Comic 97 - First Birthday Bash Part 2!
16th Sep 2015, 9:00 AM
First Birthday Bash Part 2!
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Written by Vincent Carbone
Art by BloodyHorse

Hey everybody!
Like I said on Sunday, we're taking this week off to handle some logistical issues, so there isn't a new comic page up today.

Instead, please enjoy this early concept image from the back when Imperium was just getting started.

This was the first image that BloodyHorse ever drew for the comic, and it was also the first time that I ever saw these characters, despite having thought about them since I was barely six years old.

As you can see just from looking at it, the characters got retooled a lot before the final version of the comic was released. Most of the changes were fairly minor (Bill was given glasses to make him look a little older and more mature). Heck, some of the things I obsessed over in production were nearly unnoticeable (Tre's wrench went through three redraws before I was happy with it).

But there were some major changes as well. Does anyone recognize that dashing blonde Cocker Spaniel standing on the far right? No?

It's Mikey! Yes, Mikey's character design went through some pretty significant revisions before I was finally happy with it. No matter what we tried, we just couldn't capture the confused young man we wanted to portray, so me and BloodyHorse kept finding ourselves back at the drawing board. Eventually we were forced to change his breed to a Shih Tzu just to make him seem a little more helpless!.

I do love this older design, though. Maybe I'll use it for another character later on. Who knows?

Thank's for a wonderful first year, everyone! Imperium will return to it's usual update schedule next week. Be sure to stop by on Sunday and check it out. Things are going to get CRAZY!!!!!

-Vincent Carbone

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Mikey looks like Jeff Bridges A.K.A. "The Dude" from The Big Lebowski. Lol