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#30 Swamp Mole

| November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Swamp Mole is one of those crazy mammals that like to live the life of an amphibian. Tiny is physical size, huge in spirit! Not sure I wanna mess with someone with hands that are that much out of proportion!

This concludes my 30 characters challenge for this year. It was a blast! I really learned a lot about my drawing style and scheduling my art endeavors. I am hoping to continue this pace with my regular comic and into the graphic novel that these characters will be included in. Thanks for checking my stuff out over the last month!

Warren Frantz

#29 Walter Gecko

| November 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Small and sneaky, Walter is always lurking. Don’t let his cuteness fool you. He’s an unexpected mighty warrior in any battle!

#28 Harvey C. Turtle

| November 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

This guy is up for any adventure, although you may need to wait a while for him to finish it! Harvey prides himself on family, almost to a fault.

#27 Phil the Double-Jointed Flamingo

| November 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

A quick return to the bird category, but a much more modern species!  Not only does this tropical bird have excellent balance, he’s flexible too! Imagine the possibilities of a double-jointed fowl!

#26 Trudy the Troodon Formosus

| November 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

There were a few strange looking dinosaurs that tromped around with the “classic-style” dinosaurs we normally see. Trudy would be one of those. Quick on her feet, she is a survivalist because of her agility. Not sure how Trudy can balance with that size of head though!

We are done with the dinosaurs! On to some modern-day wild life!

#25 Hatchling

| November 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Here is one of the dinosaurs (protoceratops) as a hatchling. Right from the beginning of their lives, carnivorous dinosaurs are bloodthirsty and dangerous. Watch your step!

#24 Fathom

| November 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

One look into Fathom’s eyes and you can tell he has more going on in his mind than most dinosaurs. That can be either a good or bad thing within the prehistoric circles. He has dreams and motivation beyond filling his stomach. He is a beast that actually…. cares. Will this lead Fathom to becoming the King of the Dinosaurs, or kill him with a stress-induced ulcer?

#23 Tricerathump

| November 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Back off man! This guy is mean… mean as they come. He’ll thump ya and leave you for dead. He’s vegan, so it’ll be someone else finishing up the job!

#22 SnortStomp

| November 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Large Tyrannosaurus-type animal. Named after the last noises that you’ll hear before he bites your head off!

#21 Moxy

| November 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

This is a Zalmoxes. Vicious creature, agile and hungry. Not the greatest combination if you are on the menu!

#20 DeepFried

| November 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Her shape and color make her look like a piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken. In battle, her brain functions like it is deep fried as well. Squirrely!

#19 Nutter

| November 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

This is the first of the dinosaur collection. Nutter is exactly what the name says: He will lose his mind at any given time for no apparent reason. Fun times.

#18 Ernie the Eremotherium

| November 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Ernie is an eremotherium… The Panamerican Ground Sloth. Large, hairy, ugly, bad breath… yup, he belongs in this misfit group of Ice Age animals! Next up: The Dinosaurs! Bring it on!

#17 Toddy Bear

| November 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Toddy is a giant short-faced bear (Arctodus simus), found during the Ice Age. This animal is marsupial, with a pouch just big enough to smuggle a 6-pack and a few burgers into a game. This gentle giant will always have his bud’s back!

#16 Swift

| November 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

He’s vicious, has quick acceleration and phenomenal balance, which add up to one serious warrior!

Bah! Just kidding. Swift is a goofball. Always ready for that beer after the game and a few chuckles, this creature is great for the team moral!

#15 Ice Fang

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

Ice Fang is an Andrewsarchus mongoliensis. It is easier on the tongue to call her a giant Ice Age wolf. A cunning leader of the pack, Ice Fang uses advanced team based strategies to finish off her prey.

#14 Munch

| November 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

What Canadian doesn’t have a friendly, hockey-playing beaver for a pet? When our lacrosse superstar makes her way from Northern Canada to Florida, she just can’t bear to leave good ol’ Munch behind!

#13 The Bone Keeper

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

With all of these prehistoric animals running around, we need to get that DNA somehow to resurrect them. Why not pay a visit to The Bone Keeper for all your fossilized needs?

#12 Steve The Wooly Rhino

| November 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Crazy as it seems, Wooly Rhinos apparently existed during the Ice Age.  Steve is a slow, fairly immobile tank of a creature. All muscle, all heart, but will fight for his team with all his might.

