Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Zombie #29: Khary Randolph

You don't get any cooler than Khary Randolph. On top of countless comics, Khary did character designs for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2000s version), The Boondocks, Hellboy and the new Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon that began in September. He designed the characters. Friggin designed them. He's been very influential in animation in the 2000s, and I'm extremely happy to have a zombie from him.
Thanks a ton Khary!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Zombie #28: Agnes Garbowska

There are three categories of zombie that I've found myself pursuing. There are zombies drawn by people famous for drawing zombies, there are zombies doodled by people famous in the zombie community (although not necessarily illustrators as a profession) and then there are artists that I adore so much that I need a sketch even though their resume is zombie-free.
Agnes Garbowska is of the latter (lattest?) category. She's actually the opposite of a zombie artist. She is a cute-things artist. She's got some awesome superhero prints and charms (I've got the Batman) and some books coming out later this year.
Thanks a ton Agnes!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Zombie #27: Jacen Burrows

Jacen Burrows (before I even get into this, check out that splash page for his site; awesome) is a household name in zombie comics, and if the name isn't familiar, you've probably seen his work. He's done tons of amazing covers including Black Gas, Escape of the Niving Dead and various Night of the Living Dead books (with author George A. Romaro).
He's also fully illustrated a handful of books including Chronicles of Wormwood, a book about the anti-Christ, Danny Wormwood who is a TV network executive, his best friend Jesus and a rabbit who talks to him. It's good. It's good in the I know that if I read this I'm going to hell, but it's probably worth it kind of way.
His latest book, Crossed looks to be pretty amazing. It's about a zombie-style outbreak that, instead of turning people into mindless brain-eaters, turns them into homicidal maniacs. Check out a preview here. Issue #0 is on the shelves with issue #1 coming later this month.
Thanks Jacen!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Zombie #26: Dan Parent

Oh, this makes me grin a big grin. This zombie is from Archie Comics artist Dan Parent. Dan has also done work with Felix the Cat Productions, Mattel (Barbie), Disney, the list goes on. It's not often that I get such an iconic artists' sketch, but now that I have this one, I have a dozen others I want. Zombie Betty, Zombie Veronica, Zombie Jughead... God, I need the whole gang!
Be prepared to see a lot of me, Mr. Parent. And thanks a ton for the Zombie Archie.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Zombie #25: Max Brooks

Max Brooks is one of the most influential figures in modern zombie fiction. Max wrote the Zombie Survival Guide in 2003 and followed up with World War Z in 2006. WWZ is phenominal, and the dozens of other recent zombie novels over on Amazon all owe their success to WWZ for paving the way. WWZ is currently being made into a film, and part of me doesn't want it to happen. There is no way to top the novel, and I feel like I'm just going to be disappointed. Of course the other part of me, the larger part, can't wait.
Currently we're all eagerly awaiting World War Z: Recorded Attacks, which is a collection of additional zombie stories from throughout history in graphic novel format.
Oh, one last thing about Max-- He is a GREAT sport for sketching me a zombie. Best-Zombie-Ever.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Zombie #24: Joe Dodd

Joe Dodd is a killer artist that has had his hands in various G.I. Joe and Marvel comics, and most recently he illustrated a fabulous book called Tales From Wonderland: The Mad Hatter, an origin story for the Tales From Wonderland version of the Mad Hatter. Theres some twisted stuff in this book, and you need to check it out, if for no other reason than.. zombie wall.
This zombie sketch is incredible Joe, please do more dead people. Thanks!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Zombie #23: Jeremy Bastian

Jeremy Bastian is an incredible artist. He creates these monstrosities and these structures and these creatures that all inhabit this realm, and you know that if you were to crack open Jeremy's skull and peek inside, all of these creations would be in there waving back at you.
And the detail. It's all so finite and so precise that it's just out of the scope of what you'd expect a person to be able to do.
Just go check out his blog, and pray with me that Cursed Pirate Girl comes out soon. Last I checked, still no release date. Thank you for the magical zombie, Jeremy.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Zombie #22: Matt Wright

The guys at Unshaven Comics are marketing savants. Their sales pitch for their latest book when I met them (probably expired by now) was "Buy our book and we'll draw you as a zombie in our next." Woah-- They could have sold me anything.
The book, The March: Crossing Bridges in America is an awesome read and I highly recommend everyone pick it up. It's about a handful of families that participated in a peaceful protest of tightening immigration laws in Chicago, 2006. It's about their different perspectives but ultimately their similarities. How they go from this to Zombie fiction, I'll just have to wait and see.
The zombie above was drawn by the resident artist for Unshaven, Matt Wright. Those colors really do pop like that in real life, and it totally works. Thanks for the zombie, Matt!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Zombie #21: Paul Allen Ballard

Paul Allen Ballard is a freelance illustrator who does all sorts of awesome stuff including sketch cards, collectible card game art, Star Wars promotional stuff, and the thing that really grabbed my attention, the covers for the comic book Zombies of Mass Destruction. They could each be a movie poster. I would hang each of those covers on my wall, especially number 3. Zombies of Mass Destruction is written by the creator of the Underworld movie franchise, and has itself been acquired for movie rights. It's about zombies being used as WMDs, which I personally think is a fantastic idea.
Check out Paul's blog for higher res images of those awesome covers. Thanks for the amazing sketch/painting, Paul!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Zombie #20: Jason Yungbluth

