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Here's a page from an old comic I never finished. The story was about two people who, in their giant mechs, fought against horrendously huge monsters. One of the two people was an American who drove about in a ginormous Uncle Sam mech, the other was a Japanese one-eyed woman (who wore an eye patch).

The American dude was the military equivalent of a rock star, loved by the people, and had an ego the size of the universe (in short, enormous and ever expanding). The Japanese girl was shy and reserved, with a dark and mysterious past. Boy oh boy, I bet you never saw one of the characters in anime. Even though she was the best mechrider Japan had to offer, she was a relative unknown compared to the American.

Anyhoo, at the onset of the story, these two fought big ol' monsters separately for their respective countries. However, a new breed of giant beasties that were immune to the weapon arsenals of standard mechs appeared, and even the American and Japanese woman's combined forces, who were united to fight the creatures, were powerless to stop those monstrousities.

So, a new mech was invented, one that maximized its space for powerful weaponry technology. Unfortunately, the mechs could only be operated by children, as the new weapons took up so much space, they left little room for a cockpit. Since there were no children who had the expertise and skill to operate such powerful mechs, the government decided to, instead, regress the American and Japanese mech pilots into children, so they could operate the durn things.

The American, a cocky and muscular dude, found himself diminished to a pint sized wimp, something he didn't care for, needless to say. The Japanese girl, however, became the complete opposite of her adult self, puckish and outgoing.

After whooping several of the new breed of monsters, including one that wielded giant squids as numbchucks, the American and the Japanese lady discover that the beasties are being summoned and controlled by a Japanese school girl. The image above is a depiction of that same school girl summoning a horrifying terror from the depths.

The comic was sort of a hybrid between "Galaxy High" and "Big Guy and Rusty". It employed a sort of manga style but I never finished it because a manga style isn't my thing and the story wasn't distinct enough for my tastes.

Ah well...
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ImmortalJoe Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
It's almost like you predicted the plot of Pacific Rim.
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MooMinded Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Pretty bad ass actually o.o btw, that crab on the bottom left reminds me of the one from a disney cartoon, lol.
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I think Disney was an influence on me with regards to how I draw crabs. :)
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Fladam Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Shading on the creature is superb.
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:iconcluedog:
cluedog Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It was a combination of nibs and brushes, if I recall correctly.
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MetaKaios Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
teehee, nice one cluedog

Where's your mech to save you now? >= D
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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VanEckPhreaking Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Giant Uncle Sam Mech? You have got to show us that! ;-)
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I did draw it at one point. I'll have to see if I can hunt that page down. :)
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FallenKittenStudios Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
Very Mangaish concept. Did it take itself seriously?
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
No, the story wasn't meant to be taken seriously. It was going to be a comedy series, with some drama sprinkled here and there.

Most of the time, I have a hard time taking myself seriously, so a lot of humor creeps into my work, regardless. :)
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EarthmanPrime Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this, but love you work now much more, since you are speaking with your own voice, artisticly speaking.

But I do love Kaiju stuff.
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Larry! Yeah, Opey, Miss Doomsday, and Virginia are much more me.

Manga art is so ubiquitous, it almost seems a cliche to use it as a style.
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EarthmanPrime Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome Zac. I can see that Opey, Virginia and Miss Doomsday are an extention of you to some degree and it really shows. I like manga to some extent, but it is not the path for me.
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ZSunsTragedy Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
would I be a brat if I told you you write too much detale :P :P
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I like details. :)
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ZSunsTragedy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
so do I ;)
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Huh, well the story at least sounds interesting and unusual... what did you have in mind for the end of hte story?
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! You know, I can't remember. :)
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Might be something to revisit...
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AtomicTiki Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Whoa!
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Definitely Whoa!
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SHarles25 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
heh, i would have bought that plot very easily ;)

Mangas and comics are missing new heroes by now... :(
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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JillianNC Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Wild idea, love it! Is the girl summoning her mechor changing into the mech? (It almost looks like she's conjuring the creature behind her!)
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! The girl in the pic is summoning the creature. The Japanese woman and the American guy are the ones who drive mechs (darn, I really wish I had come up with names for them).
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Uncle-Ben Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
It's not too late. :)
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Venom31245 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Nice, I think I would have the same expression that guy has if that happened to me.
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I think in a situation like this one it would be good time to take a vacation. :)
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thrandrall Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Seriously...you can't talk about a monster wielding giant squids as nunchuks and not post a pic - I don't care how bad it is - it deserves a post! ;p
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm...I never did draw that monster but maybe I will now. :)
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JadeGL Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Nice concept for a story, looks pretty fun and odd to read. XD
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Jade! Those are all aspects I like to see in a comic. :)
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JadeGL Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
I've noticed. XD
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Uncle-Ben Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Great picture.

While you may not consider the plot as being original, I think that it is a clever idea. I would like to see more.
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Ben! It does have a whole lotta weirdness, which I like. :)
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Uncle-Ben Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
If you don't like drawing the Manga style, then by all means draw it in ClueDog style.

I mean it's not like you haven't redrawn several of your characters already. :)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
You do very good mega-saurians. I adored Galaxy High--after all, the girls' gymn coach was a centauress. You can get that series on DVD.
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cluedog Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I haven't seen that series since I was a kid, but I do remember liking it to no end.
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