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*GRUMBLE*…stupid brain… *GRUMBLE*

| August 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

So… I’m sitting in a bus in the middle of the traffic jam that Dhaka’s become (in)famous for, and wondering how to pass the time. Well, I figured I’d spend my time doodling (and possibly coming up for a base, of sorts, for the 30 characters challenge, 2012), which lead to inadvertently developing back stories for some of the figures, on the spot, which lead to developing short back stories for ALL of the figures.

So… here I am, with a little over 30 starting points characters, and a doodle, all done within the confines of two traffic jams and twenty seven minutes.

The overall theme was a gang war raging in the streets, something along the lines of old school beat-em-up games, like Final Fight, Double Dragon and Streets of Rage.  To keep things simple, the “characters” (figures?) are listed starting from the top left (instead of  the order they were drawn in) :

01 – The first of four mysterious masked cosplayers that accidentally walked into the street fight on his way to a convention, and walked out a man.  He refuses to discuss the incident to this day.

02 – The second of four mysterious masked cosplayers that accidentally walked into the street fight on his way to a convention, and walked out a man.  He also refuses to discuss the incident to this day.

03 – The third of four mysterious masked cosplayers that accidentally walked into the street fight on his way to a convention, and walked out a man.  He too refuses to discuss the incident to this day.

04 – The fourth and thankfully final of the four  mysterious masked cosplayers that accidentally walked into the street fight on his way to a convention, and walked out a man.  He refuses to discuss the incident to this day as well.

05 – A performing bear named Buddy who happens to be in a very disagreeable mood at the moment.  He had a falling out with his trainer over the career decisions that was being made on his behalf, and felt like a victim of typecasting.

06 – Emilio, a member of the “43rd Street Gang”, who is contemplating the virtues of loyalty and running like hell from an enraged bear.

07 – Larry “Two Q” Jones may look like an average middle aged man nonchalantly mulching, like he usually does, in his back yard despite the gang warfare right beyond his walls, when in reality, he’s actually an average middle aged man nonchalantly mulching, like he usually does, in his back yard in despite the gang warfare right beyond his walls while reminiscing about the way things used to be.  One day he just might find the courage to do something about it, and switch fertilizers, but not today.

08 – Chett, founder of “the Leather Face Movement”, is starting up her chainsaw, because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her years with another gang called the “Asps”, it’s that bringing chainsaws to a fistfight is generally a good idea.

09 – Nick generic thug of the “Insane Cogs”, is enthralled by Ivy (#10) and is just beginning to listening to the part of his brain that’s been screaming “DUDE THERE’S A CHAINSAW REVVING BEHIND YOU!”

10 – Ivy, a newcomer to “Pythons”,  is acquiring practical knowledge regarding why it’s not a good idea to wear revealing clothing in fights.

11 – David, one of the top members of “The Hawks”, is wondering whether or not to hit Ivy or hit on Ivy.

12 – Keith, low ranking member of “The Original Wolverines” –  a deadly rival to The Hawks and Pythons,  is wondering the same.

13 – Justin, founder and sole member of “The NEW Wolverines” is listening to his [unbranded digital audio player] annoyed that some idiot that bumped into him, and then  just ran away without apologizing.

14 – Adam, hired muscle for “The Axels”, did not get beaten unconscious.  He fainted at the sight of Buddy.

15 – Mark, Buddy’s trainer & handler, is actively responding to his disagreements with Buddy.  (Especially whether or not Buddy’s roles as an out of control angry bear is really “typecasting”…)

16 – Habib, is technically not a part of any gang.  He was not expecting “fight a man who can rip a hydrant out of the ground and hit you with it” to be a part of his initiation into the “All Star Scrappers”.

17- The cleverly named Rob Ott, is a mechanical construct, remotely controlled by an alien.  The aliens’ approximations regarding the capabilities of the human body were a little off…

18 – The dog, coincidentally, is also named Buddy.  He just had the disturbing experience of having his toilet piss on him.

19 – Dawson, right hand man to the leader of “Game Cocks” in getting the worst purple nurple of his life.

20 – It’s not clear from the figure, but in the course of administering said purple nurple, Melvin, an ex-police officer who quite the force because he could no longer stand the rampant violence, has spun his body to face the camera.  Several times already.

21 – Moses was the founder of the “Wise Guys” back in the day.  However, he currently spends all his time on the restaurant he owns.  He passed out from exhaustion on the street after working three shifts in a row, due to a sudden shortage of workers, owing to gang violence in a streets.  He will be unpleasantly surprised when he wakes up in the hospital a few days later looking like he’s been trampled by a bear.

22 – “Big Howie” administering a flying kick to “Little Joe”.  The brothers Howard & Joe have a long standing rivalry.

23 – “Little Joe” is being bitten by “Little Howie”.

24 – “Little Howie”… is… making the most of a situation.

25 – “Big Joe” is inadvertently giving “Little Howie” a reason to bite his brother a little harder.

26 – Feinberg, a Funky China Man from Funky China Town,  is attempting to channel his spiritual energy into a weaponized form.

27- Jimmy, member of the “42nd Street Gang” is unconscious on the street.  He  is going to be trampled by Buddy (the dog), which is not nearly as bad as being trampled by Buddy (the bear).

28 – Guy is yet another generically named man has nothing to with the gang warfare either.  He was merely a victim of a vicious prank involving sleeping medication and laxatives.

29 – Rick, was enjoying a relaxing night out in the deserted streets with his trusty boom box until things suddenly went to hell.

30 – Law, leader of “Shadow Law” is jumping over a rolling oil barrel (one of many that roam these streets like they own them)  LIKE A BAWS!

31 – Mike, a member of the “Piledrivers” is contemplating if he can sue the videogame and/or wrestling industry for what is about to happen.

32 – “Knuckles Juan” brother in law to the leader of the infamous gang “Makiwara” is thisclose to earning the nickname “Falsetto Juan”.

33 – Jacqueline, founding member and leader of the “Bare Knuckle Bears” is debating the quandary over whether or not to eat a suspiciously perfect looking slab of roast beef lying in the middle of the streets.

34 – Officer Ervin was the first officer to arrive in the middle of the fray. And with only two days until retirement too…

35 – Konosuke is something of a random street thug using the fighting around him to mug someone at knife-point. He is also of the impression that he’s too cool to fall for the old “there’s-a-police-officer-on-horse-back-right-behind-you” trick.

36 – Berkowitz, a professional dancer by trade, is thankful to the powers that be that the man mugging him thinks “he’s too cool to fall for the old ‘there’s-a-police-officer-on-horse-back-right-behind-you’ trick.”

All I need to do now is finish the artwork in ink.  And color it.  And develop the back stories further.  SIGH. :’C