Back in the late 80s, when I was making my
living doing art on T-shirts and jackets, I
liked to read the comic section of the newspaper.
My favorite was Calvin and Hobbes. A lot of
the strips that I saw in the paper, however,
I thought were crap...I was always more interested
in the drawings than in the jokes (which usually
weren't funny anyway), and most of today's comic
strips have abysmal art. With that in mind,
I decided that I would try my hand at creating
a daily newspaper strip.
I don't remember where I came up with the
name BELO ZERO, but it was probably something
I had developed before and was waiting for an
opportunity to use. I did character sketches
and tried to come up with a theme for the strip.
Before I actually began doing any work, I did
some research. Checking the ARTIST'S MARKET
out of the Library, I learned how the syndicates
wanted new strips submitted. Most wanted 26
dailies to get a feel for the characters and
the strip. That meant I had to do 26 different
daily episodes just to get in the door. The
book also told me the size I needed to make
my strip, which turned out to be 4"x17.75".
It took a while, but I did the required amount
of strips and sent copies to a bunch of the
different syndicates. I realize now just how
bad these things really were, although I'm still
quite pleased with the artwork. Every syndicate
I contacted rejected my strips, and I don't
blame them. They've been sitting in the bottom
of a box full of drawings ever since.
Recently, I decided to expose them to the
web, mainly because I think I'm a closet masochist.
I decided to put one up every month, like a monthly
installment. I'm hoping it won't be too long
before I start putting up new comics, but for
now, as long as I have them, I'm going to inflict
BELO ZERO on anyone who happens to cross this