Michel Fiffe wrote:
Jim Purcell wrote:
Zaucer of Zilk is sort of bananas. Nikolia Dante is tying up loose ends.
I've been meaning to ask, Jim, but what do you think of Zaucer up to now? It's beautiful, but I find it a bit frustrating to follow in such short (yet brief) bursts. I feel like the story needs more pages to develop, unless it's being made up as it goes along. I AM glad, however, that such a strip is even in there. There's just not enough meat there.
I'm enjoying Zilk a lot. I mean, I can totally see how someone might not like it very much, its sort of just weird for weirdness's sake (which can be fun). Brendan McCarthy was an old favorite Dredd artist from the early days, and did a lot to develop a lot of Dredd's classic look. So really this strip's an excuse for him to return to 2000 AD and draw a bunch of weird stuff (his art style has changed considerably over the last 30 years)
As for the short length, gotta remember I've been reading 2000 AD for 7 years now, so I'm used to it. Actually its gotten to the point that LOVE short form serials. The fact that 2000 AD is weekly really helps (and in the US you usually get your comics in bundles of 2-4 so you're technically reading it in larger chunks anyway). In a given month you get the same amount of content as you would in a monthly stand alone comic, so its more regular then say the Vangard back-up in SD, which is the closest comparison I can think of in terms of format.
Personally I think there's a lot of 'meat' to be had, even in 5-6 page story chunks. 2000 AD writers are all pretty good at page economy, with each installment having their own rising action, climax, and cliffhanger. Zilk has been pretty good with that IMO.
Its definitely not 'being made up as it goes along' 2000 AD runs a pretty tight editorial ship over there. Series have probably been completed in the can for several weeks, if not months, before they run. Since they have a weekly deadline, insuring you have strips to run is paramount.
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