The Zukahnaut Trivia Contest Results

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The results are in! All contestants should have now received their free random wallpaper for entering (check your spam folders if you don’t see it in your inbox). Special mention goes to uber-Zukahnaut Daniel who scored an impressive 100%, netting himself the full-marks bonus of all 3 completed ebook chapters, all 4 wallpapers, and all 5 episodes of the ZNC (Zukahnaut Netflix Commentary) podcast as well as a page of original artwork from the Zukahnaut studio! We tallied the number of correct answers per entry and rolled for the grand prize winner using the fine random number generator powered by random.org! Interestingly most entries ended up with identical scores, giving their contestants neck-and-neck odds against one another.

I’m stalling, it’s true. Okay. The grand prize winner blessed by the RNG gods is… (more…)

Otty’s Birthday and the ZUKAHNAUT Trivia Contest!

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Happy 27th birthday to Otty Justason, creator of the Zukahverse! Over the past month we have been releasing Zukahnaut Trivia Cards running up to this day, giving you insights into the world and characters of our comic and preparing you for today’s celebration. It’s contest time! We hope you’ve been paying attention, because every factoid you’ve retained is another chance to win!

PRIZES:

For participating and getting at least 1 answer right, you’ll receive one free randomly selected wallpaper!

If you get all questions right, you’ll receive all 3 completed ebook chapters, all 4 wallpapers, and all 5 episodes of the ZNC (Zukahnaut Netflix Commentary) podcast as well as a page of original artwork from the Zukahnaut studio!

In addition to that, every correct answer will gain you an extra entry into a draw to win all prizes listed above PLUS a Zukahnaut magnet and T-Shirt (pick your favourite design) and a commission from Otty and Sonya all FREE!

 

27 questions for Otty’s 27th

  1. What is the name of Zukah’s hairstyle (according to Zukah)?
  2. Who is Zukah’s favourite superhero?
  3. What was Nanma famous for in her younger days?
  4. What was Nanma infamous for in her younger days?
  5. What does Daphne and Darius’ father do for a living?
  6. Why does Darius use a cane?
  7. What is the name of Marko Killigan’s ex-wife?
  8. What language does Hrothgar speak in?
  9. How can Zukah create potato grenades?
  10. What is the full name of Zukah’s stuffed bear?
  11. How long has Zukah owned his bear?
  12. Who is Zukah’s secret stalker?
  13. How many times has the stalker been shown thus far?
  14. Does Zukah have eyebrows?
  15. Name one reason why Nanma owns so many cats.
  16. What does Darius do in his free time?
  17. Is Zukah a nature lover?
  18. What was the name of the previous resident of Zukah’s house?
  19. Why did Zukah refer to the shopkeeper in Chapter 1 as Batman?
  20. Why does Zukah always sign his name with an exclamation mark?
  21. From whom did Zukah discover Rock ‘n’ roll and alcohol?
  22. Why are Zukah’s thoughts more coherent than his speech?
  23. In life Hrothgar was involved in which historical event?
  24. What does Hrothgar claim his only weakness is?
  25. What did Daphne do for a living before the portals started to emerge?
  26. What is C.E.L.L. an acronym for?
  27. How many characters in the cast of Zukahnaut have been shown to be smokers?

Good luck! Contest entries close on Monday June 2nd at 11:59 PM PST. Email your submissions to otty@zukahnaut.com

 

The ZNC Podcast #005 is live!

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Hey we’ve got an official name for this thing now: The ZNC (Zukahnaut Netflix Commentary) Podcast! Gots us a logo and everything. THIS TIME: Join Zukah and Sonya as they watch the first two episodes of the 2000 cartoon X-Men Evolution! Much thanks to Thibault Kervarech, who produced the very cool (though he would like us to note it is still technically unfinished) Zukah theme song heard herein. Patreon Exclusive! Pledge $2 or more to the creation of our comic in order to access it.

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

 

Zukahnaut Trivia Card #005

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Have you heard of the new flavour of nifty coming from the Zukahnaut team? It’s a sort of easy-mode scavenger hunt based on Zukahnaut Trivia Cards, a collection of factoids and curiosities pertaining to the Zukahnaut characters and Universe that you wouldn’t necessarily glean from just reading the comic.

