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So I did this...
My Patreon page!
... help me live for as little as $1 a month.
I'll be like your own artistic Tamagotchi, only old and bald, and humany.

Also let me know what you think about the campaign.
It's early days so I can make adjustments, and suggestions are very welcome!

And if you're too broke to fork over $1 a month, please tell a pal for me :)

I'm sorry that I haven't been posting lately, lack of time is the issue.

I've been in this bind, I'd like to post more of my old designs on DA but I'm doing comics full time, which is great, but they pay poorly, to make the rent and bills I have to produce 10 pages a month. That's written, roughed, penciled, traced, inked, scanned and digitally colored with lettering. Truth is, I can't manage it, I want to do quality, I want this work to be beautiful, but I'm already falling behind.

I've been thinking about Patreon for a while now, to be honest it's a bit scary for an old fella like me, so I would be very interested in getting your perspective on what I'm thinking of doing....

If I can get enough people to sponsor $250 per month, that would allow me to spare the time to color up a design and post it on DA for free. Depending on the tier, Patrons can help me choose which show I pick designs from, plus I would be happy to secretly show Patrons a development sketch that won't be posted on DA, and again depending on tier, I'd be happy to chat for an hour with a handful of people.

I'd like to keep things low tech to begin with, but I would love to figure out a way to let patrons watch me color the selected DA piece. Perhaps even a short podcast to answer selected questions.

So I turn it over to you... is this a dumb idea? What are your thoughts? Let's figure out all the pros & cons.

Fil Barlow,
Head Character Designer of your childhood ;D

Oh and keep this in mind: I have 2 comics coming out this year 8House: Yorris and Zooniverse through Image Comics. Yorris is an all new co-creation with Helen Maier who has worked with me for 31 years and sums up all of the animated shows we've worked on.  We hope it will be like walking through your alternative childhood as an adult. If we get this Patreon thing working, you'll be there from the beginning, with access to our inside secrets. Zooniverse is a reprint of the comic series that launched my animation career. So you'll understand why my time is limited.
A few months ago I mentioned a project that I've been working on in this earlier Journal Entry. It's a project called 8House devised by Brandon Graham to be published later in the year by Image Comics. 8House is an overall concept from which various Creator-Owned titles will be released by other artists and writers.

Helen Maier and I have called our comic series 8House: Yorris we are writing it together and I'm doing the art. We created this project with all of you in mind. We thought it would be fun to re-imagine our entire animation career, mash all of the shows that you know and love into one big project, blending them into a new, but familiar style, and using old school inking with steel nibs and brushes, the same way I made comics back in the 80s.

We have been having a great time working on it, and I'm designing brand new creatures and characters. It has been refreshing to run with any conceptual idea that interests us, without any studio bosses to hold us back! This is our baby, and we are pulling out all of the stops! So if you are a fan, or friend, of the shows that we worked on in our long careers, there will be something for you, Bugs, Ghosts, Monsters, Kaiju, Aliens, Mummies, even Zombies, we've got you covered. Speaking of which, here is a  sneak peek at the cover that I finished last week:

My NEW comic is out and you can only get it from me, it won't be available in stores!

This issue #15 is called "Kick off" because it reboots my comic career. I'm starting with an origin story, how the Zooniverse was made. So if you enjoyed the work I did for your favorite TV shows in the past, this is your chance to read my own personal project, this is what I do with the shackles off, without a big studio holding me back.

I've shown you how versatile my art styles are, now here's your chance to see my own personal style, this is what I do in my prime of my artistic abilities.

There are no middlemen/women what you buy helps me directly, your support helps me create more comics!
Help me make the comics I've always wanted the world to see! 

Details on how to purchase are here:…

Just to let you know that the Kickstarter for "Dream Another Dream" from Locust Moon Comics went live yesterday, it's target is 50k and currently it's at 38k, we'll probably hit 40k today. So get your orders in quickly!…

Along with over 100 artists I've submitted a page to pay my respects to the Father of American comics and animation, Winsor McCay. It's a huge project, which I'm proud to be a part of. Not only was he one of my many inspirations as a young artst, but I worked as a character designer on the Little Nemo animated project back in 1989, our work was never used, but I loved working so faithfully to Winsor's style. Please take a look at his amazing work. Here is the cover for our anthology....

