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The Many Superpowers of Toonman
Hey-Hidey-Ho Watchers! Alex coming at you with a long overdue commission that has finally arrived!

So, long ago in a galaxy far, far away gamepal was offering a deal on commissions and I've really been wanting to get some more Toonman art from him, since my last commission from him was 3 years ago and it was before Toonman's big update. Anyway, through many hassles and obstacles on both our ends, the commission is finally complete and I'm proud to present it too all of you!

So, run down of a commission is that I wanted a bunch of layout sketches of displaying Toonman's many abilities. And while Toonman has probably more superpowers than any of my other heroes, I decided to go easy on gamepal and have him display only five (my favorites or just Toonman's most well know, IDK. I forget how it was decided). So to kick off we have a classic superman-pose of Superman, and then from left to right we see his abilities of:

Musical Inducement - aka, Toonman's abilty to break into song and dance and have everything around him become a musical melody whether they want to or not. In this case, we have Toonman singing Opera (Yes, Opera. Laugh if you will, but in my universe Cartoons are actually big opera and classical musical fans, all thanks to the many works of Chuck Jones and Tex Avery).

Replication - Yeah, Toonman can create copies of himself to entertain others or aid them in battle. He sees it as a blessing to the world, due to his ego (hence why he's talking to himself in the image), but others more than often few it as a curse ("One Toonman is annoying enough as it is" they said). NOTE: Though Toonman could probably create more clones if he pushed himself, his record of clones made is 151 (Which Toonman says is the SNL Cast record limit to his powers).

Polymorphing - aka Toonman's conjoined ability of shapeshifting and elasticity, but Toonman just likes to call it "Polymorphing" because it sounds more magical, and he IS magical. ;)  Anyway, here he's polymorphed himself into a retro-style video game system. I wonder what would happen if you pushed his buttons? :D :XD:

ZIP! Speed - Like most cartoon characters, Toonman can run at supersonic speeds that equal that of a speeding Roadrunner. ;) When he runs, his legs turn into a lopsided spinning wheel, made famous by the legendary Chuck Jones!

Crossdressing - Ok, I confess. This really isn't a power; unless you consider it a combination of Exaggeration, Mastery of Disguise, Shape-Shifting and good ol'fashion Manipulation. Toonman, like all cartoons (or at least the comical ones) loves dressing as the fairer sex, be it for entertainment, missions, or perhaps some more deeper reason. I just really wanted to see Toonman crossdressing like classic Looney Tunes. Sue me. And yes, in his many female disguises he has alter-ego names, like "Anastasia Beaverhausen" or " Arya Vandaley, heiress to the Art Vandelay Importing Exporting Legacy" (Can you guess the references to those names? :D))

Anyway, its late. Hope you enjoy this commission, because I really don't know when I'll have another one done. Comment, critique, do as you like. ;)

Art by :icongamepal:
Tom Foolery aka Toonman is © of NRG Comics™/me!
Empress Villainess: Yinyun (Update)
UPDATE 12/8/18: Updated Origin for things to come.

Meet the The Hidden Toxicant, Yinyun!!


Once there was a little girl name Song, proud girl born in a small village in China. The peoples' only source of income was a large manufacturing plant that cast a shadow over the village. China had very few safety regulations when it came to running their factories and the one in her village was no different. Eventually, the lack of proper safety mechanics caught up with the people and the machines in the plant overloaded, causing a wave of sulfur, carbon and other toxic substances to spread throughout the village. Song's mother was able to save her by getting them into one of the few cars in the village and driving away to the outskirts of the Hong Kong, hoping to sneak through the fence there. Song watched in sadness as she drove away from her home, watching her village die.

Unfortunately, her mother crashed the car in outskirts and died, and Song was trapped in a car slowly seeping in with Toxins. Song blacked out and awoke in a hospital in Hong Kong, weak from exposure to the toxins. It had seem some good Samaritan saw the crash and managed to rescue her just in time by sneaking her through a hole in the fence. On the TV was a report on her village, which slowly opened up into a national discussion about China's pollution problem. Song was shocked to learn her country was the most heavily polluted on the planted, and vowed on that day by the deaths of her village that she would one day solved this problem.

Through much therapy Song got slowly better, and was placed in a bordering school where she began studying everything on the environment and urbanization. When she was 16 Song learned that while many countries around the world had pollution problems, there were some with such means of green that they barely had any pollution. She wondered why the rest of the the world put up with so much pollution, and one day during a science class experiment came to the conclusion that humans were like frogs sitting in water that is slowly being boiled: they don’t notice it until they’re dead.

