Saturday, July 14, 2007

Brik Blastoff Of The Outback

Here's a project I have been dying to do for a long time. I designed it. Tom Minton helped write it. Lynne Naylor did presentation art. Jeff John put the story bible together. Chris Peterson did the inks.
THE WORLD OF BRIK BLASTOFF
Four hundred billion years in the future, long after every single one of you will be dead, the universe as we know it shall no longer be. Planet Earth, destroyed in a nuclear holocaust is an ancient myth. The remnants of earth's particles have been fused into complex agar molecules. These molecules are buried deep in asteroids scattered throughout the Milky Way.

Agar is the most prized possession in the future, because it is the perfect food. People build colonies around the asteroid belts and mine the elusive material. Piracy and Agar Wars are constants in the future, and it is a world of chaos.

Piercing through this chaos stabs a shining bolt of order — Brik Blastoff of the Outback. Stationed on a lone outpost on Ganymede, Brik Blastoff and his noble Rocket Rangers keep a stern watch on the galaxy, ever ready to free the oppressed, right wrongs and enforce their prime directive: "To interfere with alien cultures, to bring freedom and democracy to places where they don't even want it, and above all, to make the galaxy a safe place in which to be Manly."







Brik Blastoff

Captain of the Rocket Rangers, paternal and extremely ethical, Brik is a role model's role model.

A send-up of masculine stereotypes, Brik never unclenches his virile teeth, not even while eating. He sucks food into his system by sheer will power. Every morning he irons his head, then prepares a pot of scalding black coffee, which he pours onto his face!
Jimi
Brik's teenaged (thirteen months) sidekick and first lieutenant of the Rocket Rangers.

Intolerant of lawbreakers and overly eager to please Brik, this wild teen must sometimes be restrained and disciplined by his more experienced crew members.

This bubbly youth is also the most talented member of the team. He entertains the crew with jokes, songs, mime, and some complex dog tricks.

Jimi can hardly wait to experience puberty.





Steve
Smartest of the Rocket Rangers. The only normal recruit.

Steve is the straight man in the series, although she is a woman. Her name was given to her by Brik, who thinks women are just funny-looking men.

Steve is the science engineer. She also is a liberated woman, a rare thing in the future, and this drives Brik crazy.
Nit Hoatzin
Psycho female recruit. Nearly as talented as Jimi.

Outwardly appearing similar to a beautiful earth woman, Nit Hoatzin (named by Brik himself in a rare fit of creativity) is actually of an ancient, dying alien race known simply as "Derek." While communicating telepathically with the only other survivor of her people, Nit exhibits some pretty weird behavior: idiosyncratic eye movements, numerous spasms, and a failure to bleed.

Nit’s duties include guiding young Jimi through puberty.




Comet the Wonder Cow
The cow's cow.

Comet is a real cow who floats through space who is occassionally encountered by our cast in their adventures. He eventually replaces the Buck Bronto character after Buck's rapid demise via her own spontaneous combustion.

Comet is Brik’s mascot. He is a male cow.

Dik Diskusting
Psychotic and brilliant scientist and inventor. Brik Blastoff's arch enemy.

The villain of the piece, Dik was once a revered super genius like Brik, but has since turned evil. Dik goes back to college days with Brik, when they were still friends. Brik always outclassed Dik in every department, a fact that still makes Dik's blood hop. Dik cracked long ago, swearing vengeance on all biological life forms — especially Brik Blastoff.

Brik's great pity towards his onetime friend sends Dik to maniacal levels.



If you can believe it, A,T and T once licensed Brik and the gang for this online ad...
Drawn by me, Jim Smith, Mike Fontanelli and inked by Shane Glines and his pal, whose name I don't recall...help me Shane!







47 comments:

Mitch Meats said...

Good stuff as always John. Hey, whatever happened to those Spümcø Buddies from the Weekend Pussy Hunt cartoons? Those guys were awesome. Is there anywhere on the internets tubes where one can download them? I somehow erased 'em...

Rodrigo said...

Fun stuff.

I'd love to see an episode without the blatant plugs as well.

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

Awesome! I don't like the top drawings very much, but the comic is great. Did you use this to pitch your advertisement theories to Raketu?

