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Mountain Bandit by JohnSu Mountain Bandit by JohnSu
Of no relation to the Valley Bandit).

Bartow Laughingbones was once a proud member of the Seaside Bandits, but left after a dispute over the group's mission statement and set himself up in the mountain pass to do solo work. Though he lives off the road, hidden in the mountain wood, he spends the majority of his time loitering on the path where he waits for travelers and merchants to pass by. There is no local law enforcement in those parts, so he is mostly unhindered in his work except when dealing with escorts and bounty hunters. When traffic is low, he cuts down bears and eats them.

Bartow is a large man, weighing roughly 300 pounds and standing at a little over 7 feet tall. He primarily targets travelers with consumer goods, taking food, drink, and materials needed for maintaining his home. Money is useless where he lives, so he has no use for it. Despite his violent disposition, Bartow is a lover of women (or, more appropriately, is favorably biased towards them) and will often let them pass unharmed after exchanging a few words and maybe asking for some food (of which he is also a lover).

Well, that's about everything of interest.

It was fun drawing Bartow's face (he actually looked like Kittan for a while before I changed his hair), and the sunset was an amusing experience as well. Went back to alpha based shading for this one - hadn't done that for a while. Haven't also uploaded two deviations in a week for a while.

Made in Flash

EDIT: It seems like a number of people are inquiring about the axe, so I guess I'll address the issue regardless of how obscure it is (see how much I cater to you guys?). Bartow's axe is a double edged axe he uses to cut things. It is sharp and heavy and dangerous to everything. He got it from an axe store. There, I hope that sates your hunger for trivia.

Oh, and its name is Pretty Betty and it used to be a normal axe until he mugged a wizard (I think) who, upon learning of Bartow's weakness for women, turned his axe into a girl in hopes of rendering Bartow's aggression useless. But as an axe, Pretty Betty was quite encouraging, and things ended poorly for said wizard. Now Pretty Betty keeps Bartow company when nothing is happening, and they enjoy crude jokes together and discussing life and food.
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:iconslishslash7:
SlishSlash7 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the style
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masterofsteam Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Randomness. Randomness everywhere.
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ShadersHQ Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha I love the face he is giving while swinging the axe. I give props on the entertaining work good job!
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Shadow-Stone Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice!!
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TheToonDevil Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   General Artist
lol, never seen that before. XD
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:iconkabal-monk:
Kabal-monk Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
XD She kinda always knew she'd end up his Axe Girlfriend....
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:iconpurplestar31:
Purplestar31 Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist
dis reminds me of Elemental Gelade
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:iconfirst2fall:
first2fall Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Reminds me an awful lot of those Fire Emblem mountain bandits.
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:iconsonic12399:
sonic12399 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This art....just defined win.
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:icondesubaba:
DesuBaba Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Loli Axe=mad damage, stats top tier.
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MaxHD2490 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Pretty betty is the axe? Ok I don't want to get hit by Pretty betty :XD:
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
because that would hurt your feelings!
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TurtleSage Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
The axe is brilliance.
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RobZenoth17 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
haha niceness. that sounds like it would be a nice, interestingly funny short manga and/or anime.
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:icongreysmoke321:
greysmoke321 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
i love the drawing lines and coloring. His battle ax is so cute...
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:icongthunt:
GTHunt Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
You have been mislead sir, that is clearly Race from Johnny Quest with a new found fetish for killer lolitas.
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:iconp3rsh1ng:
p3rsh1ng Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
this is definately totally random :XD:
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:iconredcarstudios:
redcarstudios Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
This is a fun little bit of awesome. XD I love the axe!
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:icontoxicbob2000:
Toxicbob2000 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
You're a creative fellow! The axe bit...wow. That's great!
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:iconmagran:
Magran Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Love the story behind the axe, hilarious stuff!
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:icondragon-mist:
dragon-mist Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that axe is friggin' hilarious
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shigemitsubaki Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
crap, I saved this months ago, and I forgot to fav.
Still makes me laugh everytime I see it. :) Truly a highwayman's best friend is... his axe.
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:iconneveraskwhy:
neveraskwhy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
make fun of his axe and itll be the last thing u see as it penetrates ur skull
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:iconmashugac:
masHugac Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats cute XD
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:iconventhor78:
Venthor78 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
haha XD there's cute little thing, haha
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:icontulsatrash:
Tulsatrash Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
a 7 foot tall ax wielding highwayman.
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:iconapeman505:
apeman505 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
That is one cool axe..... I can't help comment on it!
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:iconbearberrygirl:
Bearberrygirl Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
awesome axe lol
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xenblade Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
HA! You have my admiration and quite a bit of skill good sir. I tip my non-existant-invisible-fedora to you sir! I love the axe way too much than any person should. XD
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redkintoba Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
A clever combination, poor, poor wizard....*snicker*
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Atomic-Bubblegum Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Epic ax. :D
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Nebelstern Featured By Owner May 18, 2009   Digital Artist
aww man, 'c mon! ^^;
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melllic Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
Haaha, Nice. Always full of interesting stories. ^_^
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SatansBestBuddy666 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Why do I get the feeling that, if these two ever stared in their own comic, I'd wind up reading every single page?

