Most comics, be they web based or otherwise, have a cat in them. It’s an easy character for people to identify with whether they currently live with a pet cat or have fond memories of a cat from their childhood. Cartoon cats are some of the most popular icons of American entertainment. In fact there are more than a few cartoon cats with some of the same personality quirks as Bullfinch’s own Oscar, whether it’s being mean or abrasive or even megalomaniacal. But few take it to quite the extremes as Oscar. Much like his frequent oddball drug abuse, you know mixing live pixies and catnip and such, he doesn’t seem to know when to quit. We’ve seen him go from petty drug pusher to squirrel horde usurper to flat out super-villian in two years. That’s some serious evolution.
Oscar’s visual character development has undergone a similiar evolution as well. As Bullfinch progressed from a four panel black and white comic strip to full color half page comic pages I’ve had to add color and shading and form to my characters. Oscar is one of my characters who makes regular story line appearances but doesn’t appear in every strip. His look is tweaked every few months or so as my art style improves. KC on the other hand changes subtly every day making his appearance changes harder to pin down.
Now that Oscar has fully embraced his path to super-villain, and possibly lost his remaining sanity, we see that he has created a mask and outfit to mark this. His classic red and yellow jumpsuit follows his earlier color scheme and now he’s added his own logo. His mask is more expressive and his face is rounder and more three dimensional with an animated quality to it. (At least that’s what I’m aiming for!) His fur color is a little lighter and slightly muted to offset his costume.
With this little vignette revealing that Oscar and Squirrel Designate 42 have been lost in time I now have an entire story to delve into whenever I get the chance. Keep an eye out for the further adventures of Oscar and 42!