It will come as no surprise (if you know me, or have looked around my site) that I’m a long-time fan of comics. It’s a topic I can go on at length about (and have, at times!). Now there are a lot of things I really have no use for in modern comics. But it’s way too easy to talk about those. It strikes me it’d be a waste of time and space for me to go ranting on my blog about what I don’t like in comics.
Instead, I thought it might be more worthwhile to take a positive tack and point out comics (or other books and things) I’ve come across that I like, and have found inspiring. So from time to time, I’ll do posts about inspirational stuff I’ve come across. It may be new, or something old. But these are the kinds of things that remind me why I fell in love with comics (and cartoons and storytelling) in the first place. Maybe you’ll like them too.
For my first installment along those lines, here’s a bit of “fan art” I generated of Zita the Spacegirl. Created by artist/author Ben Hatke, I picked this book up a few weeks back. I’d pre-ordered it on a whim, based purely on the cover art and the story description. I was not disappointed. In full color and clocking in at over 180+ pages, it definitely qualifies as a graphic novel. Hatke’s art is loaded with charm, and he’s crafted a solid all-ages book. Zita faces some challenges and some hard choices that kids will understand, but perhaps adult readers will find additional resonance with (much like Pixar movies). I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It’s the kind of thing that gives you hope for the future of comics.
Zita the Spacegirl is ™ and © Ben Hatke.
UPDATE: You might notice in the Comments that Ben somehow discovered my post here, and asked if he could re-post my Zita drawing over on his own blog. Which he did, along with a couple other cool Zita drawings. Thanks, Ben!