The Room Dictating the Conversation

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I find it very strange how after that “The Sponsor” comic blew up, the response I saw to it was completely different depending on whether I was looking at one social media timeline or another. Every person I saw on Facebook was saying that James Sturm’s comic, about an artist struggling with their peer’s successes, was universally relatable. On Twitter I was exclusively treated to a gaggle of tweets condemning the premise and preaching against the sorts of ideas its characters were grappling with.

Here I thought I moved in the same circles in both rooms…Though it is worth remembering that both of those rooms has a habit of picking and choosing which pieces of conversation reach us (to varying degrees). I am a person who values multiple perspectives, so hearing dissenting opinions is always of interest to me, but this time the monopoly of one viewpoint per room sort of overshadows the issue being discussed.

Everyone’s timeline is different.This experience may have been uniquely mine. I’m not sure if that makes it more or less valid a thing to ponder, but look here: I’ve already written the damn thoughts out.

OSJ

Zukahnaut joins forces with SpiderForest!

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Visitors to our main website this weekend will have noted the addition of a new banner running along the top. We are pleased to announce that Zukahnaut has joined forces with the SpiderForest webcomic collective! Together our goal is to bring to you a diverse list of new comics — browse through them whenever you find yourself between pages on your favourites!

How I fell in love with comic books.

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I was too poor to buy comic books new off the rack when I was growing up. It might sound funny today, especially when you compare modern-day prices to what the floppies cost in the 90s, but when you have nothing but a few cents in your pocket every dollar on a price tag might as well be a hundred. I remember seeing comic books in kids’ bedrooms on television and it striking me as so unnatural. Glossy new comics belonged on the spinner rack at the convenience store. For me those make-believe bedrooms might as well have been decorated with cash registers and cigarette signs.

I had one window a year to buy comic books – every year my parents would take us to the Sussex Flea Market, this huge sprawling swap meet that drew people from all over southern New Brunswick to buy and sell. There my father would give me a few meager dollars that, to me, might as well have been a pocket of gold bullion and then set me loose to entertain myself for 10 hours so he could pick through vendor stalls for a good deal on a hood ornament or bootleg VHS porno or whatever else.

I would barely eat over the next three days. All of my money was rationed carefully until I finally found one of the handfuls of vendors out of hundreds that had a cardboard longbox on display. COMICS: 25 CENTS EACH/5 FOR A DOLLAR the good ones would read. Looking back, though, the best sellers were the ones who would have grab bags: super-cheap, but you had no idea what you were getting. Those grab bags were my introductions to pretty much every comic character aside from Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman.

I struck gold in those grab bags over and over, but one book held me fast and showed me a whole new dimension. THE MIGHTY THOR #275, by Roy Thomas and John Buscema. On the eve of Ragnarok, the end of the world, Thor and his evil brother Loki clashed over the body of the betrayed Balder the Brave. Everything was turned up to 11 – huge, operatic, Shakespearean and absolutely breathtaking. It was the perfect introduction to Thor and it inspired a flat-out religious reverence for the entire mythos that I still carry today.

Some people use bags and boards to preserve their comics in pristine condition. I had to start using one just to keep THOR #275 all in one piece. I read that baby to tatters and beyond. Every bad day I had would end with me taking it out to compare my dumb problems with the world-ending ones that Thor faced in that comic with a set jaw and an unbreakable resolve.

I only had the one issue. It ended on a cliffhanger, naturally. The final words, spoken by Allfather Odin, still ring in my ears after all these years. “And Loki – Damned LOKI – Shall WIN, AFTER ALL!” It still chills me. For years I didn’t know how that story ended.

I make comics for a few reasons. This book isn’t one of them. It was what made me fall in love with the medium in the first place, though, and that’s got to be worth something.

-OSJ

Heads up! Some news

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I want to make it known that should our comic fail to update and Sonya and I vanish from the social networks it will be because our electricity and/or internet has been turned off and not because we’ve quit. Pages will still be produced regardless, I hope, and will return if and when we do. If you’d like to ensure such a thing doesn’t interrupt your Zukah stories we’re grateful for every Paypal donation, Patreon patron and Merchandise purchase we get around here.

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The trivia hunt is still going on! At the end of the month we hope to reward those who have participated — from completionist to casual reader — with a nice contest. The more you know the better your chances!

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We have added ebook versions of Zukahnaut to our website! DRM-free PDFs, so you can read Zukah offline and on the go via your tablet computer or your laptop or your… whatever else they have now!

Okay, that’s all for now. Thank you for reading! We appreciate your support.

OSJ

Zukahnaut Trivia Card #019

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This batch of cards will still be released to the Zukahnaut Patreon, Facebook, Twitter, and TopWebComics (voting incentive) pages and the blog… but no longer in a predictable order or fixed ratio. Each release will see a random card number posted to a random site from the list of possibilities. You’ll have until the end of May to find and collect as many as you can manage (every one counts regardless of how many you end up with)! Come back here on the 30th for Otty’s special birthday announcement of just what exactly all this factoid hoarding can get you.

Here are the links you’ll need to try and collect ’em all! Good luck!
Patreon
Facebook
Twitter
TopWebComics (vote incentive)
Blog

 

Zukahnaut Trivia Card #010

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Okay friends. This scavenger hunt is about to step it up on you. You didn’t expect it to stay in easy mode until the end, did you?

The next batch will still be released to the Zukahnaut Patreon, Facebook, Twitter, and TopWebComics (voting incentive) pages and the blog… but no longer in a predictable order or fixed ratio. Each release will see a random card number posted to a random site from the list of possibilities. You’ll have until the end of May to find and collect as many as you can manage (every one counts regardless of how many you end up with)! Come back here on the 30th for Otty’s special birthday announcement of just what exactly all this factoid hoarding can get you.

Here are the links you’ll need to try and collect ’em all! Good luck!
Patreon
Facebook
Twitter
TopWebComics (vote incentive)
Blog

 

Valentine’s Day “Love Children” 2014

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This year Sonya and I entered into a community project over at the Webcomic Underdogs forum — a crossover event that sees one of our characters create a hypothetical love child with someone from another comic! We were paired with M9 Girls, which can be found here for your reading pleasure. Now with no further yappin’ I present to you the love child of Zukah and Pato!

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Yeesh, poor Pato. That’s enough for anyone to re-think their “party girl” ambitions.

 

We also got a gift for the occasion — Aero Zero of the comic Kyria chose to mate their character Mordecai with out very own Hrothgar to create this fearsome image!

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“I present to you the spawn of Hrothgar the Faceless and Mordecai – an avian warrior with a thirst for blood. Armed with lightning powers and a throwing axe, he is a formidable foe.

Marduk the Faceless!”

-Aero Zero

Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day. And remember! Even if you don’t have anyone special to celebrate it with… Well. Neither does Zukah, and he doesn’t get all pissy about it.

Love,

-OSJ