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The next ‘mammoth’ book to hit the shelves is the fun sounding ‘Mammoth Book of Zombie Comics.’
You can’t keep a good (or bad) corpse down, and they rise up in spectacular form in this new collection. The mindless, shambling zombies of yesteryear are rapidly being replaced by sprinters and runners with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. These days zombies are the rock and roll of horror monsters. Presenting a mix of voodoo victims, creepy somnambulists, and flesh eating, rock n roll deadheads, “The Mammoth Book of Zombie Comics” brings you the best the graveyard can give. From film sources and literary sources to some very strange sources, here over 20 of the best zombie comics ever produced. They include the first Vince Locke “Deadworld” comic, Scott Hampton’s awesome adaptation of RE Howard’s “Pigeons From Hell”, plus stories from Steve Niles, Darko Macan, and many, many more. If it’s dead, moving and hungry, you’ll find it here!Praise for “Mammoth Book of War Comics”: ‘Whether read cover-to-cover or dipped into at random, it is exactly what anthologies should be: rich, varied and endlessly rewarding’ – “Irish Times”. ‘…an admirable and enlightening collection’ – “The List”.
Horror comic scribe Dave Hitchcock is releasing a newspaper format anthology of horror stories named ‘Gothic’. Hitchcock, writer of Victorian based comics Spingheel Jack and Whitechapel Freak, has self-produced this great looking comic (I love the newspaper format) which has 7 different stories from himself and also husband & wife comic book duo John Reppion and Leah Moore.
“It’s the most extensive collection I’ve ever done, so, if you like skeleton pirates, vampires, zombies, Victorian aliens, sea monsters, and more, then Gothic is for you.”Dave Hitchcock
Some stuff by me appears in a new free downloadable pdf comic, Temple APA issue one.
Here’s some info on it which I’ve nicked from Dave Hailwood’s blog :
“The first issue of the Temple APA’s digital showcase is now available online to download as a free PDF.
It’s 36 pages long and contains contributions from 10 members, including the likes of Paul Harrison-Davies, Simon Mackie, Malcolm Kirk and more. Inside you’ll find cartoons, full strips, previews of soon to be released small press comics, work in progress, and a behind the scenes look at making a webcomic.If you’re a comic artist/writer who’s interested in joining the Temple APA, then more details are available on the site (it’s as simple as clicking ‘join’).
Although this is the first digital issue (apart from Issue 0, which is also available on the site), the Temple’s been running for more than ten years now and seen a wealth of talent come and go. Everyone’s welcome, from the rawest amateur to the most seasoned pro. It’s a good place to learn from each other and hone your skills, or simply draw more attention to upcoming projects.
To download issue one, right click on one of the links below, (depending on whether you want the high resolution or low resolution version), and “Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…” if you’re using Firefox.
This month sees award winning writer Joe Hill and the amazing artist Gabriel Rodriguez’s horror comic Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft released in a beautiful looking hardback anthology that collects the first 6 issues of the Locke & Key story line.
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft tells of the Locke family, who relocate after an unspeakable tragedy to Keyhouse, a mansion in Lovecraft, New England, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them… and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all.
Now this series has got nothing but rave reviews for both a thrilling storyline packed with twists and engaging main characters. Also the artwork and colouring have also received very high praise. The series also looks set to continue in January so keep you eye on this comic as it seems destined for big things.
Here are a few quotes below.
“In a year of auspicious comics debuts, Joe Hill turned in one of the few comics that truly came from a different place. Written with skill that makes me jealous, courage that makes me smile, and honesty and brutality that makes me want to see what comes next. Okay, I’m officially a fan.” – Eisner-winning writer Ed Brubaker
“Locke & Key is a breath of fresh air in the comic book industry. A modern suspense thriller meets something more wondrous and magical.” — IGN.com
“Hill seems a natural at visual storytelling, not just managing a fabulous flow but also using the very tricks allowed by comics to enhance his overall plot.” — BrokenFrontier.com
“Solid pacing and plot twists, combined with Rodriguez’s clean lines and detail pencils make Locke & Key a lock for best horror book of the week.” — Wizard Magazine
This won’t mean much to anyone outside of the UK and Ireland, but the monsters from the original packet designs of Monster Munch are back!
The packaging was redesigned in the mid-nineties, after Walkers took the brand over from Smiths, but nobody seemed very happy with the changes. However, now the original monsters have returned on packs of Mega Monster Munch, (packets of which I spotted in a newsagents last week), and there’s a £5000 reward for anyone who knows the whereabouts of any of the monster outfits used in the original television advertisements, such as this one…
More information can be found at the website here…
This week Carnival Comics released the first of four digital chapters of a new horror story on Myspace, YouTube, Spike TV and Comic Monsters. These videos bring to life Jazan Wild’s comic book story ‘Funhouse of Horrors’ published by Carnival Comics. The chapters will be released once a week so check out this first episode and see if it floats your boat.
Chapter One: Jacob Stone, while on a family picnic, stumbles upon an old abandoned house in the woods just a week before Halloween. The wretched dwelling is being prepared to be used as a one-night only Haunted House! A strange worker, known only as Ole Scratch, sees Jacob and gives him a book with two tickets inside that change his life – or what’s left of it after the ghosts are done with him! Enter if you dare into Jazan Wild’s Funhouse of Horrors!
Well then horror comic fans I have an absolute beauty of a find for you here in the amazing horror comic website Split Lip. This site features the stories of horror writer Sam Costello whose chilling and inventive work has been brought to life by a range of extremely talented artists. For all aspiring comic artists and writers with an interest in the horror genre this website is essential reading!
At the time of writing this post I have enjoyed 4 of the 20 stories available on this site and will certainly return to get my fill of horror before bedtime tonight. The site seems to be updated with a new story every month or two and this month’s offering ‘Bad Radio’ is a good place to delve in to this terrorific site as any. I won’t give anything away but the story is pretty disturbing, exactly what you would want from a horror comic.
The artwork above is just a sample of some of the talented artists that Sam Costello has persuaded to draw his twisted stories. I urge you to visit this site and bath in the glorious horror that is Split Lip.
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