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The Fleaman by JohnSu The Fleaman by JohnSu
The Fleaman is actually neither flea nor man; he is actually a massive bundle of clothes that runs around falling off roof tops and frightening pedestrians when he slams into the ground. This is all he does. Constantly. Nobody likes him.

While he has the strength of a sickly young man, he also has the weight of a sickly young toddler, so he can jump pretty high and climb pretty fast! He can also be carried away by a dog.

The Fleaman's essence is contained in his mask, and fabrics that are in direct or indirect contact with it act as his body. However, the amount of force he can exert through it is limited by 1) his sickly young man strength, and 2) the mass of the fabric. This means if he grabs a person by the shirt, the most he can do with it is flap it around like the wind was acting up, and if he grabbed a 200 pound coat, it would probably just collapse under its own weight. Also, he cannot manipulate fabric if it is wet, so when it rains he becomes a smelly pile of non-motion.

His primary weakness is fire. His secondary weakness is ladies with guns (he really likes them!). He's pretty good about keeping away from the first one.

Oh yeah, did I mention this is in space? This is in space.


A while ago I had written in my notes as a reminder to myself: "design a character with a gas mask, mantle, and camera monopod." I got 2 of the 3 down, being unable to come up with a satisfactory cool pose for the monopod. But hey! I got to draw a very chunky character stealing a lady! It's not very often I do that - it's been like AN ENTIRE YEAR.

I only wish the Fleaman didn't remind me so much of a dumpy Doctor Doom.
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:iconmadnimrod:
MadNimrod Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
He looks awesome. If he were a manga character, I would read that manga.
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:iconghost-spectre:
Ghost-Spectre Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Reminds me vaguely of desert punk. Oh gosh your descriptions are amazing. Made my day.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Desert Punk has a cool design!
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:iconeventua:
Eventua Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Writer
IS HE MADE OF FLEAS?! I DON'T THINK HE IS REALLY.

YOU MADE IT UP.
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:iconoscar-ojisan:
oscar-ojisan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011   Artist
I dont know if its cool or cute.....:D
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:icon500fsh:
500Fsh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011   General Artist
Really cool concept, but if he can only use his sickly young man strength to flap someone's shirt around, how does he kidnap a lady with a gun?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
technically she is doing most of the work
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:icon500fsh:
500Fsh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011   General Artist
LOL I see
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TePeYoLlOtL Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
i like the concept sooo much
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x-Jacksbiggestfan-x Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fleaman, you are officially more awesome than everything. :salute:
I love how you drew him! Really cool.
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:iconbudster248:
budster248 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i can actually see him becoming a hero. nice touch with making him like frosty but with an enchanted gas mask.
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:iconsukox:
SukoX Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Fleaman just became my new hero
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:iconshlogo:
Shlogo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
This is awesome. I love it!!! and the story!
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:iconari-m1a1:
Ari-M1A1 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student General Artist
As long as he enjoys it.
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:iconsake4supper:
sake4supper Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the onion dome city :D
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:iconruskyi47:
Ruskyi47 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Oh, so it is in space. Excellent.
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:iconkaitousblackwings:
KaitousBlackWings Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
I love the idea of the character. :heart:
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:iconthelovelychemist:
TheLovelyChemist Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Yo JOHN SU.

Has anyone ever told you that you're amazing? Cuz, you're amazing.

The story behind your artwork makes it even more enjoyable. xD
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FoxFireXia Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...
Every time I look at your work, it confuses me beyond human comprehension...
But I like it :D
...I think o_O
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:iconniki2die4:
niki2die4 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Russia in space looks really strange....
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Russia??

This is a New Zealand colony.
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:iconniki2die4:
niki2die4 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
New Zealand can't have a russian tipical view.
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KatanaEagle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
amazing, but is he only limited to human form? if he willed it, could he alter his form by animating the cloth into a different form maybe? like a dog, or a chimpanzee, or maybe a somewhat larger than average parrot?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
if he can get his hands on some large parrot clothes, maybe.
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darkCHICKEN Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student Artist
How does he communicate? Can he speak? Or is it all a complicated pattern of hand/glove motions?

I cannot imagine that one could enunciate very well with a gas mask for a face.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
he is both mute and illiterate
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:icondarkchicken:
darkCHICKEN Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student Artist
That must make getting directions a nightmare.
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:iconjayaxer:
JayAxer Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
I like this character very much.
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:iconsokman345:
SOKMAN345 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student General Artist
B-BUT THIS LOOKS SO AMAZING
SO AMAZING THAT I WANT TO DRAW HIM/IT.
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:iconz-f:
Z-F Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Why does he like ladies with guns?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
it's a sweet medley of power and beauty.
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:iconrasenth:
rasenth Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
I always have fun reading your descriptions behind your pictures. XD
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:icon1-ace:
1-Ace Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
so why exactly is he called the fleaman? does his dank nature during rainfalls attract fleas or something? :3
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Because of his jumping prowess
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:iconrocmegamanx:
RocMegamanX Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because he jumps high.
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blasianonna Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course this is in space.
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:iconcatsummoner:
CatSummoner Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so that's what happen to the pile of clothes on my room corner when it disappear every one or two days! 8D
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:iconmonele:
Monele Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it okay if I love the kidnapped girl to bits because of how she looks like she's enjoying this much more than she should? XD
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:iconwolfsmell:
Wolfsmell Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student
This Space Arabia makes me think of the planet Arrakis from the Dune series. Fleaman is the precursor to the Fremen. That would be cool. Now he needs to go wrangle some worms.
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:iconleonidas666:
Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great concept!
like the colors and the characters. :clap:
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:iconstarlightgenie:
starlightgenie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
Heh, the planets are aligned. Or maybe they're moons...
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
They are moons!

Dangerously close moons!
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TumultOfTheCat Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
so cool and the girl is just adorable! kawaii!
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:iconanebrd:
Anebrd Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
You come up with such interesting ideas.
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:iconpeachymelody:
PeachyMelody Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Your imagination never cease to amaze me.
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:iconarchvermin:
ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Whoa....I would pay money for this!
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
($_$)
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AngelicAlex Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
This is great! I love your style. My favourites are your convention comics!
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:iconcyberpumpkin:
Cyberpumpkin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this. I've always liked the concept of magically-animated bundles of clothing/accessories/armor that you suspect has no person inside.

Yay! FAVED!
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Nightstormandme Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
How can he steal a lady when he has the strength of a sickly young man?
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