Lekonua here! That's right! Lekonua! A.K.A. that guy who used to make boatloads of comics that ranged from "wildly popular" to "last-page-in-a-day," but hasn't been here in so long that everyone's probably forgotten all about him! But I swear I have NEVER forgotten about YOU.
I'mma tell you guys a story. Bear with me, roll your eyes if you want, but it has immense personal significance to me.
A really really long time ago, BIONICLE started. I got into it pretty close to the beginning when a friend told me about it. I bought some of the sets, subscribed to LEGO magazine for the comic, and started regularly visiting the LEGO website to play the MNOLG and see more story updates. At some point during all this, LEGO added forums to the site, and I was suddenly reading ideas, theories and opinions from thousands of other fans from around the world. Many of them would, on occasion, make mention of something called "BZPower." ("BZPower says this." "They said that on BZPower." "I saw this on BZPower!") I checked it out, thought it was pretty cool, but wasn't really interested in joining, so I left it at that for a while.
A little while later, while doing some random BIONICLE-based image searching, I came across a series of sprite comics that I (with my at-the-time 11 or 12-year old "sense of humor") found absolutely hilarious. These comics were posted in a section of the BZP forums, along with dozens of others. It was at that point that I decided I wanted to make my own.
Without any knowledge or experience whatsoever working with sprites or making comics.
Brace yourselves for this.
Bionicle: Attack of the Kopaka Clones
Is it embarrassing to look at now? Totally. It's a complete abomination in almost every sense of the word. First of all, I had to use plushy sprites from some generator because I had no idea where to find the cool Razor sprites literally everyone was using at the time. All I had to work with was good old MSPaint. For everything. And don't get me started on the writing. At the time, I believe it was popular to make Pohatu the "stupid guy" in a series, and I thought I'd be clever and different by making Pohatu incredibly smart and competent, and having Tahu take the position of "token moron." Also random food obsessions where a thing.
I overdid it. A lot. And yet, the people of BZP encouraged me. I came to you with THAT, and you encouraged me to make more.
This July, that will have been 10 years ago. A whole decade. (I thought about waiting until then to post this, but heck with it.)
I've never once stopped making comics that entire time. They weren't all BIONICLE related, they weren't all sprite-based, and they weren't all good, but with every success and failure I learned more. And so I decided to put everything I learned since then to the test. I set a goal for myself, and I've been working on it for the past week or so.
I would take my first ever sprite comic...
And make it good.
Just wanted to say thanks, BZPower. I know this is going to sound cheesy as all get-out, but I would honestly be a completely different person today if I had never found this forum. Besides comic-ing, I discovered Flash, 3D animation and my love for pixel art here as well. Go ahead and try to guess which one of those I'm currently a senior in college for.
Holy Kohlii, I used a smiley. THAT'S ENOUGH SENTIMENTALITY FOR ONE DAY.