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BGC's NENE and LINNA by AdamWarren BGC's NENE and LINNA by AdamWarren
An old-ish con sketch of Nene and Linna from BUBBLEGUM CRISIS. Yes, they indeed have lips, in this version of the characters; please, just DEAL WITH IT, those of you who are prone to conniptions at the very idea of an anime character with a mouth that's not entirely muppet-like. After all, shockingly enough, a burgeoning number of "real manga-ka" (that is, authentic Japanese artists) actually draw visible lips on their characters nowadays...

Amusingly enough, I turned to the inside back cover of EMPOWERED vol. 1 (my "sexy superhero comedy" from Dark Horse, on sale this Wednesday, March 21st!) and was stunned to discover that Dark Horse apparently still has copies of the TPB of BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: GRAND MAL for sale! GRAND MAL was my 1994 miniseries telling a new tale of the Knight Sabers; I'm quite surprised to find it's still available.
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:iconjyoko777:
JYoko777 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I'm not going to lie. if you have an art book of your work published I'm going to buy it asap. Your one of my all time favorites. I'v have all the versions of the Dirty Pair comics you created from the black and white to color to bubble gum crisis and the teen titans one you made. Man I Cherish all of your work!
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FeMaCaRo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :)
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PhantomReyne Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
I started watching this because (the original bumblebum crisis) because of ths pic.
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batlchip Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Another awesome piece. Just wondering but what has Sonoda-san said anything about your awesome work?
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Devinejewels92 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Freeeeeeking Awesome!
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AndyCarolan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
very nice ... i love the bubblegum crisis/crash series. Yes, lips are good... long may they continue! :)
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Let me take this opportunity to tell the rest of the Warren fans who haven't yet picked up Grand Mal the following: You'll love the warped presentation of the BGC backstory, the vocal stylings of Priss (I like to imagine Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow as Priss in that scene--Hail the Diva Satanica!), the wisecracks of Nene, the slam-bang action, the fan service, and how Warren can refer to the original Japanese lyrics of "There's a Hurricane Tonight" and to LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" in the same volume. I say: Pick it up NOW!
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JDogindy Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice pencilling... assuming you did this by pencil.

Regardless, I like the details you did for the entire piece.
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DarkerEve Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
Great art work men, love the way you draw Bubblegum Girls, and is really true what you says i don't see why someone have to complain about you drawing lips(by the way i love your way to do it) real goods manga-kas like Yukito Kishiro and Masamune Shirow draw lips in their characters, and so many more, that is better and looks more sexys the girls with that detail. :D
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linna-kawaii Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooooo beautiful!!!
I Love Linna *-*
She's my favorite character ^^
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marcoasalazarm Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
As a proud owner of 'Grand Mal', I've just gotta fave this.

You really should try to make more DP and BGC art, man. I mean, it has been my bad luck that I only own one DP paperback ('Sim Hell'. I also had 'Run From The Future', but it was stolen) and problably will never get the rest (woe me!).

But I try to get all other stuff. I'm also a proud owner of the two Emp paperbacks that has been released so far.
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Nekoo0 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
CoOL!!
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:iconalt2015:
ALT2015 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
love love love love love love love love your art!!!
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:iconsjreid:
SJReid Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Niiiice pencilling. Personally, I prefer manga-style art with lips on the mouths.
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:iconzefram:
Zefram Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
The deft skill displayed here is truly something to behold.

No, not the sketch. Adam dropping those plugs. :D
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AppleBetty Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't think of anything to say that wouldn't make me sound like another Adam Warren fanboy...

I would love to know how long something like this takes you to draw. Was this done in a matter of hours? Days? I'd imagine after gaining enough experience that proportion, shading, perspective and the like become something like tying your shoelaces.
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Vixanna Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007
The poses are great and the other one grins just like me IRL ^w^
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TourqeGlare Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Student Digital Artist
More please! :D
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sodacan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, these would be great if it wasn't for the lips.... just kidding! I have no idea what Manga is or isn't. I just know what I like and this is really good. Excellent in fact.
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alitaisonfire Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
Sigh.. Nene was my fav char ^__^
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clevelandexpress Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007   Writer
(Insert all the comments from my other Bubblegum Crisis post)

and now moving onto the new stuff

Another great piece of art. You never cease to amaze me with your work
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NCWeber Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unless you're a BeeTrain character (Noir, Spider Riders). Then you only have a lower lip. :laughing:

