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#17 Tuo (the Alligator Man) : The 30 Characters Challenge

#17 Tuo (the Alligator Man)

| November 14, 2010 | 2 Comments

I love reptiles. Always have. So, I wanted to make an alligator man (similar thinking led to my #19 entry, which you’ll see). The idea was to create a character for my upcoming webcomic, The Aquarian 7. Not sure if Tuo here will make the team or be a villain, but he will show up at some point.

Concept: Tuo is a mutated Chinese alligator that was discovered along Yangtze River. He was taken to a Shaolin temple in the Shanxi Province, where he was trained in the martial arts. He is very protective of his people, and his presence has become an urban legend.

Design: I toyed with the idea of making him either a mutated human or an alien (hence the beard). The hood/cape adds to the idea of the urban legend aspect. There’s a lot to be learned about him, but, design-wise, he’s all there.

Art by Uriel Duran!

By the way, he’s named Tuo for the Chinese character that represents the alligator. Not sure if that’s Mandarin or Cantonese.

Copyright © 2010, Vito Delsante.

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I'm not exactly sure what I should put here, so here goes. I'm a writer, written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others and his stories have been reprinted in other countries. Mostly concentrating on creator owned work right now, so the challenge suits me just fine. I live in Queens (Astoria/LIC), NY with my wife, Michelle, and two dogs, Kasey and Kirby. I'm not sure what else needs to be said, but I'm sure I'll keep changing this. Oh, here's something. I contribute to the Project Rooftop site. The RetroFix column was kind of my idea, so I feel like that experience will help me out here.

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  1. Chris Tupa says:

    Nice! I like his feet! And his face, nice job!

  2. Thanks, Chris! Keep in mind, these are being generated with Hero Machine, not drawn.

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