WELCOME TO THE ZONE: Out And About With Oot And Aboot


In this week’s installment of Welcome To The Zone, my 1995 graphic novel revised and revamped for a new century and serialized on Patreon, we are introduced to Oot and Aboot, two homeless aliens from the Planet Borgon. Their nameless species graces the cover of the original edition:

David Chelsea is reading: Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life)
by Mark Cohen


In my original rough version these two characters were African cannibals, but at my publisher’s urging they changed nationality. They do retain their taste for human meat:


For the alien design, I went back to a character I had drawn in old sketchbooks, “The Mutant From Mars.”




As an aid to drawing and lighting these characters I built a sculpy maquette, which served as reference for all the aliens in the story. Oot and Aboot are basically identical, except that Oot is half the size of Aboot:

Alien maquette
Alien maquette

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