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Old 10-24-2007, 12:33 PM   #1
MattBrady
 
FIRST TEN ZUDA CONTESTANTS NAMED

With the announcement of the site going live next Tuesday, the next question in regards to DC’s ZudoComics webcomics site is “who will be on it?” The publisher has given Newsarama a peek at the list, which includes established comic creators as well as newcomers.

Alpha Monkey
Writer/Artist: Bobbie Rubio/Howard M. Shum
Summary: In a misguided attempt to save his son from the destruction of Earth by a comet (which then happens to miss the Earth entirely) a scientist rockets his son into another dimension. The child ends up on a parallel world ruled by Monkeys! Given unique powers by the planet’s bananas, the young boy fights off invading monsters as the planet’s new defender, Alpha Monkey!

This American Strife
Writer/Artist: J. Longo
Summary: A quirky, humorous “Dear Diary” recounting of the artist’s observations on life, This American Strife is a sharp-witted visual stab at editorial blogging.

Battlefield Babysitter
Writer/Artist: Matthew Humphreys
Summary: In a family of superheroes, in a city of superheroes, in a world of superheroes, Katherine Fields is a babysitter. But when a routine night of babysitting turns into a villainous invasion, Katherine finds herself transformed into a super strong heroine. At $8.00 and hour, it’s going to be a long night.

Black Swan
Writer/Artist: Mulele Jarvis
Summary: A young college student, Nina, is embroiled in a 500-year-old vendetta when she encounters a spirit bound to a mystic dagger left on her doorstep. Implicated in murder and on the run from a detective possessed by a rival spirit it’s up to Nina to relive an age-old battle – without dying in the process.

Dead in the Now
Writer/Artist: Corey Lewis
Summary: When Braz – a young, cynical boy – discovers the world’s first authentic zombie he decides to end Earth’s monotonous routine and usher in an age of zombie-infested, chaotic adventure! Gathering supplies and weapons, Braz sets his friends up like modern, urban Lost Boys with himself as their Pan.

The Dead Seas
Writer/Artist: Pop Mhan
Summary: Legions of undead controlled by Necromancer warlords destroy life as we know it, plunging the Earth into a futuristic Dark Age. But it’s adventure and romance on The Dead Seas as a swashbuckling young pirate named Devin teams up with an adventurous crusader name Luna. Armed with the secret of Pandora’s Box, they set out destroy the Necromancers and save the world.

The Enders
Writer/Artist: Tim Smith III
Summary: Aluna didn’t ask to be given godlike power and she certainly didn’t ask for her parents to be killed in the process – but the enigmatic alien known as The Ender works in mysterious ways. Without time to grieve, Aluna is tasked with using her power to save the Earth from imminent destruction. The only question – how?

High Moon
Writer/Artist: David Gallaher/Steve Ellis
Summary: It’s the fading days of the Old West in the late 1890’s when an enigmatic drifter, Matthew Macgregor, ambles into the dusty town of Blest, Texas. The nights are cold in Texas as Werewolves secretly haunt the town, but Macgregor has a supernatural secret of his own. When the sun sets it’ll be a showdown at High Moon.

Leprenomicon
Writer/Artist: Greg DelCurla/Fernando Ruiz
Summary: In old Ireland, when the banshee sings for you it means that your time on this Earth is coming to an end. But American Michael O’Connor refuses to take this news lying down. With the (forced) help of a kidnapped Leprechaun, he intends to solve the mystery of his own death even if it turns the world of faeries, gods, and plain old normal folk upside down.

Raining Cats and Dogs
Writer/Artist: Sho Murase
Summary: A young, snake-haired gorgon named Mika, winds her way through the contemporary, everyday wonderland of dating, work, after-hours adventures and everything in between alongside her friends Apple (a rokurokubi energy-vampire), Feebe (a bake-neko cat girl) and Akiha (a normal human).

Once the site goes live on October 30th, guests will be able to vote for one of the ten above finalists, which will then continue on the site. Winners will receive contracts from Zuda to complete a year’s worth of their respective comic for Zudacomics.com.

