Monday Comics – Fantasy Comic THE EVER ZONE

Week 14 of Hypertransitory Monday Comics is featuring an oldie but a goodie. My Fantasy and Sci-Fi themed comic The Ever Zone!

THE EVER ZONE

Time and space have existed for eons without too much trouble…until now. Some unknown force has torn a hole in the fabric of space-time. Inside is an apparently endless zone that can and does connect everywhere with everywhere.

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JG Creator Notes

So what the heck is this anyway? What’s going on with this comic?

Well, for the history buffs, here’s the tale…

I originally came up with this comic as a companion piece to my Fantasy Book Banner site, which I closed last year.

As I wrote in my Lloyd Alexander post, the gist of that site was to have self-published Fantasy and Sci-fi authors come and promote their works on the site, form a community and gain some authority, hopefully driving sales as a result.

What is the Ever Zone?

In the story, you’re kind of thrown in there and there’s no beginning. It’s easy for readers to be a little lost as to what I intend.

The basic premise of The Ever Zone is that it’s a shared Sci-Fi and Fantasy world.

Essentially all of these worlds were separate, until something happens and makes a kind of tear in reality. The inside of this tear comes to be known as The Ever Zone.

You can get to pretty much anywhere in the universe through the Zone, and all kinds of races and civilizations have the opportunity to meet and interact. Without the Zone civilizations could rise and fall without ever knowing the other was out there.

Jaiya and Flynn are sent by their respective peoples to explore the Zone and report back. They’re mostly out there to explore and make note of any places where trade or culture can be exchanged.

But there are also evil types roaming the Zone, thinking to use it for their own purposes.

PENCIL ACTION

This one is created a bit differently than the other comics we’ve seen so far. With Kid Hype! and JG’s Vacation, I draw in pencil, ink over the pencil, scan it in and color it in Photoshop.

In creating The Ever Zone, I skip the inking part and go straight to scanning/coloring in Photoshop. This means I spend more time putting detail/shading in at pencil stage instead of shading and such with only the color in Photoshop. All of my 28 Days of Black Superheroes drawing were done this way, too.

Alas, I don’t really save any time this way. Even though I skip inking, I spend more time shading in pencil and selecting in Photoshop (with the pencil smudging the way it does, you don’t have clean ink lines and you have to be more careful with the selecting).

Here’s a look at the raw pencil art for this episode:

Limited Editions

I only made a few episodes of The Ever Zone. The site tanked and I kind of lost interest in doing it.

Except now for a couple of reasons I decided I wanted to bring it back.

The first reason is that I looked in my stats, and the most popular Monday Comic by far is The Life-Taker, which is a fantasy-themed comic.

I was a but surprised by that, but you can’t argue with stats I guess.

Then, after posting the aforementioned Lloyd Alexander piece I really felt like doing some more fantasy. The Ever Zone didn’t gain any traction last time around, so maybe this time it will?

BUT…as I mentioned in JG’s Vacation part 2!, I thought people might be confused if I just jump in with a new episode and link back to the other ones as reference.

Instead, I’ve decided to work the ones I have done into the Monday Comics rotation, then continue on from there. That way it will be easier for new people to either check the Monday Comics category page or the Monday Comics Slideshow and read everything right in a row.

What do YOU think?

So now I’ve seen the stats and seen cold, hard numbers…what do you readers think is the best comic so far? Please do me a favor and take part in this poll, I’d appreciate seeing what people choose.

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And don’t forget to tell me what you think in the comments! I’ll see you all next time!

Thanks for sharing!

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  1. Be careful with alternate realities in your plots – if the thing actually takes off then all your fans will start picking holes in the logic of your spacetime continuum.

    • JG
      Twitter: johngarrettx
      on Dec 6, 2011

      Well I can’t even slip a pink bikini past these guys so I think I’m royally screwed now!

      Thanks for commenting, Lucy :)

  2. Annie@Interactive Agency
    Twitter: tenfastfeet
    on Dec 6, 2011

    It’s really cool to see the pencil version. Lol @ Lucy’s comment! :)

    • JG
      Twitter: johngarrettx
      on Dec 6, 2011

      Hey Annie, good to see you!

      Yes seeing the pencil version can show you how much work is done in Photoshop a lot of the time. I’m glad you liked it.

      I think Lucy’s comment may be harbinger of DOOM for my story… :)

  3. Leisa Dreps on Dec 7, 2011

    That’s a great illustration! I envy people who have a talent in drawing. Do you have any tutorials for drawing? I’m very interested in taking it up as a hobby.

    • JG
      Twitter: johngarrettx
      on Dec 8, 2011

      Hi Leisa. Thanks for the compliment. I don’t really have any drawing tutorials up yet, but I definitely should…

  4. yuhang on Dec 7, 2011

    Like the pencil version of comic,it’s great.

    • JG
      Twitter: johngarrettx
      on Dec 8, 2011

      Thanks a lot yuhang!

  5. SEO Los Angeles on Dec 8, 2011

    Really cool strip, and the drawings rocks! Well done dude.
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    • JG
      Twitter: johngarrettx
      on Dec 8, 2011

      Thanks for the compliment, and thanks for reading!

  6. EleonoraEOF on Dec 8, 2011

    Ooooops “that girl, i know her… ” i wonder what will happen next. great drawing, really well done. i wish i could draw like that ;)
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    • JG
      Twitter: johngarrettx
      on Dec 8, 2011

      Hey Eleonora, thanks for the compliment!

      Yes it appears that Jaiya has been spotted, so we’ll see next time who this person is and what they want with her. Thanks for reading!

  7. Mitchell Allen
    Twitter: Anklebuster
    on Dec 14, 2011

    John, what a clever premise! This is a total triple-scoop treat: Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Great Art!

    Woot!

    Cheers,

    Mitch
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    • JG
      Twitter: johngarrettx
      on Dec 23, 2011

      Hey thanks Mitch! I didn’t want to fit into just one genre with this one so I had to think of something else, lol!

  8. olivia34newton on Dec 14, 2011

    i love comics, specially fantasy stories. you’re really good JG.
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    • JG
      Twitter: johngarrettx
      on Dec 23, 2011

      Thanks Olivia, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  9. niko on Dec 15, 2011

    i liked the commander series the most!!!!!!!
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    • JG
      Twitter: johngarrettx
      on Dec 23, 2011

      Hey Niko, great man it’s good to hear which ones people prefer. thanks for commenting!

  10. alan@alanpcgamers on Dec 15, 2011

    kid hype is my favurite!!!!
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  11. blogwawan on Jan 25, 2012

    Fantasy Comic THE EVER ZONE is one of what i like,that’s my favourite

  12. Karen @ SEO Los Angeles on Feb 6, 2012

    What a neat idea- to meld fantasy and sci-fi together! I mean, I’m sure it’s been done before, but I’m always impressed with your work so I’m looking forward to following this strip. Growing up I read a lot of sci-fi, Michael Crichton and stuff like that. I like that the stories are usually things that you feel could almost happen in real life, my dad reads more fantasy, but I love both types of movies! I haven’t read ALL of your comic strips, but I think I’m gonna vote for this one. :)

    • JG
      Twitter: johngarrettx
      on Feb 10, 2012

      Hi Karen, yeah it’s been done before, but if I let that stop me I wouldn’t be able to draw anything lol. When I was younger I read a lot more fantasy than sci-fi, but these days it’s about equal. I wish there was more good sci-fi on tv but oh well…

  13. Mike@Ethylotest on Jun 17, 2012

    I love the pencil version, good job!


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