Thursday, February 25, 2010
The completion of our original graphic novel, Quarantine, is right around the corner. But before Monty wraps up the art, Lauren adds the color, and Jim places the words, we want to offer a unique opportunity as a way to say thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.
We want you--yes, you!--to get infected. From now until March 10, we here at Team Quarantine are running a contest. The grand prize? How does getting immortalized in a comic book sound?
That's right. The first prize winner will be drawn into Quarantine as one of the infected (and receive an autographed copy of the book). All you have to do is send us photos of yourself performing your favorite zombie pose. Dress up, shuffle around...it's all up to you.
Second prize gets an autographed copy of the book; third prize gets an autographed copy of the limited edition Issue One preview.
Email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions will be reviewed by our panel of highly-trained experts (i.e. people who've seen a lot of Romero movies).
Friday, February 19, 2010
I am now in possession of a box of Quarantine, Issue 1. I'm not going to give a speech (no one asked, and I didn't win anything), but I do need to say thanks to both Charles D. Moisant (of Silver Phoenix Entertainment) who did an excellent job printing this batch, and to Jen Torche, who created four brilliant covers. In fact, the above image is of the inside front cover. It's a great example not only of Jen's skill, but her creativity as well. All I basically gave her was the credits and a vague idea of what I wanted. She ran with the rest. The background text is what really rules--Jen actually found news text from real quarantines and used that as the art. She then placed a strikethrough over the text giving it an authentically chilling feel. Look close and you'll see words like "gunpoint," "public health authority," "being infected," and "vaccines."
If you'd like your own copy--for free!--don't forget that I'll be a guest at The Comic Vault's Winter Con this Sunday, from 2-4pm. I'll be seated with Onrie Kompan (Yi Soon Shin) and Kristen Koerner Simon (The Little Blue Spruce).
As for Quarantine itself, things are rolling along. Monty is gearing up to begin art on Issue 5 and Lauren is coloring Issue 3. I'd love to be able to share more, but I can't right now. Would it be enough to say that the book is looking totally amazing? (And that pat on the back goes to the art team, not me). I will have more updates soon, as well as a pretty fantastic contest.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Well, I think I'm officially joined the realm of the surreal. After the long--but great--process that has gotten Quarantine to this point, it's starting to be time to share it with others. A batch of issue one previews are printing and will be in my hands soon. The anticipation, I have to admit, has me a bit on edge, but in a good way (especially after seeing Jen Torche's design work for the inside and back covers--the back is shown here).
To help kick off this exciting time, I am proud to be part of Imagine Daily's "I Love Zombies Day." Anthony Zummo over at ID was gracious enough to allow Quarantine to take part in the undead festivities. To celebrate the day, ID has suggested the following activities:
1.Have a Zombie movie marathon.
2.Start a Zombie Walk in your area.
3.Catch up on some graphic novels like The Walking Dead
4.Play some multiplayer video games like Left 4 Dead with your buddies.
5.Have a dinner party where all the food items resemble victims in a zombie movie.
(brain jello mold? Red Velvet cake shaped like a torso with pink icing?)
And, here's where Quarantine comes in, the top three winners deemed to have the best I Love Zombies celebration will win t-shirts and...the first issue of Quarantine! Signed by Monty and I!
So take part of the fun, and who knows, maybe you'll find yourself a winner (I mean, if you spend a day playing Left 4 Dead or watching Romero movies, you really can't lose).
Monday, February 1, 2010
On Sunday, February 21, I'll be appearing at the Comic Vault's Winter Con, a weekend-long event that is featuring a slew of talented creators, including Chris Burnham, Onrie Kompan, Brian J. Crowley, Tom Stillwell, Josh Elder, and more. I'll slated to appear from 2-4 p.m., so stop by if you have some time. If you do, you'll be one of the lucky few to receive a free copy of the first issue of Quarantine. Did I mention it's free?!
This is my first convention appearance as a guest (I've been an attendee since I was 10 years old), so this is a pretty big deal for me. I hope to see you there!