A Great Day For Down! Done!

by John Holbo on August 19, 2021

I’ve been a neglectful Crooked Timberite – not keeping up old school blogging duties – but today I have something to share!

I’ve completed the initial story arc of “On Beyond Zarathustra”, consisting of “A Great Day For Down!” Parts 1 and 2. A mighty graphic novel, 120 pages! (More, when you add in fake “Peanuts”.) Please, feel free to check it out & share with anyone who might find it edifying or amusing.

I’ve been chipping away at the thing for years now. Goodness how time passes! (Comics is hard!)

I always wondered how Z could fly around, with his Eagle and Snake! I finally worked out the aerodynamics!



Ingrid Robeyns 08.19.21 at 7:58 am

congratulations, John, that looks mighty impressive! I hope you can treat yourself to a decent party to celebrate the birth of ‘On Beyond Z’ !


John Holbo 08.19.21 at 10:03 am

Thank you kindly!


Chris 08.19.21 at 1:41 pm

I’ve been intrigued by the playful story of an ubermensch as if drawn by a true mensch! That is one weird way to close a chapter, or how to process the remains of the fallen.

You think you can go on vacation, do you? Well, no rest for the weary: I want to point out that the last two panels are repeated in https://www.onbeyondzarathustra.com/dancerfall


Alan White 08.19.21 at 10:28 pm

I just adore the art–you’re a real pro! And the whole project is ingenious. Congratulations John!


anon 08.20.21 at 1:19 am

One of the reasons I spend time lurking here is that the OPs, and commenters too, value quality over quantity.

Taking time off is good for many reasons. Better posts is just one of them.


John Holbo 08.20.21 at 6:50 am

Thanks Alan, thanks Chris – I’ve deleted the dupe panel! Thanks anon, but I think laziness, compounded by mild neuroticism, is a better explanation for my absence!


KT2 08.22.21 at 11:08 pm

Thanks for “On Beyond Zarathustra”, consisting of “A Great Day For Down!”.

We recently gave away our Dr Zuess books to deserving 3 & 5 yr olds. Yet my teenager & I may now extend our minds with your creation.

And wow. You are now on the “mighty graphic novel” spectrum with  Neil Gaiman. And completely different ways to get to similar genre.

I hope Neil G sees reads “On Beyond Zarathustra”, consisting of “A Great Day For Down!”.  A collaboration in future.

Here is;
“Neil Gaiman – Inspirational Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts 2012

Transcript here;

Then maybe a dip into;
John Berger / Ways of Seeing , Episode 1 (1972)


John Holbo 08.23.21 at 7:32 am

I will be very happy if Neil Gaiman reads my humble comic. I will know I have arrived, after all these years.

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