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Some ‘bot illustrations from my unfinished Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan comic; there’s more info on this project in my previous post. These guys are composed from the library of ‘bot images I created for the host segments set on the Satellite of Love’s bridge. Like the cheaper cel animators of old, I can quickly assemble full bots from my library of body parts, tweaking the angles and facial expressions to suit the scene as needed, with far less hassle than it would take to draw new bots each time. Because of the simple geometry and design of the original puppets, this turned out surprisingly easy to get going.
I have so much love for the brilliant cast and crew of MST3K; not only did Joel Hodgson build unique, workable, and appealing puppets from miscellaneous bits and pieces of junk, but thanks to his and the performers’ talents these little guys managed to be so damned expressive! Bringing out the characters’ on-screen personalities in these flat vector drawings is so much less arduous a task than it could have been thanks to the brilliant and talented people behind them. I’m still tweaking these designs and adding more poses to my library, but they’re reasonably close to being finalized.
Some MST3K fan artists have taken more complete advantage of the medium to regularly show off the ‘bots in ways rarely seen on the show; Crow walking around on visible legs, Servo’s arms actually working, etc. I generally prefer to keep my MST3K stuff closer to the show’s original spirit. The ‘bots I draw still mainly hang out at a countertop because in my mind’s eye, there are still puppeteers hidden behind it.
While these illustrations are my work Mystery Science Theater 3000 and all related characters remain © Best Brains, Inc., who reveled in the fact that we could see the strings.