best this year...but I hope that everyone does their best and has fun! Ironically, I never really set out to do art at first. I studied something completely different in college and it was only because of an art teacher that I changed gears. Currently I'm living in Hillsborough, New Jersey, working on commissions, trying to find full-time work, and being a doting uncle to my niece.

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  1. Jared says:

    Sweet! This is certainly my speed. And nice job on the colors

  2. This is a pretty classically awesome story. Love the colors. Going to have to refer back to this picture next time I want to color armor or metal.

  3. Thanks, Micah.

    I’m still trying to figure out the right way to color armor and metal, but this one seems to be a better effort.

  4. JoeCook says:

    That’s awesome. The coloring is great and the design has a classic, but powerful looking feel to it. Well done.

  5. King AdBeck says:

    Love the clean style of your drawings. Puts me in mind of Osamu Tezuka mixed with Mega Man concept art.

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