Zot!

zot6I’ve always been interested in Scott McCloud’s Zot! having seen artwork during its heyday but I was never able to actually track down an issue. Recently I bought two volumes – one collecting the first ten color issues and another reprinting the black and white issues 11-36. Having now read the entire saga, I can say that I absolutely loved it… Zot himself is as close to a modern day take on Captain Marvel as is possible. That’s not to say there’s any similarity in superficial elements like powers, origins, etc. – I mean that the sense of whimsy, the character’s innate goodness, all of those are found in large amounts.

The characters… wow. I genuinely love Zot, Max, Woody, Terry and all the rest. The villains are fantastic, too – my favorites being Dekker and 9-Jack-9. The gist of the series is that an unhappy young girl named Jenny discovers that there’s another Earth out there… one that’s set in ‘1964’ but not the 1964 of our world. Zot’s world is like retro-future version of society… think Disney’s Tomorrowland or the old Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers type of thing with jetpacks and laser pistols. Jenny falls madly in love not only with Zot but also with his world in general, which seems so much better than her own home.

zot_terryThe final few issues feature Zot trapped on our earth and the storytelling changes a bit but remains very solid. Issue 33, which features Terry’s struggle with her sexuality, is one of the very best comic stories on the topic that I’ve ever read. It’s highly recommended.

If you haven’t come across Zot!, it’s not super easy to find… but it is soooooo worth the effort. I will be going back to these stories in the future and wondering what happened to these characters. I love it.

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It’s the end of June… already?!

We’re headed into the second half of the year, believe it or not. I’m over 27,000 words into the eleventh volume of Lazarus Gray and before the end of the year you will hopefully see the eighth volume published, along with at least one or two other things.

On other fronts, I’m about to begin reading Zot! by Scott McCloud. I’ve always wanted to read this and I’ve finally gotten trades that collect the entire series. I’ll let you know what I think of it.

I’ve been talking with my  longtime collaborator George Sellas about a new addition to the Grace family that has populated my pulp adventure universe – if you’ve read much of my work, you’re familiar with Eobard Grace, Samantha Grace and Charity Grace (Gravedigger), among others… this new addition would be set in the modern day. I’ll keep you updated on new developments.