Scott McCloud's ZOT! has become somewhat forgotten over the past three decades, overshadowed by his later work on UNDERSTANDING COMICS and its sequels, and even his epic graphic novel, THE SCULPTOR. But it's a brilliant strip, very much ahead of its time. McCloud was one of the first to apply the influences of Japanese manga … Continue reading Perfect Game: ZOT! #33
5BC: Five Best Comics of 1989
1989 was the year in which I entered the field, so this will be the final installment of this topic, as I don't think it's possible to be objective past this point. Grant Morrison begins his revelatory run on DOOM PATROL by hearkening back to the earliest stories and remembering that thees characters are more … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1989
5BC: Five Best Comics of 1985
After a few false starts and doglegs, Dave Sim found his footing as his long-running Church and State storyline began to build up steam. Now paired with Gerhard, whose elaborate and expressive environments made the Earth-Pig's world more fully realized than ever, Sim was more free to focus on plot, character, world-building and even the … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1985
Great Covers – ZOT! #33
Another evocative ZOT! cover by Scott McCloud. The composition and the facial expression communicate a feeling of alienation. Good use to texture and pattern as well, and subdued color.
Great Covers – ZOT! #28
What a terrific ZOT! cover by Scott McCloud. Perfect acting and composition delivers the emotional impact of Jenny feeling like a prisoner at school, while Zot soars free in the skies above.
Great Covers – ZOT! #30
Decades ago now, back in Mark Gruenwald’s assistant editor classes, we did one focused on covers, where everybody was asked to bring in a current cover that they thought was good. I volunteered this cover, to ZOT! #30, March 1990. I can recall saying that, in contrast to the explodo of colors and blurbs and … Continue reading Great Covers – ZOT! #30
BHOCOS: ZOT! #10
2014 Note: There was an entry for ZOT! #10 at this point, but the text of it has been lost to the mists of time. There are a handful of entries that are similarly missing.