Max Ward said...

You somehow put corners on characters yet keep them organic.

Josh Lieberman said...

Neat stuff
what's up with the phone on Brik's head?

NineInchNachos said...

Hmmm, how does this universe relate to the King Crab universe? Are they one in the same?

Gabriel said...

haha, Nit is an anime character!

Hey, John, ever heard of JPEG? You'd love it.

Zwoltopia said...

Looking great!!
Love the future take on Jimmy!!

I still can't understand why you don't have dozens of shows running on the air right now.

I would watch it, heck a lot of people would.

JohnK said...

>>Hmmm, how does this universe relate to the King Crab universe?<<

Mine is a lot earlier

Art F. said...

Great Stuff! i see Brik never unclenches his teeth or butt-cheeks. i'm diggin' it!!

Benjamin said...

Looks hilarious!

Charlie J. said...

wow!
I'd kill to see Brik Blastoff!
This is from the early eighties, right?

Brett W. Thompson said...

Holy shit. These drawings made me laugh out loud!!!

Dan said...

AT&T ended up calling the product Homezone. http://www.engadget.com/2006/04/19/atandt-to-launch-homezone-tv-service/

stiff said...

Sweet! Who wouldn't want to see episodes of this?? Even the ads are entertaining!

Cayen said...

John which one is steve? she's listed twice. The first one is a really fat looking woman (maybe) then a slim sexy woman both would be very comical with the name steve

JohnK said...

Whoops! Steve is the skinny blonde girl. Thanks for pointing that out.

PCUnfunny said...

"Four hundred billion years in the future, long after every single one of you will be dead"

Not me,I am immortal.Anyway,great drawings as usual John. You never fail to surprise.

kurdt said...

Wow, I think that if this cartoon aired on TV several peoples heads would blow-off...

Hryma said...

Buck Bronto (the fat women right?)looks like a Gerald Scarfe character (you a fan?)
Love the lighting and stance on the the last picture of the comic, nice, jimmy with a big chin hilarious! Steve's hot, I'd find it hard to say her name though since I know a lot of dudes with Steve for a name Liberation!!!




Of topic but from a last post, I've made a new blog of all my painted and drawn girls, a blog with some old Ren & Stimpy gear (Toys and Clothes) it also has an old Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse toy that you may like John.
And I've posted a new 'Golden Book' inspired T-shirt on my old blog!

andya said...

WOW Awesome! somebody rich, give john all your money to make more, please!
p.s. what's the "king crab universe"?

Shawn Luke said...

I agree with Kurdt

Neutrinoide said...

I can't stop laughing after I saw that Comet the Wonder Cow.

HAHAHAHAHA! ...stop..stop..it hurt.
The funniest cow ever..

Kate said...

this looks fantastic. I hope this gets developed further.

The Butcher said...

Makes the Ripping Friends look like Baby Looney Tunes. Best idea in the world.

Sci-fi road warrior shit would be awesome in this project.

Animazing! said...

How come each character gets a writeup and model sheet except for the African-American gentleman on the first page? He must have one, shurely?!?? Or does he not fit the profile?

Cayen said...

http://cayenb.blogspot.com/

I did a fast drawing of Steve....she's sexy and just appeals to me.

Ryan G. said...

These past ideas are great John, and so appealing. Are you still trying to sell these?

Roberto González said...

This is the weirdest concept for a show I've seen in a lot of time, but I don't say it as a bad thing. It is actually very innovative in visual therms. It kinda seem to have a comic book style, those girls kind of reminded me of Betty and Veronica (well, especially the blonde in the comic book pages) and the man characters are a little like comic book superheroes. There's some characters that I don't really know if they would work in animation because of the detailed designs, but if you guys think they could move smoothly then they can, cause you know a hell of a lot about animation, after all.

One thing I'm not sure if I like is the presence of this kind of transmution of the Jimmy The Idiot Boy character into another one, but other than that, the designs rock and it seems like a lot of fun.

Scott Callison said...

Steve rocks. -And not just because she can’t seem to keep her little shirt on.

Okay, it is that. But “Steve” is a great name for a sexy/smart cartoon girl and I love her funky feet.

