Friday, October 31, 2008

Putting a Dent in your Halloween

Because a couple people I know have been waiting to see these, I figured the children of Internetland might like to have a look as well.

I decided to go as Two-Face for Halloween this year. I know, I know, it seems a bit gauche considering the Dark Knight just came out, but I decided to go as the green-faced comic book version, based on the way he looked in the first Batman comic I ever owned, rather than the modern red-faced version or the burned skullface of the film.

The suit is just an ordinary suit I got from Goodwill. I taped off half of it and dumped and dabbed acryllic paint on it. Simple enough.

Now, if you are the type of geek I am, you have noticed the problem with this costume... the "face" is on the wrong side. I used a "burn victim" facial prosthetic I got from the Halloween shop as a base and painted over it. When I got home I realized it was for the right side instead of the proper left (sinister) side. But the prosthetic was so rad, I decided to go with it anyway.

So there are two ways to resolve this "continuity error":

1.) This is not a Two-Face costume, it's an Anti-Face costume, who I guess is like a Reverse- or Bizarro-Two-Face. DC Comics: contact me and we'll talk about this lucrative idea.

2.) The magic of photo editing:

All better! (Except doors don't work like that.)

And for a closer look at the face, and you can kind of see the prosthetic:

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I never have cause to dress like a Batman villain on Christmas.

1,800 > 340.29

I was recently watching Batman: Gotham Knight, a collection of intertwined animated Batman shorts. During one of the segments, "Field Test", Fox invents a gyroscopic emp device to repel bullets. Skipping the actual story and just simply focusing on the science of it the device is explained as being triggered by noises over a certain decibel level. So if the device hears a gunshot it instantly repels metal such as bullets. Now I'm no scientist, but it seems to me that bullets travel relatively faster than the speed of sound. If you look it up on Wikipedia most guns have a muzzle velocity of up to 1,800 meters per second. Sound only travels at 340.29 meters per second. That means that by the time the device detects the sound of the gunshot poor batman would already have a gaping chest wound. Now like I said, I'm no scientist... so I could be wrong. But that seems to be about right to me.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sideburns #1: "Taking Issue with William S. Burroughs"

Not all the comics are going to be conversations like this, but this one is pretty close to verbatim

I maintain that 'junky' is an adjective ('This stereo is kind of junky') and 'junkie' is a noun ('William S. Burroughs was a huge junkie')

This lettering font is based on the Leroy mechanical lettering EC Comics used to use

My drawing's a little rusty; it will actually get better in subsequent strips

Lo-fi webcomics by Justin Zyduck. Every Monday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Process

Posting updates from a writing standpoint is more difficult than posting updates related to art.

I mean, when Josh finishes a page, he can scan it in and post it here, and you get an immediate look at how our project is progressing. But writing is a much less… tangible process, usually. Comics are a visual medium, and posting bits of script isn’t very exciting or informative.

But then I thought I might be able to make a writerly update more interesting by describing the process of writing a Wyatt Earp adventure, using scanned documents from my personal files to illustrate each step.


I’m feeling very Halloweeny with my favorite of holidays just around the corner, so I decided my new script would involve a classic monster in some capacity. But which one?

I find listing the possibilities makes it easier to assess each one’s merits.

I already have a three-book deal with Del Rey books to write The Frankula/Drackenstein Chronicles

There is a clear winner.


I own the two-disc Monster Squad 20th anniversary DVD

It’s just a list of facts, but it gets the old creative juices flowing, because I look at the second item and think:

Shiny possibilities


An idea is beginning to blossom, so I investigate its feasibility.

They were most unhelpful at the library

It turns out the AJfWS is not a real publication — and no wonder, with a horrible acronym like that. But by this point, I’m too excited about the idea not to begin writing.


This is the stage most people have questions about, on a technical level. Hollywood screenplays have to stick pretty closely to a standardized format, but there isn’t any universal format for writing comic scripts that I’m aware of.

And so, I use the method preferred by the master:

Nothing makes huge blocks of text more unreadable then rendering them in an all-caps serifed font

I guess Grant Morrison scripts are kind of like this, too

The work begins well, but around page 43 of my script for a four-page comic, doubt begins to creep in. Are my images coherent? Does my dialogue ring true? Am I asking too much of my artistic collaborator when I request a 64-panel page detailing a carefully coreographed fight between our heroes and a pack of space werewolves in Gundam suits that also transform into wolves? Oh God, what am I doing?