Through much dedication and hard work, Song rose to power through China's Business and Scientific community, until she was head of her only multi-billion dollar eco-tech corporation. Within a few years, Song had put her resources and company to work, outsourcing and importing much green-based methods - as well as inventing a few of her own - in order to reduce China's pollution until it was the lowest it has ever been in years!

But there was another side to her success: while trying to solve pollution issues in china by practicing eco-friendly business herself, but with nobody else doing their part, Song became frustrated and angry. She decides to take matters into her own hands; learning various illegal trades to acquire power and followers in China who helped her eliminate those who stood in her way or refused to join her cause. Her Goal: to massively increase the amount of pollution affecting the planet in a short period of time. This, she reasons, will be like injecting a vaccine into a body, giving the body a small amount of the virus all at once so that it learns to fight it in the long run.

Using her resources and followers, Song created the terrorist organization, "The Black Hazard", and created the identity of "Yinyun"(meaning "Dark Cloud") to acts as its leader. To keep suspicion of her further, Song legally changed her public name to Lin Lan long ago (something she did after she had graduated). As Lin Lan, she would use her company to do business with other companies and groups who had technology she could further use in her quest to solve pollution in China, while in her Yinyun identity she would strike down the organizations once she got what she wanted proceed to pollute their countries of origin - as part of her quest for terror.

One such company was Nolan Industries. Lin was perfectly happy just letting Ursula Nolan run her company into ruining the earth. But she had a changed of heart and renounced her hold urbanizing ways, as such she did when she announced herself to the world as "Empress: Mother Earth's Handmaiden", and first superhero of the world. Lin, realizing  Ursula would ceasing forced pollution and instead bring back her family's groundbreaking green-based projects, decided to act. She approached Nolan in her civilian identity and offered a partnership, inviting her and Juu Lee to China for the announcement. It was all a trap, however, for YinYun to secure Nolan's projects and destroy her. She failed due to Empress's powers and determination, and in the process the hero learned of her dual identity.

Now Fully aware of the woman's true motives, Ursula Nolan is now a corporate business rival to Lin Lan, and a superhuman enemy to Yinyun as Empress, determined to expose both for the monsters they are and bring them to Justice.

-One of the most powerful and influential people in China and the World.
-Billionaire, Corporate and Scientific Genius; Ruthless terrorist and would-be world conquerer.
-Leader of the "Black Hazard", a terrorist organization bent on solving world pollution by enforcing it.
-Leads army of trained mercenaries whom are all masters of stealth, combat, weaponry, and have all been spurned by China's pollution problem.
-Trained in Combat and Bio-Science.
-Deep hatred for Ursula Nolan and Empress, both whom she sees as obstacles in her way.

View! This is a big update, so lets continue shall we:

Yinyun's update now is more focused on making her the Lex Luthor or Mandarin of Empress' world. When I created Yinyun the goal was to have her be a business rival to Ursula Nolan, and a Supervillain to Empress. Someone who was hard to touch due to connections or even political influence, but also more hands-on in her attempts to take down the hero and succeed in her goal. And I feel I've done that here.

Yinyun's motives are one based on early suffering and misplaced hatred. Her goals were born from the pollution crisis of China, goals that once started out for the better meant of mankind. However, YinYun now believes that the rest of the world is simply ignoring a big health issue in one of the biggest and most heavily populated countries on Earth. She thinks it is because other countries are simply to selfish and internally focused on their well being, or simply because they do not care. This is where her goals become scornful and beyond good-deeds-pave-the-road-to-hell. On the surface, Lin Lan comes off as a charitable person, socialite, and one of the greatest environmentalist of our time. At her core, Yinyun is angry, bitter and scornful, but she does care about the good of of the planet and it's populous. Ultimately, her goal is to enforce biohazards pollution on the world in hopes that mankind will ultimately open its eyes to it's harmful effect and make the necessary changes to stop it.

In terms of the Black Hazard, her terrorist organization, its a classic evil group with a twist. While most terrorist attacks go towards people, the Black Hazard's are aimed more so at the environment of other Nation. The Black Hazard believes that destroying the environment of another nation will ultimately lead to the death of its people. As for who is in the group, Yinyun is at captain's chair. Her followers are all trained by the best mercenaries in the world. Each member is master of combat, espionage, and hazardous warfare. And all have them share Yinyun's vision because many of the have suffered at China's pollution problem, and when you get right down to it they kinda owe her for taking care of most of the problem.

