WELCOME TO THE ZONE Touches Bottom!

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Today is the day! The long-awaited final installment of WELCOME TO THE ZONE drops on Patreon! To briefly recapitulate the situation, Jones the banjoist/wheatpaster has finally burst out of the cocoon of flyers that he was pasted into on page 35 by the caveman band The Bedrockers, whereupon he immediately lands on the back of a giant dog chasing a mounted policeman. All of them eventually plunge off a dock into the East River, and Jones finds himself in an underwater version of The Zone:

David Chelsea is reading: The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist
by Michael O’Donoghue and Frank Springer

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WELCOME TO THE ZONE is a new version of a graphic novel originally published by Kitchen Sink in 1995, rescanned from the original art and reformatted into Indesign layouts, with new balloons and lettering. The original was drawn on coquille board and photocopied at high contrast, then reproduced as line. This time around, I wanted a more tonal look with a full range of grays, so I extensively reworked the original art in Photoshop. Here is the final panel in the original book for comparison:

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In advance of the final WELCOME TO THE ZONE page dropping, I did something I should have done from the first- made the story navigable by including links to previous and next installments on each page. Start at the beginning, and get up to speed. You’ll have to become a supporter to read a couple of the raunchier pages, but you’d want to do that anyway, right?:

Here are links to all the installments posted:

Pages 1-9

Pages 10-11

Pages 12-13

Pages 14-15

Pages 16-17

Pages 18-19

Pages 20-21

Pages 22-23

Pages 24-25

Pages 26-27

Pages 28-29

Pages 30-31

Pages 32-33

Pages 34-35

Pages 36-37

Page 38

Page 39

Page 40

Page 41

Page 42

Page 43

Page 44

Page 45

Page 46

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Patreon is a reader-supported site, but all comics content (except for a couple of those raunchy pages I’ve put behind a paywall) is free. If you like what you see, tell your friends, and $how Your $upport!

Next week on Patreon, the first of the Unwatched List, as well as… other stuff. What is the Unwatched List, you ask? This is a new comics series for Patreon which finds a use for my sizable shelf of unwatched DVDs, VHS tapes and Blu-Rays. We all have them- that guilt-inducing collection of gift movies, TV series box sets, and taped school productions starring relatives, all gathering dust as their respective formats teeter towards obsolescence. My plan is to watch one of them a week and produce a page of comics in response- maybe a review, or a story inspired by my viewing, or maybe just random doodles drawn while the thing is playing. The list is below- some of these are classics, some are obscurities, so very, very many are Emmy screeners- but all are guaranteed to be new to me- unless I’ve watched them already and forgotten, which is certainly possible!

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THE UNWATCHED LIST

Before Midnight, 2013

Blackout, 1950

Black Rainbow, 1989

Black Veil For Lisa, 1968

Blue Jasmine, 2013,

Bond Of Fear, 1956

Broken Wings, 2004

Catfish

Click and Clack’s As the Wrench Turns

Chu Chin Chow, 1934

Copic Techniques & Projects With Sketch Markers

Count Dracula, 1977

The Crash, 1932

Day Watch, 2007

The Debt, 2011

The Dreamers, 2003

Ellery Queen Mysteries: Disc One

Ellery Queen Mysteries: Disc Two

Ellery Queen Mysteries: Disc Three

Ellery Queen Mysteries: Disc Four

Ellery Queen Mysteries: Disc Five

Ellery Queen Mysteries: Disc Six

Ernie Kovacs, The ABC Specials

Everybody Rides The Carousel (1975)

Exodus, 1960

Fences, 2016

Giant, 1956

Get On Up, 2014

Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party: The Sublimely Intolerable Show

Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party: The Halloween Show

Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party: The Crusades Show

Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party: The Documentary

Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party: The Everything For Sale Show,

