Above: A flashback scene from Tug Harder, Episode 3.
Officially, Snake didn’t have a name until halfway between the release of the first and second episodes. Like ‘The Old Man’, he was just going to remain nameless, but Class Comics did a Tug mini-site featuring the main characters, and… there it was, his name over his picture. Funny thing is, I only noticed that I’d adopted the name “Snake” after I finished writing the dialogue for the second episode. Clearly, it was the natural thing to call him.
I have yet to probe into his sordid past, but I plan on it. (Trust me, it’s good: the Old Man “only hires mean lookin’ drunks and ex-convicts” after all!) But even without a backstory, Snake is quickly seen to be a young, simple-minded, safety-seeking, jealous guy. He started out as additional comic relief, but his endearing qualities compelled me to up his prominence. For those of you who have been paying attention, he’s undergone a significant physical change in Episode 3 to match his… more ‘substantial’ role.