As for her Relationship to Empress, its actually one that is focused on both Empress AND Ursula Nolan. As I said in the Bio, Lin Lan puts up a friendly front to gain access to other scientist, environmentalist and corporations purely to acquire their innovative green technology and means for herself. This is how she met Ursula Nolan, who actually wanted to work with Lin because of her remarkable success in tackling one of China's biggest issues. But an attack lead by the Black Hazard leads Ursula - as Empress - to discover that Lin Lan is really YinYun, the terrorist leader. Ursula cuts their deal and approached Lin Lan as Empress, saying she knows of her duality and vows to do whatever she can to bring YinYun to justice. Lin Lan/YinYun actually has reasons for hating both Empress and Ursula that predate their meeting: her reasons for hating Empress are obvious because her emergence into the world meant an obvious enemy/obstical that YinYun would have to take down. But Lin Lan hates Ursula because she feels Ursula hasn't truly earned her right to call herself an Environmentalist and futurist when she herself cause so much problems, and because YinYun had a way worse childhood than her.

So for updates, changed her hair a bit and the mask, and actually did some changes to the Black Hazard logo.

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Song aka Lin Lan aka YinYun is © of me!!
As with more updates, I updated the origin of Empress villain YinYun for things to come:  Empress Villainess: Yinyun (Update) by mr-redx

Today I helped a lot fo people remember the good memory of Stan "the Man" Lee, letting everyone know how much of a hero he was not only to me, but everyone else. I posted something on every social media account I had.

Then, someone noted me with a similar message that made me realize that my dream of doing for people what Stan Lee did for me was already happening. I'm keeping the person anonymous for safety and to avoid misconception of favoritism, but I wanted to share with you want this person said to me:


I just got the bad news too. Like, a few minutes ago...

Stan was a huge inspiration to me, as he most likely was to you.

Not only was he a great writer, but an even better person.

I had actually had the honor of meeting him on several occasions. I even had the opportunity to show him some of my characters, to which he proclaimed, "Wow! Pretty good! Not half bad! That fella with the sword could use some work, but otherwise great!"

Yep... That's Stan for ya...

Actually, I sort of have a list of my top inspirations.

I... I was going to save this for another time, but I think these sudden tragic events call for me to say them...

"Mr. Redx, NRG... Whatever you like to call yourself, I have some words for you. You remember all those characters I told you about, right? Well, I've straighten them up and made them a full-fledged group. With improved origins, enhanced storytelling, and some artwork I've had the pleasure to work on with myself!

I plan on getting a job at a comics industry... Sort of. I have it all planned out. I'll make a indie comics series, which one of the big two will try to buy out. I'll give it to them, and they'll hire me to write for the characters they bought.

Anyways, I'm telling you all this because... I never would've gotten here without you...

When I was a kid, about 4 or 5, my uncle brought me all sorts of comics to read up on. I got Hercules teaming up with Spider-Man to stop an earthquake, Luke Cage fighting against Spider-Man as paid for by J. Jonah Jameson, Superman meeting Spiderman to stop the elusive Lex Luthor, and the first appearance of the Joker's daughter. It was a blast.

Even at a young age, I always wanted to be a superhero. But then I realized getting a radioactive spider bite would sting, and watching my planet blow up would really suck. So, while watching some cartoons, the things that got me into superheroes in the first place, I thought "Wow! These guys get to write about heroes?!". And so it began. I hung up my cape before I could even put it on, and turned over to the pencil and paper.

I made all sorts of heroes with interesting powers... It's just that my backstories were lacking that "Zap!" factor if you know what I mean. I had the art down, inspired by Jack Kirby to try my hand at drawing. And the stories were a sinch, thanks to Stan's tips on how to write an interesting tale.

But on how they became heroes... I just didn't know how to make a proper origin.

That is, until I saw your profile.

After seeing so many interesting backstories and biographies of so many wonderful characters, I feel understood how to give my heroes their beginnings.

And it's all thanks to you!

What I'm saying is, without you, I never would've made my start. And I've come so far. As have you.

You're a huge inspiration to me, alongside Stan the Man and King Kirby."

... I saved that for when I was going to tell you that I finally got all the characters I told you down to where they'd be a great read. But... This seemed like a good time to tell you those words.

And what I was saying, it was... That you're a huge inspiration to me. Right next to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

And I'm sure they were the same to you.

Without you, I wouldn't have the deep characters I always dreamed of making.

And I think Stan would be so proud of you for not only making such great characters, but for inspiring a fellow avod reader/writer the same way he did for so many.

You're destined for great things, RedX. And I'm sure Stan knew that.

As he would put it...


