Zebra Face

Illustrator, hip-hop musician and all-round nice guy Kid Acne has been speaking to Design Week about the ten year anniversary and re-release of his Zebra Face comic book, which is about to be turned into an animated pilot for terrestrial  TV.

ZebraFace poster
ZebraFace poster

Zebra Face, for the unacquainted,  is in Kid Acne’s eyes, a ‘rubbish superhero’ who with his ‘mouthorgan wielding side-kick’ battles baddies ‘in a two-dimensional universe.’

Kid Acne ZebraFace, 2001
Kid Acne ZebraFace, 2001

Starting off as a fanzine in 1995, by 1998 Zebra Face had a loyal following and by 2000 a book was developed and released in 2001.

ZebraFace book
ZebraFace book

Through indie record, book and clothes stores and by mail order, Acne proudly shifted 1000 globally ‘with no distribution deal website or blog,’ he says.

ZebraFace, Tin Leg Tomato
ZebraFace, Tin Leg Tomato

Around 200 of the books were unearthed recently during a studio move and it was decided they’d be released for the anniversary.

ZebraFace, Tokyo
ZebraFace, Tokyo

Notice the Ben Weaver designed cover – ‘a Louis Vuitton inspired golden brown zebra,’ says Kid Acne.

ZebraFace wall
ZebraFace wall

Now ‘five, three minute animated pilots are being developed, as adaptations from the book’ set to screen this time next year, with ‘new scenarios,’ Kid Acne promises. 

Book details and ordering can be found here

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