"My Gal, the Zombie" is the zombie take on my long running webcomic, Heaven Forbid. You can read it at www.crazygoodcomics.com,with over 600 comic posts, 3 graphic novels, and many other comics! I first did a zombie illustration of the main character, Chelsea, in January 2013 for the Red Headed Zombie awards show. Since Chelsea is a redhead, it was a perfect fit! The image really took off and I even won my first art award for that piece! When I finished "Journey Into Her Story," the third Heaven Forbid GN, I wanted to do something different. I decided to do a story using this zombie version on Chelsea, and to my surprise, it really took off! It wasn't long before I was expanding my merchandising, selling out of the MGTZ comics, and having a ton of fun!
I've done a couple mini comics, which all sold out rather quickly. Then I did the Summer Special compact comic, in a few printings, all of which have sold out. Currently, I have the Autumn 13 Special in stock, which features my full color collaborations with Dan Parent [Betty & Veronica, Kevin Keller], Chad Blakely [Kidnapping Kevin Smith, The Con Job], Batton Lash [Archie: Freshman Year, Supernatural Law], and Stephanie Mided [Scout]. Next, I'll have a story in A Very Zombie Christmas #5, coming soon from my good friends at Antarctic Press. I've been thinking about how with these combined, I already have about 75 pages done of MGTZ and how I'll soon have enough for the first graphic novel, Everyone Loves a Green Skinned Girl.
While it is not yet finished, My Gal, the Zombie: Everyone Loves A Green Skinned Girl will be 6x9 [or larger], over 100 pages, black and white, perfect bound, and published by Lamp Post. It will include all of the MGTZ stories published to date, especially those now out of print, and fun special features and even activities. Guest art will include all of the previously mentioned artists, plus Riki Takaoka [Maiden Voyage], Jason Montoya [Abigail: Curses & Demons], Xaq Bazit [Souled, Grimm Fairy Tales Hunters], Gerry Mulowayi [Constructs], and more!
Flash forward to the past when I reconnected with a long time friend of mine, Ryan Davis, of HairBall8 Records. He said he was looking to do some new music compilations, especially with a horror theme. As we collaborated on things, we decided that using the MGTZ property would be a great outlet for this. Herein, the soundtrack was born. Over the last few months, we've been working on that and have a great collection of brand new, rare, and even out of print songs, spanning multiple genres, all with a horror or romance [and often both] theme!
My Gal, the Zombie: Mesmerizing Music for Morbid Monsters will feature the following:
Dance Zombies Dance by Dead by Dawn [brand new horror punk from the UK]
Where Were You by The Jekylls [new retro 60's rock from Denver]
Human Fly Trap (Our Hero Escapes From Venus) by Blaster the Rocket Man [long out of print horror punk otherness]
Zombies by Sick City Daggers [rare psychobilly]
Surfside by Ghost Storys [rare surf psychobilly]
Romance Until I Die by The Nobody Elses [out of print horror country]
El Diablo Tacos Are The Best by Destroy Nate Allen [folk punk from Portland]
I, Zombie by Grave Robber [horror punk from Fort Wayne]
Dead Love by Soul Daddy [brand new hip hop track from Denver]
2,000 Leagues by The Tromatons [brand new horror punk from Chicago]
Dawn of the Deadbeats by Crush the Enemy [rare thrash from San Antonio]
Haunted Heart Remix by Concombre Zombi [new remix psychobilly from Austin]
When I Get Over You by Huntingtons [rare American punk rock]
[track list subject to change and more to come!]
My Gal, the Zombie is "Fun for the Whole Zombie Family!" In this, I mean that the project is essentially "family friendly," if your family can handle zombies! I would equate it to a "dreamworks" style PG equivalent film. You can play the record or read the comic with your kids, as long as they're not too scared! [my 2 year old loves MGTZ!] Please preview what will be in the book at http://crazygoodcomics.com/mygalthezombie/.
I've been drawing published comics for over ten years now and doing webcomics for longer than that! I've done everything from self publishing to being published in Europe by the second largest publisher in the world, Hachette Books, and everything in between! But, what I often do not get is a sort of "page rate" for my work, especially for projects I own. When I sell my comics, I find a profit for the sale, which is a great blessing. However, there is not so much a direct profit from the work producing the books. It's almost like being a book salesman. My family and I could really use some funds during the creation of this material. This is why I need your help and why we're offering some really neat exclusive rewards!
Risks and challenges
As with any project, there are always unexpected things which come up. Having recently completed and fulfilled all rewards from my first successful Kickstarter, I've learned a lot. I set my expected date as June 2014. I actually hope to get materials to people before that, but this allows me some more flexibility.
As I'm working with both HairBall8 and Lamp Post, I will have relatively no challenges in the production of the book and soundtrack. I already have most of the other merchandise items in stock.
While the book is not quite completed and there are a few songs which need to be finished, I'd say things are about 75% done already. I don't think that's too bad of a place to be in, 9 months before the expected delivery date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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