The Dynamite Twins and Friends
|The Dynamite Twins and Friends|
|Author(s)||Jordann William Edwards|
|Genre||Comedy, action, fantasy, surreal humor, adult|
The Dynamite Twins and Friends is a comic series and media franchise created by Jordann William Edwards. It is one of four series in the storyworld and shared universe of the same name, which includes Bunny and Bear.
This series focuses on a pair of twin foxes with supernatural abilities, and depicts them hanging out with their friends.
The concept for the Twins was created back in 2008. Edwards stated that he was heavily inspired by Crash Bandicoot, as well as various 80s and 90s memorabilia. Much of the characters he creates are based on the people around him. Musically, he was influenced by hip hop, R&B, country, EDM, and punk.
Later on, Edwards expanded the world these characters inhabit, creating a kid-friendly sister series, called Bunny and Bear.
Recently, he's formed a story group called Critterton Concepts, where he and other creative people work to create new stories for the Twins. Around that time, he's also emphasized the supernatural/mythological aspects.
Critterton Concepts is a team of writers, illustrators, and producers who develop stories for the franchise. Its members include:
The world of TDT has expanded into a universe of connected stories.
- Bunny and Bear, a more kid-friendly sister series.
- Fae of Avalon
- Dragon Mages
- My House is Your House
- The Great Critter Heist
- Lost Vegas
- Field Marshals
- Ursa of the Stars
The main five
Jackson "Jacqui" Coleman is a red fox, and is Maxie's twin brother. He is a "fire elemental".
Maxwell "Maxie" Coleman is a red fox, and is Jacqui's twin brother. He is a "water elemental".
Rodger Memphis Mouse is a mouse who is the Twins' "best friend". He is a notorious pickup artist and is very perverted.
Shirley Marie Squirrel is the Twins' neighbour and close friend. A flying squirrel, she looks towards the brighter side of things.
Carmine Reindeer is a reindeer who runs a bar/nightclub in Critterton. She considers herself an "ethical slut" and a "team mom" to the rest of the five.
Blackmask is a cat from Oakland who works at Carmine's Club. She's best described as a "slutty big sister" to the Twins. She was created by Craig Black, but he and Edwards were discussing an alternative backstory as the former was winding down his own story.
Derek Bremmer is a young Labrador Retriever and a good friend of Maxie. He works as a police officer for the Critterton police department.
Terri Lepori is a bunny from Italy who is pretty athletic.
Ritchie Q. Muttley is a mutt from the East Coast who's a bit of a nerd. He's also a homosexual.
Shamrock is a dog from Dublin. She loves the arts and is a bit of a naturalist.
Sedrik the Mutt is the resident DJ at Carmine's Club. He's also a member of PurpleSkies and formerly worked with the Field Marshals.
Music plays a vital role in the TDT world. The following musical acts were created specifically for the franchise.
PurpleSkies is a six-piece band consisting of the Twins, Shirley, Blackmask, Rodger, and Sedrik the Mutt.
The Field Marshals
The Field Marshals were a Punk/Metal/Rapcore band from San Francisco. After the death of their co-founder, the band went their separate ways. Its members were:
- East Bay Jay is a cat and the lead singer/lead guitarist for the band. He was also the biological father of Blackmask.
- Killa Keith is a buff panther, and the co-vocalist/bassist for the band. He was originally from Los Angeles.
- Terry is a German Shepherd and the band's rhythm guitarist. He is the youngest member of the band.
- Bobby is a Fennec Fox and the drummer. She is the only female member.
Criticism and changes in story
Beginning in late 2014 and early 2015, the comic began getting heavily criticized, claiming that it has the trappings of a bad webcomic. Reviews on Tapatalk.com stated that "the character designs were lazy and look alike", that the comic "relies too much on lazy pop culture/internet meme references, and the creator has bad taste in music."
In 2017, after being slammed by some of his friends because of the aforementioned forum, Jordann Edwards began to rewrite the entire franchise to make his work more original and the characters well rounded. This culminated in a reboot that coincides with a milestone - 2018 marks ten years since the concept's creation. The first story to be released in this new era is entitled My House is Your House, co-written by Craig Black, creator of Space Pirate Captain MacTaggart. Edwards has also been getting occasional help from his longtime friend and fellow cartoonist, Jacob Elmer, on developing new characters and new stories.
After much reflection, Edwards decided to start from scratch, redeveloping storylines and typing up outlines for other authors willing to tackle them.
- How I Came Up With The Dynamite Twins, YouTube.