Bob and George
|Name:||Bob and George|
|Date(s):||April 1, 2000 - July 28, 2007|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|External Links:||Bob and George |
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Bob and George was a webcomic by David Anez that ran from 2000 through 2007. It was the first to popularize the idea of sprite comics. The comic took place in a parody version of the Mega Man universe. The comic consisted primarily of still images, and featured occasional segments animated as GIFs or using Flash. It was initially intended as a filler comic while David Anez prepared his hand-drawn webcomic, but eventually became his main project.
Bob and George parodies the plots of the Mega Man games, commonly featuring time travel and dimension travel. The author transmigrates into the universe of the webcomic, as do Bob and George, characters that he initially created for his hand-drawn webcomic.
On the Origins of Bob and George
"The basic plot was that George would go off to college and meet up with a cast of characters that would make his college years very interesting. From Nate the underachieving super-genius to Duncan the depressed chemist to Jay the annoying dickhead computer programmer, the cast was set. And, I decided, this would all be ready by April 1st!
Yeah, it wasn't. As my self-imposed deadline approached, I found myself without a scanner or even a satisfying way to draw my characters. In a pinch, I ended up using Megaman sprites to for some filler comics until my "real" comics were ready. Days passed and still no scanner... and I found myself starting to really like the Megaman sprites. I started developing a small storyline around them, something about what happened before the first Megaman game, a time period I had been speculating about."
During its run the comic inspired many other sprite comics, including popular ones like 8-Bit Theater and Life of Wily, and many more short lived fancomics which used modified 8 or 16-bit video game sprites. Fans also interacted on a series of forums where they talked about the comic, helped each other find and modify sprites to use on their own fancomics, and socialize.