The TOP SECRET PROJECT revealed!
Let me get this straight right off the bat -
Playmates was GREAT! They are NOT the Corporate Fun Smasher. They were very fun to work with and beyond fair throughout this project. The Giant Retailer who cancelled their order killed the project. Or maybe somebody at Playmates thought they had more of a solid deal than they really had. I can't really play the blame game there, I don't know all that. All I know is the folks at Playmates were awesome. Look at this! They said it was cool if I show a little art on my blog! That's pretty cool, coming from a company that develops big multi-jillion $ toy lines and has trade secrets and stuff. I guess they're pretty sure this thing is deader'n hell.
ENOUGH POLITICS! What is this stuff?
answer: I'm not sure. The Steves over at Goblertoys are involved in this electronic board game. Because, you know, you can't just collect cards or play a board game anymore - it's gotta be ELECTRONIC and digital and shit. I never knew what all the bar codes and scores and stuff were all about. Not my department.
I'm not sure if the Steves invented it, or are/were developing it. But Steve C pulled me in for character design and illustration. There were 50 cards. Somebody else illustrated the first 10. I was doing 40. And the idea was that there would be future characters, so this coulda been a really sweet gig. BOO HOO!
Below is a rough sketch, an inked card, and a finished card. Click to embiggen.
WAYNO: I was not trying to channel VIP for the cop. It just happened. No kidding!
MR. DOBBS: Can you guess who the Giant Retailer is???
TOMORROW: THE ONE THE OTHER MARK M WORKED ON!