Comic 2 - 1 - Johann Mbuni

1st Apr 2021, 12:00 AM in Microraptor
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1 - Johann Mbuni
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Microraptor 1st Apr 2021, 12:00 AM edit delete
Microraptor
Johann Mbuni is the son and heir of General Volstruis Mbuni, the infamous ex-dictator of Kogana who instigated the Ostrich War.

Johann got his school education in the West at a prestigious boarding school, and is now ready to start university.
He is a prodigy on the piano, and he likes basketball and riding his motorcycle.

While he is loyal to his father's cause (who still tries to regain his rule over Kogana and the whole surrounding region), his exposure to perspectives on this whole issue other than his dad's propaganda is starting to seed some doubts in his mind...

Comments:

Jay042 1st Apr 2021, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Jay042
And here we go!

The outfit does make me think of him played by a young Alphonso Ribeiro,
Microraptor 1st Apr 2021, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
Microraptor
Ahahahaha!! :-D

Fresh Prince would have been a quite different show if Uncle Phil were an evil ex-dictator instead of a morally upstanding lawyer!
(Rather like... that obscure Hitler sitcom...)

Actually, when it came up Johann's outfit I was rather thinking of Troy Fairbanks from the TV-show Dear White People. (Thus, Troy's actor Brandon P. Bell, would also have been my first casting choice.)
Troy is the son of the Dean at the university where this show takes place in. This means that your assessment is actually not that far off if you think about it: All three characters are dressing very preppy because they're the son of somebody rich and influential.
KidCthulhu 1st Apr 2021, 1:05 PM edit delete reply
KidCthulhu
I've learned not to trust anyone with an embroidered ostrich on their clothes...
Microraptor 1st Apr 2021, 1:31 PM edit delete reply
Microraptor
Don't trust anyone and anything with an ostrich on it!
Be it clothes, flags... or even coffee!!
Spelledeg 1st Apr 2021, 8:48 PM edit delete reply
Spelledeg
Today I accuse you of being a spaghetti bowl, Microraptor. You have so many connected characters it's wild.

This kid looks like he needs a vacation far away from his family. I really like how you did his hair texture.
Microraptor 1st Apr 2021, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Microraptor
Interconnectedness is what I love about sprawling franchises like e.g. Star Trek, so naturally I likewise try to weave such a dense web within my own work! :-)

And yes, this poor kid's dad is definitely a rather bad influence.
This begs the question: Will he eventually go all Luke Skywalker... or all Kim Jong-un?

And thank you! Drawing afro-textured hair just right can be quite the challenge!
CosmaComix 1st Apr 2021, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
CosmaComix
he looks... too normal.
Microraptor 2nd Apr 2021, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
Microraptor
Maybe that's how he wants to look...? ;-)
WynautWarrior 1st Apr 2021, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
WynautWarrior
Be careful of the ones with the ostriches on his side.
Microraptor 2nd Apr 2021, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
Microraptor
Thanks to his father, there're a lot of people from Macrobiana who utterly despise ostriches now...
Teles 2nd Apr 2021, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
Teles
With that stern expression on his face, I gather it'd be a stupid idea to ever cross him...
Microraptor 2nd Apr 2021, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
Microraptor
He inherited that expression from his father.
But did he also inherit his way to deal with his enemies? Good question...
lirvilas 2nd Apr 2021, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
He looks like he has something to prove.
Microraptor 3rd Apr 2021, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
Microraptor
He grew up in the shadow of a famous (for better or worse - but mostly worse) father... so, yeah.
The Alolan PokeNerd 5th Apr 2021, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
The Alolan PokeNerd
Now to comment on every character I haven't already >:3

I like how you included an ostrich emblem on his shirt; ties in nicely with the war his dad was in!
Microraptor 5th Apr 2021, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
Microraptor
Yup! The ostrich is part of their country's flag - and also "mbuni" is in fact the Swahili word for "ostrich". ;-)
Jeremy7 5th Apr 2021, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
Jeremy7
Is that ostrich part of the shirt's branding, or just part of the family style?
Microraptor 5th Apr 2021, 4:12 PM edit delete reply
Microraptor
It's rather part of the family style, since they're all about ostriches.
(My original thought however was something more in the direction of a British school uniform... Perhaps the Koganans sell an ostrich-themed clothes brand, just like they sell an ostrich-themed coffee...?)