We took the plunge through our new Australian company Zoonitoons, printing two comics:- Zooniverse mini #2 and a reprint of issue #1. Launching them at the Armageddon Comic Expo in Melbourne. Halfway through Saturday we recovered our printing costs.
We are sincerely grateful to everyone who supported us by buying copies!
Introducing Zooniverse minicomic #2 . . . a little bit of Australian comic history
This issue collects some my pre-Zooniverse comics published in Melbourne around 1983-84 and nine illustrations I did for the UK at the same time. All of the artwork in this issue was rescued last June after 15 years mouldering in a Queensland garage. Back in our possession we were shocked to discover the poor condition of what remains. Luckily we found a few old bromide copies and although most of the out-of-print mint copies I had of Australian comics containing my work were nicked a decade ago by our light-fingered ex-employees, a couple of original comic magazines survived. It was important to get this work scanned and printed before the originals deteriorated further, becoming unusable.
Please keep in mind that all the line art was done before computers, using brushes and metal nibs dipped in ink bottles!
|The Cover of Zooniverse mini comic #2 Available at www.zoonitoons.com|
Here is how the Inkspots cover looked back in 1984...
|Unprinted wrap-around cover for Inkspots #5|
|The front page for the "The infamous repairmen" in Zooniverse mini comic #2|
|The original Reverie #7 cover featuring "The infamous repairmen" from 1984|
|The first appearance of a Clone-a-gram from "The infamous repairmen" 1983|
Below is the introductory page. I had trouble incorporating it into the story until woke up one morning realizing that the artist portrayed in the image is the Notator:- the zoon who wrote the Stripture! I've always loved this image which at the time summed up my personal feelings about being an artist. It was a bold experiment before I found my "Zooniverse" style. I was choosing a direction here, the pig drawing was an old comfortable look that I'd used for my earlier "TimeTree" comic. The spooks were an entirely new style of mine that has never been published and the "Notator" character was halfway between my previous Asphyxiation work and the emerging Zooniverse technique. Again, the original art was never returned from the printer, and presumed stolen, so I scanned and restored the image from the printed cover.
|The front page for the "Sacred Stripture" in Zooniverse mini comic #2|
|Original wrap-around cover for Fox comics issue #4|
|Old and new art combined in "Sacred Stripture" the second Zoonimini story.|
|Cover for Astounding Arcade games for your Spectrum issue #2 printed in the UK|