Thursday, July 30, 2009


I, Zombie

Hey, internets! Remember me?

I'm back from San Diego, where I had the absolute best SDCC imaginable, on all levels personal and professional. Among the truly great things that happened (and one of the only ones I can talk about yet) is that the creator-owned book I'm doing at Vertigo with Mike Allred was formally announced, so I can finally share a little bit of the goodness that we've been cooking up with you.

Here's the promo image that Mike drew up especially for the con:

Nice, no?

The Vertigo blog, Graphic Content, has a brief description of I, ZOMBIE, which is the basic concept on a postage stamp.
Written by Chris Roberson and with art by Michael Allred, I, ZOMBIE is the story of Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a week she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person until she eats the next one. With a posse of vampires who play paintball, a smitten weredog, a swinging 60s ghost and a sexy but demented mummy, Gwen ‘zombie girl detective’ sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime, or right a wrong.
And over on Comic Book Resources there's an interview with me and Mike about the book, and what you can expect. CBR also has a write-up about the Vertigo Panel at SDCC that includes some additional stuff about the book. And if you really want to get the whole scoop, you can listen to the podcast of the Vertigo panel (mp3 link) and hear Mike and I rave about how excited we are about the book (we get started right at the 36:00 minute mark).

I am ridiculously excited about this book, and can't wait for people to see what we've been working on. The ongoing series itself will launch sometime next spring, but if you can't wait quite that long (and who can?!), there'll be a seven-page preview short-story appearing in the House of Mystery Halloween Annual in October of this year.

So how was your weekend...?


Wow. It sounds fantastic, Chris! I bet it's something that I and my daughter will both be crazy about. :) Congratulations again!
Thanks, Deanna! (BTW, weird moment of synchronicity at SDCC when Brad Thompte told me you two had gone to high school together!)
This looks to be great, Chris. Wow, collaborting with Mike Allred -- he has such a great clear line and sense of desing!
I am UNBELIEVABLY lucky to be partnered with Allred on this. Still can't get over it.
Wow, this looks so tasty and so good I really can't wait for it anymore. Seems just my kind of thing.
Er... "sense of design," Chris.
Thanks, Rani! (And don't worry, Stu, I knew what you meant.)
I thought the mind was a *terrible* thing to taste... ;)

Looks great! I'll definitely look out for it.
I, ZOMBIE sounds fantastic, Chris! I'll have to grab that preview in October . . . the northern spring is too far away.

Garth Nix
Thanks, Garth!
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