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Shaenon: I drew these as promo art for the launch of Skin Horse on GoComics last month. I'm sort of slowly trying to learn how to color on Photoshop, so this was good practice. It was nice to do a full-color drawing of Unity with all her skin tones. Sweetheart, by contrast, is totally boring to color.

Channing: Aren't these rad? Don't they make you want to see, like, a "Skin Horse" animated series or something? They do me, boy howdy. I totally want to outsource this baby to a Korean animation studio now. Then with the money we save by shipping our animation labor overseas, we can hire Judi Dench to play Gavotte. Either that or Julie Andrews. Or some horrid affront-to-nature hybrid clone of the two. Yes, that's right, you heard me. I AM WILLING TO TWIST SCIENCE AND NATURE TO MY WILL FOR MY ENTIRELY HYPOTHETICAL ANIMATION PROJECT.

I don't know who I'd get for Unity and Tip, although I'd probably cast Gillian Anderson as Sweetheart, just because it'd be funny. Although, she did play Moro in the English dub of Princess Mononoke, so maybe she actually does have the canine-playing acting chops we need for Sweetheart. The live-action Tip would probably have been James Spader about fifteen years ago but he's way too old by now. Plus, in the fantasy world inside my head, he's too busy playing Ant-Man. Which leaves me my second choice, Orlando Bloom. Unfortunately, the mere sight of Orlando Bloom in drag would probably cause a small portion of the populace to spontaneously combust, so there's that to think about.

See, this is what you get when you give me leave to write things without restriction. Maybe I need an intervention or something. Just ignore me and look at the super-rad promo pictures here for a while. And don't think about Orlando Bloom in drag if that's the sort of thing that will make you explode. Exploding is bad.

Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: Gavotte? Nah, Kathleen Turner. :)
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Get Terry Gilliam to direct! ;)
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Tip looks a lot like Joanie from Doonesbury in that picture.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Sweetheart, by contrast, is totally boring to color.

Well, yo didn't have to make him all-white -- but then you'd have spent the entire run of this comic griping about how his spots &c were so hard to draw consistently....  ;-)

..., the mere sight of Orlando Bloom in drag would probably cause a small portion of the populace to spontaneously combust,

You mean, aside from Tip's infamous superpower? :-)  Frankly,  "a small portion of the populace" tend to spontaneously combust over the silliest things....


Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Unity could have her own spin-off series, "Un-armed and Dangerous".

Shaenon, for a brief but excellent explanation of how to draw comics in Photoshop, check out Jeph Jacques' "QC" tutorial page.

John Breckenridge (jbrecken) says:

Unity's got two right arms.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Gavotte's Angels: charming, alarming, and disarming.


Tip: Putting the Drag in Dragnet.

llearch n'n'daCorna (llearch) says:

@jbrecken: You got that right. *cough*

Slightly less flippantly, the detached one is actually a left arm. Even though she's holding it back to front and upside down.


I don't think I'd go for Orlando Bloom. He seems too much like he'd actually shave his legs for it, and that's just not Tip, to my mind...

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Honestly, given the subject matter, I'd be surprised if you weren't willing to twist the laws of physics and biology to support your animation project.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Re: Animation voices

Tip: Not sure, but he would have to be someone with a background in romantic comedy.

Sweetheart: Anna Torv or Kyra Sedgwick

Unity: Kittie (Kali Troy)

Moustachio: John Cleese

Gavotte: Judi Dench

Dr. Virginia Lee: Lucy Liu

Nick Zerhacker: Seth Green 

Eric Burns (ericburns) says: John Cleese as Moustachio? Mrph. I say thee nay. For the right tone of formality and bombast, there is but one choice, my good man. Brian Blessed is required post haste! Gordon's ALIVE!
Rob (rrreed) says: If Moustachio is supposed to be a bit more sinister in tone (he's supposed to be a Victorian WMD, as I understand it), my vote would be for Rowan Atkinson.

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