Look at that bit of Brendan McCarthy loveliness - if that doesn’t make you want it like ice cream in the desert, then you are dead inside. For everyone else, you can read it in 2000 AD next year. If you want more information to help get you through to then without your heads exploding (mine is throbbing) then CBR have an interview with more picture:
CBR News: Can you give a brief run down of what “The Zaucer of Zilk” is and what the strip will be like? How does it set itself apart from other stories in “2000AD?”
Brendan McCarthy: “The Zaucer of Zilk” strip is a phantasmagorical psychedelic extravaganza that features fanciful fantasy rather than hard-core techno sci-fi. It’s something a little bit different for the jaded palettes of the typical “2000AD” reader, I hope.
The art style you’re utilizing for “Zaucer” seems a lot brighter and vibrant than some of your older work. Why the switch?
The digital revolution has changed what can be done in the art, and I’m always looking for the chance to do something new. In this case, the bright delight of “Digital Fauvism” is calling me.
Why the recent resurgence in your “2000AD” output?
I want to keep my hand in getting back into comics and “2000AD” has always felt like home. Also, it’s a bit more open to oddball ideas. There’s a history of oddities in the comic.
“The Zaucer of Zilk” is a kind of bonkers “Monty Python” version of “Harry Potter” and “Dr Who” with bits of “The Wizard of Oz” thrown in, and fits into that wonderful British surrealist tradition rather well. It could be a nice performance-capture CGI animated TV series that would play well to the ever-increasing US “Dr Who” audience. When “Zaucer” is completed, I would like to talk to the BBC to see if it could be turned into a good live-action/animated TV series, with people like “The Mighty Boosh” and other British comedians and actors playing different roles. Noel Fielding as Errol Raine, Bill Nighy as the Zultan, etc., would be just dandy.
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