Friday, December 28, 2007
When I first saw the Webcomic series ZIP & LI'L BIT "The Upside Down Me," I was really impressed. "Who is this Trade Loeffler guy who drew all this amazing stuff???" I thought to myself. I fired off a fan e-mail to Trade. And Trade answered back!
Within a couple of emails, we found out we both lived in Brooklyn, and we were just a couple blocks away from each other! So, we started hanging out, having some beers, stopping by Rocketship to say hey to Alex. I miss seeing Trade around the neighborhood since moving away (and Rocketship, and all those pubs), but I can always check out Trade's great work online.
Beginning this fall, he's been doing writing some behind the scenes, informative "how I draw what I draw" background. Trade is a meticulous guy. He was showing me roughs of the current adventure, The Sky Kayak, last winter. Here are some of his insights into the process:
Thanks for this, Trade! Fascinating reading! And here's hoping it's a matter of time before a major publishing house picks up Zip & Li'l Bit! Sign me up for a limited edition hardcover!
Related: From Pappy's Golden Age Blogzine comes the same sequence of events from the TARZAN origin, three times over; each time, as drawn by a different master comic book artist.