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Lego Bionicle (very first page) by Chuckdee Lego Bionicle (very first page) by Chuckdee
This is the first page of the first issue of what would become a crazy toy phenomenon!!! ... this might also be the first appearance of Kopaka ....I drew this page MONTHS before Bionicle was 'unleashed' onto the world. I had noooooo idea of the insanity that would ensue! :)

At the time I did this, I was strictly a penciler, and I REALLY regret not having good scans of Richard Benetts' awesome inks over this first story... if I'm not mistaken, this was his last 'full project' before he retired from comics..... as I've said before, I've been a fortunate bastard! :D

... I apologize for the crappy quality scan, but at the time (10 years ago now? geeeeeez!!!), my only concern was sending lo-rez images to my editor for approvals.

Ooooooh had I known, I would have kept all my originals to this stuff! :)

P.S. the little 'X's are an indication to the inker that means "fill this with black".
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bonzo970 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
How does one make it into the comic art business?
Jedder77 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Ah. Good memories.
stevemacqwark Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
You helped in making Bionicle? Sweet!
Anzerion Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
This was the first real comic I ever read. Kopaka was one of my first fictional heroes because of this. He BECAME the archetype of the ideal hero for me. You helped show him to me and therefore have played a part in defining my tastes.

Thank You.
Rannok Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
no way, your the guy
the legend
Chuckdee Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
hahahaah... thank you very much! :)
BlueDubia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
D: wow my entire childhood.

The beginnings of the series were phenomenal, Bionicle really was such a uniquely crafted idea.
skybard Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
One of the things I loved about BIONICLE's early years was the depth of the universe... the original island of Mata Nui had diverse environments, all full of life. Case in point, these little crabs. They didn't appear as sets for a while, but someone at LEGO obviously was bright enough to realize "hey, we need some non-aggressive wildlife!"

Your BIONICLE illustrations always had this amazing weathered look that made them instantly recognizable. Coupled with the removal of some of the unused connection points on parts like the Y-joints, the end result looked like a realistic sci-fi robot more than a toy, even though the characters were also instantly recognizable as the ones from the toys they were meant to promote. It definitely fit the tone of the BIONICLE theme, which in a lot of ways tried to distance itself from the kid-focused image of the LEGO brand at the time.
Chuckdee Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you very much! the stuff was pretty damn fun to draw... specially because all the mechanical stuff was offset by the organic vegetation, so it never really got monotonous!:)
WimblesTheCreator Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I remember this! Got a few issues free with the Lego Collectors Club magazine. Awesome.
antigravity93 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
aw... i just nostalgia'd all over myself :cry: thanks for sharing chuck, i read the pages of the first issue a million times in elementary school
Chuckdee Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
KZN02 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember this comic was the reason I got into BIONICLE. And I remember there was a pile of it in my local YMCA where I got it.
Cutter9792 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Holy Shit. I read this when I was, like, nine. It was probably the first comic I ever was subscribed to. I think I still have it somewhere buried.

Small world.
Quazu Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
I remember reading the Bionicle comics. I gotta say, they were the most well drawn comics I have ever seen. Much respect Chuck.
Chuckdee Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
adekii Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap, I remember that page. I loved the little lego-crabs and the fact that the pod was basically the container the toy came in. Back in the day I bought SO many of the mask booster packs! You did some damned awesome pencils, I'd say you hooked a lot of kids on this great story!
KandyMann Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
No. Way. I totally read that exact issue as a kid.
Kayru-Kitsune Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness... this is so great to see. Your art was always my favorite... it's part of why I keep on trying in art. :)
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