Free Comic Book Day Art! We have put together a small preview book of issue #1, along with a brand new cover illustration, and will be giving a limited number of them away for FREE on May 4th Free Comic Book Day. We will be doing this at our local comic book shop, Heroes Comics and Cards, in Norwalk CT. If you are going to be in the Norwalk area on that Saturday, we hope you'll stop in and say hi.
Below is a pic of the new cover art that will be on this special FREE edition of Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers.
Happy Holidays Everyone!! Here is a animated GIFF of the artwork/card we email blasted the Z-Girl email list subscribers. Thought you might enjoy seeing how this piece progressed from pencils to completion. See you in 2013!!!
NYCC 2012 Recap Video We put together this brief recap video to say THANKS to those who came by our booth at NYCC as well as for those who couldn't make it to the show.
That was an amazingly awesome, mind-blowingly great NYCC weekend!! We want to say thank you to all the great fans that stopped by the booth and talked with us, took pictures with the Z-Girl banner, bought Z-Girl and the 4 TIGERS books, prints, T-Shirts, pins and stickers!! We had a blast for four days and we are so glad you guys like the book!!!
We want to give big thanks to Mark Fitch and the whole NYCC Reed Expo team for putting together a fantastic show and for helping us make the most of it.
Most of all, thanks to all the fans and attendees who stopped by our booth, gave us feedback on the books and supported us by taking a chance on Z-Girl. We hope you enjoy the book and we look forward to seeing you all again next year at NYCC 2013!!!
Video Preview of Issue #3 While we prepare to debut issue #3 at the New York Comic-Con on October 11th we have put together this video preview. Hope you enjoy it and will pass it around to help spread the word about Z-Girl.
Issue #3 is at the Printer! Will debut at NYCC in Small Press area Booth #2161 Issue #3 is finished, it's been sent to the printer which means...that's right: it will be ready for debut at the New York Comic-Con on October 11th at the Javits Center in New York City! We will be in the Small Press area Booth #2161. We simply cannot wait to get it into the hands of all of our fans! Watch the Z-Girl & the Four Tigers website over the next few days for previews of Issue #3. In the meantime, check out the cover for Issue #3 below. And watch as the animated GIF takes you through artist Kirk Manley's process for the creation of this cover. Enjoy!
Z-Girl 911 Tribute. A quick speed paint to pay our respects and honor the fallen from that fateful day. :
Book 3 Update and Much More! Book Three Status: Book three is looking great. Here is another amazing page of finished colors by Euan Mactavish. Stunning! And check out a page of tight pencils. Click the thumnails below for larger previews:
Sketch Gallery Update: The Con Sketch Gallery has had a big update. With over 50 new sketches added!! Check it out and see if your sketch, in the back of a Z-Girl book, has made the Gallery!
Recent Reviews: The guys over at Nerdwest blog have posted a great review of issues #1 and #2. Thanks fellas! Nerdwest is a great site for keeping up on whats happening in geek culture so we recommend you bookmark them. You can read their review here:
Dan Royer ( Decapitaded Dan of the Ghastley Awards ) has posted a really great review of issue #1 over at Flamsrising.com check it out and thanks Dan!
Player Affinity.com's Nicole D'Andria has a review of issue#2. Its detailed thoughtful and a little tough on us in places, But constructive criticism is the only way for us to improve. So many thanks Nicole.
Kiss me comics recently had us on thier weekly Podcast that features indy press books and creators. We talked with them about Z-Girl. and it was a blast! Be sure to check it out and to support kissmecomix.com because they support indy press and we need to return the favor.
Book 3 Page In Progress! We are working away on book #3. And its looking sharp. Here is a sample page of some finished art with masterfull colors by our own Euan Mactavish. Man that guy has chops!!
Ok This Place Looks Wild!! Creator Owned Day was a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone that visited and showed support for creator owned comics all across the net. Today we have a sneak peek at a crazy wild looking location. But to find out more about what this place is and where it is and who hangs out there, you will have to wait for issue #3. So keep checking back for details on issue #3's progress and for more sneak peeks.
Happy Creator Owned Day!
Happy Valentines Day! And an issue #3 update! We want to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day so here is a quick Valentine from Z-Girl with her feelings on love. Ha! After the Valentine check out some images from the current work going on for issue #3.
Included below is the master thumbnail sheet for issue #3, a rough page layout ,some preliminary concept work for new stuff in this issue and a couple of tight penciled panels from finished pages. Euan has started coloring and Kirk is 4 pages into the pencils. Keep your eyes peeled here for more up dates soon.
Also, don't forget you can get copies of issues #0 - #2 by clicking the links on the left. Or download digital versions at the links on the right. Thanks!!
