This is a project that has been in the works for a little while. It’s actually something I had forgotten about until one of the people that worked on it posted a few updates on Facebook.
Zulu Mech is an animation from the author of Shades of Memnon, written by Gregory “Brother G” Walker.
I actually met Gregory many years ago. I was at a book store and he just walked up to me and asked me if wanted to check out this book he wrote. I don’t remember exactly how the conversation went, but I was doing graphics at the time and he asked me if I would show him some of my work and potentially work with him on some animation. This must have been about ten years ago, but I believe he had already managed to get Wesley Snipes involved. The day we were supposed to meet he called me and said he would have to reschedule. We never settled on a date and time so nothing ever came of our encounter.
When I first saw the trailer for it I wasn’t sure what to make of it. It features an introduction by Wesley Snipes that lasts almost five minutes, it leaves the last two minutes or so for footage from the first episode. Here is the trailer:
I went through the sign up process and paid $1.99 to watch the full episode. I can tell you right now some people are going to be offended by the humor in Zulu Mech. Anyone that is sensitive about things like religion and homosexuality will likely be stunned by some of the statements that are made. The humor isn’t for everyone, but I think the biggest problem for many people will be the lack of audible dialogue. It’s like a comic book with music and sound effects. All of the dialogue is shown in dialogue bubbles just like a comic book, a “cinema graphic novel” as they call it. There are some very dynamic scenes that are just screaming to be voiced in this thing and I do think that many casual observers who aren’t into the genre will be put off by that, but at $1.99 I’d say watch it and decide for yourself.
At this point I encourage everyone to check out the full episode and leave comments as to what you think. Without looking at the specific content that is contained within Zulu Mech, I think this project embodies many of the elements that have been discussed on this blog. Someone who originally wrote a book decided to take his project from beginning to end.
I don’t exactly agree with everything in Zulu Mech, but I respect the fact that this is someone who had Wesley Snipes attached to his project, back before Wesley was going through all of the recent drama, and the foreword to his book is written by Bill Duke. He could have easily sold out and lost creative control, but he stuck with it and did things his way.
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