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It’s officially been a year since I finished drawing Zap! I finished it on July 4th, 2014, at 12:30am.

I started working on Zap! when I was a senior in high school and it took me eleven years to draw all 1000 (or so) pages of it. I worked on it nearly every single day during those eleven years. Sometimes it was really hard to keep it going, but I’m glad I was able to finish it and tell the complete story. I learned a lot!

I’m a very work-focused person, so I didn’t take very much time to let it sink in before I started working on drawing  Wilde Life (I think I made it five days before I started drawing it, even though I planned a two-week break?). But making it to the one-year anniversary of when I finished it has really hit me.

Whew.

celia-arts  asked:

Looking at Zap! and Wild life your style changed alot and i guess it developed into the style you have for WL when Zap! was starting to end. was it hard to keep the Zap! style going when you clearly had developed beyond it, into a more semi-realistic style?

I actually never drew Zap! in my own personal style, it was a style developed especially for the tone of the comic. It certainly grew as I grew, but it was pretty exhausting to not draw in my natural style for all that time!

I messed around with different styles for WL too, but then I just decided to go with my natural drawing style, and see where that went. It’s been nice to just kind of push my own instincts and try to grow that way, rather than try to conform to a particular aesthetic. :)

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Anyone is always welcome to use my art for roleplay or personal stuff like that (how would I stop you anyway, lol?). I only object when someone starts making money off my art without me – don’t try to sell my art on t-shirts or whatever. 

My one request is that if you’re online RPing on a forum or group or something, that you give credit with a link back to Zap, or WL, or whichever thing you’re using. :)

But sorry, nope! I can’t draw custom character sheets for everyone who wants to use my characters as a base. You’ll just have to make-do with art that already exists.

And now I’ve gone and made myself miss SpaceCat. :(

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anonymous asked:

Is there any possible way that Zap will be continuing? I. Need. More...

There isn’t any more story left to tell! That’s the whole thing!

I’m glad you enjoyed it, though! 

Someday I’ll get there with Wilde Life, too, I hope! Then I’ll be like “Yeah, I made the whole thing!” while ineffectually punching the air.

If you really miss it, you can always read it again!  :)

Saturday Zap! Preview!

Here’s Holly and Inman reacting to the Generals’ news.

Sometimes people ask me what race Holly and Inman are, and it’s kind of weird because they’re human, but they aren’t Earthlings, so their ethnicity doesn’t really correlate to our current notions. But from my perspective and artistic approach, Holly is mixed-race (her father was persian and her mother was black) and Inman is Indian.

Sometimes I wish I would have made Scherzer black, just because I feel that human races are kind of underrepresented in Zap! (Efrem isn’t expressly white, but among the main group that is it), but I kind of like that they have a little harmonious mixing pot. I like to think that in the future, people won’t really care so much about what color you happen to be.

Though, their is still racism in the Zap! universe, but we’ve really only shown it related to planets. Planetism? Both Justin and Gunner called William a “dog,” which is a slur for someone from Pluto. So, I don’t know, there’s that. Humans probably won’t ever get away from tribalism.

anonymous asked:

So I know that the comic is over, but I've read all the wa through Zap! (In about eight hours, no less, I was hooked) and one thing that has always bothered me is that the elemantaros were never really explored. I would have loved to know more about each one, but I get why they are kind of secondary characters that don't need that much exposition

I would have liked to get to do more with Holly, Inman, and Scherzer, too. And Grontar. They all have cool backstories that didn’t make the cut.

The elementaros were foils for Efrem, Gunner, and Zap, though. They all went through the exact same thing in regards to planetary genocide and capture by the GEF, and you saw the elementaros revenge plot lead to their continued suffering. They were sort of there to establish that aspect of the world-building, and to show that Gunner had lost all empathy. Also, to look cool on Team Naveed.

Also! HAHA, it took you a day’s worth of work to read through a thing that took me eleven years to make! Comics are ridiculous, but I love them so much, dangit. X|

I’m glad you enjoyed it!