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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…)

Today's strip

Jerry writes the vast majority of Zits strips, but now and then I get a hot hand and send him some ideas he likes. Today’s strip came from a session at Half Moon, my favorite of the four local coffee shops where I hang out with my sketchbook.

Today's Strip-- Rough

Even my best ideas usually benefit from Jerry’s rewrites, but this one he returned to me untouched. (more…)

Smooth

There she is, a cardboard box to set my heart a-pounding.  This box of 55 sheets of Strathmore Series 500 Smooth 3-Ply Bristol   Board arrived last week and I’ve been giddy ever since. It represents a lot more than just my annual order of paper for Zits. It’s freedom, sweet freedom, from the tyrrany of cold-press paper. (more…)

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