Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Zombie Tales #3: The Dead
New guy Ed Tadem using a very interesting, kind of indie style with a color wash for my story "Four out of Five" in the third of BOOM!'s Zombie book-pocalypse -- Zombie Tales: The Dead.
And this panel from Michael Alan Nelson's story, "The Miracle of Bethany." Yes, that is the Vatican. A zombie story set in the Vatican. No, that's not controversial at all.
Mike's finished his blogged novel DINGO. There are already Hollywood mininons poking at it with their evil sticks, and so some publisher with a brain may wish to swing by and take a look.
Oh, and sadly, I only have the small version, but this is Dave Johnson's art for the cover of Cthulhu Tales.
Laurean down in the Cthulego post comments asked how these anthologies came together -- jam session or assignment? For the first Zombie Tales, it was, if I remember, Ross Richie, Andy Cosby, Mark Waid and myself talking about zombie movies, and why they seem to be, er, unkillable. Each of us had a viewpoint on why the zombie myth had resonance, be it isolation, fear of death, decay, loss of identity ... Ross pointed out that separate approaches to the same mythos was, in fact, an anthology.
Ross was just about to launch BOOM!, so it seemd like synchronicity. Or he played us magnificently. If he did, he deserves the win. We had so much fun doing the first one (total story/creative freedom), and it was very well-received, so we just kept hopping on every time Ross asked us if we wanted to do another. The Cthulhu one was kind of an assignment, if Ross calling and saying "Hey, I've decided I really like the anthology style, want to do a Cthulhu book?" can be considered an assignment.
Writing short comics is a great way to exercise certain screenwriting muscles. It's all the challenge of a short story, with the added element of anticipating and structuring the art. It's almost a workout for storyboarding a short film.