Setting The Trap

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Amelia sets the factory system to flood the big tanks under the catwalk that Zik and the Clonoid are fighting on. Then she shuts down the main power to the machinery. Meanwhile, Zik and the Clonoid square off, ready to fight! Amelia runs off, leaving Trent to guard the control panel, and ready to spring the last phase of their trap. But first, she has to take care of some cables! What are they up to? Zik dodges a mighty punch as the giant Clonoid super-soldier charges him.

Wow, this was a tough page to draw! Zik site members can see my first pass of pencils in the Progress Blog, where I talk a bit about how I lay out the page. Be sure to check it out!

Also, thank you to those who are voting for Zik on topwebcomics.com! I appreciate all the support. If you haven’t yet, you can vote once per day at this link! You can also find a Vote button at the very bottom of the page. The more people who visit the site, the better the comic will get for all of us, because it will enable me to add more and more content!

Catwalk Attack

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The giant Clonoid soldier takes the bait! While the great mass of muscle leaps up to the catwalk, Zik launches his grappling hook into the ceiling and swings out behind him! He uses his momentum to land with all the force he can muster right onto the spine of the Clonoid! While the two combatants recover from the blow, Amelia and Trent spring into action! What are they up to?

In this still from the film Inception, notice how the actors are holding their pistols. This is good trigger discipline!

Important note for you kids out there! See how Trent is holding his guns? See how his index fingers are resting on the triggers? NEVER DO THAT! I drew it like that because Trent has never held guns before and doesn’t know about trigger discipline. Basically, in order to avoid accidentally pulling the trigger, you should never even put your finger in the trigger guard until you’re ready to shoot! It’s incredibly important to treat firearms with extreme caution.

If you’re interested in knowing more about using guns, please make sure you contact a qualified instructor and are well supervised before picking one up for the first time. And do a lot of reading and learning! I don’t want any of you guys getting hurt.

All that said, I love target shooting, and I used to do biathlon (cross-country skiing and target shooting). It’s a great sport, but again, you need proper training before even touching a firearm!

Also: You might notice a few new buttons on the page. I’ve connected Zik to topwebcomics.com, and if you’re so inclined, you can click the buttons and vote for Zik once per day per computer. I’d really appreciate your help whenever you have a moment! The more votes we get, the more people will see the comic, and the better this whole experience becomes for all of us! This is the link to use for voting. Thanks in advance!!

Got Your Attention?

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Meanwhile, back on the prison planet, the giant Clonoid soldier is still going on its rampage, unaware that Zik has recovered. Zik brings the beast up-to-date with a crate. Wham! Do I have your attention now? From up on the catwalk, Zik taunts his opponent, hoping to lure him into direct combat. Hopefully it’ll go a bit better this time!

Contingency Plan

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Queen Elcyra gets a status report on Zik. His abilities are still unknown to her, and she didn’t scheme her way to dominate Zernabia by being reckless! Rather than stay idle while she speeds to the prison planet, she instructs her Clonoids to prepare the demolition charges that are in the factory! If Zik tries to escape, she’s going to level the place!

Some good news: I’ve got the Zik Wiki (WikiZikia) up and running! So if you’re a site member, you’ll be able to find it on this page. I’ll be populating it with information about the Zik universe as time allows. There will be all kinds of interesting stuff in there, some of it spoilers! I’ve got this world mapped out in my head in a pretty large amount of detail, and this wiki will be awesome for me to get it out of there in a way I can reference in the future. I hope you guys will like it!

There are even more additions to the site that I’m preparing for members, so if you’re not a member yet, don’t miss out, sign up to get access now!

Elcyra Inbound

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Several light years away, Queen Elcyra is racing to the prison planet to see to the prisoner uprising personally! She gets a status report, and it seems that the massive Clonoid soldier has tipped the balance in the fighting firmly onto her side; there are only fifty-six prisoners left alive! This pleases her, but she wants to know specifically about Zik. Will he still pose a threat to her?