Spaeking of wereweolves dogg I heard that Kid rock songg where they sample "werewolves of london and it sucks so hard it almost made me crash my car (i was hella listening to the radio in the car) into a gazeebo. (I have invented a New Kind of Salad Dressing also.)


These are not our real e-mail addresses, but is a real website

And that's how it's done!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Some might think that cutting your hair is no big deal. But let me tell you something... uhm... it can be? Say you've had long hair for a few years and all the people around you only know you to have long hair. You cut your hair and shave then no one recognizes you. Not your coworkers, not your friends, not even your family. Here are the 6 simple steps I found useful when trimming my luscious locks. Some people might even be creeped out by the new you. They just need some time to adjust to the change. I promise if you follow these steps everyone will be happy.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Support the economy and give us your money

Hello, internet. This is Justin. It's been a while since we've talked.

So one of my wife's friends made this flyer for a graphic design course she's taking, and she digs the book, so I guess that means we've got the makings of a street team. To that end, I've relisted the promotional book Josh had printed out last year (I like to think of it as "the demo") on Etsy, which is a place you can buy all sorts of rad stuff, and it's where my wife sells her jewelry.

You can buy it with your hard-earned PayPal dollars at if you are so inclined. The paper stock is majestic.

There's also a CD for sale by the band my brother and I are in, Morrison Bass, and links to our Myspace page where you can actually hear some songs. If you are into that sort of thing.

Now that I have shilled, here's my current Wyatt-related project: Working on an expanded version of "Reunion on a Strange World", our "pilot" story, with the intention of setting up the series a little better (which was one of the notes we got on our book from a few editor-types).

Thrill as you learn...
-Who's the dude in possession of Doc's head? (His name is Ian. He works for the Pelican Corporation.)
-What's the deal with that Steven guy? (He's a clonedroid.)
-How did Wyatt find Doc, anyway? (It'll be a nifty sequence, just you wait)
...and more!

Hopefully, this version will have you scratching your head less, unless scratching your head is what you do when you think something is really cool and well-explained.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Said the Pilgrim to the Duke...

So this is the first new page in... well... a long time. I drew it over a year ago and just never finished inking it. So now that its done being inked I'll do up the rest of the pages and have them all singing in no time... right? yes. that is how it works. Anyways, this is a page from the story "Said the Pilgrim to the Duke" It takes place in a space-vegas atomsphere. At least that's the back drop. we'll post the whole story once its done. Later.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fallcon 2008

Alright, if you read the last post then you know I mentioned the fallcon. Its just a small con here in the twin cities where I try to sell some books and do some sketches and stuff. Its cool because all the local artists and people who went to MCAD that I only get to see every once in a while show up. They might as well call it the MCADcon.
Needless to say its a great time. The guys that run it do an amazing job. Tables are free and they give you free food and drinks all day and have activities for the creators and everything. Its pretty rad. Needless to say I had a great time. Met some cool people, saw some great art, got yelled at by crazy comic fans for ruining comics (long story.) I even did some sketches and sold some books. I did my first ever sketch on a baseball. It turned out alright but it was weird drawing on a round surface. And I'm not sure that subject matter matched the surface. You'll have to see the photo. I also met the real Spiderman! Not some lame ass Toby Maguire webhead impersonator. But the real deal.

Its been a while right...

So yeah, its been a while. I know I know. Justin and I have day jobs. He's all Robbie Robertson at a newspaper and I well, I illustrate books and do storyboards and stuff. Plus we got married... not to each other. But we both married our ladies and only a week apart if you'd believe that. But we're back to working on Wyatt Earp. I was at a con recently and kept hearing "I keep checking your site and nothing changes." Well we're going to try to change that. We'll put new pages and doodles and stuff up here and once we finish a whole story we'll upload it to webcomic nation and drunk duck.. etc. We're trying to get it picked up though and we have stacks of scripts and all kinds of drawings and covers and interiors and eventually we'll put it out in a big book. I was surprised to see people even remembered the book since its been over a year since we published our first little mini comic or uploaded it on the interweb. So it'll be a slow process unfortunately but there is more to come. I promise.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Justin is Ed Wright?!

I know its been a while since we've posted anything but I swear we're working on the book. In the meantime check this out......

Ed Wright (left) Justin Zyduck (right?)