How Lewis Came to Be (And Why He’s So Vulgar.)

Lewis T. Ersatz is a self-labeled trap who tends to be very rebellious to what is the norm at this point in time. He doesn’t care about many things, so long as you don’t get on his bad side. So far, he is the first antagonist of the story.

Lewis’s initial design was similar to what we see now, but with a different body shape and face. Showing him off to my friends initially, a lot of them pointed out that he looked very similar to Mako from Kill La Kill. In hindsight, I was probably indirectly influenced by her, but I wanted to make something more unique.

Smol Beta Lewis

It was around that time I decided to work on making him a weird mix of manga and American cartoon, having the best of both worlds when it comes to making him cute but still having overly exaggerated and cartoony expressions. The last thing I needed to do was to give him a personality that would stick out to me. It was difficult at first, but then I drew “helost.jpg.”

Looking at it now I realized I inverted the arcade stick unknowingly, but that’s not the point right now. The point is that I basically made a light-skinned Hispanic Japanese boy say “nigga,” and for some reason I thought that was the funniest shit I ever made. Because of that, this basically stuck with Lewis, un-officially being his catchphrase.

After that I basically made him a vulgar, smug little shit that’s also sweet and adorable if you get on his good side, finalizing his design and personality to what you see right now.

Even though this was his final design, little details changed over time, such as his cape, bow, and even his eyebrows, going from small dots to small, flexible triangles to give him more expression. Other than that, this is really all I can reveal without spoiling much to the general audience. Lastly we’ll talk about comic and how initially it was all going to be in color. See you Sunday!

-Rodrick S.

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