#11 Glypto The BunkerDillo

| November 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Glyptotherium texanum was a giant armadillo during the Ice Age. I figured my villain’s army of ice animals could use this fella as a traveling castle wall to fight behind. Glypto is a gentle giant, trying to keep his allies happy. I couldn’t imagine the damage he could do if he got angry….

#10 MegaHairyum

| November 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

Megahairyum is based on the Ice Age creature megatherium, the oversized sloth. Always hungry, “Hairy’s” favorite meal is a feast of walrus with a side of lichen.

#9 Frost Tiger

| November 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

When I started thinking about how my villain operates, I decided that he would attack in waves… using different elements of his obsession with prehistoric creatures. This second wave will consist of Ice Age creatures.

Savage and cold-hearted, Frost Tiger is a nasty sabertooth tiger who likes to grind her teeth with her prey’s bones.


#8 SkyFunk

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

SkyFunk is the type to stay in the background and take careful observations. Carrying much more intelligence than the other Terror Birds, she is patient and will strike at the most opportune moment. SkyFunk NEVER fights a losing battle.

#7 TerrorDactyl

| November 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

The TerrorDactyl has a very muscular build. He’d be just as happy attacking you from the land as the sky. Watch for the fangs as he attempts to tame his insatiable hunger.

#6 Roost-Terror

| November 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

A normal rooster is terrifying as it is.  Pump some prehistoric-type steroids into it, scramble its brains a bit and start feeding it meat… You’ve got yourself some Roost-Terror!

#5 Steeler

| November 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

The name Steeler comes from the shiny, silver colored feathers on this birds head. His shrill death scream will freeze you in place while his predatory partners pick you apart.

#4 Sarge

| November 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

Scientists believe that terror birds were very quick runners, reaching speeds of up to 30 mph!

Sarge is the type of mouthy, military dudes that gets his charges fired up for battle through those dang insults about yo’ mama. He does back up his words by fighting mightily, if not aimlessly, in the trenches.

#3 Meat Rage

| November 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Terror Birds are the only known large predator species to migrate from South America to the southern United States.

Meat Rage would be the closest of the “Terror Birds” I draw in this collection that actually resembles a real terror bird. As the name suggests, this gal is a thoughtless, vicious, carnivorous eating machine. Think Looney Tunes’ Tazmanian Devil as a dino-bird.


#2 Ol’ One-Eye

| November 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Phorusrhacids is the scientific name for Terror Birds. They were the top predators in South America 62 million years ago. They were flightless, and 3 to 10 feet tall.

This guy would be probably considered a Pterodactyl, but I’ll be taking a few creative liberties, looking mostly at “bird-like” prehistoric monsters. Ol’ One-Eye is one of those proud war vets: he’s battled hard, suffered loss, been there, done that. He is a bit older, so his ideas don’t always get the respect they should (because he’s grumpy), although he is right most of the time.


#1Terry Toof

| November 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

My wife has been looking at what I’ve been drawing and believes that I’m addicted to Angry Birds. In fact, I am addicted to something far worse: Terror Birds. I didn’t know which direction I wanted to go with the villain in my story. While I was teaching a reading class, I came across Terror Birds in a book about Prehistoric Animals. It clicked! I was gonna do a twist on Jurrasic Park!

This first character is one of those goofy, wise-mouthed sidekick birds you see in Disney movies like Alladin and Lion King. “Terry” is an ironic reference to Terror, since he’d talk you to death before scaring you into a heart attack. “Toof” gives a nod to his lisp that’s a result of having one tooth.

2011 Challenger: Warren Frantz

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

I am the creator of the webcomic “Off Season“. It’s regularly published Mondays and Thursdays, with occasional extra guest strips or bonus strips on other days. It follows the adventures of a mild-mannered goalie surrounded by the zany world of ice hockey.

I have taken on the 30 Characters challenge for the last two years. In 2009 I did it on my own website, while in 2010 I joined the “Official” website. It can be a grueling experience, but I have a direction this year, which will hopefully make it a bit easier for me!

It has been a goal of mine to write and illustrate a graphic novel. I’ve been kicking around the idea of writing a story centered around my Day 4 Character from last year. During this year’s 30 Character Challenge, I’ll be taking my first steps toward making that happen by trying to develop that story’s world through it’s characters.


I can be found at Google+ (Warren Frantz) or at Twitter (@puckhogg4)