Jason Yungbluth is a writer for Mad Magazine, and creator of the comics Deep Fried and Weapon Brown. Deep Fried is an ensemble of Sunday comics gone mad, both in web and paper comic formats. The craziest of these is Weapon Brown, a post-apocalyptic Charlie Brown that you really have to see firsthand.
The zombie above is a zombified version of Clarissa, a little girl who has a very bleak outlook.
Thanks for the zombie Jason!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Zombie #19: Jason Moody

Jason Moody is the artist for a comic called Scarlet Veronica. It comes out in the fall, and it looks like it's going to be pretty fierce. It's about this zombie girl who... fights evil? I can't say that for certain. I do know that she's definitely undead, and the previews are looking pretty slick. Check out this trailer and the preview pages.
Thanks Jason!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Zombie #18: Ken Haeser

Ken Haeser sketched this zombie for me. Ken is the artist for The Living Corpse, about a zombie who breaks free of the insatiable desire for brains, and begins fighting for good. There are only a handful of issues out, but it's already being made into a major motion picture by Shoreline Entertainment. I am definitely looking forward to it.
Congratulations Ken, and thanks for the Zombie.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Zombie #17: David Petersen

I still cannot believe that David Petersen provided me with this sketch. Just look at the thing; the tattered mouse ear, the limp arm. Even at 21x the height of a little zombie like this, I'd be terrified of seeing this guy shambling across the forest floor towards me.
David is the creator of the Mouse Guard series, which is phenomenal in every aspect. I highly recommend that you go out and pick up the first book, Fall 1152. It's an instant classic, and rumor has it that a movie is in the works.
Thank you so much for doing such an atrocious thing to one of your beloved creations, David.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Zombie #16: Christopher Mitten

Christopher Mitten is the artist responsible for Wasteland. Wasteland is incredible. It's vast, it's epic, and there are sand-eaters. Sand-eaters are like zombies, except they're probably alive and they have really sharp teeth. Read the first, double-sized issue for free.
Christopher is also the illustrator for Queen & Country: Declassified, Vol. 3, Past Lies, The Tomb, and Last Exit Before Toll; all of which are published by Oni Press, so each have a descent-sized preview online.
Thanks Christopher!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Zombie #15: Paul Ziomek

Paul Ziomek and Peter Ziomek make up Over the Top, and are part of 7000 BC, an independent comics group based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They create an awesome brand of home-grown comics; the kind of soulful narrative that you'll be hard-pressed to find in a majority of comics on the shelf these days.
Paul contributed to Hospital Stories, which is a collection of stories that "provide insight into the pain, hope, and humor that surround our experiences with hospitals and the medical profession." He is also the co-creator of Fakin' the Funk and one of the coolest guys you'll ever meet.
That's a zombie Iron Man, by the way. Thanks Paul!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Zombies #14 and #14.5: Katie Cook

Katie Cook is an amazing illustrator who has a penchant for the cute/funny. It was through Katie that the phenomenon of sketch cards came to my attention. I had no idea that other people were collecting/creating small illustrations on blank cards. That's pretty awesome. Star Wars sketch cards? Sign me up.
Check out the Smashy Adventures of the Hulk and this sketch of Mouse Guard. Haha, cute and funny. I told you so.
Thanks Katie.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Zombie #13: Chris Burnham

God. If Chris had sketched this, looked at it, and said to me, "I'm sorry, this is just too good. I'm going to keep it, because you don't deserve it," I would have understood. He would have been right too. I almost feel guilty asking for sketches from artists like Chris. It's a waste of their time, but I am forever grateful. Just look at that guy up there.
Chris Burnham has this awesome gritty pulp style which can be seen in comics like Elephantmen #9, a story about a detective half-man, half-zebra; Fear Agent: A Mammoth Undertaker, essentially a space-cowboy; and most importantly, Nixons Pals, a graphic novel about a parole officer for super villains.
Thanks Chris.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Zombie #12: Tom Brazelton

Tom Brazelton, of Theater Hopper fame, sketched this zombified... well, I think that's himself. Eerie.
I've been reading Theater Hopper since the early days of web comics (for me at least). Staying on topic, check out these individual strips; Zombie Nation and Zombie Spider-man. For the funniest strips I've ever read, which happen to be the two most recent click here; Do You See Pants? and Boy Parts (in that order).
Also, I can now check 'Talk to Tom Brazelton about a movie' off the old 'do before death' checklist; I asked him if he was seeing Wanted that night (opening night). That counts.
Thanks for Zombie Tom, Tom!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Zombie #11: Art Baltazar

Art Baltazar is the other half of the creative force behind Tiny Titans. He co-created Patrick the Wolf Boy, and has a few other original comic creations as well. He's also super friendly and says "Aw yeah man" a lot.
Thanks for the Zombie Art!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Zombie #10: Franco Aureliani