Guys & Dolls, South Pasadena High School, 2007

The Greatest American Hero: The Complete First Season Disc One

The Greatest American Hero: The Complete First Season Disc Two

Hal Sparks Charmageddon

HBO Emmy screeners: Banshee

HBO Emmy screeners: The Knick

HBO Emmy screeners: Foo Fighters:Sonic Highways,

HBO Emmy screeners: Game Of Thrones 2014

HBO Emmy screeners: Getting On 2014

HBO Emmy screeners: Girls 2014

HBO Emmy screeners: The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst

HBO Emmy screeners: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

HBO Emmy screeners: The Leftovers

HBO Emmy screeners: Looking 2014

HBO Emmy screeners: The Newsroom 2014

HBO Emmy screeners: Real Time With Bill Maher,

HBO Emmy screeners: Silicon Valley 2014

HBO Emmy screeners: Togetherness

HBO Emmy screeners: True Blood 2014

HBO Emmy screeners: VICE 2014

HBO Emmy screeners: Bessie

HBO Emmy screeners: Beyoncé Jay Z On The Run

HBO Emmy screeners: The Concert For Valor

HBO Emmy screeners: Jerrod Carmichael: Love At The Store

HBO Emmy screeners: Kat Williams: Priceless: Afterlife

HBO Emmy screeners: Mel Brooks: Live At The Geffen

HBO Emmy screeners: Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up

HBO Emmy screeners: Bill Maher: Live From DC

HBO Emmy screeners: The Case Against 8

HBO Emmy screeners: It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise

HBO Emmy screeners: Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown

HBO Emmy screeners: Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck,

HBO Emmy screeners: Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All

HBO Emmy screeners: Saving My Tomorrow

HBO Emmy screeners: Alan Alda And The Artist Within You: A Young Arts Masterclass

HBO Emmy screeners: Clear History

HBO Emmy screeners: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

HBO Emmy screeners: The Normal Heart

HBO Emmy screeners: Treme

HBO Emmy screeners: Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays

HBO Emmy screeners: John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown

HBO Emmy screeners: Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

HBO Emmy screeners: Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

HBO Emmy screeners: Six By Sondheim

HBO Emmy screeners: Life According To Sam

HBO Emmy screeners: Paycheck To Paycheck: The Life & Times Of Katrina Gilbert

HBO Emmy screeners: Seduced And Abandoned

HBO Emmy screeners: Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley

HBO Emmy screeners: One Last Hug: Three Days At Grief Camp

HBO Emmy screeners: Wynton Marsalis: A Young Arts Masterclass

HBO Emmy screeners: Eastbound & Down

HBO Emmy screeners: Game Of Thrones

HBO Emmy screeners: Getting On 2015

HBO Emmy screeners: Girls 2015

HBO Emmy screeners: Hello Ladies

HBO Emmy screeners: Looking 2015

HBO Emmy screeners: The Newsroom 2015

HBO Emmy screeners: Real Time With Bill Maher 2015

HBO Emmy screeners: Silicon Valley 2015

HBO Emmy screeners: True Blood 2015

HBO Emmy screeners: VICE 2015

The Holcroft Covenant, 1985

Home To Danger, 1951

The Hound Of The Baskervilles, 1985

I Do (2012 Chinese)

International Squadron, 1941

James Dean: Silence Of Death,

James Dean: Hill Number One

James Dean: I’m A Fool

James Dean: The Bells Of Cocaigne

Kickin’ It Old Skool, 2007

Manchester By The Sea, 2016

Manos: Hands Of Fate

Maron IFC

The Midnight Blue Collection: Celebrities Edition

The Midnight Blue Collection: Porn Stars Of The 70s

The Midnight Blue Collection: Porn King,

The Midnight Blue Collection: The Deep Throat Special Edition

The Midnight Blue Collection: Freaks & Geeks

Meet Mr. Callaghan, 1954

The Misfits, 1961

Nicholas Nickleby, 2002

No Man’s Woman, 1955

No Trace, 1950

The Odessa File, 1974

Oliver Neuland The Making Of Product Design Renderings

Our Mutual Friend, 1998

Peter Pan, 1924

The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1946

Queen Live At The Rainbow 1974

Recoil, 1953

Registered Nurse, 1934

The Secret Heart, 1945

Sin City, 2005

The Statement, 2003

Village Of The Damned, 1960

Here’s where YOU come in: you can decide what I watch next! Just go through the list, pick a title, and send me a comment saying why you’d like to see a comic about it. I’ll even send you the tape or disc once I’m done watching it, so can you watch it too! (That’s if you want it, and unless I decide I can’t bear to part with it, which is unlikely, since I’m looking to clear some shelf space here.) The first four discs have already been chosen- GIANT, VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, NO TRACE, and Ernie Kovacs. I’ll be posting about this on Facebook as well, but I’ll be giving priority to Patreon supporters (who are mostly Facebookfriends anyway). And if NOBODY comments, I’ll just pick subsequent ones at random.