So a couple of weeks back our mate Loreana did this awesome drawing of a Wolverine Sloth.
Via Twitter I jokingly suggested she try another one such as a mash-up of Magneto and Totoro. A Totoro obsessive she claimed “Totoro is too perfect to recreate as anything!” Here’s where illustrator Brian Coldrick stepped in. A day after I tweeted the suggestion he had come up with this genius illustration.
Brian was kind enough to post me the original drawing for this, but not only that he included an additional comic strip to make up for the Totoro piece being “not as good without the photoshop colours” – his words, not mine! Trust me – it’s amazeballs either way! So anyway, the back story to the comic strip is basically this: A few weeks ago while me and Craig were out boozing in Dublin one Friday night, we were walking through Temple Bar at a very ungodly hour when we heard a voice call “is that the Comic Cast?” Delighted that someone had recognised us we turned around and a dashing young man walked up and began chatting with us. He was very friendly, talking away almost as if we knew him so about five minutes into our conversation brazen Craig blurted out, “I’m sorry, do we know you?” “It’s me!” the chap exclaimed, “Brian Coldrick!” And so it was.
We had interviewed Brian over a year ago for the podcast (listen here) or to be more exact, I had interviewed him. Craig wasn’t able to make it that day. So it was perfectly fine for Craig not to have knew it was him as he’d never met him before. Much to my embarrassment I failed to realise it was Brian. In my defence, I did have a few drinks on me. Well maybe more than a few. In fact, as Brian introduced us to his mate Alan Butler, I was heard to utter “Alan Butler off Twitter!?” (I had been following him.) But I digress. Brian had included an additonal comic strip along with his Totoro sketch and they arrived this morning. The strip is a take on that very night and is, as we here at the Comic Cast like to say, awesome! (Click it to enlarge in all it’s glory)