Other Submissions by kenisu3000
|kenisu3000||Whose Hat is This? Coloring Book Title Page||
whohat - #01
Last month, my church was doing a service project for the local crisis center, and they asked me to illustrate a coloring book for the kids. By this time, I was already deeply immersed in my "Mother" comic series for the site, and I knew from past experience that if I sidetracked myself, I might never get back around to the comic. I also knew that even if I illustrated this coloring book, my heart just wouldn't be in it unless it was something that I felt very close to. So, instead of throwing together some goofy little "See Spot Run" thing, I decided to take a tiny piece of the storyline from Mother 1 (that is, when Ninten and Lloyd bring Anna her hat) and kiddify it for all it's worth.
The irony of it all is, now there's probably a handful of kids in my hometown running around with their crayons scribbling in a coloring book based on a retro Nintendo game that never made it outside of Japan. And they don't even know it. I've brainwashed the children... :)
|kenisu3000||"Whose Hat is This?" coloring book, pgs. 1 & 2||
whohat - #02
I've found that in the Mother 1/EB Zero universe, there's two types of fans: those who refer to the lead character as "Ninten", and those who call him "Ken" (after Saori Kumi's Mother novel). I'm of the former crowd, but in *this* particular instance I decided to go with "Ken", since it would be just plain weird for a bunch of kids who don't understand the game to be reading about someone whose name is strikingly close to "Nintendo". All the same, it was awfully weird for ME to write the story, since Ken is just a shortened version of my OWN name (Kenneth), which I generally don't like to be called.
But anyway, check out Page 2. Since the Paradise Line only has about what, six or seven destinations TOTAL, that's gotta be one tiny catalogue. Either that or they dedicated a whole page to each individual town.
|kenisu3000||"Whose Hat is This?" coloring book, pgs. 3 & 4||
whohat - #03
I love putting little nuances and inside jokes into my art. Here, on page 3, the bench the two boys are sitting on has an advertisement for Mach Pizza ("We deliver, and that's all!"). Of course, if you want to nitpick, that's a reference to Mother 2, but... hey, Mother is Mother.
Also, notice how quick Ke- err, Ninten is to agree to go to Snowman. I bet he's a good little boy who helps old ladies like her across the street. He's really got that "stand-up leadership" thing going for him.
|kenisu3000||"Whose Hat is This?" coloring book, pgs. 5 & 6||
whohat - #04
I remember I did NOT feel like drawing a big crowd scene for Page 5, so the population dwindled down to about four or five extras. This train station is not used much. Apparently everyone prefers to walk their way to work, and risk getting attacked by crazed hippies and the like :)
Also, I love it how the conductor is directing the crowd through a closed gate :)
|kenisu3000||"Whose Hat is This?" pgs. 7 & 8||
whohat - #05
For Page 7, I knew I wanted Ninten in that awesome running pose, but after I inked him in, I remembered that he was supposed to be carrying Anna's hat. So I put the hat off to the side in mid-air, like he dropped it in his rush to get to Snowman. The untold story here is that Lloyd picked the hat up after him and followed. Um, yeah.
I know Page 8 is a LITTLE over-the-top ("okay, so suddenly, out of nowhere, for no apparent reason, they run into Bigfoot"), but there had to be SOME amusement in this book :)