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Monday, April 25, 2016

Comic Series: Zistopia


[Rated T-13]

Welcome to Zootopia, where anyone can be anything!

...unless you happen to be a predator.  Then you're forced to wear a shock collar in case you go "feral".

For quite a while, that was the premise of the movie.  It's the world we could have gotten.  There's still an impressive amount of concept art from this stage of the movie's development that shows a glimpse of a very different world.  A world where Nick was arrested for running an illegal theme park exclusively to let predators indulge in their "wild side".  A world where Judy is a hard-boiled, by-the-numbers type of cop who genuinely thinks that predators would be savage all the time without shock collars.

Written by a person known as Witty, Zistopia takes that idea and explores it further, keeping designs and story elements close, but not necessarily identical, to the original plot.  It's done in an art style that's so sketchy and obviously hand-drawn that you could be forgiven for thinking it's made entirely of lost storyboards.  The expressions, the jokes, the writing, all of it is excellent.  I can't recommend this series enough.

You can check it out on its own dedicated website, zistopia.com, or on Tumblr, where it was originally posted.  If you want a direct link to the start of the story, click HERE.  It just finished Act 1, so now's the prefect time to get caught up.

Welcome to Zistopia.  Enjoy your stay.

6 comments:

  1. I would so see this as a movie. Or at least a Blu-ray special feature short film.

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  2. I can't recommend this enough. If you ever want to experience what Zootopia could have been, and likes crying, laughing and loving while reading, that's the comic for you. Really, go read it. Why are you still reading this comment? Go read Zistopia. Go go go!

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  4. Uhhh.. it's a really engrossing read, be warned

    Make sure you have no projects due or exams lined up (trust me on this)

    It will suck you in and then spit you out unceremoniously as you realise just how far away the next update is and begin to stare open-mouthed into nothingness as you ponder what next to do with your life

    The author/artist/genius-in-question is absolutely amazing((:

    Work of art, this is. Can't recommend it enough ;)

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  5. Stumbled upon it from youtube comment, done with it in 1-2 hours while listening to red hot chili peppers, which i found again after 5 years. This comic + Dani California song, is really something.

    It handles predator x prey situation so well and i cant wait to see how it ends. Cant shake up the feeling its not gona be 100% positive though, but, such is the life.

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  6. From the looks of it, the site is gone... :-(

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