New Plans

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Trent and Amelia catch up with Zik and help him out of the pile of boxes the giant Clonoid threw him into. So now what, guys? It’s time to come up with a plan! The good news is that Zoot has calculated a possible avenue to subdue the giant – electrical overload! Perhaps a massive shock will cut the giant Clonoid off from the central hub that all the Clonoids share information over, rendering it (hopefully) confused and unable to act independently. Zik has a way to make that happen!

Don’t forget to check out the public blog, where we’re having an interesting discussion about some of the principles upon which Zoz society is founded! And don’t forget that if you want a behind the scenes view of what goes into creating this comic, you can sign up to be a site member! There are so many extras, with more added all the time!

Pep Talk

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Zik finds out he’s dreaming his encounter with Sensei Raven and Sensei Adam. Well, while he’s here, he’s going to pick their brains about how to defeat the giant Clonoid! His teachers tell him not to be intimidated by the sheer size and strength of the Clonoid. It has the same basic structure as any other human, and therefore the same basic weak points that can be exploited. And Raven reminds Zik of something that he can do that the Clonoid won’t: amp up his attacks with awesome move names! Zik leaves the Dojo, waking back up in reality to find Amelia and Trent racing towards him!

In case you didn’t see the blog on the previous page, Adam and Raven are real people that have helped me immensely in my journey to tell this story. Adam’s guidance with anatomy and Raven’s unwavering focus and audacity with his own comic have both been instructive to me as I take my artistic journey to become a better visual storyteller. Please take some time to check out their comics at Raven’s Dojo and Locus Comics! Both their creations are NSFW, but hey, we’re grown-ups. If you’re not a grown-up, maybe wait until you are before checking them out.

Lastly, I just wanted to put in another plug for the fact that if you sign up for membership of this site at the Elite level, I’ll draw you like I did here for Raven and Adam! I’ll draw your portrait in this Zik cartoon style, but in full color, and send you the high-res file so you can use it for user icons, profile pictures, or whatever you like!

Raven’s Dojo

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Zik wakes up, and wait, he’s back on Zoz?! He’s in the dojo of his two senseis, Raven Perez and Adam Black! Zik is understandably confused; after all, he was just grappling with a giant Clonoid soldier on a Zernabian prison planet! Where are Amelia and Trent? Adam explains: Zik is dreaming right now! He’s not on Zoz at all.

So who are these two? Well, in real life, Raven and Adam are two of my comic bros, and they’re two of the best pals I’ve never actually met face to face. Raven does Raven’s Dojo, and Adam Black has a whole bunch of comics, the current one being Tears Of The Dragon! You should definitely check them out. These are the guys that have been helping me improve my art skills, so if you’ve noticed an increase in quality as the comic progresses, these are the guys to thank for that!

And hey! Do you like the idea of getting your likeness Zik-ized? When you become a member of the Elite Membership group on the site, one of your perks is that I’ll draw you! You can use the image as your Facebook/Twitter/Gravatar/whatever user icon! Or if you prefer I’ll put you right into the comic! Check out the membership levels to find out more about becoming a Zik site member! There is so much more awesome stuff happening on this site!

Role Reversal

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Trent finally catches up with Amelia, only to find her standing over the corpse of her erstwhile Clonoid jailer. They compare notes, and Amelia learns what all the commotion she’s been hearing is about. Shocked, she rushes off to help Zik and the others! The prisoner has become the rescuer!

Breakout!

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Amelia rips the antenna right out of the Clonoid’s head! It falls backward, tripping over the guard railing and down to the factory floor. The second Clonoid receives orders to kill Amelia and starts to open the door! But Amelia is ready for it! With a mighty kick and a shove, she beats her way through the door and confronts the dazed Clonoid with the shelf she ripped from the wall. Bringing the shelf down on its head, she ends its miserable semblance of a life! This is one damsel that’s not in any distress!

I tried something new with Amelia’s hair… let me know in the comments if you like it!


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