For quite some time now, readers have been asking me these same three questions:
1. “When are you going to return to zombies?”
2. “When are you going to write something really long and epic-length?”
3. “When are you going to write more comic books?”
Today, I’m happy to announce that I intend to do all three at once. I’ve signed with indie comics publisher Antarctic Press to write an ongoing, creator-owned series called The Last Zombie.
Since 1984, Antarctic Press have produced over 850 comic titles with a total circulation of over 5 million. Among its titles (past and present) are President Evil, Robotech, Ninja High School, Gold Digger, Dinowars, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Bad Kids Go To Hell and many more. They’ve published some of the most respected and longest-running independent comic series, and I’m very happy to be working with them.
The Last Zombie is based on an idea that I’ve had for quite a while. Originally, I’d planned on doing it as a prose novel, but when I sat down and plotted it out, I realized that if it were published in book form, it would be about as long as The Dark Tower series. Publishers these days balk at such a hefty volume, especially if you’re a mid-list author like myself. Therefore, it made sense to me to do this in comic book format, with each ‘chapter’ or story-arc approximating five monthly issues (according to my calculations, the entire story will run twenty-five to thirty issues). When finished, The Last Zombie will be the longest thing I’ve ever written.
I won’t be revealing much of the plot in advance, because to do so would involve major, and I mean MAJOR spoilers. Hell, the title itself is a major spoiler (although you won’t find out why until several issues into the series). I’m not going to answer any story-line questions at this time, so if you ask me things like “Does it takes place in the world of Dead Sea or The Rising“, I’ll have to answer “No comment” and then we’ll both feel frustrated. Please give me your patience on this one. Trust me, all will be revealed.
Just to give you a taste of what I have planned, here is the Hollywood pitch version: “Damnation Alley meets The Stand and Mad Max in the aftermath of The Walking Dead.”
That’s pretty much all I can say about it for right now. I’m currently working on the scripts for the first five issues, which make up the first chapter of the series. Announcements regarding series artists, formats, publication dates, ordering info, etc. will be forthcoming. At this point, all I can tell you for sure is that you’ll see it some time next year. If you want to receive the latest updates, follow The Last Zombie on Twitter.
Brian Keene’s THE LAST ZOMBIE. What happens after the dead die…?