Thanks Friendly Neighborhood Comics Fans! Big thanks to all those that came out to support Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers last Sat at our signing at Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Massachusetts. Everyone was supportive and enthusiastic and we had a great time. Friendly Neighborhood Comics is a wonderful store and a dedicated supporter of indy publishers and we thank them for their hospitality. We sold and signed a lot of books and did a few sketches, but mostly just had a great time. So thanks!
Come Meet The Creators Saturday, January 28th! We will be signing copies of Issues #1 and #2 at Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Massachusetts on Saturday, January 28th from Noon to 4 pm. If you're going to be in the area, stop in! We'd love to see you. Buy an issue and get an original sketch in your book. Directions and details at the links below. Facebook event page store web site
Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers is a self-published, creator-owned book that must generate its own marketing in order to increase exposure.
A great way to get interest in an independent book is through annual comics industry awards. But for that, we need your help. If you like our work,
let the world know and show your support by nominating
Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers, as well as its creators, artist Kirk Manley
Jeff Marsick, in the following awards programs.
Eagle Awards: Introduced in 1976, the Eagles are the comics industry’s longest established awards. They are international and are awarded at the MCM Expo London Comic-Con in May. Nominations for 2011 are open from now until the end of January:
Comic Geek Speak: One of the most popular comics podcasts around, they are in the middle of their Best of 2011 awards nomination process. Deadline for entries is Monday, January 16th at 4pm Eastern time. The link below will take you to a forum post with the listed categories. You don't have to nominate for every category, just pick the ones you want to. To vote, you have to email your choices to them at
Ghastly Awards: This is a new awards program that honors creators and horror-themed comic books. Nominations for 2011 are open from December 19, 2011 to February 29, 2012. NOTE: For this one you need to be a comics creator in order to participate.
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Hope everyone has a great Holiday and a Happy New Year!
What an incredible show for Z-Girl and the 4 TIGERS! Not only did we have a blast for three days at the New York Comic Con, but it was our most successful show yet. We sold more books in three days than we did in four days at the San Diego Comic-Con!
There are, of course, a number of people we need to thank, starting with Mike Armstrong, Mark Fitch and the whole NYCC Reed Expo team for putting together a fantastic show and for helping us make the most of it.
We also need to thank Euan Mactavish, who, with his dedication to completing the colors on Issue #2 in record time made its premier at NYCC possible. Not to mention that his coloring on #2 was fantastic!
Thanks to our amazing cosplayers Casey and Gabby
who spread the word of Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers all around the Javits Center for three very LONG days.
Most of all, thank you to all the fans and attendees who stopped by our booth, gave us feedback on the books and supported us by taking a chance on us. We hope you enjoy our book and we look forward to seeing you all again next year at NYCC 2012!!!
Here are a couple original sketches done on the blank sketch page in the back of each book for fans that picked up copies at NYCC this year.
PREMIERING AT New York Comic Con
Z-GIRL ODYSSEY ISSUE TWO! The first five-issue major story arc of Z-Girl and the 4 TIGERS is called ODYSSEY and issue #2 is printed and ready to make its premiere. We will be launching issue #2 at the largest East Coast comic-book convention of the year, the New York Comic Con Oct 13-16! • If you can't make it to NYCC issue #2 will also be available through INDY PLANET soon. Along with issue #1 and Zero which are available now at INDY PLANET.•
Issue #2 would not have been possible without the incredible Euan Mactavish who colored the book over Kirk's pencils. Be sure to check out more of Euans spectacular work at his BLOG.
• NYCC Booth information:
Z-Girl and the 4 TIGERS Issue#2 will be on sale at our booth 2952 in the Small Press area. If you forget, just look up in the directory. Stop by, grab a book, meet Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers writer and co-creator, Jeff Marsick, and have artist and co-creator Kirk Manley do an original sketch for you in the back of the book.
Big thanks to everyone we met at ComiConn in Stamford CT last month. It was a total blast. It ended with a blast as well with Hurricane Irene blowing in just after the close of the con. We had a great time and want to thank the organizers for putting together a great show. See ya next year!
NYCC is coming up next and there is big news to announce about what we will be bringing. We will post more info soon. Share
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT STOPPED BY OUR BOOTH AT
SAN DIEGO COMIC CON!!WE HAD A BLAST AND APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT.
LIMITED EDITION San Diego Comic Con
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Along with allot of other swag and stickers and prints, and of course issue#1 and book zero, we will be selling this Limited Edition Z-Girl print. Only 10 of these were printed. And they will only be available at San Diego Comic Con, July 21-24!! at our booth Small Press L-11 Share
PREMIERING AT San Diego Comic Con! Z-GIRL ODYSSEY ISSUE ONE
The first five-issue major story arc of Z-Girl and the 4 TIGERS is called ODYSSEY and issue #1 is printed and ready to make its premiere. We will be launching issue #1 at the biggest annual comic-book convention in the world, San Diego Comic Con, July 21-24!! •
If you can't make it to SDCC, that's okay because issue #1 will also be available through IndyPlanet soon. Also available will be issue #0 which we debuted last October at New York Comic-Con and is now in full color. •
Speaking of color, issue #1 would not have been possible without the amazing talents of Mr. Euan Mactavish who colored the book over Kirk's finished pencils. We could not be happier on how it all turned out. Be sure to check out more of Euans spectacular work at his BLOG.
