Make way. Last year, we (a a small, collective “we”) began to see pictures of Shub Zeroth, the figurative and literal monster birthed by Hateball and Brian Ewing. It was cast in resin at the time, a prototype; and even though it was sprung upon us like a chicken, it was only just halfway done.
A proto-type. Then there was the meta-type: Zeroth’s head popped out of the vaginal fray. Its effigy was portrayed. Skinner’s Ultrus Bog adopted his mug. Things happened, and things are happening again. And since Hateball is the Man (not The Man, OUR Man), I figured we could get real with him before times end; the Beast is coming, after all.
San Diego Comic Con is opening next week, and the Metacrypt has unleashed a thunderous warning: it’s Shub Zeroth. In Its full glory. In Its slimy flesh. (also on a t-shirt, the one place for idols). Two colors: Black paint runs on Galactic Black vinyl (“glack”) and pure Slime Green (
“sleen”), both of them available at 1pm on Thursday 7/18 at the Lulubell booth (#5045), first come first serve with the Beasty Boys on deck, brandish the banner of Zeroth. If you’re perfectly happy with just the head (you sly fox) there will be grey and red Zeroth heads available at Brian’s booth (#4503 Donato Arts), which will be the outpost MetaCrypt headquarters for the rest of the convention.
Gnou: So how does Hateball feel right now?
Hateball: What an interesting question. Thank you for it. I’m feeling…elated. But also sort of confused. I’m not sure that either Brian OR I really sat down and figured out what we’d do once we got here. We mostly just focused on the getting. Now that we’re got, I really don’t know. Strange feeling got.
Is it more of a “first time on stage” type of vibe in your brain, or is it more akin to “getting to the top of the roller-coaster”?
Hateball: I think it’s the latter. Weirdly content. Unsure what people will think or how we’ll be received, but weirdly OK with whatever happens. I can’t TOTALLY speak for Brian, but I’ve now got the toy I wanted to make for myself, and so I’m happy as a clam.
You’ve been having this figure in the works for about two years now, is that the typical turn-around time these days or did you meet any unexpected hurdles?
Hateball: I think the answer is yes and yes. We had originally set out to make Shub incredibly quickly. Too quickly. The real turnaround from soup to nuts is about 18 months…we started him around New Year’s 2012. We got to a complete sculpt pretty quickly and—as you know—had a resin proto at last year’s SDCC. We then, however, made some seemingly simple changes to the sculpt that ended up taking an unexpected amount of time. I can say that I would do it again. I would have to tell you what we changed (maybe) for you to notice, but it was worth it.
This first release comes in two colors: why?
Hateball: I wanted a slime release for the first release. But the ‘right’ way to do things (IMO) is to make your first release unpainted black. I’ve spent the past couple years choosing and making decisions…Luke and Brian were gracious enough to let me have my cake and eat it too.
When the first pictures of the prototype surfaced, the only criticism I read was about the feet of the Beast. Did you take these comments into account (did you care?) or was it too late for production?
Hateball: The feet have been changed…it was good feedback. But that’s not what we spent a bunch of time on.
Is San Diego Comic Con one small step for a man, one giant leap for Un-mankind? Or is it the other way around?
Hateball: It’s a pretty big opportunity for us, all told. It’s one of a few times per year where a bunch of like-minded folks get together and sort of rub elbows with each other, wait in the same lines…do a bunch of nerdy shit all in one place. It really is like a physical manifestation of the Bloglin or Skullbrain…and that has all the negative connotations dragging along with the positive ones.