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Damn, it feels like I spent the entire month of November working on this one comic!
What is taking me so long these days???

Anywho:
This is another blast from Diago's past. I wanted to show a little more of his history with the BioPets corporation as well as how Diago relates to his predecessor. Here we have the first time Diago met Baal. Their relationship today is complicated, but it's been shaped by two crucial issues. Can you guess what they are?
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Gangstah-Teddy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I'm surprised I didn't fave this.
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that I think about it, this does kind of look like your kind of story.
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Gangstah-Teddy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Kind of. xD
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's got a bit of child abuse, amoral organization, themes of imprisonment... emotionally stunted characters.
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Gangstah-Teddy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013

Huh. I didn't really think much of it like that...

 

I guess we're more alike than I thought; now that I think about it...

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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Funny stuff, huh?
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Readasaur Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
That's really sad, honestly.
Baal didn't say "Beat you up" or "Kill you", just that he wanted Diago on his side of the bars. ("Drag you in here")
And then he confesses that he's lonely... :(
It's a pity, but Baal would never admit that he'd actually like Diago's company, and Diago's power of emotional adaptation allow him to simply shrug off loneliness.
Due to being the more perfected version, Diago would never need or want Baal's companionship the way Baal might crave his.
(Plus they both have issues out the wazoo, so it'd be dysfunctional no matter what)
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is supposed to be just a little sad.

Baal is still totally a villain and he's far from innocent, but I felt I could give him more depth if I could give people a peek into his world and his motivations.
I actually started drawing another Baby Diago comic a long time ago, but it kinda got lost in the mix and I never finished it.
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Readasaur Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
I'd be less sympathetic if someone else was drawing/writing Baal, but for some reason your characters push my empathy buttons.
(Also, I subconsciously compare him to villains in other mediums, and he beats out the mass-murders by quite a large margin)

What would the other Baby Diago comic have been about?
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Diago actually comes back to visit Baal a number of times in his childhood just to hang out and I wanted to make a comic about one such visit.
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Readasaur Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
...That sounds freaking adorable!
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You think so?
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Readasaur Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Any comic with Baby Diago is going to be adorable by default.
Even the comic where it was insinuated that he was about to be electrocuted was 'cute' despite the horrifying implications.
Baby Diago could toddle into the midst of a gaggle of filthy orphans who just watched their orphanage burn down, and the scene would be adorable merely due to his presence.
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And he's still that cute.
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AngelCrusher Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
d'awwww he's so cute.
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Look at da widdle hand grenade!*
*He's so precious!*
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QueenBex Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh thats one cute little f**ker right there! I like the man being experimented on by the rat, I'd totally go for pizza any day, plus why is there a heart cube from portal in that panel?

Nice origin comic, great pacing, always love your humour, beats the usual epic sadness origins we're usually subjected to. Fantastic angles as always :)
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:llama: Have yourself a llama! You're the first person to notice the weighted companion cube! :clap:
That one panel is just packed full of little side jokes! You noticed the Portals reference, but it's also a play on a lab rat experimenting on a human for a change, as well as the famous experiment were a test monkey stacked a bunch of boxes up so he could reach the bananas. There's also the small dig at the fat guy who is jumping for the junk food instead of the broccoli... too caught up in his desire to think of stacking up the boxes to reach the food.

Diago's past is probably the most somber thing about his life, so I thought it best to add some humor to keep it consistent with the usual comics I make for him.
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QueenBex Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D why thankyou kindly! I've been chatting to a lot of gamers recently so my sense's are currently finely tuned to gaming references! :D
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As they should be!
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TBPow Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Pffftthaha! It's the grenade that spawned an entire lifetime of grudges, fistfights, and clever one-liners. Man, Baal has got to be waaay older than he looks.
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I believe Diago's place in Baal's heart was already sealed long before Diago was even born.
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N-I-V-E-K Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Giant rats testing humans in lab experiments??? Madness!:)
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're the first person to catch that.
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N-I-V-E-K Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
How could they miss something as peculiar as that?:)
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think they're too mesmerized by the cuteness that is Baby Diago.
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N-I-V-E-K Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Good thing I'm not swayed by cuteness then!:iconcuteplz:
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh... I'm sorry, what? What were you saying?
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N-I-V-E-K Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
:iconcuteplz::iconcuteplz::iconcuteplz::iconcuteplz::iconcuteplz::iconcuteplz::iconcuteplz:
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GrantPAdams Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! It's always interesting to get a glimpse of Diago's past. I also like how this comic gives the reader an insight into Baal's perspective. Seems he's a bit more observant than some may give him credit for.
I wonder, does he resent all other biopets, or does he have a particular grudge against Diago?
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, Baal is smart. It's just that when he gets mad he can't think straight. And he gets mad all the time because he's so pumped up on steroids. But isolation in the vault gives him time to cool down and think.
I'm sure Baal holds some measure of resentment for every living thing on the planet. But Diago is the one that replaced him. There's nothing BioPets could've made after that which Baal would've liked.
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Lordwormm Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist
I got a successful shivering flashback to a little Wolverine/Sabretooth moment. What an awesome strip. So cool to read into Diago's history. If it did take you the whole month of November it shows. Very entertaining.
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't help but feel these comics are too much sad, not enough humor.
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Lordwormm Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist
Equal balance. Starts off intriguing and menacing then BAM pie to the face.
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright. So long as it's a good pie.
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Lordwormm Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist
I dig blueberry
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Sukeile Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Can't be easy growing up in a laboratory, but it seems Diago made the best of things :)
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what Diago does, after all.
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NicoSquared Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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MORE COMICS, LIKE THESE. K.
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IF YOU INSIST!
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NamelessManic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Loneliness and explosives?
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes.
Though, not always in that order.
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NamelessManic Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Aww family
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konfuse Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.... awww :blush:
LOL
aww D:
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah...
With these Kid Diago comics, no one is quite sure if they should be tickled or horrified.
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konfuse Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed. XD
Good mix of a lot of feelings.
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doodlepad Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Little Diago is sooo cute!
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That seems to be the popular consensus.
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PlummyPress Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
sniff sniff... doesn anyone else smell burnt dander?
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Baal: I'll tell you what I smell is cat food.
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