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8/13/2007

024 CANNON FATHER



Ahh! We had a good run, made it all the way to the end but The Red Raja was just too tuff. My faca 3 fighter was Cannon Father, a hardass with a big mouth and big guns. Congrats to whoever did Red Raja, really cool character.

I figured Cannon Father was the type of guy that has been hardened by labor his whole life, thinking of the young kids forced to work in factories during the early 1900's. He's a mix of everything labor related... ship-hand, railway worker, coal miner, cannon operator. The guns, i never fully figured them out, they're not alive enough to run around and destroy everything but they are alive enough to follow his command to fire. They're his weapons, they can't think for themselves but i think it's best to leave some mystery to the relationship. Here's a little history on the term son of a gun.

When a Royal Navy vessel entered a port it was common for local prostitutes to visit the ship and elicit custom from the sailors. The sailors and prostitutes then had sexual relations, usually on one of the gun decks beside the many guns carried, one of the few places Able and Ordinary Seaman could obtain some sort of privacy. Should the prostitute subsequently fall pregnant by the sailor, she would then attempt to obtain compensation from the father or the navy for the upkeep of the child. This was usually not forthcoming and the father's name would be withheld. When it was fairly certain that the child had been conceived upon board one of His Majesty's vessels, the infant would be entered into the ship's records as 'child born to gun number X', the X denoting the gun position the sailor responsible for the errant behaviour was allocated-to, his name being omitted to maintain probity. These children born in this manner had no father's name on any official records and the male ones were referred to by knowing sailors as being 'sons of guns', a term denoting illegitimacy and contempt.

Even though faca 3 is over i still want to draw the guy. I think my fav character out of Faca3 was Murphy S. Law, just really sexy and tuff, she was great. Lord harm had the best smack talk i think, classy stuff. The strongest fighter was probably dewey, the whole concept is cool, he can basically trump just about anyone. Grats to Sam for the cool blog, i dunno if i'll play in Faca4, don't have a team yet.

48 comments:

damien said...

I love these drawings

Randall Sly said...

You did good Mike... For some reason, Cannon Father reminded me of Robert Shaw's character Quint in Jaws.

Mike Laughead said...

Really great character, great design and a great art style. I loved how he got dirtier and more messed up the further he got in the tournament.

Checkmark said...

I voted for ya all the way, he was my favorite this time around. He had some true grit. Great job.

TSM said...

Congrats on making it to the final round. I realized CF was yours a couple of fights in...I voted for him in the final.

CF is a great character - your drawings of him are awesome and great smak talk! I hope you take part in FACA 4 (although I'm afraid to do battle with whatever you come up with next...).

-T

Bobby Pontillas said...

My choice in the final as well. It was CF and Dewey. I love this character, and he's always drawn extremely well to boot.

Jeremy said...

You must keep drawing this guy.

Great job!

escapegoat said...

Heya Mike. My first tiem checking out your blog. Soem great stuff here. Excellent job on Cannon Father. He was my pick for the competition. I liked reading the notes you put up on the character. You should definitely do something more with him...lots of potential.

I'm currently looking to getting a team together for FACA4, so if you're interested (or anyone else reading this) then give me a shout and let me know. (I'll even be happy to take the manager position)

-Ty

Kristian Antonelli said...

what a man, what a gun

Amanda said...

What a fantasic character! This is another great example of why I love your art :)

MIKE THOMAS said...

Thanks everyone, so cool to hear you all liked him. I hammed it up a bit at times :)

Randall, that was actually the voice i had in my head at the beginning but he changed over the weeks, a bit less ape, less bullheaded more G.I.Joe.

Ted, for the longest time i actually thought you were Raja.

Thanks amanda :)

I might give you a shout Tyler.

Sam Nielson said...

This was my favorite character. I'm a little disappointed he didn't beat Red Raja, but I can understand the difficulty in beating a metal-clawed-seer cephalopod.

Brodie said...

bah..i loved the cannon father, i might be a little bias, you being my friend and all, but great character man. you should do a mini strip using the character...

Brodie said...

hey, how do I get into FACA4?

Balkandude said...

:) Great Character!

rngnt99 said...

I think you are suck a talented draftsman. Very reminiscent of Milt Kahl. Truly breathtaking work!!!

Lenin said...

Love the Milt Kahl vibe in your work, very inspirational.

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wow those are awesome!

RAWLS said...

Great stuff Mike! I love yer style. Keep up the good work!

crylic said...

ive said it before, but i really love your stuff man, great style and nice classic appeal.

Monkeyfeather said...

It was a pleasure losing to you sir. An awesome, formidable character indeed. Can't wait to see what you do next.

Ryan said...

These are great! I love this guy!

MIKE THOMAS said...

Thanks guys :D

Saul Ruiz said...

These are awesome and i agree with some of the other visitors... You have to keep working with this guy on some level. Great Work

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Love these drawings and I impressed a few folks with the origin story for the term, "son of a gun"! ;)

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