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Comic 1/28/17 - Paul Zaloom Would Be Proud

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Seems Belt Boy has a plan coming together... and it's going to either be brilliant or extremely silly.  Oh, who am I kidding?  Knowing Belt Boy, it'll probably be both.

For this comic, I decided that B.O.N.N.I.E. could communicate with Belt Boy without putting up her screen via his B-Chip - the communication device that he, Cannon, and Titanium Maiden all have hidden in their headgear.  It seems logical, as having her screen out would probably keep him from running as fast.

I also decided to have BB look a bit less worn-out than he did in the last strip in which he appeared; he's covering it up a bit better as he puts his "game face" on.  Plus, I think it helps that he's focused on one thing right now: defeating Miss Sunflower.  And I'll admit, I just like how he looks in the first panel and I didn't want to ruin it by frazzling his hair or showing the bags under his eyes.  So I'll excuse them away however I want.  So there.  Nyah, nyah. :-P

Seriously, though, I do like his pose in that first panel.  While I've been largely focused on improving the anatomy of my characters over the past year or so, I feel like I've neglected the "toony" side of their design, leaving my characters a bit stiff.  So, I'm doing a bit of experimenting by starting my drawings with a "line of action" in order to make better poses.  From what I understand, it's best to exaggerate the line of action as much as possible, as it loses some of that exaggeration when you add in structure.  I think that first panel is an indication of how well it's helping; BB looks like he's really moving.

The title of this comic is a reference to actor Paul Zaloom, who played the title character on Beakman's World.  While I appreciate Bill Nye's past and continuing contributions to the scientific community, he was only my third favorite educational TV scientist.  My second favorite was Mr. Wizard (I remember waking up early in the morning and seeing Mr. Wizard's World on Nickelodeon many times hwen I was really, really young), and my number one pick was - you guessed it - Beakman.  His show was a lot like Bill Nye's with its comedic tone and cartoony sound effects, but he had two co-stars (A disgruntled man in a rat suit named Lester, who often served as the straight man or victim for many a joke, as well as one of three different female lab assistants that changed between seasons), and he actually answered kids' science questions that were mailed to him (In an era where the internet wasn't popular yet, computers weren't in every house, and Googling stuff was essentially impossible, this was HUGE.).  Also, I got to meet "Beakman" at a science museum tour, help him on stage, and get his autograph, so he's definitely a sentimental favorite. :-)

Oh, and lastly, did you catch that pop culture reference on the cover of Belt Boy's book?  That gag was a last-minute addition, and I hope some of my fellow animation fans get it...!

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