Comet the Wonder Cow. -Holy crap that’s a snappy design.-Probobly my favorite on the model sheet.

Brick. -The fact that he irons his head AND pours scolding coffee on his face makes him a hero I can respect.

The fact that you are posting so many of these designs and ideas gives the impression that the project is already dead. I sure hope not.

Desiree said...

This is brilliant!! I wana see nit go spastic

Jennifer said...

Nice pictures.

I can actually picture Douglas Adams-esque stories being used with these characters.

Could this be pitched to the Sci-Fi Network?

russkal said...

Brik's character is super! (pun intended.)

I think Steve is hot!

I'm not a big cartoon fan but I should say, that's some very good stuff you have there, man.

NARTHAX said...

Brik was intended to make use of Robert Heinlein-esque stories, imagined by cartoonists, rather than Douglas Adams tales. John K's unique, undiluted take on sci-fi in that series has yet to reach the screen; Ren and Stimpy was a different franchise entirely, accomodating only bits of the sci-fi spectrum. Comet, a theoretical cow, would've been the first intentionally male cow in animation history. (THE COW villain in the 1987 Mighty Mouse may still hold that honor.) Today male cows virtually litter the bogus cartoon landscape, even co-starring in lame, faux cutting edge CGI features. The unsung Comet paved the way for a veritable herd of wealthy bovines.

akira said...

who'd win in a fight brik blastoff and crew, or the ripping friends?

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Awesome, awesome genius!!! What a delight to read! This needs to get on the screen as fast as it can be drawn!

Eddie

Crumpled Up John! said...

Someone is bound to bring up the similarity between Brik and that one character from that one show nobody watches, Venture Brothers. I guess I was that someone. Yours, of course, is the better of the two.

Zwoltopia said...

Hey John, completely off topic but do you happen to know the name of that hectic song that is played during "Baby Bottleneck" when daffy and porky are on the conveyor belt??

valentin_50 said...

I would love to see this done. Network execs really need to wise up and see how amazing your work is.

The GagaMan(n) said...

As great as the drawings are, the comic feels too much like the wrong characters advertising the wrong thing to me. It's like the Sex Pistols advertising car insurance, or something, as the content is so wild while the subject it's advertising is so bland and business like. Do people with stock trades even watch cartoons?

The reason ad's like the old character based ones worked was because they were selling stuff like cereals, not some dull networking service.

As or the characters, it seems a bit too similar to Ripping Friends to me. Two of the characters are close to identical.

The Jerk said...

comet is a male cow? so you're implying that those items dangling between the rear legs are NOT udders?

also, to Zwoltopia, the title of the tune is Powerhouse, originally written by Raymond Scott.

PsychoWiLL said...

The Classical Comic style is great!
It also reminded me how similar a style I have to that, in character creation

Michelle Klein-Hass said...

Oh wow...that is amazingly cool.

Brik Blastoff absolutely BEGS to be made. It would put the whole Venture Brothers thing to shame.

Even Brik Blastoff shilling for AT&T rocks.

You still own these characters? Hope so...

Amitav Roy said...

dam good web site man
even i am very much interested in animation and so i am more in to the 3d world of animation. i have don max and now seek a job to explore the world of animation.

john dinwiddie said...

Thank you very much for this wonderful gift to all of us.

John Dinwiddie
Santa Rosa, CA

oAtStAo said...

Right on John. Thanks for sharing this slice. I saw Brik and the Space Jimi back when I was actually at Sheridan taking Classical animation in 1994. A friend gave me the Film Threat issue with your short interview called "blast action hero" I thought this was something that would materialize. A dream project for these eyes! Do you still have those shots they used in Film Threat? Top notch and expecially the femmes. Just sexy as darn-gosh-it. So did Jimi turn into the idiot boy when that idea folded? - OH and for trivial sake that AT&T device was ill-fated, launched in some markets in 1995. $13.00 a month! A big pop in the lip for any sucker.! Wheres Bob Dobb's when you need him?

fandumb said...

I personally like specific design, and I use it all the time; I draw from photographs to make my characters look individual. I also like using specific designs of characters to show my love for something or by some complicated offensive means. The more specific, the more controversial.