Mickey Zacchilli has been doing a daily comics trip called Space Academy 123 on Instagram for the past couple of weeks and it is fantastic so far. It’s a series of vignettes about characters dealing with personal limitations in a futuristic school, the titular Space Academy. We’re following the lives of three characters, Donna Summer, a recent graduate assigned by the Grand Father Computer to be the new principal of the school, a young and very nervous sophomore student named Andrew and Junior student hotshot Ashley Forgiveness. Each of the characters are struggling with their issues, whether it be a lack or over-abundance of confidence, which lead to many hilarious strips.
I like Zacchilli’s style, it’s eclectic and very unique, but it takes a bit of getting used to. For example, the speech bubbles will sometimes slide around a panel or push onto the next panel. She draws her panels unevenly and without any gutters which helps to make space on the page, but can often times seem a bit jarring. Once you’re used to her style though, there’s an energy and depth to her work that’s really endearing. Her characters are expressive, her background free-flowing and her comedic elements are fun and engaging.
You can find Space Academy 123 here and if you are so inclined, you can support Mickey on Patreon here as well.
Philippe Leblanc is a Canadian comics journalist. In his regular life, he improves Canadian medical education, and is the co-host of the Ottawa Comic Book Club. He reads alternative, indie and art comics at night and write about them for the Comics Beat.