Tragically, there’s not an interesting backstory to Armo - he’s newer and only arrived in my life about a year ago. I was going through Historians ideas as I laid in bed trying to fall asleep one night and decided that the racing team needed a Finn.
It got a Finn.
Armo’s only been around for approximately a year, and he hasn’t really changed since his onset, but he did reveal that he’s a very, very loyal friend over the course of that one year and he’s always there to stick up for people. Even Julien, who he playfully torments.
On the other hand, Basil has a very, very long history - he arrived soon after Dustin did in 2004.
LOOK, I LABELED HIM ‘MAIN CHARACTER.’ HAHAHAHA.
There are only two things that are currently true about Basil in that image: he was born in Manchester, and he still makes sure he doesn’t miss his tea in the afternoon. His birthday has since been moved up from 1834 to 1837 (although it’s still July 2nd if you want to bake him a cake), he’s the eldest son of an earl masquerading as a banker to figure out what happened to the money his father invested at a rival bank, and he’s an incredibly imaginative writer - he secretly writes satire anonymously. His evolution as a character from boring banker to an aristocrat with an almost infallible deadpan is charted in this post somewhat.
In 2007, as this post here explains, I discovered Basil had way too much in common with Peter Cook for me to ignore it, and so his post-early 2007 characterization has been inspired by Mr. Cook. (Likewise, Dustin had too much in common with Dudley Moore for me to let it pass, and so began my realization that I’d loved double acts for a very long time and it was finally showing up in my work.)
Basil today has pretty much done a complete 180° from the Basil of late 2004, and I’m quite relieved for that because the Basil of late 2004 really isn’t someone I’d have wanted to spend the past eight years writing for. (Londinium turns 9 in December. That makes me feel weird.)
I like this Basil better.
thank for following my lame art blog HERE’S A THING FOR YOU
(I am sorry if I made them look blatantly American I haven’t educated myself on British 1860s attire much aaaa)
HOW DID I COMPLETELY MISS THAT YOU DREW BASIL AND DUSTIN OH MY GOSH MY BABIES I LOVE YOU <3333