I always thought I had to be further into my career as a writer and publisher to inspire others the way I wanted to, when all along I was already doing it without even realizing, just being me and doing what I love.

I'm going to remember these words and this day for the rest of my life.

  • Listening to: Blue Da Ba De
  • Reading: Tyzula Fan Fiction
  • Watching: Total Dramarama
  • Playing: Shield Knight
  • Eating: PB&J
  • Drinking: Fruit Punch Crystal Light



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Alex Dawe
Artist | Student | Varied
United States
I am an aspiring comic book writer and artist with a deep love for the genre and everything superhero! Almost everything I do revolves around my own universe I am building. I hope that one day my universe will become a company as big as DC or Marvel, both of which are my inspirations.

Ever since I was a boy, I have dreamed and daydreamed about the world of superheroes, even putting myself in my own universes when daydreaming. To me, Comic Books are the perfect combination of literature and art; telling a story and giving the reader a visual representation of that story. Comic Books, as I see them, can be used to spread messages, share opinions, entertain the youth, and give the next generations heroes to aspire too. And that is why I hope to be apart of that vision someday.

What separates me from other comic book creators is originality. I always aspire to do things that have yet to be done. I believe comics should always push the boundaries on originality and imagination while aspiring to the legacy and genre of heroes the world has already given us(Detective Heroes, Action Heroes, Space Adventures, Sorcerer Supremes, etc). Every character I have created is from my own ideas and imagination, and appeals to multiple audiences. My favorite heroes I have created so far are Empress and Toonman, but I love all of them equally.

I am always looking for comments, critiques, questions, and praises on my characters. I look to improve myself and create my own voice in my comics.

Current Residence: Guess
Favorite Writer: Geoff Johns
Favorite Artist: Bruce Timm and Stan Lee
Favourite genre of music: Any thing that i hear that i think is good
Favourite style of art: Comic Book
MP3 player of choice: I-pod
Favourite cartoon character: Red X; All Total Drama Characters; Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Batman and their respective Rogues Galleries, Karolina and Nico from The Runaways, and Zenescope Characters.
Personal Quote: Awesome!

Poll: Do you think fire, ice and electricity-related powers are more used for heroes or villains? 

35 deviants said Theres defintely more heroes that have those than villains!
29 deviants said You know what? I think more villains use those than heroes.


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geneticmonster03 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
godzilla king of the monsters trailer is gonna come out tomorrow
this essentially Destroy all monsters
but on a bigger scale
Also ghidorah is actully scary
geneticmonster03 Featured By Owner Edited 16 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey Alex
what would be Emprees's reaction to seeing Saurian 
i need to know for the VS match up

1. Save people and stop a bank robbery even though he scared the shit out of the crooks
2. seeing him train like tearing apart training bots in primal rage and try to eat them 
3. seeing him emotionally vulnerable and as his real self with Chloe and seeing him hugging her and talking to her about his emotions and cuddle with her and kiss her and what not and being the cuddlesaurus that he is with Chloe (even though she's kind of eavesdropping)
mr-redx Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Student General Artist
1) As long as no one got hurt I'd think she'd be ok
2) Tell him to go easy and practice more control
3)Be Touched by it
geneticmonster03 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1) Saurian would probably reassure her that he'd just give them a little reminder what helps protect the streets and that it has 60 razor sharp teeth 
2) He'd probably say that well as something who was made to wipe out all of humanity control is a little bit of a challenge ( she'd probably be like are you serious?) 

3) She would probably Chloe a few questions about him but I think Jul Lee would pick up that he has Aspys (she is a therapist so I think she might notice the signs). Ursula might ask him if he is okay after seeing him really vulnerable and Saurian would say he's fine and I can see the two of them have a conversation 
and would ask him about his mental health ( i know its cringey but just listen) he'd probably tell her about how Chloe basically is one of the only people who gave a damm about him.

Also I think Chloe and Ju Lee might be good friends 

does it sound about right or do you think something diffrent would happen
ligr77 Featured By Owner 23 hours ago
Hi Alex!

Decided to try doing a new hero, but I thought I'd get your opinion on which archetype I should do next!

Here's a new list I've found!
mr-redx Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Student General Artist
Try the The Grimoire, that looks interesting.
geneticmonster03 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(king Ghidorah has entered the chat)…

(humanity has left the chat)
BulbaFriend Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Hey, I was wondering? Are you okay with my character being called Toon? Or do you want to think of a different name for him? (To be fair, his name is only Toon plus a few nicknames)
mr-redx Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
As long as it's not Toonman or Tom Foolery, I'm ok with it.
BulbaFriend Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, thanks
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