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Novakid by JohnSu Novakid by JohnSu
Sheriff Landers has caught up to Old Redd, who made off in a steam rocket with a barrel of Mrs. Clark’s moonshine. Redd is being charged with theft, assault with a firearm, and improper conduct in the presence of a lady. He is facing up to 20 years in prison, a twelve dollar fine, and a belly full of buckshot.

The sheriff is venting plasma from his right arm pretty badly, but he’ll be fine if he can get this shot off and incapacitate the red giant so he can tend to his wound. But the question is: can he hit a large, bright, stationary target in the open from less than 7 meters away with a shotgun?

Only time will tell (SPOILER: the answer is yes).


Landers & Redd are both specimens of a space-faring people I call "Novakid," which is a no-good race of humanoid gas-bags. If you want to read more about them, I made an info dump full of fake facts in a thread here: [link]

I came up with this idea by looking as ~Suweeka’s sketch of aliens, and then from listening to too much Old Joe Clark. Then I was like "OMG PUT COWBOY HAT ON STAR PEOPLE" and lo and behold, it was done. The space genre can only benefit from more cowboys, in my opinion.

This was a fun exercise in lighting. At one point I was thinking to myself "wait, if these guys are glowing, why isn't any light showing through their clothes?" and then I settled for their clothes being made of lead or something. I'm sure there's tons of bad science in this picture, like coats and gases billowing in a near-vacuum.

Made in Flash (characters & train) & SAI (background)


UPDATE: these guys are goin' into a game! Yeehaw!
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:iconjoshgold126:
JoshGold126 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
"can he hit a large, bright, stationary target in the open from less than 7 meters away with a shotgun?"
Me: No...


JK
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:iconrockchan13:
Rockchan13 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome my friend. 10/10
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:icongrinshort:
GrinSHort Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Can somebody tell me the name of the anime pls ?
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:iconcimonthefurry:
CimonTheFurry Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
This is not an anime. It's from a game called Starbound. 
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:iconricharmeleon:
Richarmeleon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
Actually the image was drawn before the game added them. I believe this was used as inspiration for it.
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:iconawsomebeck:
AwsomeBeck Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
He's a sweet six shooter!
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:iconmackiecheese:
MackieCheese Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so fucking badass
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:iconmeow098:
Meow098 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hey I made a piece inspired by this ^^
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:icontiptaptoejoe:
tiptaptoejoe Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
Space cowboys are best cowboys. Obviously.
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:icondjakzpowa:
DjakzPowa Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Very cool!
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:iconmoonligtsshadow:
MoonligtsShadow Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
I need this as an anime. NOW.
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:iconmatildacrown:
matildacrown Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Saw this on the ''I was the sun'' video on youtube and fell in love. Love the way you draw the novakids so bright and shiny (like they're supposed to be) :)
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:iconwarynestor:
WaryNestor Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Saw this in the Six Shooter music video. Amazing art. :)
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:iconphlipres:
phlipres Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
So did I, Good music huh?
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:iconthevexingfox:
TheVexingFox Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D yay starbound
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:iconargondoesgames:
ArgonDoesGames Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is simply amazing, love it ^=^
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:iconaxleonex:
axleonex Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Saw this from the six shooter music video, loved the art. Have favorited! :)
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:iconwritercoda:
writercoda Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
This is completely awesome like goddamn
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:iconsarcast1cn3rd:
Sarcast1cN3RD Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
You know what's cooler than cowboys, COWBOYS IN SPACE
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:iconlackingstarships:
lackingStarships Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Here from Coyote Kisses, love the pic :)
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:icondraymarc:
Draymarc Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Congrats on getting this in the game!
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:icontete30000:
Tete30000 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Well, it comes from the game, the game novakids doesn't come from that picture at all xD
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:iconwolfzix:
WolfZiX Featured By Owner Edited Feb 27, 2015   Artist
Nice
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:iconastrih-konnash:
Astrih-Konnash Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Love it! Here from my fiancée who sent me the link (we both play StarBound too)
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:iconhalc25:
halc25 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE IT! here from Coyote Kisses :D 
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:icondumplingninja:
DumplingNinja Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So cool! *bows* you are the chosen one.
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:iconradioactivedachshund:
radioactiveDachshund Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Here from Coyote Kisses. This is awesome.
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:iconcainnester:
cainnester Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student
AAAAAAAAAH THIS IS AWESOME AAAAAAAAAAAAH SPACE COWBOYS EVERYWHERE OH I'M DYING
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:iconcrimsondawnbreak:
CrimsonDawnbreak Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Space cowboys can't be beat.
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:iconjimbob3214:
Jimbob3214 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
*Plasma space cowboys
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:iconlightningofthedragon:
LightningOfTheDragon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was used as a thumbnail for coyote kisses six shooter on ENM on youtube  and the best part is that they fit perfectly with eachother 
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool~
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:iconultimaox:
UltimaOX Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wait... JohnSu of the Firefall dev team created the iconic concept of the Novakid in Starbound?  This is was to coincidental... See i was "King" of the Firefall forums and one of the old community members from way back in the day, and i always got a chuckle out of your arts back then like the Drowning to Respawn in town comic. And i was also "King" on the Starbound forums, as well as the Former Admin of their community, so i should have known that you did this art but i never made the connection.  But yeah its crazy coincidental that ide come across you in 2 seperate games where your doin art stuff and im doin community stuff.  Basiclly i was trying to remeber your name the other day (dont hate me im terrible with remebering things, and i hated myself for forgetting your name) when i was thinking about that firefall comic i mentioned, and today CeeCee Smith (former Firefall lady) posted a screenie of the "Special Thanks" section of the credits on firefall and BAM there was your name and it made me remeber. The by the magic of the internet i found this place and was lookin at your arts and saw this art and here we are now. God that was alot to type, i need a nap... i dont even remember what i was getting at... D:
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, my liege! You honor me with your words. :bow:
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:iconi-got-noctem-2-carpe:
I-Got-Noctem-2-Carpe Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why haven't they implemented the race yet! QAQ
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're busy working on the core of the game!

But in the mean time, I've implemented the race: community.playstarbound.com/in…
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I-Got-Noctem-2-Carpe Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! thanks! It was actually that race that made me want to play in the first place.
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MowenDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So you are "Bietol"? That's insanely awesome! I've been following you for a while and randomly ran into Novakids when looking (back) into Starbound. After seeing this art and hearing the Novakid Theme I am completely in love with them! Great job to everyone involved!
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm looking forward to their official release as well!
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:iconssroym:
ssroym Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
You don't need logic or science when you put a cowboy hat on a star person. Great work!
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:iconabeescape:
AbeEscape Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
How did you do the smoke/steam effect for the train in adobe flash?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The steam was done in SAI.
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:iconalcoholication:
Alcoholication Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So you're the one responsible for this awesome addition to the game.

Fuckin A man
noice
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:iconforsemaster:
ForseMaster Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This sounds Gainax.

HAVE IT MADE!
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:iconilikecommas:
ILikeCommas Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's AWESOME.
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:iconbudgiesarecool:
budgiesarecool Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy gas, you made this picture?! I've been keeping up with Starbound for a while now, but had no idea this was your creation! :D Awesome job and congrats! xD
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconclockworkwasteland:
ClockworkWasteland Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's a question: if their memory and attention span is so short then how do they remember they have families, or mates, or children? And how can they even have enemies amongst themselves without forgetting one another an hour later? Or really, how would one even remember how to operate a ship?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
answer: it's not that short.
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:iconclockworkwasteland:
ClockworkWasteland Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah. XD then how short do you say? How long can they maintain memory of something?
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