Surge's Story page 3 Sequential art, June 2013, pencil, ink, Adobe Photoshop

2013 marked the second art show put on by my pal Steve of PKMNcast. This year's show was called Battle City, with the main focus of the show being on pokémon battles. I chose to interpret the "battle" aspect loosely and show some wartime battles, that happen to feature pokémon. I took the fan theory backstory of Red and Blue Versions, and warped it into a short slice-of-life story about Lieutenant Surge, one of the original Gym leaders.

I was trying to come up with how to finish the story of this piece, and I hit on the idea that Surge might have been further involved in the lore of the original games. Specifically, the ambiguous events involving Mewtwo's creation on Cinnabar Island. I had also come up with the idea that he'd be forced to work with Giovanni, who's exploits in the anime include funding Mewtwo's creation, so I'm working in a fun sort of alternate timeline of events. I also introduce another character to tie in the Kanto War backstory, Professor Oak's son and Blue's father, General Oak. The last, potentially confusing Easter Egg on this page is the allusion to a Lietenant Matis, which is Surge's Japanese name.

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