• SDCC Booth information:
Z-Girl and the 4 TIGERS Issue#1 will be on sale at our booth L-11 in the Small Press area. If you forget, just look up the Studio Z booth in the directory. Stop by, grab a book, meet Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers writer and co-creator, Jeff Marsick, and have artist and co-creator Kirk Manley do an original sketch for you in the back of the book..
Z-GIRL WEB COMIC FOR JAPAN!!
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Z-Girl & the 4 TIGERS has teamed up with Comics For Japan to raise awareness and donations to help Japan recover from the recent earth quake and tsunami. ZG4T is joining many popular web comics from around the net to create special one shot comics showing their characters donating or encouraging viewers to donate. You can learn more about the effort by clicking the logo below.
So enjoy Z-Girls first web comic below and then please step up to help the people of Japan with your donation to any of the following:
• SECOND HARVEST JAPAN:
People can send supplies directly to survivors on the ground!
• RED CROSS Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund
• or text the REDCROSS @ 90999 to donate $10 from your phone
BOOK ZERO ORIGIONAL SKETCH GALLERY
Hey everyone, we have been very busy the last month working on the first issue. In the mean time we thought it would be cool to share with you some of the original sketches Kirk has done recently in the back sketch page of Book Zero. These were done at Conventions, signings or for copies bought directly from us. (If you would like a copy of book Zero with an original sketch email us. Enjoy!
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Naked News NYCC Interview
This brief interview with Jeff and Kirk was conducted at NYCC by Naked News. I did not know this, but Naked News is the longest running pay perview show on cable. Wow. We have edited out any "naked parts" which were in the intro and the exit by the reporter. So this is totally safe for work. :-)
SLIDE SHOW OF NYCC PREMIERE!
Thanks again to everyone that turned out at NYCC to support Z-Girl & the 4 Tigers. We took a lot of pictures and have collected the best into a slide show of the weekend. Slapped on some music and threw it up on You Tube. Check it out, Maybe you will see yourself. :-) Special thanks to our Z-Girl model for all the great work she did helping to bring Z-Girl to life. ( If you weren't there you have to watch the slide show to see what you missed. ) Thanks to Markmanleyphotography for all the great shots. Also want to share a review of ZG4T book zero that our friends over at Tales From The Parents Basement podcast just posted up. Thanks fellas, we appreciate it. Check it out HERE the review of ZG4T is around 20:30. Lastly be sure to check us out on Facebook Now enjoy the show!! ( Here is the direct You Tube link if you are having problems with the video below. )
NYCC ROCKED THE HOUSE!
What a great show. Thanks to all those that helped make it possible and to those that stopped by the booth, picked up a copy of the book, some stickers, got sketches or just hung out and said hello. Lots of updates and pictures coming. In the mean time the concept art thumbs to the right are now live and feature some of the key developmental art in the creation of ZG4T book zero.
Also check out the interview done at NYCC with the Comic Geek Speak Podcast. What a great bunch of people. Big thanks to them for taking time out of a non stop schedule to give us a few minutes to hype ZG4T. Our interview starts at about the 12:57 mark. Lastly, check out the great review a reader posted over at Indy Planet for the book. Click the review tab. Hector was an attendee at NYCC who stopped by the booth and took a chance on Z-girl. Thanks Hector!!!
We are putting together a slide show of shots we took at NYCC. But until than here are 2 quick ones. Our booth set up and Jeff and Kirk with Z-Girl herself. if you weren't there you missed Z-Girl's live appearance at NYCC. Lots more picks of that and more to come.
WE ARE READY FOR NYCC!
The books are printed. The booth banners are printed. So are the stickers, the t-shirts for team Z and the business cards. Getting this website up has been the last big thing. Visit us at the New York Comic Con in the small press area, STUDIO Z booth #344. Swing by pick up a copy of book zero, get it signed and an origional sketch on the blank sketch page.
A female Zombie warrior who has both a consciousness and a conscience, has spent centuries teamed up with four powerful spirits fulfilling the prophecies of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tzu. Currently operating as a special forces team in the secretive Department of Irregular Warfare, Z-Girl and her Tigers wage war against the devils, demons and monsters that threaten humanity. Zgirl & the 4 Tigers is the creative collaboration of :
Illustrator Kirk Manley. STUDIOKM.COM