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Working Together

Jerry here, reporting from high in the Colorado Rockies. Jim and I are hanging out for a few days together working on some strip ideas and the newest Zits book due out this fall, called "Sunday Brunch".

In the (insert fairly large number here) of years that Jim and I have been doing Zits, I can probably count on two hands the number of times we've actually worked on the strip while we're in the same room. When we started the strip in 1997 I was living in Arizona, Jim was in Ohio and working by telephone and fax machine (remember those?) was the only choice. In fact, it's become so natural that on the rare occasion we do have the chance to work together the rhythm is so different that we spend the first few hours sort of staring at our sketchbooks and guzzling coffee.

Anyway, that's kind of how it went this morning at the Half Moon Bakery. So after some 14 years of phone conversations, countless faxes and e-mails, vacations, business trips, a birth, deaths, a marriage and all of the things that make up a friendship, this is the way we finally ended up getting some work done. Weird.



Intro to Color

It still surprises me when I see a daily Zits strip in color, like on the home page of Benjamin Peters-Keirn does most of our coloring now. He’s a whiz and brings nice spontaneity to the job. I email the finished black and white files to him and, on Sunday strips, some ideas about how I see the palette. But I’ve never colored the dailies and Ben has a great feel for what I like. (more…)

Cover Designs: Step One

Every spring and every fall for the last dozen years or so, a new Zits collection book has been published by Andrews McMeel. That’s a lot of books, and with just a couple of exceptions, we have done the covers ourselves. Sometimes they design themselves, other times they grab you by the lip and pull you, kicking and screaming through the process, and then deposit you whimpering and shaking at the publisher’s feet, begging for help… with a sore lip. (more…)

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