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Cyborgs Vs. Robots by MissTooni Cyborgs Vs. Robots by MissTooni
More We Are Not the Heroes artwork! I'm still trying to work on Phantom Run, but San Francisco backgrounds are proving frustrating. I just started taking Background Design and Layout, so that should help a lot, but I'm putting PR on hold for a bit.

This is Dean and Iggy as children, playing with robots! They're both big fans of robots, even as teenagers. I came up with a lot of backstory for the two of them as friends, and since this is going to be a comic and not a novelization, the best way to let you know is to share it now, I suppose. Oh, they also have last names now! And middle names! So I'll formally introduce you to Dean Ulysses Ramsey on the left, and Ignatius Cornelius Östergård.

Iggy's parents got divorced when he was six and his dad's a total scumbag, so he and his mom moved and Iggy had to change schools. Iggy's mom works for a toy company, incidentally. At his new school Iggy didn't fit in and started getting picked on - he's short, the new kid, has glasses, IS a nerd, has freckles and a hard-to-pronounce Swedish last name - as well as a very nerdy name altogether, so it's not hard to imagine.

Dean came to his rescue, so to speak, and the two became friends quickly although they still got picked on a lot at school. Dean's background is a bit of a mystery (meaning I haven't decided it yet), but I'm pretty sure his parents are also divorced or he's adopted or in foster care. Considering that in the main story he doesn't have a place to live, his family life must be rough. But he's got a carefree outlook on life, so it's all good pretty much.

Anyway, that's pretty much their story, I guess. Before high school, Iggy's mom gets transferred and he moves away. He keeps in touch with Dean via e-mail or text or letters or phone, somehow I haven't decided, but they don't get to see each other much. Eventually Dean, who I assume will have become a 'drifter' or something, finds Iggy or Iggy moves back and they become bros again. I'll work it out eventually.

ANYWAY after coming up with their history of friendship I decided I had to draw them as childrens because they'd be just so adorable. Iggy's natural hair color is blonde - he died it green shortly before he moved before high school on Dean's suggestion. And Dean's hair is... poofy. I tried to keep the color schemes of their regular outfits - not that you'd remember from that single sketch I have so far anyway, but I did. Dean's vest/shirt thing is patchy. The patch on the back is supposed to be Godzilla, or a Godzilla-like monster, not just a random dinosaur (although he's the type of person who would put a patch of a random dinosaur on the back of his vest).

Have fun coming up with dialogue or what they might be saying as they fight their robots! The robots, by the way, are based off of the ones in the CD booklet for Ludo's Prepare the Preparations CD. I think that CD in general is very inspirational to this story, the song Battle Cry is the inspiration for the whole story, and probably my favorite from that album.

Iggy Östergård and Dean Ramsey (c) ToonMasta

Drawn and inked traditionally
Colored in photoshop

P.S. The light source is a ceiling light above them, there should be drop shadows under the robots but I was too lazy, so there. If I feel like it I may add it in later.
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Murasaki-Usagi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Iggy: "Where to next, Robot Corporal GreenBot?"
Dean: "Mars! Mars would be awesome."
Iggy: "Now departing to Mars Space Station for oil and ice cream!"

I have too much fun with this. The picture actually reminds me of the picture you drew of Thomas and Kisa as children. I love the expressions and the bright colours are reminiscent of innocence and (incidentally) the colour scheme of the original character sketches. Nice work as always!
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MissTooni Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, it's really similar to that one, right? Probably because there's more children, and another blonde-haired kid with glasses and a really big mouth... I love your dialogue! xD Thank you~
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kalowin Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
aww, cute. :) At first glance I was thinking Iggy's last name would translate as cheese farm (ost is cheese in norwegian, not 100% sure if it the same in sweedish though) but I guess it would be more along the lines of east farm huh? cool stuff, keep it up!
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MissTooni Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I'm pretty sure it's Swedish, anyway... Those Scandinavian languages are all somewhat similar and now I can't remember what language it was when I looked it up a few weeks ago... xD
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kalowin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Yep, its Swedish! Norwegian and Danish have an "Ø" instead of "Ö". Lol yeah they're all very similar to the point Scandinavians can understand each other while speaking their native languages! But I've heard lots of jokes about how Danish sounds like speaking with a mouthful of potatoes. Regardless, can't wait to see more of these guys. =)
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MissTooni Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah! I'm excited to do more with these guys. Now if I could only find the free time outside of class...
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lifeseekerxl Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
D'aww... Every li'l boy likes robots! You've obviously given these characters a lot of thought, it'll be fun to see how this story comes out.
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MissTooni Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That's right! Everybody should like robots in general! Lol the fact that Iggy's mom works for a toy company is what got Dean's mooching started, incidentally...

"Whoah, your mom works for a toy company? Can I maybe... like... come over and check out your awesome toys?" And he's been inviting himself over to Iggy's house, eating his food, and probably occasionally sleeping on his sofa ever since. He's like the Kramer of We Are Not the Heroes

Yeah, the problem now is reworking the story so I can do what I want with it and it still makes sense for the characters. I've essentially scrapped the gang idea, but I still need to find some kind of motivator for the plot...
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lifeseekerxl Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
For some reason I see Iggy or Dean temping for a Super Hero, or like an agency that represents Super Heroes. Like, the gang dynamic could be replaced with them wanting to be heroes themselves when they're kids, doing so poorly or otherwise (so they can get beat up a lot). Because of the title I expect a lot of cynicism & disappointment throughout their lives, so...
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MissTooni Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I can see that, but I was imagining them more as... starting out as anti-heroes or something? Another idea I'd had was that people they went to high school with who were jerks ended up being so-called 'heroes' and beat them up or something, but I'm not sure... it's complicated. xP
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