We don’t know about you guys, but we think webcomics are a perfect antidote to a boring day. Most are short and can be a lot of fun in just a few words. You can read a lot of them in no time, too, which is a huge bonus if you’re not looking for something that feels like too big of a commitment to keep.
Today we would like to introduce you to the author of “Earth To Planet Comics”, Jody Zellman, who makes one or four panel comics.
Bored Panda approached Jody to find out a little more.
“I started doing comics in college, but at the time they were pretty poorly drawn. I ended up doing an internship at The New Yorker, where I started getting constant feedback that helped me refine my joke writing. However, my drawings were still very unrefined. Skip a few years and started taking evening classes at the School of Visual Arts. Those courses taught me the fundamentals of drawing. On September 1, 2017, I released Earth To Planet and since then I have produced three cartoons per week. great way to empty my brain of various ideas. Some are successes, many are failures. Each cartoon is practical for the next.
Given the opportunity, Bored Panda asked Jody more questions. First, we asked the artist if he had any significant influence in his life that might have helped him develop and refine his style.
“I learned to draw by taking evening classes at the School of Visual Arts. Those classes, plus the last four years of drawing Earth To Planet, is how I developed my style. That style is still evolving.
My comedy is influenced by Gary Larson (The Far Side), George Carlin, Dave Barry, my old landlady, and the residents of my grandmother’s retirement home. “
Art, in any form, is time consuming not only to practice but also to produce, so we asked Jody how long it takes her to fully finish her comics.
“Having a good idea can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. After I have my idea, I do some quick sketches. Then I draw the cartoon by hand, which takes between 30 and 60 minutes. Finally, I scan the cartoon and color it with Photoshop. This generally takes 90 minutes.
In total, each cartoon requires 2-4 hours of work, not counting the previous ten years of creative rumination, existential dread, and, well, learning to draw.