Saturday, 22 November 2014

And Now For Something Completely Different

This week I am departing from the official theme of this blog, because I was inspired to do something other than stare at the intricate details of medieval paintings of religious/tortured/naked people.  So if you are one of those people who found this page by Googling “religious tortured naked people,” you can hit the back button right now.

When I was at the airport in Spain a few weeks ago, I poked around the Duty Free shop for a bit, looking for last-minute souvenirs.  It was there I encountered Bad Toro goods.
I instantly felt a connection with this adorable bull with attitude, but I was also filled with questions.  What are his motivations?  Why is he angry?  Is he really bad, or is he just drawn that way?

When I got home I searched to see more of his story, but it turns out he is basically just the mascot for an extreme sports reporting site.  This is pretty much his whole background:

BADTORO is a noble but challenging looking pet that is characterized above all by his courage in facing challenges that may seem impossible to many. It represents not to hide from anything or anyone acting always with courage, respect and sincerity.”

Now, I have to take issue with this story, because there is no way Bad Toro is a pet.  He is far too determined and free-spirited, taking no bull (so to speak) from anyone.  I decided to plunge deeper to learn more of his personal passions and hobbies.

It seems Bad Toro loves culture.  Sometimes he likes to get dressed up and go to the theatre.  Unfortunately, the beginning and end of a production can be quite the test of his self-control, due to some traumatic incidents in his past.

The key to his “bad” attitude lies in the tragic loss of his one true love.  Now, he will go to any lengths to stop the marauding race of murderous barbarians who would enslave, torture, and eat his kin.

He’s a bit of an International Toro of Mystery – in an effort to save his brothers, he has been known to disguise himself and infiltrate gatherings of matadors to learn their latest strategies. 

Bad Toro does show courage in facing challenges that would seem impossible to many.  He knows better than most that the stakes are high.  He is indeed a noble creature, working for the freedom of bovinekind in memory of his sweet Bessita.

Thus concludes the Tale of Bad Toro.  Our regularly scheduled program of creepy old paintings should be back next week.

 P.S.: I have a newfound respect for people who regularly come up with content and illustrate their own blogs.  This is way harder than making snarky comments about other people's work.


  1. Oh Gee - I was hoping you would say you planned to do a weekly feature on Bad Toro. This was pretty funny and the drawings are a knock out!! I don't know what you're using but Windows 7 paint sux. Bravo SJ.

    1. Thanks very much! This was partially an exercise for me to start learning how to use a drawing tablet and the Manga Studio software. I have tried Microsoft Paint and I think the name would be more accurate without the final "t"....

    2. Agreed. Lucky you with the Manga!!

  2. I heard he longer visits the middle east after people mistook him for Angry Burqa Lady. I'd like to know what he learned in the matador conference - their tactics seem like an open book to me.

    1. I think he tries to get the latest on sword styles and techniques, new lance technologies, and head games that come into the ring.