So this is a drawing that I made last month, inspired by some random nonsense on Twitter about Fat Autralian Birds.
Who is FATS THE KOOKABURA? He's a roly-poly pugilist who laughs at the face of danger....and in the face of victory...and defeat. His general philosophy is to laugh at every thing. She-cats want him. Men and Bears want to be him. Everyoneelse is below him...in pain. Pain is funny. He's the Sonic The Fighter that you never played as but now you wanna.
What is FATS THE KOOKABURA? He's a joke character made by several key figures in the Sonic Community, most of them from The Sonic Mania
dev team: Brad Flick
(one of the game designers of Sonic Mania) created a strange meme involving a fat Kookabura bird that he used as a countdown image for Mania's release
. The meme started to grow in popularity with the help of Hunter Bridges (programmer & sound designer for Mania
) until concept art for the bird started arriving from Paul Veer (sprite designer and animator on Mania)
and IndigoRush (a popular contributor the Sonic Stadium Message Boards and TotallyRealGaming)
. The one I just drew is based on one of the designs that Tracker|TD (graphic designer, and very popular contributor to the SSMB) came up with, when he litterally mashed up the models of Bean and Bark from Sonic The Fighters
into the fat bird you see before you (which is why they are the sole survivors, despite some bumps and bruises; Honey was there just because).
For some reason, this captured me like no other fan character before him. I think it's the absolutel simplicity of the character that drew me to him: He was a big fat bird that liked to laugh and he looked like he can fight. What more did you need?
Though, it will take another fan creation to get me i nthe artistic mood again....I think you know who I'm talking about.
Fats ™ Brad Flick, Paul Veer, Hunter Bridges, IndigoRush and Tracker|TD.
All the other bodies that hit the floor is © SEGA