Webcomic profile: Botur's Fight Squad!
Botur's Fight Squad!
Anger is the Best Source!
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Behold the demented world of Botur's Fight Squad - where the villains think they're in control, the heroes think they're making a difference, and the Sinister NooseCorp Media have an alarming number of fingers in pretty much every pie that's going! Apocalypse inc. versus The Armageddon Coalition versus S.C.U.M versus Intercomm versus everyone else.... it's superhero parody meets social commentary and satire in a massive head-on collision from which only hilarity may survive!

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Hey there! Jon Kay, cartoonist-at-large, here - I am a New Zealand-based freelance graphic designer / illustrator / motion graphics artist, working and living in Auckland. I love dinosaurs, Transformers and bad sci-fi movies! I draw the comic strip Cosmos!! I can't stop ending my sentences with exclamation marks!!!

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One thing I suppose there is in common with live-action film projects and my motion graphics animations: when you need a purpose-specific film set, you usually have to build it from scratch. And I certainly didn't escape that law when I was developing Food Chain - once I'd nailed down the basic storyline and script (such as it was), I drew a series of widescreen concept sketches for the various environments (jungle canopy, deep forest, forest edge, floodplain, game trail) that we would encounter while on Tubonga-Laa. I gave necessary consideration to how these virtual 'film sets' would be layered when I turned them into vector art - do I want Alice to pass in front of that mass of ferns or behind? How many rows of vegetation do I want between the camera and the background, and in between which row do each group of grazing herbivores go? Should there be a blur on the far background elements to create a sense of depth in the scene? (The answer to that one being 'Geez, Jon, what do you think?') And then, of course, there was the construction and mass-production of many, many, many trees and ferns and shrubs and herbs and rocks and tiki statues and....
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You've seen the film, now dig deep into the behind-the-scenes insanity! There was a short recap after the main presentation last week, of course, but there's nothing like getting a plethora of concept art that you can view at your leisure, and go over with a freakin' magnifying glass to see aaaaaaall them little details. So here's your chance: creating the prehistoric jungles of Tubonga-Laa was not an easy task, as I couldn't just stroll over with a movie camera and start filming. Among other things, I had to do a spoot-load of concept art and visualisations to properly nail down what I wanted to see in the foreground, background and undergrowth of the Island That Time Forgot....
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Here's something completely different! Back in the 2010's, when I was going to design school, I did two years of film and animation studies; and at the end of the second year we were handed an anything-goes, no-holds-no-limits final end of year assignment to complete. Given that I'd spent most of the year overhauling my motion graphics and animation skills on AfterEffects (including the use of AE character rigging masterstroke plug-in DUiK), and really, really not wanting to be in charge of a live-action film project EVER AGAIN, I decided to throw caution to the wind and create.... a dinosaur movie. Specifically, one set on the forgotten isle of Tubonga-Laa, home of Vicki Tiki, Mondo Loa and Mixology Bob, also making it the very first Fight Squad-related short film as well! Over two months of hard work, piles of concept sketches, umpteen zillion fully-rigged vector art character puppets, and a series of virtual film set files so large they almost made AfterEffects have an electronic heart attack - I think you can it was worth it, don't you?
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Tina Thompson, ace reporter for the Galloping Gourmand, has been to some weird and wonderful eateries in her time - there was, for example, that Texas Rib steakhouse that turned out to be a crazy aardvark-worshipping cult. Or the famous 'Masochist chic' cafe where the staff are trained to be as condescending and abusive as humanly possible ('Oh, you want the Chef's Dish of the Week, do you? Oh, of course, a spineless loser like you would certainly settle for that!'). Or even the temporally-disambiguated seafood joint where you've already booked tables, already been charged for your meal, and already been thrown out on the street for arguing that you've not even set foot in the place yet, based on your woefully-linear perception of time - so clear off! Now she's braving the kitsch-soaked surroundings of Mixology Bob's Bar and Grill.... hope she survives the experience!
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The inhabitants of Tubonga-Laa are passionate about preserving and honouring the rich traditions and history of their Tiki culture-loving forefathers and / or mothers, regardless of what the Committee for Unnecessary Cultural Amputations have to say about it! As such, they invite you to visit the splendorus displays and events at the Tubnoga-Laa Tiki Museum: whether it's the world's largest collection of Trader Vick's merchandise, the Wall o' Tiki mugs, or their gallery of saucy black velvet island maiden paintings (viewings by appointment only, no thefts allowed), there's something for everyone, layman or expert alike!
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