My Aunt Patti, bought me a Kermit puppet when I was around nine years old. I have no idea what brought that on. We did live on the Southside of Chicago at the time and things had a tendency to fall off the back of trucks, so maybe she got a deal. It could be that she saw me talking to myself (something I did often) and thought a buddy on my hand would make me look less awkward in public. Anyway, that's how I ended up with a Kermit, that would ultimately meet it's end in a really bad rain storm after our basement flooded. Here's a look at some of the artwork and animation from the episode.
Real American Hero
It was originally Duke and Scarlett that I drew to take on the large and formidable "Cybernetic Clothes Pin Army." Then, I stopped production of the show to focus on shooting a movie. When I came back to finish the episode, this image felt too static. I was going to do a more dynamic pose, but by that point, I had gotten the desire to draw Duke and Scarlett out of my system and I now wanted a reason to draw Lady Jaye and Snake Eyes. Which, where many of the decisions of what to put in the show comes from. I'll have a base idea or outline for an episode, then I think "you know what would be fucking cool to draw?" And that's how I ended up with the characters of Snake Eyes and Lady Jaye, for the actual episode.
Jurrasic Muppet or KermZilla
This again brings into play, "you know what would be fucking cool to draw?" Or to be more accurate "you know what would be fucking cool to animate?" The time factor of producing the show means I animate things sparingly, but I wasn't going to pass up putting Godzilla flames into a muppet's mouth.
Which gives us this...
Then there's Hillbilly Jason, from Friday the 13th Part 2. Before he went Gretzky and starting sporting the iconic hockey mask, Jason Voorhees was just a guy with a sack over his head and an eye hole cut out. He wasn't super human yet and he actually tried to chase you down, not simply slowly walk behind you, then magically appear in front of you David Copperfield style. Those elements, makes this the scariest version of the character, cause that's some shite you might actually run into in the woods. I already put the hockey fan Jason, into the Bar BQ and Government Cheese episode, so this gave me the opportunity to illustrate the bag head maniac.
I hope you enjoyed this closer look at the inspiration and thoughts behind this episode. Here it is again for you to check out...
Until next time, have a happy...
- Myron A.