Thursday, March 13, 2008


So I'm finally starting the website that we've talked about for years. I'll give you the history of Bi-Polar Bear here and probably refer to it again in the future whenever questions are asked.

During my senior year of high school I was in Mr. Bledsoe's physics class with my buddy Erik. It was a fun class because we shot the breeze and asked cool theoretical questions all the time which Mr. B would then explain in mostly entertaining ways. The guy loved science, and we really enjoyed how he explained it. Especially when it came to military stuff as he's a tank commander.

We also enjoyed avoiding calculations and work in general so it was a win win situation.

Well, except for when we'd realize that we hadn't gotten a full explanation of that night's homework and were sent out not knowing exactly what we were supposed to do. But that was only a minor setback (for everyone but me).

Anyways, one day he made this passing joke that stuck with us for a long time. He said something about being a terrible super hero "like Bipolar Bear, the world's worst super hero. 'Bipolar bear! The world's about to end, we need your help!' 'I'll be right there!! On second thought... I'm going back to bed.'" Hard to capture the humor of the moment in a striaght quote, but we laughed.

And it got me thinking about Bi-Polar Bear(BPB), and all the misadventures he could have. Erik and I came up with all sorts of things that might be hillarious: terrible superheros, worse supervillains, just ridiculous things all around. We were really getting into Homestar Runner at this time and spent the summer after graduating thinking of all the cartoons we could make.

I learned some flash but was never really into it enough to gain proficiency, and so our plans stayed just that, plans. I went to college and met a guy named Austin. Austin was learning flash and said he could help me out, so he and I went to work creating the cartoon. It still never happened though as freshmen in college aren't always the most driven bunch.

Years have gone by, numerous story lines and scenarios written out. I have a notebook full of character ideas and basic sketches, but nothing ever came of it. Five years have passed since the idea first struck.

Finally I was talking to my buddy Kevin (who will be referred to as Noob from now on) on Gmail and I told him about BPB and some of the stuff we'd always wanted to do. He thought it was a funny idea (I'm easily encouraged).I mentioned how I should just make it a comic and he liked the idea, so I went to work creating it right then and there.

The initial challenge was coming up with an introduction for BPB, and I don't think the comic is really that funny. But you've gotta start somewhere and his adventures are only beginning. I've since finished it (yesterday) but need to get a decent internet connection to post it from my computer (I'm at work). I'll get on it.

And until I can get a website up and running I'll just use this as BPB's home. After that perhaps I'll keep this blog to post thoughts on the comic and hear what people are thinking. That is, of course, assuming that anyone actually cares to read the comic or, moreover, hear what I'm thinking about with the comic.

And I'll smother the whole thing in google's ads so help me out and visit a lot of sites, at least until I can fleece you guys by selling you T-Shirts and lunch boxes. =)

1 comment:

Jody said...

seriously, the first comic definitely caught the whole definition of BPB, regardless of humor. and I think BPB would make awesome lunch boxes, I would take one with me to work at the state patrol. i am not even kidding.