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Some of you who follow my work may already be familiar with the world of Hydro Brawl, but for those of you who are new to the idea Welcome!

Hydro Brawl was originally conceived simply as personifying sodas as sexy girls in a way that I hadn’t seen done before. I’d had this random idea of these girls competing in a martial arts style of hydrokinetic fighting and kind of went from there. The initial run consisted only of Mountain Dew flavors because each one of them had a clearly defined style and gimmick that worked for the idea very well.

In the world of Hydro Brawl the fighters are all Hydrokinetic and fight on a stage elevated above a large pool. A fighter wins by Knock out, Ring Out, or Tap Out. The winner gets to have their way with the loser, with sexual contact during the match itself also being very common. Secondary forms of elemental Kinesis have been allowed into the league so long as the fighters are primarily Hydrokinetics.

Last year (or the year before? I forget) I did a proper tournament of the characters which sadly ended in a tie. This year however I had a new twist on the idea and that was to put Hydro Brawl in to a World Tour with new characters (and flavors) created by fellow Kupaa artists Hizzacked and AnimeFlux!

This will not be a full tournament the way I’ve done it in the past. Each artist puts up TWO flavors and people will vote on which they like best. The winners of these polls will then advance to a Three-way collaborative piece by all three artists! Each of the artists are treated as their own “leagues” but the below brief bits of lore apply loosely to all three. I tend towards glowy wetsuits, Hizzacked has a firm Cyberpunk influence, and AnimeFlux has a modern take on it that kind of reminds of a skullgirls kind of thing.

So hit up the twitter accounts to do the voting, check out the lore below and the pic I did for this announcement and check back in a weeks time to see who won! But also, if you have ideas of your own, if you’d like to make your own Hydro Brawler based on a soda you like, feel free to do so and have fun with it. You can tag me us on twitter or you can even post links in the comments section here if you like! If you do the latter, be advised that if you’ve not commented before it won’t post immediately, I will go in and approve it and from there you’ll be on auto approve in the future! Alternatively if you’d like to share things a little more in real time or just want to shoot the breeze you’re free to join my Discord!

Hizzacked’s Twitter is HERE and AnimeFlux’s Twitter is HERE. Mine is HERE.

I knew for a little while that I was going to end up having an update day on Cinco de Mayo, a day that I don’t celebrate for it’s original intent but more as a celebration of the close friends I have of Mexican descent and the positive influence they’ve had on my life. For me today is the day to give thanks for such people and to chow down on Mexican Cuisine. I wanted to draw something for it but I was sort of at a loss of what to do. Then I remembered Baja Blast.

Is Baja Blast, the drink, mexican. Hell no. It comes from Taco Bell which is about as far as you can get from genuine Mexican food while still calling something a taco. But when I wrote Baja Blast, the character’s, background I made her from Mexico. The Hydro Brawl characters all have backstories and beefs that mix Martial arts and wrestling Drama and Baja was given one that was inspired by the Luchador wrestlers I loved as a kid. For such wrestlers it was a big challenge to break into the American promotions and leagues. So Baja got that story. She comes from a Mexican league with a unique style of wielding her Hydrokinetic ability. Through hard work and determination (and a certain sense of flair) she’s broken into the main Hydro Brawl league to make a spectacular showing.

So for Cinco de Mayo I present to you all a pin-up of Baja Blast. Enjoy!

Hydro Brawl colored sketches from 2016