The Thunderbird

America’s Giant Storm Bringing, Lightning Spewing and Occasionally Child Stealing Fowl

So first and foremost, 4th of July is right around the corner, and as if often the case with summer holidays, we’re taking a full two weeks to help you find the time. So be safe, enjoy a few small scale explosives, and don’t forget to draw!

Now on to the important business, there are two basic ways to imagine a thunderbird. The first being from the legends of numerous native tribes who describe a giant feathered deity who’s wings gather clouds into storms, who’s blinking eyes cause sheet lightning, wing flaps cause thunder and as it soars it would drop some of then many snakes it holds in it talons (I may have forgotten to mention the talons full of snakes) which transform into bolts of lightning as they fall. While ferocious sounding, this version of the thunderbird is more of an explanation of the earths natural cycles, rarely interacts at the personal level with peoples and is more often utilized as a portent of change in stories.

Now in sharp contrast, from the cryptozoologists perspective, the native thunderbird legends are based on giant prehistoric raptors whose fossil records are difficult to deny. These theories work from the angle that there may be some surviving relatives today. Too large to waste energy navigating near the ground, these mighty birds soar at the edges of the largest storms as the updrafts and shifting thermoclines keep them afloat with merely a flap for hundreds of miles. Only returning to earth to feed. And this of course explains the numerous sightings over the last century or so from Illinois to Hawaii, where mightly giant birds swoop down to steal pets, livestock and occasionally children on swingsets!

Now whether you choose to go with the toothy beaked totem topping native american weather bird or the mysteriously surviving prehistoric baby gobbling flying behemoth, (or maybe even some combo of the two) just remember to have fun with it. Winner still gets a shirt. Points will be given for hilarity, adorability, newness of artist, issued fits of terror, jean short and fern inclusion and hey it’s gonna be the 4th of july, maybe even throw in a “skyflower” or two… you get the point, oh and feel free to include your own caption if you want.

Here’s the bullet points for those who will never read the above:

  • Giant American bird
  • It’s wings gather storm clouds and flaps issue thunder
  • Shoots lightning from its eyes, mouth and also drops electric snakes from its talons
  • Alternative theory says they ride the storms for ease of transport
  • Brings about change, especially the kind that involves a giant raptor eating something you love and flying away

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The Thunderbird Entry # 7

The First Place Thunderbird Entry

So I’m not sure if any of you have watched the “lost skeleton of cadavra” but main dude in the movie talks a hell of a lot about “doing science” and that’s always entertained me to no end, so it makes me pretty damn happy that we officially have some artists who I can say “do science”. How do i know you ask?… cause it came with this note “It is a very sophisticated ethanol-resistant marker on photographic film that needed to be aesthetically improved after a failed Western Blot…” and to that I say “yaaaay science!” also “yaay electric snakes”!

Judge’s Comments – This one’s easy, for three reasons, actually four… you don’t yet have a shirt, the proper spelling of “halp”, sweet ass electric snakes and as the internet says… Americah!

The Thunderbird Entry # 9

The Second Place Thunderbird Entry

Well dammit if that’s not really pretty! I’m especially fond of the bio-tribal patterning. Plus it looks like you’re using Bill Alexanders old “mighty sky blue”! And finally how cool is it you’re also saving a spot for the second place badge, get it, second place, cause there’s no way your beating me…. neveeeeeer!!! haha!

Judge’s Comments – I’ll admit that when they first started selling us on the dinosaurs had feathers schtick, I was a bit resistant to the idea… I mean at that point I’d already been drawing em without for over a decade, and everyone knows Chips hate change… but I mean if they looked this bad ass… I suppose that’s ok… ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Thunderbird Entry # 3

The Third Place Thunderbird Entry

So they just did the “final” Dead reunion show in chicago and we’ve had entertaining side effects like street closures for discarded and abandoned nitrous tanks and a hell of a lot more people just wandering looking up at the sky… I sorta liek to imagine this is what they are smiling at!

Judge’s Comments – Cause every time I look at it I hum the “don’t touch me, cause I’m electric, and if you touch me, you’ll get shocked!” And I still love that song….

The Thunderbird Entry # 1

The Thunderbird Entry # 1

Sweet! Such a good Flash Gordony/Organic sci fi ship shape, and the scowl and the grays make it feel so serious! Plus (and I dont really care how big and thunderous) I will always have a sweet spot in my heart for potato shaped beasts! so bravo!

The Thunderbird Entry # 2

The Thunderbird Entry # 2

Why’s he so far to one side you ask? Well to make plenty of room for that first place badge silly! I know this much I never shoulda put that “the Boom” rocker on his big bird belly cause i officially cannot stop humming that freaking Nelly song… here comes the…

The Thunderbird Entry # 4

The Thunderbird Entry # 4

The old take a jaunt to Europe and submit your beast on a postcard as part of an Irish museum’s art exhibit eh? Ha! I gotta say I appreciate your guys’ stick-to-it-ivness… Though a tiny bit I wanted the seanbeast to be wearing a beret or something equally stereotypically Euro!

The Thunderbird Entry # 5

The Thunderbird Entry # 5

Haha does he have Frankensteiny neck bolts? Great Itnet style double toes and does anyone else think it looks like he just got shot out the top of a volcano?

The Thunderbird Entry # 6

The Thunderbird Entry # 6

Let me introduce you all to Abirdin Sane… or something similarly riffed off the Bowie record! It’s funny I wouldnt have thought you’d be able to pull of the smugness of a 1970s woman sunbathing that I always thought tainted the duality message of that cover… but somehow you gots it! so nicely done.

The Thunderbird Entry # 8

The Thunderbird Entry # 8

It’s funny, I know those are dream catchers in the wings but dammit in these modern times, if it doesn’t feel almost like a crazy, modern primitive, quadrocopter! And look at those lil lightning legs, assuming you’re not a nazi, those are adorable!

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