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Hmm, this seems to be a picture of mystery. What are those girls talking about? Are they making fun of Mandark (like he seems to think)? Are Lee Lee and Mee Mee teasing Dee Dee about her secret crush? Or maybe the secret is that Dee Dee and Mandark are trying to keep their relationship on the downlow. Who knows?

Bg referenced from "Picture Day" and "Dexter's Rival". Eh, this didn't turn out quite like I intended but I liked the concept. :nod:
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One-Concerned Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I wonder: Did the original show have any substance at all?
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Wickfield Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm probably the wrong one to ask since it is one of my favorites!
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One-Concerned Featured By Owner 3 days ago

I seek meaning in the artworks I sample.  Believe me, I really want to understand this show.  It has a nice visual style, I'll give it that.  But it contains few funny jokes and memorable stories; in fact, some of the episodes just rip off other media (Road Rash and Mock 5 come to mind).  On top of that, the show's atmosphere is just unpleasant to sit through.  I'll be generous and say 98% of the episodes seem tailored specifically to torture Dexter for the purpose of torture.  Mean-spiritedness works best when it happens to those who deserve it.  While I can buy the idea that Dexter can cause some of his own misery, most of the time that clearly isn't the case.  I want to understand, but whoever's to blame for these problems hasn't (haven't) made it easy.

Peanuts is considered the uber-definition of optimism and persistence in trying circumstances, even if theirs was blind.  Also, while I'm one of the few who genuinely dislikes Ren & Stimpy (and not JUST the Adult Party episodes), it did take the dynamic of straight-up person and wiseacre and deconstructed it (mostly the straight-up half).  So I guess I can respect them for those things.

Now what exactly am I supposed to get out of THIS show?  I mean, for a while I figured it was trying to strike some kind of balance between the simplicity of Peanuts and the uber-absurdity of Ren & Stimpy.  But then, I could make the same case for other 1990s programs like CatDog, Angry Beavers, Rugrats, Darkwing Duck, Aladdin, Quack Pack, Bonkers, Hercules, and 101 Dalmations.  Let's ignore the Monkey and Justice Friends segments, post-Ego Trip episodes (the ones Genndy Tartakovsky mostly had no hand in) and the whole persistence angle for a moment.  What exactly does Dexter's
Lab do that wasn't already done by those other series, or anything that came later?  What does Dexter's Lab accomplish that those shows couldn't?  How exactly did it put Cartoon Network on the map?

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Wickfield Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It put CN on the map as being it's first original series, and does a great job of combining retro Hanna-Barbera styling with 90s comedic attitudes and pop culture references - and you have to love the tributes to classic Japanese films and animes!  Otherwise I think you are taking it too seriously.  :shrug:
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One-Concerned Featured By Owner 2 days ago
So what you're saying is...

...Never mind.  I understand.  Thank you for your time.
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PrincessBeautiful Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
Dee Dee secretly thinks Mandark is hot.
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ChristineKapsalaki Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwwww that is so cuteee

But I think that they're making fun of Mandark's nerdy looks.
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's probably the most likely explanation. ;)
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ChristineKapsalaki Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe I know right?
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ScribblePrincess56 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always saw Mee Mee and Lee Lee dressed in pink.
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They wore green and purple in "That Crazy Robot," and they wear different colors in one or two other episodes and some comics.  The animators aren't very consistent, lol.
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ScribblePrincess56 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh, thanks!
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Jetxwaveluva Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Artist
*on the right* Buttercup? Is that you? :?
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ButchxButtercup1996 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Photographer
You know, I always thought that as a kid that she resembled her and DeeDee resembled Bubbles, lol.
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miss-soong Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Aw, blushing mandark is ADORBS
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:iconpartypie8:
partypie8 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
This is one of the only cartoon couples I actually like!
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too, they are awesome. ;)
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iguanagrl321 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's nice to know that people still remember this show. I like your style, and how it follows the original style.
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Hopefully now that Dexter's Lab is on Netflix more people will get reintroduced to it. ;)
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sailorlovesong Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is adorable. :D
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b5261 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The Girls might be thinking that Mandark is cute
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UseMyBases Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Writer
I think he's cute too.
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AskAlaskaClaraJone Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
(( Lol Me to He so cute /)\\\\\(\Taiga Aisaka (Melt) [V1] ))
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b5261 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
really nice
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JuniorGustabo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Good job.
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chelsea406 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
So cute and a very hidful secret they've got there!!!

Is Mandark blushing because they are laughing at him and that DeeDee likes someone else!!!!


I can tell he's very curious about what they have behind his back!
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Photo-bo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Your icon reminds me of :icondimentioplz:
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jessi193 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Cute!
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betlysquirrely Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
cute I miss this show so much!
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AskAlaskaClaraJone Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
(( Me Too Danisnotonfire: FEELS  ))
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betlysquirrely Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
the feels 
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AskAlaskaClaraJone Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Kao Emoji-93 (Excitement) [V5] 
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HappyNomNom13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist
It's so adorable :meow: I love it!
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thank you!
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VectorMagnus2011 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
:iconilikeitplz: :icongreatjobplz: :iconyeahplz: :icontruellamaplz:
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FlipperFlaperDolphin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
lol
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A-young-soul Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
super super cute
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Vampire-Sacrifice Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO CUTE
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deedee2014 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it! So cute!
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SugarGalaxy Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My life is complete now. :iconstupidtailsplz:
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :iconnorelplz:
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heartsinice14 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
I love it~
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LeXiOrIaN Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So watchin Dexter on Boomerang right now! Great show, great pic! You did an awesome job with the concept =D
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it!
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JORGESKUNK Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing concept of the pic
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it!
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tyke44060 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
This one is very funny. It captures the exclusive school girl-club thing. Mandark will never know ... The colors and drawings ar great.
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Poor Mandark...there's some things even HE doesn't know the answer to...
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tall-T Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
This is very cute. For some reason I paid attention to Dee Dee blinking - Is she blinking at her friends or at Mandark, I wonder?
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