Been wanting to post this horrifically adorable image of Zombie Boy by the talented Mr. Eric Crowe for a while! Eric has been posting a plethora of characters drawn in this wonderfully cherubic style on Twitter for a while now and I can’t get enough of them! I was pleasantly surprised when Eric sent me this take of Zombie Boy that is infinitely lovable. He captured his mischievous quality perfectly! Thanks so much, Eric!
Sam Dealey creates a happy, irreverent world at Woohooligan. If you haven’t been exposed to Sam’s work, be prepared for smart, fresh, iconoclastic material that is sure to make you laugh and think at the same time. A while back, he sent me this fabulous image of Zombie Boy and Gorr, and he also included Zombie Boy in his comic strip as part of a Kickstarter reward for his Woohooligan Digital Funnies. I love Sam’s take on the JuJuvenile delinquent! You can see that strip here.
You can also follow Sam on Twitter: @datafaucet
Since I was a young cartoonist, I’ve had three great desires. I want to win a Harvey Award, an Eisner Award and a Reuben Award. As a cartoonist working diligently for over 30 years, I’d say I’ve earned at least a right to be considered for each of these. I’ve been producing Zombie Boy since 1987, previously as a series of comic books, and as a weekly online comic strip for almost six years. I’ve put my heart and soul and fingers into this strip with the same steely determination of any syndicated comic strip artist. I’ve never missed a deadline and I always strive to produce my best work possible. It may not be a big financial win for me, but it brings me great satisfaction to produce the strip and I have a dedicated following.
I know it is bold of me to ask, but please consider nominating me for a Harvey Award for “Best Online Comics Work” this year. I realize that there are many other great creators to choose from, but I’d really appreciate it if this year you could vote for one of us out here in the trenches who could use a little affirmation for all our solitary years at the drawing board. A Harvey Award honors excellence in the comics industry. If excellence means doing your best job every time, striving to make better work, and never settling for less than you are capable, I will let me work speak for me. I’d really appreciate your consideration if you are planning to vote this year. Thanks so much!
My brother-in-arms, cartoonist Richard Dominguez walked across the studio and dropped this priceless sketch of me as Zombie Boy on my desk and I had to share it!
Richard is the creator of the highly acclaimed Mexican-American superhero, El Gato Negro. Richard and I share a studio together and he has me rolling on the floor daily with his quips, pantomimes, and especially his lightning-fast sketches that he seems to channel, not draw. This man has the most prodigious imagination, memory and skill with a pen than any artist I’ve ever met. Be sure to check out El Gato Negro on Facebook here. Richard is also working with producer/director Michael Moore to create a short film based on his comic book, El Gato Negro: Prey, you can find out more about that project here.
Thought I’d share some of my Zombie Boy comic book work with you. Here is page 13 from Zombie Boy #1, which was published by Antarctic Press in 1997. This version of Zombie boy is quite different from the fin-headed imp in the comic strip. I took an experimental departure from his regular “cartoony” look when I created this. At the time, I was really into manga and anime, and you can see the influence in the layout and toning. I’m really proud of this book, the first of a planned three-issue comic book series which unfortunately never made it past this first issue.
In this page, there is a snag in the cruel killer Baron Samedi’s plan to rule Limbo, when the daughter of his conquered rival, Danballah, escapes to our world in search of an ancient totem which could restore the balance to the Darklands. The tale is based on actual voodoo mythology and I had a great time putting it all together.