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The Colonel by Steven  Austin

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This is my entry for the NY Comic Con Design Challenge
Koko a female Gorilla born in San Francisco Zoo in 1974 was according to her trainer Francine Patterson able to sign and understand speech. This incredible story was made very public and hit headlines the world over.
What the public do not know is that the attention given to Koko and her owner was a ploy by a secret government department intended to draw attention away from another operation, one far more sinister, involving state of the art bio engineering and the training of a male Gorilla in urban warfare – the operation was code named – ‘Operation Colonel’.


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Brought up on a diet of superheroes, warlocks and demons it was inevitable that I would sucumb to the temptations of the pencil!!
I am a London born, Cambridge based freelance illustrator and storyboard artist.
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  • Danny
    Dannyalmost 3 years ago

    how good is this.

  • Cheers buddy, was gonna have him shooting Pelicans, but decided against it. ;)

    – Steven Austin

  • Simon Sherry
    Simon Sherryalmost 3 years ago

    Badass, my friend, very, VERY badass!

  • Cheers dude – right back at ya for Tankfist!!

    – Steven Austin

  • Michael Lee
    Michael Leealmost 3 years ago

    Re Danny: I know! These guys are sure making it hard for me to win this thing. I’ll have to do better to get runner up at this stage.

    Great stuff ausven.

  • Cheers dude – don’t count ya chickens mate. ;)

    – Steven Austin

  • matthewdunnart
    matthewdunnartalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic man!

  • Cheers dude – you getting a design together?

    – Steven Austin

  • Richard Barry
    Richard Barryalmost 3 years ago

    Dude, that bloody rocks mate!

  • Yay!! Allo mate!! Cheers dude glad you dig it man. You around to Skype this weekend?

    – Steven Austin

  • Stephen Elliget
    Stephen Elligetalmost 3 years ago

    Very awesome!

  • Thank you Mr Elliget sir.

    – Steven Austin

  • Linda Hardt
    Linda Hardtalmost 3 years ago

    Great concept – love the idea of gorilla warfare!! Well done!!

  • Thanks Linda – Gorilla warfare!? Why didn’t I think of that. :)

    – Steven Austin

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 3 years ago


  • Danke VV

    – Steven Austin

  • Brother Adam
    Brother Adamalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks…very….much, appreciated. ;)

    – Steven Austin

  • Naf4d
    Naf4dalmost 3 years ago


  • Indeed. ;)

    – Steven Austin

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