Greetings! I'm Scott Serkland of Serkworks Art Labs. I've been hard at work on my original creator-owned comic book series Young and the Dead: No Zombies Allowed, a kids vs. zombie adventure story set in the mid 1980's.
If you enjoy action, humor, suspense, mystery, 80's nostalgia, zombies, or movies like The Goonies, ET, or Monster Squad, then I think you'll love Young and the Dead. Each issue is 24 pages (no ads). I'm presenting the first three completed issues as well as tons of extras as part of this Kickstarter campaign.
This has been my personal passion project for a long time, and I'm excited to finally present it to the world in a big way here on Kickstarter. My hope is that you will love reading Young and the Dead as much as I loved creating it.
Young and the Dead follows the adventures of 11-year-old Sam Young and his little brother Tad, who wake up one morning to find that most of the adults in their quiet suburban neighborhood have fallen victim to a nasty virus that has transformed them into flesh eating zombies. Together, with a rag-tag team of neighborhood misfits: Sam's wisecracking best friend Mitch, a live action role-play aficionado named Lloyd, a tough as nails tomboy named Oxsana, Sam's secret crush Stephanie, and her overprotective older brother Ricardo, aka Rocky. It's a race against time as these unlikely heroes fight to survive and unlock the clues to a cure that could possibly reverse the effects of the deadly zombie outbreak and save the world in the process.
Young in the Dead is an homage to all the great kid-centric adventure films of the 1980's. Films like The Goonies, Monster Squad, Explorers, and ET The Extra Terrestrial, to name a few. Think Goonies meets Night of the Living Dead. Young and the Dead combines 80's nostalgia, adventure, humor, horror, mystery, and danger, and throws in a healthy helping of zombies (You all remember the zombie apocalypse of the 1980s, right?) There will be thrills, chills, and guts will spill (mostly zombie guts)!
The campaign will conclude on Sunday, May 29th. If successful (fingers crossed), I will send out a survey to all the backers to get feedback on extras and add-ons. According to my sources, it takes about two weeks to receive the funds from Kickstarter, which should work out well because I'll be attending Phoenix Comicon from June 2-5, and may need the following week to recover at which point I hope have the funds and will send the comic out for printing, as well as printing for any stretch goal items and ancillary printed rewards. It may take three to four weeks to get all the printed material back. In the meantime, I plan to finish any remaining original sketches. Once I have all the books etc. back from the printer I will start packing up the rewards and send them out to all of you fine people. If you are in the US, it may take 7-10 days for the US post office to deliver your packages. If you live outside the US, I am told that it could take up to a month. With any luck, everyone should receive their rewards before the end of July--hopefully a lot sooner.
One thing we aspiring evil geniuses like to do is refer to ourselves in the third person, so here it goes...
Scott Serkland was once a mild-mannered illustrator and designer working in the areas of advertising, game design, and children's entertainment. That was until the effects of an unfortunate incident involving a microwave oven and a can of processed squeeze cheese changed his life forever. Now Serkland burns the midnight oil in his underground factory/laboratory creating robots, aliens zombies, and other imminent threats to humanity in his never ending quest to take over the world.
Serkland soon discovered that world domination is a lonely business, so he formed Serkworks Art Labs in order to help like-minded, would-be world conquerors achieve their lofty goals. In doing so, Serkworks Art Labs has introduced a line of geeky mad science themed products which include inspirational art prints, evil genius apparel, lab experiments, and Serkland's own original comic book series Young and the Dead.
Risks and challenges
Barring an actual zombie apocalypse, there are very few risks. That being said, there are challenges in everything we do in life, but I’ve done everything I can to to minimize the risks on this project. All three books are complete and ready to go. I just need your help to cover the printing. The stretch goals and ancillary items are finished or very near completion (some of these items need to be printed as well). While this is my first Kickstarter, I have been a creative professional for over 20 years and I pride myself in always delivering my projects on or ahead of schedule. I will keep everyone in the loop with updates both here on Kickstarter and my various social media platforms. I tried to leave ample time for printing and shipping, but unfortunately these matters are not completely under my control. But, if everything goes according to plan, you will get your books earlier than anticipated!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes and no. This story is what I like to call 80's PG (not quite PG thirteen, but before they had that rating) it's very much in the vein of Goonies, Monster Squad, ET, etc. If you’re comfortable letting your children watch those kinds of movies, you would probably be ok with it.
There is some mild language, just like in ET and The Goonies. It you find the words “ass,” “dickweed,” or “boobies" particularly offensive, you may have an issue with the book. But that’s about as colorful as the language gets.
There are zombies, but never any scenes of them eating people. Any zombie attacks (zombies biting humans ) are shown off screen (off panel, in this case). The kids use blunt objects, firecrackers, model rockets, and the like to defend themselves against the zombie threat. There are no scenes of children using firearms.
The zombies themselves may be frightening to some younger readers. I have included some sample pages to give you an idea how the zombies are visually represented. In this universe, when you become a zombie your skin turns grey and your blood becomes a soupy green, so it’s not particularly bloody in the traditional sense (granted the interior of the book is black and white grayscale).
I consider the current issue, number three, to be the halfway point, and there is still much more story to tell, so I would say definitely two but more likely three more issues.
Artist Editions are limited edition, signed, and numbered versions of each issue that are hand made by me. I try to add extra value to these books and give them a personal touch. Each issue also includes an original sketch and can be added to any physical backer level of $15 and up for an additional $15 each.
Unfortunately no. The lab's secret location and the risk of danger due to robotic malfunctions, alien technology gone awry, or the ever present threat of a zombie virus outbreak makes having visitors a definite no no.
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