Celebrating one whole year of the 50last!
The team has come a long way since their debut in 2006, back when the team had only half a dozen members. Now, for a little bit of 50last "Fun Facts."
Waaay back when I first had the idea for the 50last, there were only going to be three characters: Jet, Bomber, and Sniper. And, originally, Jet was supposed to be a Dark Trooper. Bomber and Sniper never changed much, but the idea behind the comic was to be that these three troopers were somehow always stranded on various planets together.
Well, I mentioned the idea for the comic to my good friend, ~Kerwyn-Aldaron
and so began the daily give and take that would develop the 50last. Essentially, he was like, "Hey, why no have a character named Skippy, whose really, REALLY gullible?"
We came up with a long list, eventually, of all the sorts of wild characters that might appear in a legion of reject clones. Initially, Chef didn't even make the cut!
We have this big, 12" x 12" sketchbook that barely fit in my backpack that I used to bring to Directed Study all the time. In that sketchbook, you can find the roots of almost every single 50last joke, and some of the very first drawings done of certain characters, even the ones that haven't been introduced yet! The funny thing about the sketchbook is that, since KA and I were sitting across from each other, he always saw everything I drew upside down, which is, not too surprisingly, where a couple of really good jokes came from!
Just for the fun of it, go back and take a look at some of the earlist comics. Jet's visor changed shape somewhere around comic 20, Bomber's boot just keep getting bigger, and Impy's visor stretches out considerably. Also, the drawings obviously improve considerably (for the most part) over time. And, personally, I think the comics get funnier as time goes on, as KA and I really got into the spirit of things.
I've updated the picture to what it looks like in real life! I'd had to cut out B.F. and Stilts before, simply because they hadn't been introduced to the comic yet!