Does The World Really Need Another Zombie Comic? And Why I Decided To Create Another Zombie Comic.
As I was unpacking a shipment of the latest issue of my comic book “Young and the Dead: No Zombies Allowed,” I thought to myself, “At the rate I’m going, this whole zombie phenomenon may have run its course by the time I finish telling this story.” I mean, sure, zombies seem to be at the height of their popularity now, but I still have a good three or four issues left before I wrap up the story line and reach my ultimate goal of collecting the complete works into a deluxe trade paperback (or hardback – I haven’t quite decided). At that point, will anyone care? I hope so.
The thing is when I first conceived the story of 11-year-old Sam Young and his adventures fighting the undead, I wasn’t trying to capitalize on any trends. I just wanted to tell a story that would appeal to the 11-year-old me. This kid loved movies like “The Goonies” and “The Monster Squad.” A story where the kids where the heroes were up against insurmountable odds, taking on criminals, pirates, and all manner of things that go bump in the night. This genre was certainly not taking the world by storm as of late. No one was really making movies like that anymore, except for J.J. Abram’s “Super 8,” which was also an homage to the same kind of movies I wanted to emulate. I was hoping that after the success of “Super 8,” we would see more stories like that. But that didn’t seem to have happened.
Before I started writing “Young and the Dead,” I have to admit I wasn’t really that much of a zombie fan. I had seen the original “Night of the living Dead,” but that was about it. I was participating in a mini-comics club where we had six months to put together a twelve page mini-comic, and at the end of the six months everyone in the club would trade their minis and you would come out with a stack of comics! I told myself in the beginning, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Start off with something simple.” I thought “Hey, zombies are easy. They try to eat your brains. You smash them in the head. Nothing to it.” Needless to say, I couldn’t have been more wrong. When you’re writing a zombie story, zombies are almost an afterthought. They’re more or less a foil for your characters, and good characters make for a good zombie story.
When I set out to write the characters for “Young and the Dead,” I realized they quickly began to take on a life of their own, and my goal of creating a quick and dirty mini-comic went out the window. I became passionate about the characters and their story. Soon my 12-page mini became 22 pages, with a cliffhanger ending leading up to a second issue, which is now available in my online store.
My hope is that those of you who are old enough to remember those great kid-centric films of the 80’s will feel the same enthusiasm with “Young and the Dead” that I had writing it. I’m also hoping the book will catch on with a whole new generation of fans who might not have seen those classic films but will discover how much fun it is to be a kid kicking some zombie butt!
Young And The Dead Issues 1 and 2 standard and Artist editions are avalible in the Serkworks online store http://serkworks.storenvy.com/