A Zombolette animated short

…Animated by the charming Dave Abbott. This was my first try at writing a script and drawing for something that moves. Comics do obviously involve a sense of timing and rhythm, but I was surprised at how different it was writing with the intention of bringing the action ‘to life’. The timing needs to be absolutely specific, and the voice acting has to carry so much of the humour (Zombolette and Cameron were voiced by my delightful but stinky little brothers).

Zombolette – The Fugative from David Abbott on Vimeo.

I’m looking forward to getting more practice!

“Serious” comics

Uh oh–I’ve started writing a “serious” comic. My Violet character is now older and there’s all this fantasy stuff and it’s turned into a totally different beast. Kind of like a childish cross between The Sandman and The 6th Sense (spoiler: it won’t be as good as either of those things). I love writing it, but it’s difficult for me to settle into a genre where I’m not trying to make every line as stupid as possible. A challenge!

So for now, here’s a picture of Cameron sniffing Zombolette’s toes.
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freshly scanned page

I’m always interested to see comics in their non-polished phase, so here’s a page of Zombolette freshly scanned, pre-photoshop. Since I put grey inks on the page, I cant just zap everything into black-and-white on photoshop. This has been problematic in the past, cos it makes it hard to get sharp lines out of the printer, so I’m looking into other methods…

Scaryminds Review

In case anyone missed Scaryminds’ outlandishly lovely review of Zombolette, here’s a snippet of what they had to say:

“There is no room for Twilight in Zombolette, though our zombie gal is infinitely more interesting than the rather droll Bella. Baccini develops her character well, doesn’t let the overall personality falter at any stage, and for mine presents a concept that should have most dark genre dreamers taking names and notes. Zombolette joins Killeroo as one of the great Aussie creations that alas remains under the radar of the vast majority of comic book readers. I’m not going to say much more, read the book to get the good oil, but if the concept of a zombie with body armour made up of tampons, with an IUD helmet appeals, then dial on in, that’s just for starters. Scarlette Baccini is either stark raving mad, or an unsung genius of the script, your call!”

Read the full review here:
http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2012/comic083.php

If you are someone who would also like to review Zombolette, please let me know so I can arrange a copy for you.