Artist Comments: Strongbad is the essence of my rage. When I am angered by the Internet, by ignorant people working in tech or the gaming industry or other things I love that are known for being sexist, racist, transphobic, and all the other Bad Things, when something is unfair, when I speak up for myself and no one listens. That is when Strongbad is unleashed. Strongbad has sarcasm and writing and will make you repent your injustices.
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Critic Comments: On initial glance, Strongbad Pokemon Card appears to be a piece of juvenilia. The cartoon nature of the self-portrait, the minimalist icons, the simple, repetitive color scheme, the imbalanced layout. It all suggests an underdeveloped design skill, an unrefined taste. But ultimately rage is simple, unrefined. It is a base instinct. So to have a visual representation of rage, it must be emblematic of that nature. We see a lone figure on a barren white field. He is pugnacious, bright red, a caricature of anger. But also the truth of anger. Anger exaggerates just as a caricature does.
We can also see this in the chosen “energies” – the simple icons that adorn the card, the background color. Strongbad isn’t primarily fueled by fire as one might expect in an underdeveloped concept of anger. Strongbad is fueled by grass – by nature. Strongbad is a righter of wrongs, a defender against injustice, he stands up for those who are treated unfairly because of who they are. Their own natures. Strongbad is much more sophisticated than pure fire, though fire does fuel his more advanced anger, the fire of writing.
This piece was created for the DS106 remix assignment Pokemon Card: Stuffy Art Critic.