Franco Aureliani is the creator/writer/artist of the Weirdsville comic, co-creator/writer for Patrick the Wolf Boy, and writer for the new Tiny Titans comic, aw yeah! Tiny Titans had a free issue back on Free Comic Book Day 2008, and the popularity of that title has recently sky-rocketed. It's well deserved; That comic is just too funny, and these guys worked their bottoms off on it.
Thanks for the sketch Franco. Crayons, you gotta love that.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Zombie #9: Chris Giarrusso

Chris Giarrusso just made me the happiest boy on the planet. Chris writes and draws Mini Marvels, a comic about pint-sized versions of all of our favorite super-heroes. I remember being in middle-school and scanning through comic-books at the shop just to read the Mini Marvels at the end (please forgive me Chris, I was young and unemployed).
Check out Chris' original comics and be sure to also pick up Mini Marvels: Paper, Rock, Scissors in July. You can also read a ton of Mini Marvels at his website FOR FREE!! Also, watch this cartoon about the first Easter.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Zombie #8: John Avon

John Avon is a fantasy/sci-fi artist from the other side of the pond. I am forever grateful that he took the time to doodle up this zombie for me. For one, he was insanely busy. John doesn't cross the Atlantic often; When he does, he's met with endless lines of ungrateful kids who I really don't think appreciate his work.
And two, he's a usually a landscape artist and I know it must have been a nightmare to be requested to sketch something that he's never sketched before with a queue of hundreds of people waiting, so John, thank you so much for taking the time. I really appreciate this sketch. You are quite possibly the greatest fantasy artist in the world.
Check out his gallery. I could link every piece he's ever done individually, but in particular check out this island and this plains. It blows the mind.
Thanks again John.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Zombie #7: Derek Ring

Derek Ring... I just don't have the words. This sketch makes me so happy I could poop. Thanks so much for it.
Derek did the illustrations for the card game, Zombie Fluxx. He also does tons of illustration/graphic design/logo work. He did this mighty-awesome short graphic novel; Love Story (free download, you have no excuses not to click that link). He also has a blog.
Derek, please illustrate a graphic novel. It's meant to be. Thanks.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Zombie #6: Thomas Baxa

Thomas Baxa is a god of dark fantasy. He creates all sorts of nightmarish images for Magic: The Gathering, World of Warcraft CCG, Dungeons & Dragons, et cetera. He's pretty much the go-to guy for demons, zombies, horrors, ghouls, et cetera. I've always thought of him as the gold standard for evil with Rebbeca Guay on the other end of the spectrum with her angels, fairies, et cetera.
Baxa also has Wicked Fairies, his line of zombified fairies shirts. Jeez that's awesome.
Some stuff that blows me away; Zombie Infestation, Gluttonous Zombie, and Bad Ass, the Zombie Donkey. I'm going to go ahead and repeat that; It's that important. Bad Ass, the Zombie Donkey.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Zombie #5: Mark Tedin

Mark Tedin is a fantasy/gaming artist who started painting for Magic: the Gathering back when Magic: the Gathering released their first set of cards. I honestly remember, in middle-school, being creeped out by cards like Goblin Hero and Abomination. I thought that the artist that produced this kind of stuff must have been possessed by Satan himself. Nowadays I think the same thing, but it's a good thing rather than a bad one. You have to see his work in person to see how amazingly vivid it is. The cards don't do him justice.
And then there's this zombie, made from pieces of other zombies. Thanks for that Mark. I know you didn't do it for me, but you kind of did.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Zombie #4: Rob Alexander

Rob Alexander is an awesome fantasy artist, easily my favorite for fantasy landscapes, and I was stoked that he agreed to do a zombie for me, considering I've never seen him tackle a zombie before. Now someone please buy me the original artwork for the card Overgrown Tomb (Wizards of the Coast's title), City of the Dead (Rob's title), so that my zombies will have somewhere to hang out.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Zombie #3: Nate Bellegarde

Nate Bellegarde is a comic-book artist with such books on his résumé as Hector Plasm: De Mortuis, Loaded Bible: Jesus Vs. Vampires and more recently, Invincible Presents: Atom Eve. Nate makes fictional characters on printed paper move. Really. For an example of what I'm talking about, pick up a copy of Hector Plasm. It's magnificent.
Check out his sketch blog as well. Sketch #79, holy shit.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Zombie #2: Robert Kirkman

Robert Kirkman is the creator/writer for The Walking Dead, the best comic book. Seriously, if you haven't read it, you might die in the next couple of hours, unless you go to the nearest comic shop and pick this book up. It will change your life (if you're as stupid about zombies as I am). He is also responsible for Battle Pope, Invincible and Marvel Zombies which are all great titles. Sometimes he sketches zombies.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Zombie #1: Kenn Minter

Kenn Minter of Near Mint Press doodled up this zombie for me back in April. I really like how Kenn adapted this zombie to his style. Kenn not only draws but writes as well. Check out Kenn's tongue-in-cheek super-hero comic The Experts and his autobiographical comic I'm Not From Here. This guy oozes wit, coated in charm.
Thanks Kenn!