Oh, right, cause I would.
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ghijaholic Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
you are disgustingly creative.
i am amassing idea for me to make into a movie and/or tv show similar to "Alfred Hitchcock presents..."
this idea and Otoshimono would do nicely for a combined episode.
i will contact you in the future when i become famous.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yeay~
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:iconarcadian-knight:
arcadian-knight Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
I want to be this man's friend! He sounds awesome!
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giantflyingradish Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
Absolutely nothing should come between a man and his axe. It's the greatest friend someone could ask for.
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lil-nega-nin-chan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
which ones the mountain bandit lol
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Keikuina Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009   Digital Artist
I like his axe :D
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Demon-Chic0666 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009
Wow that pretty amazing that axe is slightly disturbing though...
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tri-edge64 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
The Moe-Axe.
The 300 pound bandit who looks less then that.
The story begins when he first got himself a knife. he then killed his family and stole food from the dead people. he found out that he could steal after shortly after kindly asking for some apples. he then got his ass-kicked by a samurai girl and then a panty shot! he loved to look at it everyday but he couldn't. so every time a woman came by. he make them show there panties and then a wizard came and started talking shit about how his life was old fashioned. the wizard died from aids and he stole the Moe-Axe. he named the axe bob but later changed it to Pretty Betty. Pretty Betty was a fun thing to hang around with jokes and life. they soon started living somewhere in there moms basement and lived in the mountains instead. the two started to kill people for food and supply. money wasn't important for he needed more then that. he needed gold. he soon had sex with his axe and baby hatchets came out.

Fin~ c:
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InpuUpUaut Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Student General Artist
I have never seen an axe so cute as this one... :D
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DreamScenario Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
That is the best axe EVER!!! =D
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6-Qubed Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
The perfect girlfriend...
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Specter-Von-Baren Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
It's interesting how many people say that this would make a great series. Starting up with following some merchants coming by and Bartow doing his thing followed by Betty cheering him on and them sorta weirding the travelers out before we get some sort of break down fight perhaps afterward while Bartow is checking his spoils we get an explanation of what's going on.

And then the next couple episodes would just be Bartow meeting and dealing with random travelers of different sizes and shapes as well as some of his more menial work.

Then it would start off with some sort of arcing storyline that would get set off by some traveler doing something to Bartow, or someone from his past that he then proceeds to chase for whatever reason, or maybe the Seaside Bandits come for revenge and he's forced to move on to new pastures and goes through various cities causing trouble and maybe helping people.

Add to this funny jokes and weird dialog between a man and an axe and you really would have a pretty good series.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
And every week we will have him fight a new monster!

Yes, you are totally onto something there. You are sitting on a gold mine, my friend.
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miasaka Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is what I love about your works. It's so dramatic looking until you notice something is intercepting the image.
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BlackMorass Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
So much awesome~ I love this :XD:
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Bibi15 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't even notice the girl on the axe in the thumbnail, but that is the cutest axe ever.
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