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web comic: grateful zed by johnchalos

It's been a few years since my last group of updates to this journal. I just posted an entry about attending C2E2 (Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo) this year (2019). In this post, I'll fill you in one what I've been up to since 2016. I'm still installing furniture into military (my day job) but I'm hoping to make this is my last year in that line of work. I still feel good doing the work but I'm getting older and I need to think about the future. I'll probably get a different job back home early next year. I live in Bloomington, Indiana.

Grateful Zed:

The image above is from a web comic I started in 2018 based on an idea I'd been kicking around for over a decade. It's a comic strip about a newly dead gentleman named Zed trying to navigate the afterlife. His first encounter is with Death. Zed, our deceased protagonist, goes on to experience a great deal of drama and adventure in the Great Beyond. I'm creating it in the form of a comic strip. It's mostly just for fun so I've been drawing it in Sharpie on the pages of a large sketchbook I can carry with me while I'm out on the road for work.

You can read Grateful Zed on Tumblr here:
You can read Grateful Zed on Wordpress here:

Zed started out as a side project I was doing so I'd have something to post online while I was working on a secret project at home on a four month sabbatical I took from work in 2018. I ended up using my top secret project to apply for the Creators for Creators grant this year ( I won't find out if I got it until May. I turned in a short proposal along with twenty-eight pages of the project. I can't tell you much about that project yet. If I don't get the grant (which comes with a publishing deal from either Image Comics or Iron Circus Comics), I'll be pitching the book to a few more independent companies. If nobody wants it, I'll publish it myself. It's another project I'd been kicking around for years (since the 1990s) and I'd like to see it in print someday.


While I was at home those months, I also used Wordpress to create a web page. I had not created a homepage in years. This one is sort of my calling card as an artist, writer and creator. I'm also creating an alternate homepage for Grateful Zed on Wordpress but it's not quite finished yet. You can see my main homepage here:

Print: Crux by John Chalos

Something else I started during my 2018 sabbatical that I finished this past month is a large fine art print featuring a mangled tree in the form of a human heart. It's based on a dream I had about climbing a tree only to be passed by someone climbing the opposite direction. You can see it in my galleries here on Deviant Art. I made it available as a print on Deviant Art.

I also made prints available on Artpal:…
I also made products and apparel available on Threadless:…

You can also see it on Art Station:…

Crux by John Chalos by johnchalos

I took another long sabbatical from work this year (2019). I took it earlier than I had planned on taking it because work was going to be really slow this winter. I didn't accomplish as much as I hoped I would accomplish this time out but I did get a lot done. I go back to work installing furniture into military bases in just about a week. One way or another, things are going to change this year. I hope I can find a day job more suitable for a middle-aged man that leaves plenty of time to draw. I'll turn forty-eight this year and I'm still pursuing a career in independent comics. I still plan on creating my own original independent comics and graphic novels.


John Chalos
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Personal Quote: "Bringing the mind under control is a thing done only in the beginning." ~ Takuan Soho


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VerdanMagiston Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always loved your work. I wish you find yourself at a time and place where you could focus on nothing but producing comics.
johnchalos Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
It will happen eventually. I just hope there's enough time left afterwards to write and draw everything that I want to create. There's so much I want to do.
Kegger98 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
Thanks for the watch.
Axel13-Gallery Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for adding me to your Watchlist!
ironkodiak Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2014
Saw that you went to awesome con. I live in the Indy area and have friends that are part of the Louisville Cartoonist Society (www.louisvillecartoonistsociet…. They put out a yearly anthology. Now it isn't paid work (for anyone) as any profits get donated to charity, but it is a way to get a short story published and have something for a resume piece. This year's theme is "fantasy"

I'm a member and have written a few scripts for this year's anthology. I'm kinda out recruiting, but more like just trying to spread the word. They would rather have Louisville/Southern Indiana local artists, so I you know anyone from that area, let 'em know. They gave me the OK to snag a non-Louisville artist even though I don't live there anymore, as I have strong ties to the area living there for almost 20 years. If you want to see any scripts, they are reviewing them, but will be putting them up soon I think, or just message me back and I can send you mine.

Either way, my writing partner and I are on the same journey you are, just trying to make some fun comics to hopefully get them in the hands of editors and more importantly readers.

Have fun and good luck.

johnchalos Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey, Lyle. Sorry for the delayed response; I haven't had access to my laptop for a few weeks now. I was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana -- not sure if that counts as Southern Indiana -- but I'm currently living in Indianapolis. I did attend awesome.con this year. It was a good time. I have been doing short stories for small press anthologies this past two years -- contributing to six volumes representing two companies thus far -- and I'm really kind of thinking I should take a break from it.

I appreciate the invitation but I can't do any more short stories right now. But, thank you.

The experience of getting published in the small press has been exciting and I learned a little bit about the logistics of it all in the process but contributing to these anthologies doesn't really seem to be furthering my career all that much -- which is, frankly, my only goal in contributing to such anthologies. It's not fun for me to draw things that I don't care that much about when I have half a dozen projects that I care deeply about sitting on the shelf -- if you know what I mean. Even the stories I've both written and drawn myself for small press anthologies were not that "fun" because I had to cram myself into themes and genres that I don't care much about (Steampunk, horror, etc.). Working with other writers was always a positive experience but I found it somewhat limiting. In the future, if I collaborate on a project with someone, I'd much rather collaborate with another artist than another writer. My goal isn't to freelance or to illustrate -- I have no interest in doing either of those things -- I want to tell my own stories. So... this winter, I'm starting production on a large project of my own. I'll be sending pitches to companies early next year.

That's where I'm going. No looking back.

Good luck with your projects. I wish you great success. Thanks for the opportunity.
staino Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014   Traditional Artist
:wave: Thanks for the fav :+fav: and for the watch :+devwatch:
StefanoLanza Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
thanks for the fav!
mtomsky Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks for the watch!
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers, your art is impressive, it's a pleasure to watch you! :iconbritishplz:
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