Arthur and Bernard Orson’s human forms were originally inspired by fashion designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, who I met around 2013. A curse causes the married couple to transform into bears once a month for 3 days, around the time of a full moon. The silver lining is that both men retain the heightened strength and senses of their bear forms all month long.
In The Amazing Adventures of Awesome and Oops, I imagined a story where Awesome would spend a summer with “The Bears”, working as an intern at their detective agency. Most of Arthur and Bernard’s work involves missing person cases. Starting where someone was last seen, their “bear” sense of smell allows Arthur and Bernard to track him or her down. When they are bears, Awesome keeps them hidden and fed, and in the case of an emergency, takes on a case or two.