WHAT'S A NICE MOON GODDESS LIKE YOU DOING ON A WEB SITE LIKE THIS?

Artemis is a comic strip which ran weekly in the Yale Herald from January 1993 to May 1994. It was drawn by Bert Tzeng and written by yours truly (Jonathan Bellack, in case you didn't get to this page via Bellack Central). The story of Artemis Marcuño is a strange cross of Philip K. Dick and anime (the PKD coming from me, and the anime from Bert, who gets much credit for introducing me to Battle Angel Alita). It made sense to us at the time, I suppose.

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In any case, we managed to get out two collected editions and a T-shirt over the strip's lifetime, but they never really reached to an audience beyond our immediate friends who could be pummelled into submission persuaded to buy the stuff. We (or at least I) always hoped we could actually get the occasional total stranger to pay attention to what we were doing.

GRINDING ARTISTIC POVERTY VS. THE STEADY PAYCHECK

Bert and I talked a lot about continuing the strip past college, either via new stories, or by going back and redoing everything in comic book format (the same way Jeff Smith's Bone grew out of his Ohio State strip). But Bert went off to Columbia Law School, and I sank deep into the world of Internet geekdom, so at the moment Artemis is close to indefinitely on hold. Which doesn't explain why I've got this whole Colorized Artemis page.

HELL, IF STAR WARS CAN STAGE A COMEBACK, SO CAN I

As a present for Bert's 21st birthday, I took the T-shirt design, colorized it with Photoshop, and printed it out as a poster. It's mildly notable as my first exposure to Photoshop, but more importantly for the current context, It gave me an idea of how to give Artemis another life without forcing Bert to surrender his life of legal genius. In other words, I'm going to be adding colors to Artemis and posting the episodes on the Internet as I finish them. I don't expect to be anywhere near as brilliant as Net comics like, say, Argon Zark, but with any luck you'll like what you see.

FIRST STRIP NOW AVAILABLE!
NEXT STRIP COMING ...
Honestly? Sometime before the death of the Sun. But enjoy what's here, anyway.