I have the Grand Mal series. Awesome story. :nod:
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SilverCastle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
Awsome job here! Keep up the great work!
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:iconkrashark:
krashark Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the girl on the right's hair!
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:iconbastett:
bastett Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Oh too cool! I love the old school BGC!!!!
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the-kid36 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Hobbyist
they both look really cute!
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m-U-n-s-t-e-r Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thatīs the way baby, thatīs the way
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Relixx Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007   Photographer
Ah, I enjoyed those comics :) this pic brings back memories :)
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renderwarrior Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cute babes! ^_^
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh. Do manga fans really complain when artists draw lips? IIRC, Tsukasa Hojo drew lips and I don't think anybody would call him an iconoclast.
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aichan25 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i honestly don't see why people freak out cuz you draw lips, i think it makes them intresting, and set you apart from others, it's uniquely your style
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shonenpunk Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
I actually like the fact that you draw lips it made me realize i don't draw lips now i give myself 10 lashes for everyday i fail at drawing lips....
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dragonaur Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist
Bummer you get so much static over a character's "lips". Those folks are just jealous! ^_^
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MoNyOh Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my mom's name is linna, so, I must fav this :)
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MoNyOh Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my mom's name is linna, so, I must fav this :)
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Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Once agian you bless us with your greatness. :worship: :headbang: :worship: :headbang:
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capz787 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
nice...the lips make them look pretty....^^
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dynamicsketch Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Grand Mal? I'm quite familiar with Tokyo 2040. Looks like your book was released around the time that series was released on VHS by volumes, huh?
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tankgirl09601 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
Cute smile :)
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AtariPunk633 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
i love your lips ... ur ... their lips i mean! ... its really cool!
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EchidnaJoe Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
Full o' girly goodies! Fav!
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EricMor Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Professional Filmographer
You always drawed the lips, so what gives?
Also, most people complained of one of the heroines SMOKING, not about the lips, if i remember correctly.
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ECNozmo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
"Original" BGC to me has felt to me like a series that *looked* a lot better than it actually was. Given its production arrangement, which sounded like an invitation to chaos, it's probably not surprising that the story conception and execution was sometimes not very strong. (BGC 2040 is much better written, even though a lot of folks seem to feel it has less "charm"...) But the visual aspects (and the music) were quite fine in that older series.

Ah, the two "main" characters I always felt got the short end. They never seemed to know quite what to do with Linna... and Nene was generally a lot more effective back in the computer room than in combat (with the amazing Suit that Doesn't Do Much). I have a certain fondness for them nonetheless and quite like your drawing of them here.

What's all the fuss about lips? Why don't the *pointy* chins that a lot of female anime characters have bother more people? I prefer the more graceful shape you use.
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fall0ut4d2 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Wow is about all I can really say. I've been a big fan of BGC for a long time particularly 2040, but never found a great deal of images I liked of it. The way you've got the highlights on the armor is great and I really like how you did Leena's hair. Lips look great by the way. I remember getting picking up the Dirty Pair series you did back in the 90's and spend weeks trying to redraw them and your chains the same way.

This is being FAV'd


Wait, they're drawing lips now?! Great... I've just barely got the handle drawing with without lips. Well, back to the ol' drawing board...
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shanejayell Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
*lol*

I likey.

And Grand Mal was pretty good, ESPECIALLY Priss. So badass. Any chance of a sequel?
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phoenvix Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
I love the way you draw lips. I mail ordered Grand Mal about crap..musta been eight years ago... No, got it when I was about 15 and I'm 22 now soo...7 years ago.

Carrie
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NA777 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
I really love the hair on the one to the right, I myself have never seen bubblegum crsis, but the characters as you've portrayed them intrigue me to have a look at the anime.

As for the lips thing it never bothered me the way you draw them, I've always loved it, every person draws different if you like to include lips in your work why not.
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
Great work here
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rongs1234 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
the metalic look is awsome, and i love the way you draw faces
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Yodon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Student Digital Artist
awesome work dude
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