Well, I hope that caught your attention. Welcome, reader, to my opening presentation of Bionicle- Nova Orbis, my new fan series.
Sorry guys, but due to how huge some of these files were as PNGs, I had to compress them waaaaay down to be able to post them here. However, I will include links to higher-res versions of these as we go on. Here's there original version of the page, below.
Pretty nostalgic, isn't it?
Yeah, it's just a loose retelling of the events that occurred near Bionicle's end, with Mata Nui and Makuta duking it out over Bara Magna.
A big theme of this project is the integration of the Matoran and Agori cultures that I assume would follow, illustrated by those sculptures of Toa and Glatorian heads seen on the cover, and also shown in this sequence, with the shrine being based on a Glatorian arena despite the idols used to tell the story being the ones the Matoran used in the good ol' days.
So, that's the introduction, and granted, it is the only "comic" part at the moment, but there will be more to see in the coming weeks.
For now, here's an overview of the planet this is set on. http://fc02.devianta...ica-d6xtza3.png
I wanted to make it feel like those cutaway pages featured halfway through each of the old Bionicle comic books that would show and describe characters and locations an' whatnot, you know? One issue would show off a new island, the next would show off the Matoran, and the next would show off the Toa, and the next would show off the bad guys, and so on. The little arrow at the bottom is pointing to the next section, heheh.
Here's a closer look at the island, and a glance at the Matoran that live there. http://fc02.devianta...ica-d6xu28a.png
Again, if some bits are hard to see, just click on the link above.
Aaaaaand here's a closer look at the Matoran, the final part of this presentation. http://fc02.devianta...ica-d6xu1kf.png
...Yeeeah, this piece suffered the most. Sorry, guys. I think I overdid it. Still, there's always that link.
In some ways, this is kind of the "Mega Man ZX" of Bionicle.
It begins a long time after the previous series left off, containing a few references to older things (such as these new Turaga who should be familiar to some) but not enough to complicate things, and it is still, for the most part, its own story, a fresh start. The Matoran, much like the Reploids in that series, have changed and become more lifelike. Yep, you get the idea.
And yes, I know "two tribes are missing". Not everybody went to Nova Orbis, guys. The Av-Matoran, Fa-Matoran and Matoran of the other tribes are still back home, on Spereus Magna. This is about a crew of Matoran from SOME tribes forming a new civilization on a faraway new world.
Matoran tended to be 80 or so percent mechanical with some bits of tissue here and there and a few organs, while Agori were almost human, being mostly organic aside from a few... implants. These new Matoran are more like 50-50.
The Ta-Matoran, as you can see, have adopted the artistry of the Bara Magnans, mixing craftsmanship not last seen since the days of Metru Nui with the style of a sister race from another world. I think this is the best example of the two cultures coming together and forging a new one.
The Onu-Matoran are a homage to Toa Onua, and the other Toa Mata of the good ol' days. It just made sense to me that these guys may eventually evolve to look like this, with compact bodies, glowing eyes, and hands and feet like those of a shrew. And no, that drill is not a part of him... it's just a tool he's holding. He's got a good grip. I think this background is my favorite, showing the two worlds these guys have spread throughout.
The Le-Matoran are the complete opposite of the Onu-Matoran. They are now quite clumsy on the ground, and hop to and fro between their "bird houses".
That Ga-Matoran was the first new Matoran I designed, and man, is she my favorite. It was supposed to be a quick, spur of the moment throwaway sketch, but when I saw how adorable she ended up being, I smiled and made the most of it. As you can see, her feet are wide and flipper-like, and her fingers are webbed (though not her thumb, since that would make it difficult to grab things.)
The Bo-Matoran are... something of a fusion of frogs and monkeys. Yeah, I dunno what I was going for when I drew that guy.
It's unfortunate the Vo-Matoran look so much like the Ko-Matoran. Oh well.
That Po-Matoran... it's like the mask is less a part of him than for other Matoran... and his eyes don't ever glow. Neat, huh?
While the Ga-Matoran have a lifestyle more like that of their days on Mata Nui, the Ce-Matoran are a little more in tune with the culture and architecture of Ga-Metru. They also have the most beautiful eyes of the bunch, I think. I really like how they turned out.
That Ko-Matoran's mask is a homage to Kopeke. His feet, inspired by the rounded Toa Inika foot piece, are like snowshoes.
That lanky De-Matoran is a homage to Toa Krakua... and yes, I made his village as dull and generic as could be on purpose. That's kinda the joke, with these guys.
That Su-Matoran, aside from the Ga-Matoran, was the most fun for me to draw.
And the Ba-Matoran... uh... yeah... Every impulse to go one way, I had to fight and go the other way. Every thing I've learned about body proportions an' whatnot, I threw out the window when designing this... thing. Is he even wearing a mask? In the end, I think I've more or less succeeded in creating something creepy, ugly, and... oddly endearing.
Overall, you can see how much these little dudes have changed since the old days... and YES, they are still "little". Though they are much more fit and less... stumpy than before, they still only reach 3 feet off the ground, four at most. They are essentially pigmies.
So, assuming Toa are still twice as tall, will we ever see any? Well, sure, someday.... but I'm sorry to say, I won't be making a full blown comic series out of this... well, not QUITE, anyway.
I'm going to take a different, more manageable approach. Every now and then, I may upload a serial, a new chapter in this story, and whip up a few illustrations to go along with it, so that it's presented to be LIKE a comic.
I hope that's enough for now. I have a lot of ideas, a lot of places this can go, and I hope this presentation of Nova Orbis has you guys psyched for it. I've put my all into creating a strong base to begin a new story from, so here we go.
I hope to really get this moving next year.
Edited by NickonAquaMagna, Dec 13 2013 - 11:41 PM.