Redblacks superfan Zipperface now in comic book form

When we last checked in with Zipperface, we got to know Jimmy Fata, the man behind the mask.

One of the most recognizable faces in any TD Place crowd, Fata has kept busy since Ottawa’s season came to an abrupt end last year.

Although the Redblacks did not participate in the Grey Cup game, Zipperface was present throughout the week long lead up to the big game. And not only as an Ottawa super fan.

Fata, an Assistant Division Chief with the Ottawa Firefighters, was a part of the official security detail for Lord Earl Grey’s trophy during its time in the nation’s capital. Part of his duties consisted of driving the Grey Cup around town and being among the trophy’s guard crew anytime it was publicly displayed during Grey Cup week.

For one of Ottawa’s most passionate football fans, it was a dream come true. A story fit for a comic book if you will. Which is exactly what it came to be.

Liam Quigley is a talented illustrator and one of Fata’s close friends. Upon hearing of Fata’s Grey Cup week story, he brought up the idea of illustrating a comic strip.

After months of labour, the two have come up with a story and visuals they are happy with. The fruits of their labour are now complete and a three page, 24-panel comic is ready to be released publicly. The comic is mostly in black and white, with occasional splashes of red to emphasise specific images.

Without spoiling anything, the comic centres on Zipperface’s efforts to ensure the Grey Cup arrives at TD Place in time for the big game.

Fata has decided that before releasing the comic in its entirety (as a free downloadable PDF), he’ll leak a few panels a week in the R-Nation Facebook group.

Beyond self-promotion, Fata hopes to raise money for the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He intends to do that by directing any momentum raised by the comic towards a line of Zipperface T-shirts that will soon be on sale.

“The comic will be free and I’m truly not interested in making money for myself. My hope is to turn the interest generated by the comic into shirt sales that will then be donated to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Although the CFL owns the Grey Cup, the Hall of Fame are the custodians, and I’d like to do my part to help them out.”

In order to be completely transparent, Fata has promised to publicly post all his profits and donations on his Twitter account.

“The Grey Cup is dear to me, and I think this is a fun way to give back” he says.

Depending on the reception of the initial comic strip, Fata believes further issues are possible.

“The sky’s the limit really. You could have Zipperface visiting other towns and interacting with other super fans. If I can represent the Redblacks, engage fans across the CFL and raise money for the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, why not?”

Santino Filoso

Santino Filoso

Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)
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Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)

7 Comments on Redblacks superfan Zipperface now in comic book form

  1. Wingback // April 7, 2018 at 1:51 pm //

    Zipperface did a spectacular job protecting the cup. A true symbol of truth and justice in this world. However, even he realized justice is sometimes a mirage. His efforts where all for not as he watched the Argos take what wasn’t rightly their’s. And the was nothing he could do about it.

    I hope part of the story is Chris Jones and some riderfans trying to steal it and claim themselves as champions! That would be cool.

  2. Edward Leslie // April 8, 2018 at 12:04 am //

    One of the two coolest superfans is zipperface. The other is that guy in Saskatchewan who had the helmet with flames shooting out of it. A great visual AND perfect for fans who brought marshmallows to the game!

    • True Green // April 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm //

      Haha I know that guy, a true fanatic fan. Too bad hey banned the helmet 🙁

      Wingnut, I’m surprised you found a way to take a completely unrelated article and turn it into something about CJ and the Riders. And your comment “what wasn’t rightly theirs”…? Good lord.

      You’re so owned.

      • Wingback // April 8, 2018 at 4:04 pm //

        Yeah it is too bad they don’t allow him. Who cares if he burnt some fans!
        On a positive, he could have melted all that snow on the new mosaic over hang, preventing a public hazard.

  3. When are you going to change the logo on your intro page? We are the RedBlacks and not the Renegades.

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