The Naked Launch!

I’ve spent the last few weeks finishing off a new Zombolette floppy, learning how to watercolour, and organising this launch:

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In case you didn’t read the poster (you sausage), we’re launching 6 new comics!

Jesus Reloadeth’d
By Scarlette Baccini

Zombolette’s Floppy #1
By Scarlette Baccini

Die! Bitch! Die!
By Matt Emery

24 Hours from Paradise
Ben Hutchings

Everybody Comics Face
Ive Sorocuk

Phatsville Comix 18
Various Artists

You should definitely come from all over the globe to participate in this event. There’ll be a burlesque show and everything.

Meet Pete

For a while now I’ve had a sad feeling that I was way cooler and funnier when I was a kid.

Tonight, I rediscovered some drawings I did when I was about 13 that kind of cracked me up. I used to have piles of doodles like this – random characters and jokes. Nowadays, I have to sit down and strain, and really try to have ideas before I can finally squeeze one out. No more does comedy gold like “Pete the wingless, beakless, footless, featherless budgie” just come to me.

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Portrait of a monkey

This is a commissioned portrait I did yesterday. I’m not very experienced with portraits, and I’m not very experienced with neat line-work, but it turned out ok I think. It’s to be a gift for a pal’s mum. I hope she likes it, and doesn’t punch me in the face about it or anything.

P.S. I made this design up and didn’t steal it from Frida Kahlo.
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Two stories complete

Two Zombolette stories are now totally done! I have plans for a few mini one-page gags to squish between them, then I have to paint the cover, then I’ll have another floppy out! I’ve made a page about it at my amazing new website, too: http://bathwaterbooks.com.au/?project=zombolettes-floppy-issue-1 I’m pretty much a professional web developer now. Only, I’m one who just uses pre-programmed themes and doesn’t know how to do anything. I’ve done SO MUCH editing of the inked pages in the most recent story… lots of cutting and pasting, rearranging, trying to get it just right. I want to go back and re-ink some of the panels from the other story I finished (the yoga one), but my inking has come such a long way since then I think it would really stand out! For the page below, I wanted Zombolette’s world to be more clean and crisp to reflect the plot. I normally draw very scraggly environments, but this was fun. Image

Inking Zombolette

Progress snaps as I ink a page of the latest species-bending Zombolette episode:
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I have loved inking every second of this, even though I had to re-work several entire pages just to get it to a place I’m happy with story-wise. As I’ve mentioned before, this one is darker and less jokey than a lot of other Z’lette stories. It’s also closer to what I personally enjoy most in a cartoon. Since I was little, I’ve enjoyed cartoons that are somewhat unsettling, nightmarish, and highly emotive; I hope I’ve managed to capture some of those qualities in this new story.

Zombolette Pencils

Finally finished pencilling this new story! This one gets kind of dark and sad. A really fun one to write, though.

I cannot wait to ink it. Inking is by far the funnest part of the process. All the hard, boring, smudgy, annoying, STUPID pencilling is done, and all I have to do is add the fun details and see it all materialise. I’m trying really hard to love pencilling more. Really really. Maybe when I get better at composition, I’ll enjoy it more.

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Cover art take 2!

Ok so the cover art I was working on wasn’t really working as a cover… it looked best in black and white. So I’m working on an alternative. I’ve used photoshop to do colour illustrations twice before, and they were for the first two single issues of Zombolette. They were pretty average. This image I’m working on now still has problems–Jesus looks a little stiff (lol), for example–but I still think this is better than a black and white cover. I might use the other image in the title page.

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