You would think this would be etched into my comic-reading muscle memory by now, but I'd almost forgotten that this week meant a fresh crop of Zuda contestants (for those wondering, War of the Woods clinched the top seat last month, after The ThunderChickens mysteriously dropped out). But then my friend Jorge Vega announced that he's got a dog in this month's fight. Jorge is the author of Gunplay (which Fox 21 is developing as a TV series), Nine Months, and the kid-friendly Kaeru Boy.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Vega's comic Bloody Pulp narrowly missed the big Zuda prize back in August, but this month he's back with something for the kids. It's called Aliens vs. Ninja vs. Samurai, and you can probably guess what it's about. The ninja-filled art is by Vega's Kaeru Boy collaborator Darrin Stephens. Personally, I hope they win so I can see Jorge pull off this one-haiku-per-page business for 52 weeks.
(Once again, Jorge is my friend, so you probably shouldn't trust anything I say. Except the bit about haikus. That man must love haikus.)
The other big standout from this month's competition is Monsterplex, a horror-themed comedy about a cineplex staffed by B-movie monsters, where the managers must deal with their employees' lower urges as well as their new corporate overlords. This comes from Brock Heasley of the webcomic The SuperFogeys. The intro here's a bit overstuffed (as Zuda entries often are), but I dig the comic's Saturday morning cartoon feel. Horror, sci-fi, and comedy seem to translate particularly well to Zuda. If you can blend two out of the three, all the better.