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Urban fantasy sci-fi road trip comics by Giles O'Dell.


An impromptu road trip across one of the four moons of the Ansimh planetary system provides the time for a group of friends from a working class city to discuss their culture and the embargo that has shaped their lives since before they were born. Meandering with the rhythm of the road, weaving pleasantly through the mundane and bizarre events of the past and present in equal measure, fueled by the delirium of illegally-obtained hyperconcentrated espresso... Zoonbats is a one-of-a-kind urban fantasy sci-fi road trip experience.


Zoonbats is a continuing story, with each issue containing one chapter (plus several pages of additional art, background info, etc.). There will be seven chapters total - so far the first four are complete, and you can read them below!

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Chapter 1

Three working-class artist friends on the moon of Shinma agree to meet up on a cross-continental road trip in an effort to recapture a runaway robot. Along the way, they discuss their lives and cultures, which have been shaped in many ways by an embargo that began before they were born.  

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Chapter 2

Bloom and Toast drive eastward toward Usy in pursuit of Inaara, the runaway giraffe robot. As they drive along, Toast shares the story of how he was inspired by his co-worker, a line cook named Ricardo.

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Chapter 3

As Wayne and Murray continue their journey southbound toward Eunil, Wayne shares the reasons why he decided to leave Haquel and go work at a henchberry orchard in the Northern Lands of Ruma. He tells Murray about the mysterious musician Myra Fine.

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Chapter 4

Following the breakdown of Bloom's car, Bloom and Toast walk back toward the Disan Plains Rail Yard, where they hope to be able to catch an express train to Usy as they attempt to catch up with Inaara. They discover a disturbing relic from just before the embargo... and then catch a ride from a fellow traveler.


August 2023: The new run of print zines is all done and they look and feel really nice! I'll be reserving these for an upcoming zine fest (TBA) and then see how many are remaining afterwards to sell online here.

The content of the print zines is identical to the digital flipbooks linked above. I considered possibly reducing the amount of supplemental content for the digital flipbooks in order to have something to set apart the print editions, but ultimately decided that simply having them in print in zine form is the most important difference.

Because these are small print runs, the cost to print them is significant and I'll be setting the price at a point where I won't be taking a loss on the printing costs - expect them to be about $10 each, with each issue ranging from 48-76 pages. These are for people who value print media and understand the work and expense involved just in printing zines (not to mention the process of writing and drawing them). The entire story (up to the most recent completed chapter) is always available online here for free.

Chapter 5 is in progress, tracking toward completion at the end of 2023. It's quite challenging to draw, with some very elaborate backgrounds as well as scenes featuring up to 9 characters at once. If you'd like to take a look at WIP pages for the upcoming Chapter 5, check the social links below. 



Zoonbats

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