Finally my company app is up this is where I will be releasing my new ZOONIVERSE comic.
Have a look at it and let me know what you think, it's FREE!

Click here to see the app!

I want to take a moment to thank all of you people who have supported me and my art. Posting on DA was an experiment, I had designed on all of these animated shows, but at the time no one knew that my hand was behind them. So two years ago Brandon Graham suggested that I begin posting here and I thank you for your enthusiastic response! Before I began I thought that I was washed up and that the world had passed me by. Now you have shown me that there is still much to do and people interested in seeing it.

Talking with you has given me plenty to think about, many issues to do with fandom, and how strongly people adhere to things that I pulled out of thin air. I live in a world of risk, I have to walk into an empty space where no one is looking and bring something to the earth. Once these characters, creatures and worlds exist I've found people have taken them to heart, and protect them quite fervently.

Brandon has given me a new comic opportunity and I've decided to take all of my DA experience, all of the shows that I've worked on, all of your comments and distill them into this new title. It has been interesting to merge my animation work with my comic style. You will see something familiar, I hope to please all of you, and yet something new. I am 5 pages into it and I look forward to showing you later in the year.
The latest issue of Game Informer August #245 has an article about my early development work on the Captain N (when it was called Buddy Boy). It has images that I've posted here.

The article, written by Ben Reeves, is right at the back in the American publication, I haven't seen the Australian edition yet. Thank you Ben!

By a strange co-incidence there is an article on Paperboy on page 33. Read about the Paperboy connection here:…

Are you interested in the comic work I did in Australia before my career in animation? Zooniverse is the comic I created that got Hollywood's attention back in 1986 and I've begun restoring and reprinting it through my company Zoonitoons.
You can't get it anywhere else!

There are 30 copies left of both issues and I will sign and draw a tiny unique zoon on each purchase.

Click here for more details

Issue 1 reprints two stories I did in the 90's: "Zoons! Zoons! Zoons!" in 1995, a year before Extreme Ghostbsters started and "Zoons at the OzCon" which I wrote and drew from a hotel while working on XGB in 1997.  

Issue 2 reprints 2 comics from 1983 when I was 20 years old, and just before I began work on the main Zooniverse series. "Sproat Fanbunder and Spleen Sphincter - the infamous repairmen" which was only published in Australia and "Sacred Stripture" containing art that was originally published in the UK.

Prices (payments through PayPal):
$14.20 US Dollars for a single issue ($8.50 within Australia GST included)
$20.50 US Dollars for both issues.($15.00 within Australia GST included)

For more information email:

To commission an original Zoon sketch from me add $12.00 US Dollars ($10.00 within Australia) this is only available with a comic purchase.
So... I just turned 50, finally.
Thank you all for your birthday wishes. I'm not really into birthdays to be honest, you loose interest somewhere in your 30's. I'm one of the few people who likes aging, I enjoy the process of slowing down over the decades. I feel more balanced and content than I ever did as a youth. I'm looking forward to experiencing the fifties.

Meanwhile I have had my head down preparing reprints for two of my old comic stories.
The original Zooniverse series being one of them, Rex Vectar being the other (Rex was only published in Australia). I have also been working on a new Zooniverse series with all new art.

Teaching is not something I want to do, I'd much rather get on with my own projects. The the 5 day class was an experiment to see how teaching could be done over the internet should I decide to pursue it. Thank you to those who participated.
The 5 Day Class offer is now closed

I'd better get back to it, thank you for your support and comments. I'm glad DA has given me the chance to show a fraction of my hard work and connect me to the shows that I designed for. Plus it's been helpful for me to bitch about my experiences in Hollywood. Thank you for letting me get it off my chest.

Fil Barlow
For ten lucky people I've decided to open my studio doors and design characters with you.
This is your chance to work with a seasoned Hollywood Professional on your own characters for one week.

Here's how it works:
Email me at:
I will send you a Paypal request for $55 US Dollars
Once I have received the payment you will be sent an email confirming that we have begun.
This email will tell you how we will work together for the following week.

