here to turn the zombie genre on its (severed) head with…
So… I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse was conceived and developed by Korey Hunt, screenwriter Chris Freeman, and writer/director Jonathan Appel. Following Appel’s untimely death in 2010 at the age of 35, Hunt and Freeman teamed up with film producer friend Sarah Quay. Their goal: do everything possible to ensure Jonathan’s vision might somehow see the light of day. Three years — and countless struggles — later, they’ve finally succeeded.
Mara Mitchell is humanity’s lone, non-infected female in this edgy and comedic dystopian tale. She’s young, idealistic, and beautifully geeky, with one heck of a podcast. And she’s hell-bent on befriending her neighbors. One problem, though: the planet’s zombie women turn out to be stone cold catty! We’re talking some serious undead ‘tude! Can Mara charm her way into their cliquey decrepit girls club? Or will the unending rejection push our hero to the brink of an all-out war?
With its unique ‘females only’ slant, So… I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse deliberately runs counter to what we’ve come to expect from the genre — a conceit Korey Hunt credits to the fertile mind of his late friend and writing partner. “Working with Jonathan was like trying to fill a bucket from a fire hose,” says Hunt. “He would barrage you with ideas and you would just try to catch some of them, adding in your own when you had a minute to think.”
As for future plans, Sarah Quay hopes a successful run will allow the creative team to “keep telling stories in this bizarre, clique-ish dystopia where the human male is endangered and Mara Mitchell may be his only hope.” In the meantime, the group — collectively known as Slumber Vision — has already begun collaborating on a second book for Dark Horse Comics, titled, Twinsburg. Co-creator Chris Freeman describes it as “A murder mystery that takes place at a twins convention — with plenty of dark twists and turns, naturally.”
Dark Horse Comics is one of the world’s most respected publishers of graphic novels. Its licensed titles include comics based on Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Predator, and Mass Effect. Dark Horse also publishes creator-owned comics such as Frank Miller’s Sin City and 300, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, and Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo.
Featuring animation by veteran illustrators Rich Bonk, Alan Kupperberg,
Jerry Beck, and Melike Acar
Available in all major North American comic stores on Nov 20, 2013
Also available for download internationally at www.digital.darkhorse.com