Following the site’s launch, the majority of the competitions will feature webcomics submitted to Zuda through the website’s submissions process. As with the inaugural competition, Zudacomics.com’s visitors will vote for the webcomics that they want to see continue on the site.
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Old 10-24-2007, 12:40 PM   #2
Howard
 
Contestants? Good lord.
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Old 10-24-2007, 12:42 PM   #3
djcoffman
 
Interesting sounding titles there... but me??? I'm thinking....

ALPHA MONKEY!!!
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:07 PM   #4
SalCipriano
 
I agree, DJ, Alpha Monkey sounds like its gonna rock!
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:11 PM   #5
Skatonic10
 
Wow... and to think I actually had hopes this would be a great idea!
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:14 PM   #6
DavidGallaher
 
Wow... and to think I actually had hopes this would be a great idea!

Well, you haven't actually seen it yet.

Kwanza is a slave driver of an editor - and he gave us creators one of two options:

1) Fight each other to death on the comic battle front

Or

2) Be subject to non-stop Celine Dion torture
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:29 PM   #7
ssava
 
So are these concepts?

Or have actual pages of art been produced yet?

How were they judged?
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:32 PM   #8
CaptainTemerity
 
They all sound interesting. I'm anxious to see how they pan out.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:42 PM   #9
Simon DelMonte
 
Yawn. Nothing really new here.

Though at the same time, I am relieved this is primarily SF and fantasy.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:44 PM   #10
DavidGallaher
 
>> So are these concepts? >>

Yes.

>> Or have actual pages of art been produced yet? >>

Yes to that too. Unless, we were the only team to produce art, in which case - this will be a breeze.

>> How were they judged? >>

Couldn't tell ya.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:53 PM   #11
Zam
 
Finally....

Last edited by Zam : 10-24-2007 at 02:24 PM.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:55 PM   #12
Erik K
 
I wasn't aware that Zuda was taking submissions, so where did these come from? Did I miss something? However, I also wondered exactly how they planned to launch when they hadn't started taking submissions to vote on.
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:23 PM   #13
Tirpen
 
Many of these concepts sound great. I'll definitly check them out.
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:37 PM   #14
K-DoG7p7
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Erik K
I wasn't aware that Zuda was taking submissions, so where did these come from? Did I miss something? However, I also wondered exactly how they planned to launch when they hadn't started taking submissions to vote on.
have you checked out the site?.. its basically just a guide to submit stuff now :P
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:40 PM   #15
Chris Hunter
 
Wow.

I'm actually interested in some of these comics.

Cool.
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:52 PM   #16
Xero
 
So many great ideas, good luck to all. Alpha Monkey and High Moon, are excellent titles but i'm looking forward to Raining Cats and Dogs from Sho Murase.
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:05 PM   #17
Lwnasidh
 
Just from the descriptions, I'm pretty much only interested in Alpha Monkey and High Moon. I'll probbaly look in on all of them to see if any of them actually grab me.
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:25 PM   #18
DavidGallaher
 
Here's some early CONCEPT ART for HIGH MOON by Steve Ellis, who also did work on THE SILENCERS and CRIMSON DYNAMO.



This is not the final art, by any means, just something to get you folks started.

- David
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:27 PM   #19
hhbx
 
Interested in reading a few of these.

Pop Mahn's name really jumps out at me here though.
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:50 PM   #20
Brenticles
 
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Originally Posted by MattBrady
Alpha Monkey
Black Swan
High Moon
Leprenomicon

Just from the descriptions these four sound interesting to me; however, I am excited to see almost all of them. I am least interested in anything that involves more zombies.
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:11 PM   #21
briancwood
 
COREY LEWIS!
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:31 PM   #22
ANX
 
Man, I had no idea I was going to have such stiff competition. These all look awesome and some of the names attached are awesome.


Matthew Humphreys
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:42 PM   #23
Derek Ruiz
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ANX
Man, I had no idea I was going to have such stiff competition. These all look awesome and some of the names attached are awesome.


Matthew Humphreys

Your art is amazing man I'm looking forward to yours the most.
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:48 PM   #24
WiggumBeard
 
I'm curious about This American Strife and Dead in the Now. But that piece of art from Steve Ellis looks rather amazing as well. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have an interest in this.
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:50 PM   #25
ANX
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Derek Ruiz
Your art is amazing man I'm looking forward to yours the most.

Thanks Derek. You always have a kind word =D
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