FANART: Toa Tahu

I’ll answer your question right from the get-go: yes, I did draw a BIONICLE. As a kid, I practically lived and breathed this series–read the comics, collected the toy sets, watched every movie, etc. I’d like to think that BIONICLE’s soundtrack even influenced my music taste (lots of alternative rock–I’ve got a playlist too!). It practically broke my heart when the story of the Toa and Matoran finally ended in 2010, but I’m glad I was there to witness it. BIONICLE ignited a fascination with storytelling and the visual arts in me that I haven’t outgrown since.

Of course, anyone who’s been to their local LEGO store knows that BIONICLE got a serious reboot in 2015. I’m quite happy with how it turned out–as an attempt to share the classic story with a new generation of kids–and though the reboot was cancelled just recently, I’d hate for that to be the end of the beloved series. So many people (including about half of the DeviantArt community) are still devoted to BIONICLE that I don’t think LEGO should be done with it just yet. But what can be done?

As with a few of my other pieces of fanart I’ve drawn over the past year, this whole spiel ties into one of my side projects. Someday, I hope to reintroduce the BIONICLE story to a third generation with more realistically designed characters (placing greater emphasis on their bio-mechanical composition, as I did above). The whole aesthetic would definitely be “darker and grittier”; a possible title could simply be The BIONICLE. It’s all just conceptual right now, but if you have any thoughts, feel free to leave a comment below!

IRONWOOD: Firecracker

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I hope you’re having a better time than I am, because I’ve come down with a nasty cold. Seriously, being sick during the summer is the worst.

You’re probably not going to read this directly on the Fourth, however–and that means that all the planning I did to introduce this American-themed character on a national holiday was probably a waste of time. But never mind that; if you’re still reading, you probably want to know about her.

I can’t reveal much, as this character (a vigilante loosely inspired by Captain America and calling herself “Firecracker”) has a secret identity crucial to the plot of Ironwood. Like Vincent, this masked combatant often works against the local law enforcement (which is ridiculously understaffed when compared to the city’s massive criminal network). Unlike our protagonist, however, Firecracker has the purest of intentions and simply wants to create justice and order out of the chaos that is Ironwood. She’s a patriot, too, and vandalizes the worn-down city with paintballs of red, white, and blue to prove her point. If that seems a little illogical… well, that’s because it is. Teenagers are crazy.

Finally, as Vincent’s friend Tommy would say: “Ten bucks says she listens to country music.” I’d take that bet.