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San Franthropomorphism

October 20, 2010

Looking for a Halloween costume? @Seismogenic brings us San Francisco Infrastructure Superheroes!

He scans the city from above, perched on his hill, ready to act. She keeps watch from sea level, welcoming to those who visit with good intentions, but prepared to stop those who intend otherwise. Together with their faithful canine sidekick, they assure the City of San Francisco that it is in good hands, should anything bad happen.

…so, uh, yeah. Couple of new characters here.

The guy on the left is Sutro Tower. It’s a television and radio tower, and is the tallest structure in San Francisco. When it’s not covered by fog, it’s visible from many parts of the City. I wanted him to look a little goofy, since it’s an odd-looking structure, but this was the first time I drew him, so his facial features could change a bit over time. He also has a bit of an origin story as a nemesis to the Golden Gate Bridge (well, according to Herb Caen), but that’s a story for another time…

The dog is meant to be the radio antenna atop Bernal Hill. There are bajillions of dogs in the Bernal Heights neighborhood, and the Hill itself is a very popular place for dog walking. It just seemed to me that the Bernal antenna had to be a dog. It was a bit tricky to get radio antenna patterns on a dog, though, especially since that antenna looks like a random jumble of parts sticking out every which way. Again, the design will surely be tweaked in future pictures.

Aaaand you already know the Golden Gate Bridge. Or, I certainly hope you do.

That is one hell of a jacket.  And I am loving the canine giganticism (thanks TL!) But in all seriousness, Sutro would be a tough Halloween costume to pull off. (Scaling things up or down is tough.  I was a super burrito a few years back, and to be honest I looked a lot like a giant robot / beer can.)

Anthropomorphism is all the rage on Twitter — @Fog_SF and @SFBayBridge just to name a few.  Sadly, @Sutro and @SutroTower are abandoned accounts.  Is there an expiration date for accounts that are clearly abandoned after a few posts?

So given this, does anyone at Pixar want to help me with my movie idea?


Camera pans through the fog.  A glimpse of the bridge. Fog closes again.

Metallic creaking sounds come from the south. Fog parts to reveal…

…Sutro Tower ripping its feet from moorings!

Sutro tri-legs it down Twin Peaks and Clarendon Heights.  With increasing speed, it strides north from intersection to intersection, deftly avoiding damage through Cole Valley, Upper Haight, The Richmond, the Presidio…

to kick the shit out of whatever @hartlaubian entity is currently attacking the Golden Gate Bridge.

I am certain this movie would attract international appeal, no?


7 Comments leave one →
  1. Concerned Guajolote permalink
    October 20, 2010 9:42 pm

    Port of San Franmanteau?

    A neighborhood name for the area on Mission from 26th to 20th resembling Tlalnepantla, Mexico: San Franepantla.

  2. friscolex permalink
    October 20, 2010 10:13 pm

    Darling. I was thinking the dog was the brown grass with the switchback paths across him. But anything works!

  3. October 21, 2010 12:45 am

    “The solitary, steep hill called Corona Heights was black as pitch and very silent, like the heart of the unknown. It looked steadily downward and northeast away at the nervous, bright lights of downtown San Francisco as if it were a great predatory beast of night surveying its territory in patient search of prey.”

    It only gets better from there.

  4. Trey permalink
    January 24, 2011 10:25 pm

    I love your love for Sutro Tower. I think it’s the best, and most under appreciated symbol of SF.


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