I will help you with any original CHARACTER or CREATURE that you have created and wish to improve.
Together we will work on structure and design.  

You keep the copyrights of all of your original designs.
Both of us will be able to post the results of our collaboration on any social media.

Looking forward to working with you!

[EDIT: Five slots still available]
I"ve just finished a new Zooniverse animation based on the theme of "future" see it here ---- >…

Believe it or not this sequence was taken from page 11 of the Zooniverse movie script that I wrote back in 2005.
I even storyboarded the sequence around 2000. The 3 surveyor characters designs go back to 1999 I even modeled a CG spaceship for them that I traced in Flash for this animation.

I hope you enjoy it!
My new Zooniverse animation has been posted on Loop De Loop, this month's theme was "History". I chose to reveal how the Talsark Wars were started by the theft of a religious relic. click here to see
Yes my beloved Plastoid returns to tell a bit of his back story which was originally printed in issue #3 of Zooniverse in 1986. I've reworked and redrawn everything to make it brand new, I hope you like it! click here to see

Thanks to Helen Maier :iconhelenmaier: who did my music again! Here is her animation click here to see
Just uploaded today on Loop De Loop, the latest Zooniverse animation! This is the origin story folks! Many of the shots were traced off panels from the comic I did back in 1994 I'll detail more on the blog in a few days.

Thanks to Helen Maier for composing such an amazing soundtrack!

For our veiwers in Melbourne there are 2 screenings, one Thurs. 26th at a new venue 'the Wilde Bar' in 153 Gertrude St. and the end of month on Tues 31st at the 'Loop Bar' as usual, check the Loop De Loop site for details!
The First Zooniverse mini-comic is now available at Milk Shadow Books. Color interior and exterior covers with black & white inside. It's so cute and cuddly, plus it makes you laugh!
While I lived in Los Angeles for fifteen years all of my artwork prior to 1996 had been holed up in a garage back in Australia. I now have my old artwork back with me under one roof, boxes of it. I have original designs from Alf, C.O.P.S, and Geeker. Plus all of my comic art from the original Zooniverse series, including color, and older comic pages that I did for Australian magazines from the 1980s such as Inkspots, Reverie and Breakout.

This means that my publisher Milk Shadow Books now has access to all of my past comic work, and we will work towards reprinting as much as we can, the big project is collecting the entire Zooniverse series and digitally recoloring it into a two hundred page color book. In the meantime my first ZooniMini comic has been printed and launched at the Melbourne Oz Comic Con. I will let you know as soon as it is available online. We are starting work on a second ZooniMini.

Meanwhile I have a new animation on the theme of "play". It features a Voidhauler pilot slurping on his fermented bathwater mixed with Kloob Fluid reciting a poem in gibberish to two puppets. It's simpler if you just take a look.

For more information on the background of the Voidhauler pilot, it's all explained on the Zooniverse Comic blog.

Let me know what you think!
The month of May was intense!

Finally after working all night, I finished my fifth Zooniverse animation!!

I reformatted two old Zooniverse comics for the new ZooniMini issue #1 to be released next month through Milk Shadow Books, a local Australian publisher. Color Covers, 36 pages inside.

I completed a cover for Prophet #29 for Image Comics, Eric Stephenson head Editor at Image displays it proudly on his blog.
Also Brandon Graham, the writer of Prophet, and artist on every third issue, mentioned it on his blog first! Thanks to Brandon for the opportunity!

I did a poster sized image for Thorsten Kiecker's art book large format release of Ria #3 in Germany.

A very busy month!
Phew made the deadline! I just finished a new Zooniverse animation for Loop De Loop based on the theme of "Rock".

To see all of my animations:…

Thanks to Helen Maier for the music that I used in this loop, to see her entry:…
I just finished my third Zooniverse animation! Had to pull an all-nighter, I tried to do something smart but just choked up Flash, my weekend was spent trying dig around for the problem. My animation is raw and not completely polished, but it's done. I hope you get something out of it. :)

Click here for the Liquid Information animation

Here is Helen's animation (click here), we cracked ourselves up doing the voices  as usual.

If you'd like to see other entries and vote the main link is here

Lots of amazing animations this month!

Fil :)