Interviewing the Prisoner

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Amelia has some fight in her still! But Queen Elcyra has the odds in her favor and she knows it. Can Zik, Trent and the others save Amelia? Or are they all destined for the gallows? It’s been a while since the last update, I know. I’ve been working hard on the Godslayer site instead of drawing. Go check it out! Adam’s new epic is a hell of a story so far!

Plotting A Course

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James Anchor is the man with a plan! And while that might look weird to you, Jupiter actually does that in our own solar system! Check it out! 9cE-eQ2RKJ-PfXTY1aYw-CMZNVOQUOa0KvsYhkGsSy__=s500-no Click here for a description! Nature is SO COOL! [level-subsc]
Hi guys! Let me thank you again for signing up as subscribers… you rock! I’m going to try something new I read about for the next few pages. Basically, I’m trying to speed up my process. Since I have such a limited amount of time to work on Zik, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for tips on cranking out pages quicker. One thing I found in an article on the subject was the idea of working in phases. This author did each phase for all the pages in his book at once. So first the script, then the thumbnails, then the layouts, then the word balloons, then pencils, etc, but for all the pages at once. This makes sense to me; it lets you get into the zone and use the custom tools you’ve developed for each phase and rocket through all the pages at once. At my work, we often do packaging for DVDs and Blu Rays. We’ve found that if each person does just one part of the task for all the discs it goes quicker than if we each take part of the stack and package it from start to finish. So I’m going to try it. I’m going to do maybe 5 pages all at once and see if it goes quicker. You can follow along in the Progress Blog to see where I’m at. Wish me luck!
[/level-subsc] Oh hey! Check out this awesome fan art that Kevin Hayman from The Errant Apprentice sent us! You can find it among all the other amazing guest images in the gallery! See you next page, Zikaholics!

Gas Giant

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What?! Another Zik page the next day?! Why yes! But this one was easier to do, as you can see. We’re back on the Kodiak! Let’s see what James Anchor and his crew come up with for a rescue plan! [level-subsc]
Sorry there wasn’t a process post in the blog… I literally threw this together in a couple of hours! Once you know the PhotoShop tricks, this kind of page is easy to do. I spent the most time shading the Kodiak and coming up with realistic looking aurorae. Next up should be Project: Zoz page 2, although I might start sketching the next Zik page at the same time… this story is starting to build towards the climax, so I’m more excited than usual to get these pages done!
[/level-subsc] So what is that glowy spiral over the pole of the planet? Those are aurora! Our gas giants have them as well as our own planet, so I thought I’d add them here. They can be enormous on Jupiter and Saturn, and they’re just as beautiful there as they are here on Earth. Well, stay tuned! Let’s see what James Anchor and his crew come up with. The page won’t come out tomorrow, but it’ll get posted as soon as I’m done with it!

Original Zik Page 1

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Here it is! Page 1 of Zik! The Calvin and Hobbes influence isn’t TOO obvious, is it? Regarding Zik, the concept I had back then was that Zoz had a government and Zik was part of a paramilitary exploration force. In today’s comic, Zoz has no government and Zik is an explorer-entrepreneur. So there is no planting flags anymore. But there is still high adventure and fun sci fi! That little dude on the mountain in the background of the last panel is Cameo Boy, which my pal Jonny drew onto each page of the comic once it was done. He’s like Waldo.. have fun finding him!

The Chadee

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Happy New Year!  I hope the coming year is filled with success and adventure for you! I know there’s a lot of adventure planned here on Zik the Gallant Defender of Zoz!  Without further ado, let’s dive in! James Anchor is addressing his crew, but who is this mysterious Tanaka? And who or what are the Chadee? Are they mighty warriors? Maybe James has a secret weapon in case Queen Elcyra decides to attack! Stay tuned, faithful readers, because there’s a lot of excitement and action coming this year!