Thursday, May 03, 2007

Almost-Rans, pt. 2

After drawing Anachronista, I felt like I needed a fighter with more... implacability. And so, I present THOMAS JEFFERSON'S MONTICELLO!

It is a little known fact of American history that nearly all of the neoclassical buildings designed by Thomas Jefferson were intended to serve as the young country's first line of defense in case of alien attack. Nor that, while new-fangled flintlocks got all the press, baseball bats with nails driven through them were still considered the seasoned soldier's weapon of choice.

19 comments:

Pat Lewis said...

HOLY CRAP! If that's an "almost-ran," I can't imagine the awesomeness of what you actually went with!

Joel Priddy said...

Be afraid, incredibly talented Mr. Lewis, be very afraid.

Evan said...
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Evan said...

I used to live near Monticello....

I wish I had an imagination near your caliber.

...and with all these killer rejected ideas you have, I'm starting to have doubts with the character I went with.

p.s. colored in Photoshop??

Joel Priddy said...

Evan,

Really? Near TJ's Monticello, outside of Charlottesville, VA? 'Cuz that's pretty much where I grew up. Monticello was the destination for every school field trip I ever went on. And lemme tell ya, while it's a great place to visit, there're only so many times an eight-year-old can look at a gravity clock with eyes full of wonder.

Re: character doubts. Ah, who knows? I really tried to come up with the scariest, most unstoppable idea I could muster, but it's important that the voting public connect with your creation: that's what took Skin and Bonez to the winner's circle. And I don't know, maybe Monty or Ana would have been easier to root for than the direction I ended up taking things.

And, yup, that's some Photoshop coloring, right there.

Evan said...

...??? No wait! sorry, not Monticello.... I was thinking of the Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson. It's in Nashville. I never actually went there, so i guess i got the 2 confused.

I'm a little embarrassed now.

stephen eidson said...

I really dig this one and, seeing how G.o.S. was my personal favorite, I too cringe in the face of cleverness.

Joel Priddy said...

Evan,

Andrew Jackson? BAH! Have you ever seen the Hermitage fight? Sure, those bicycle kicks and fancy stances impress the kids, but when it comes to a real brawl, can't even stand up to Lindenwood. And you know how Lindenwood is.

Stephen,

Thanks! I'm glad you liked the God of Scissors. Honestly, the hardest part of coming up with an entrant for this tournament was moving past the G o' S, which I kinda felt was my perfect FACA concept. I hope the new hotness will meet with your approval.

Derrick said...

Wow, these guys look great in full color! I just finished my combatant last night and was starting to get smug until I saw your REJECTED characters. But I should have expected no less from the spiritual daddy of G.o.S!

Joel Priddy said...

Can't wait to see what you came up with, Derrick. The spirit of the Freak-o-potamus chomps on!

michelle said...

Ha ha, WOW.
I was trying to think of something clever to say, but I am too flabbergasted to think properly.
I can't wait to see what you decided on, it must have been hard with such a pantheon of awesome to choose from.

Joel Priddy said...

Thanks, Michelle. I hope you like it. And fear it. And are moved powerfully to vote for it.

Are you going to submit a design? I'd love to see what you'd put together for FACA.

Lighthouse Pilot said...

This is a nice one. I would have liked to have seen ol' Monty in action. Perhaps another FACA...or maybe even a comic about 18th century architecture duking it out.

I second the motion to bring Michelle into the FACA fold. Get to it, Michelle!

pulphope said...

Hey Joel--that's hilarious!

" Brick Shithouse" you ought call him.

michelle said...

I thought about submitting something, but my characters seem to have this really bad habit of getting themselves killed, so I figured it would be an ill-fated venture.

Nice job on Medusa, you throw around good ideas like a cat sheds hair.

Joel Priddy said...

Michele,

Aw, a certain resigned fatalism can be a real asset in battle—ask any samurai.

Do I need to recite the St. Crispin's Day speech?

And that cat hair metaphor may be the swellest thing anyone has said to me in some time. Thanks!

Dan Boyd said...

No offense to any of your other characters, including God of Scissors, but this is by far the coolest of your warriors. This next tourney is gonna be great. I can't wait to see your entrant, although I won't know it's yours....

Good luck in FACA 3!

Joel Priddy said...

Thanks, Dan! High praise, coming from a creator of Saber-Tooth. I'm looking forward to seeing yours as well!

It'll be fun trying to figure out who did what in FACA3. It seems to me that any one familiar with my work will be able to spot mine, but, who knows? I didn't recognize Giles Mantooth as being a Matt Bernier drawing until several days into the last tourney. Or Scott Morse's either.

I thought about trying to switch styles a bit. Maybe painting or collaging my entrant, or drawing it with my feet. I won't tell you if I did or not.

Joel Priddy said...

Whoa, I completely missed Paul Pope's comment above.

Thanks, Paul! See you in the squared circle!