You might like THINGS UNDONE. Ultimately it’s why I created the story about 20-something Rick Watts, a video game artist whose burnt himself out. He’s literally worked himself to death.
What happens when we lose our passion for life while we have most everything we could want in front of us?
“Zombie un-life as an existential crisis”- Bill Sherman of Blogcritics I think put it best.
These were the very first cover attempts I came up with.
From day one I felt like the characters could be strong and iconic. More-so I was hoping that people would identify with them if not physically then emotionally. And really that’s the kind of zombie world I prefer.
THINGS UNDONE should be in your store waiting for you. Read what others are saying…
Comic Evolution, local retailer in Washington state, put it on their must have list and “…sold 8 copies just this morning.”
Comics Bulletin says: “… it’s a very thoughtful and creative book with a tremendously satisfying finish.”
Read the full review here.
And also available at SPX this weekend at the NBM booth. Wish I could be there but I’d never get anything done if I traveled to all these cons.
I was recently asked if a panel from my graphic novel NORTH COUNTRY could accompany an article dealing with a rise in rural suicides. Since it’s an issue that I can get behind I was quite happy with the chance to help.
BTW THINGS UNDONE rocked the WINDY CITY COMICON this past weekend.
The one day show put on by the Around Comics Podcast crew was a great culmination of comics, creators and fans. I sold over 2/3rds of my stock of books and had a lot of positive feedback.
Don’t fret you have time yet to find out for yourselves as it should be in your local comic shop as of tomorrow. If not order direct from NBM!
Before the green tea incident (see below) I had wanted to apprise everyone of the situation that is going down this Saturday only in CHICAGO, city of golden showers!
My book will be there too and I will sell it to you and sign it and maybe even do a sketch in the thing as well! Why? Because grandmothers know value when they see it…almost more than porn.
Well if she was a zombie then THINGS UNDONE would be considered soft-core porn with a heart.
Kind of the Hallmark Greeting Card version of the brain-chomping, gut-pulling zombie stories that seem to be pervasive in current popular culture. Not tongue-in-cheek funny where the zombies or characters are winking at the audience, but funny in a way that is very down-to-earth that anyone who has ever had a relationship or life event go absurdly wrong.
At least that’s what I believe grandmother’s can sink their teeth into. Buy two, they’re small.
I have to go…I just spilled freshly brewed green tea all over myself and it hurts like hell. Here I thought green tea was suppose to be good for you? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!
I’m watching crows eat lychee nuts in a tree outside my studio window. What’s that have to do with THINGS UNDONE?
Nothing…but at least you can order the book online until…oh I don’t know…next week when it’ll be available in comic shops! You know I almost made the book green. I even went through a few other permutations as well:
I tend to do a lot of experimenting until I get it just right. That’s the luxury to developing work on your own time. I think in the end I’m happy that I went with the orange and black. Let me know if you’re happy too.
Imagine that, I found another zombie lurking in my sketchbooks. Of course this doesn’t even remotely resemble THINGS UNDONE. Word on the street is it’ll be in comic shops in a few weeks. With the typhoons in Taiwan and the hurricanes off every coast I’m sure navigating the oceans is wreaking havoc on shipping.
Trust me it’ll be worth the wait.
If not I’ll beat ten baby seals until I change your mind! It helps that I live near a zoo too.
In the initial delivery of my new book THINGS UNDONE, this was the first cover I pitched to Terry. He hated it…and yelled and cursed…and I think I even cried a little.
What really happened was Terry didn’t think it worked. He didn’t understand the little characters that were following our main character Rick Watts. I think he also said it cluttered the page as well. After awhile he wore me down…I gave up…I had nothing left to live for…no wait, that’s not right. What I ended up realizing is that I didn’t want the cover to echo the violent danger that North Country seemed to display.In reality Rick is not Charles Bronson and payback wasn’t going to be Deathwish style…well, maybe a little, but I don’t think that was the tone I really wanted to portray.
Tomorrow though, in your local comic shop, you’ll be able to see the final cover and all 88 pages in black and orange glory for only $12.95!
This is a page from my new book THINGS UNDONE, that’ll be in comic stores August 26th. It’s funny because I’m kind of going through another “personal renaissance” of sorts and hoping the change is for the better. That’s really what the book is about: accepting change and letting go of our old selves in the gamble for better growth and development.
As artists and comic creators we’re always seeking for change and improvement. I don’t know why anyone would not. Sometimes one has to isolate themselves from everything to get a better perspective. Any self-motivated person will certainly find a way if given the time and space to do what is needed.
It’s projects like this that sometimes inform me of where to go next. Maybe it’ll do the same for you.