 

Right! So. The first batch of Zukahnaut Trivia Cards will be posted in equal portions to the Zukahnaut Patreon, Facebook, Twitter, and TopWebComics (voting incentive) pages and the blog.

The first 10 have been made all up and will be scattered over those locations in the coming week. They’re all numbered so you’ll know if you’ve missed one! Keep an eye peeled — you never know when they might come in contest I MEAN IN HANDY.

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

 

The Zukahnaut Podcast #004 is Live!

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no holds barredOnce again Zukah has sat down with his “visual biographer,” the lovely Sonya Somers, to record a new Netflix commentary! Available exclusively as a reward to Patreon supporters of the $2+ level, this episode features commentary on the 1989 Hulk Hogan film No Holds Barred – a film Zukah claims to have appeared in! Much thanks to Thibault Kervarech, who produced the very cool (though he would like us to note it is still technically unfinished) Zukah theme song heard herein. Become a supporter on Patreon to listen to it!

Artist Commentary and Webcomics: Supplementary or part of a whole?

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I have always mistrusted the common practice in webcomics where artists include their commentary directly beneath new pages. Often reading this extra material is comparable to watching a movie or television show with the commentary track turned on… and who elects for their first viewing to include commentary? It does a (sometimes minor, sometimes major) disservice to the work when you don’t allow it to speak for itself, and I’ve seen far too many comics lean on those blocks of text to actually convey what’s going on more than the page above does. This is a dangerous trap to fall into. When a comic simply doesn’t make any sense if I ignore the commentary I usually stop reading altogether. “It’s part of the presentation,” some say. So are indexes in books, and like all supplementary materials they should never be required reading to understand what the supplemented work is saying.

What I would like to see rise in the place of piecemeal commentary on individual pages is a separate section for Creator’s Notes where an entire chapter gets mused about at once (and after its completion). I have seen the writer Kieron Gillen do this with his comic book issues and I fancy the idea of applying it to webcomics. Or maybe an audio version! There is potential there. If it’s being released once the chapter is finished then there’s also less concern on the artist’s end of tiptoeing around spoilers for the next page(s), granting an added sense of freedom because now they’ll be commenting on more than just a snapshot of the story.

There are people who contend that including commentary below the comic helps to spark dialogue with the readers, giving them a jumping-off point and offering them encouragement to themselves comment. I agree this is a valid usage and many artists utilize their commentary section just so, posting things like “Zukah sure is in trouble now, isn’t he?” or “Ten thousand imaginary Zukahnaut Points if you can guess what colour underwear Darius prefers!” or perhaps “I got a new puppy and named him Bloodweiser! Do you have a dog?” While I have no issues with this sort of thing, I don’t see why you can’t just say it in the comments section itself rather than present it with the comic like it’s part of the narrative package. If your goal is to have a conversation with your readers then it may be worth considering putting yourself down on their level rather than looming over them above a divider while directing the topic of conversation below.

Another popular usage for the artist notes is relating news. This is well and good for week-to-week happenings of a limited or urgent nature, sure, but when you’re repeating the same information over and over again why would you not just put a news section on your website? There is nothing wrong with a separate news section. Yes it will get less eyeballs on it. That’s to be expected. I don’t seek out every bit of information on most things that I otherwise enjoy very much — I just watch/read/listen to new content when it’s out, and when it’s late or I hear a rumour through Twitter or Facebook or somewhere I seek out a press release or news posting. I think it’s a safe-ish bet that anyone who would be interested in your blog or news posts will probably follow/like you on a social network or two as well. Use those channels to tease them whenever you have something to announce and then link them to the official posting if you’re worried about it not getting seen by who needs to see it.

Ultimately am I saying I wish artist commentary would vanish? No. Zukahnaut does not use one and that was our choice to make, just as whatever you elect to do is at your discretion. I would urge you to consider that there are alternatives, however, and above I have offered a few ideas for you to chew on and evaluate their taste as you will. I would be very interested to hear your own take on the best uses (or most egregious misuses) of the artist notes section in webcomics, especially if it includes an approach that I haven’t considered!

OSJ