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Nome King Kaliko by Negaduck9 Nome King Kaliko by Negaduck9
Kaliko, the king of the Nomes after Ruggedo, AKA Roquat, AKA The Nome King, was ousted in Tik-Tok of Oz. Kaliko was the old King's chief steward, and pretty much ran the kingdom anyway, so he was given the job. It's not exactly an easy or fun task at all times. I don't imagine he has an actual throne like this, but it must seem that way at times: can't relax or you'll get stabbed in the back.

Kaliko is one of the most bloody inconsistently illustrated characters in the Oz books. Most of the time he's spidery and homely, but after that details vary. In Rinkitink of Oz he even morphed into a clone of the old Nome King - but as that book was written and illustrated before the Nome King was overthrown, then edited years later to make it part of the Oz series, those illos are obviously Ruggedo, not Kaliko, so I threw that data out. Anyway, I drew this guy based on an average of the images I found in other books. Hopefully he's passably recognizable.

For once I didn't do any post-production Photoshopping on this piece. I'm fighting a paralyzing tendency to overcontrol my art, and part of loosening up is to let the overall image speak for itself rather than trying to make every line just perfect. I'm not sure if I'll use this for "A Refugee in Oz" or its followup, "Imposters in oz." It's appropriate to both, and the throne imagery is based on the former, but Kaliko features more prominently in the latter.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So, this is what a Blackadder would be in Oz.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
?
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Confused about the character reference, or the metaphor?
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
No, I just have no idea what you're talking about.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just pointing out how Kaliko, and his relationship with Ruggedo, reminds me so much of British sitcom character Edmund Blackadder.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Ah, OK.
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Magic-Kristina-KW Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
It looks awesome! =D I love one of your drawings! :iconiloveitmoreplz:
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