Friday, December 12, 2014

Joe-A-Day: Mainframe...

Mainframe, again this was a character I've never drawn before. As it turns out, this was one of my favorite pieces that I did for the GI JOE: Battleground game. Just the action, proportions and over all feel was very "GI JOE" to me.

While I love GI JOE and have since I was a kid, I am by no means an encyclopedia on the property. There are plenty of characters that are still new to me, and I enjoy learning more about as I get the chance to work on the property. Especially while working on GI Joe Battleground I took the chance to research each character a bit as I was working on them. Reading file cards, rewatching Sunbow cartoons that spotlighted them, or finding old comics that they were introduced in all was a great way to get to know what made these characters great Joes!

For Mainframe, I really liked that (as the file card puts it) "He's got brains - but he's hard!" He's a tough dude that went to war, was infantry and experienced in the field. Later went to MIT, worked in computer tech industry then reenlisted with the Marines. He's a tough dude, and someone I'd definitely want on my side. As you get behind the scenes with each of these characters and find out who they are, it all comes to life. It's no wonder this property has so much staying power with fans. There's such a wealth of character and story that can even still be explored!

Joe-A-Day: Mainframe - 719

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