The Author and Creator
Sixteen years old with a degree of wackiness, Nolan Cross’s passion is for movies. As far back as he can remember, he’s always adored them, and has internalized every film he’s seen, taking them in as fuel for his other creative projects. Everything in ZEP is probably influenced by some movie, and his ultimate aspiration is to be a filmmaker. Some of his favourite films are The House that Jack Built, The Lighthouse, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and his favourite directors are Lars von Trier and Ari Aster. Follow him on the app Letterboxd to keep up to date with all his cinematic journeys. He often describes ZEP itself as ‘Lord of The Rings’ crossed with ‘The House that Jack Built’.
The story and world of ZEP has remained a constant throughout his life for a very long time. ‘Passion project’ would be a criminally huge understatement.
Other than that, Cross despises school and math, enjoys calling all his friends ‘dumbasses’, and has the biggest of dreams.
Benji aka Lowclass is a recognized graphic designer and illustrator, specializing in a wide variety of drawing styles and design techniques. The ZEP project is his first swing at a graphic novel. Working alongside writer/creator Nolan Cross, Benji has developed a new style of pencil, ink and grayscale to give life to the world of ZEP. His inspirations include anything hand drawn and old school such as vintage comic books, magazine ads, retro sci fi book covers, surf, skate, pre 2000’s album art.