Yamazaki - Bob Stevlic - Yamazaki shows of his angry do it now or I kill you mentality. Bob brings a grittiness to his work that is hard to find and we so rarely get to use him he was getting an Exp character no matter what, and Yamazaki asked nicely to be drawn by him.
Goju Bunoro - Sergio Camerena - The first of a sequence of cards Bunoro will star in. In the final proof reading Bunoro and Shosuro Nobu shared the same name of Nobu, I pointed it out to the team saying ” I love that they have the same name, it’s a sort of displacer shadow clone weird karmic link thing right?” Sadly the answer was ” Oh, oops messed up on that, fix it!” To which I looked sad and said doh. But it would have been cool I think.
Daigotsu Rafu - Troy Graham - We wanted Rafu to just be off his rocker crazy looking, Troy did a splendid job of capturing this manic crazed heavy breathing just beat someone to death vibe.
Daigotsu Arakan - Jim Pavlec- Jim is good at dark and moody. Arakan was seen in our designs as a descendant of a Lion Lost who took his place at Daigotsu’s side and taught his descendants to just loath and hate the Lion Clan. Originally he had an actual mammal lion’s head on his shoulder, we took it make a notch and went with the claws and teeth you see on his shoulder now mostly because the proportions looked odd.
Kenta - Storn Cook - The weapon was the star of this one. We’d found a website that had strange martial weapons in it and this three part chain staff jumped out as needing to be shown off. A couple of people have asked if Kenta is a man or a woman and my answer is I have no idea, it was never established. Could go either way.
M’rika - Mario Wibisono - At the start of TSE Mario asked for a few different types of characters and one was a creepy beautiful girl. I think he got what he wanted. M’rika shows us what a body hag can do and why its so dangerous. We also get to see it’s person suit before it’s totally finished, the seams are still in place and she is slipping on her hand/glove. Creepy stuff.