Zombolette’s Floppy #1 is finally at the printers! Very soon she’ll be in your disgusting, meaty paws. I can’t wait. Now I just want to get stuck into issue #2!
By the by, I’ve been using Jeffries Printing Services in Sydney for all my self-publishing efforts, and couldn’t recommend them more highly.
I’ve spent the last few weeks finishing off a new Zombolette floppy, learning how to watercolour, and organising this launch:
In case you didn’t read the poster (you sausage), we’re launching 6 new comics!
By Scarlette Baccini
Zombolette’s Floppy #1
By Scarlette Baccini
Die! Bitch! Die!
By Matt Emery
24 Hours from Paradise
Everybody Comics Face
Phatsville Comix 18
You should definitely come from all over the globe to participate in this event. There’ll be a burlesque show and everything.
I cracked open my watercolour set today – huge fun!
Six hours later and I’m nearly done on the sexy cover art for the new Zombolette floppy…
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.
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.
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.
❤ The big Jeez finally arrived this morning. The books look great, if I may say so. Self publishing is hard and time-consuming and expensive work, but totally rewarding.
Very soon, I will have a website available so they can be purchased. Or maybe I should just give them out for free and send around a collection plate…?
Progress snaps as I ink a page of the latest species-bending Zombolette episode:
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.
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.
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.