“Not This Time,” written by me, with art by Ron Salas, originally appeared in the digital anthology Secret Project, and then I self-published it in print via my first Americans UK Rocktronic Mixtape Anthology, available HERE for purchase.
Pitched as a full-length graphic novel, Blood + Brains takes the “vampires vs. zombies” premise, and pushes it to a whole new, adrenaline-infused level, where the ubiquitous zombie horde is but the first wave of monsters our protagonists must survive as they head out on a death-race, cattle-drive against werewolf motorcycle gangs, chupacabra long-haul truckers, and creepy, cancerous mutants. Penny Dreadful meets Mad Max.
Bleeding Cool says, “Smart storytelling can bring new life into any convention, walking dead included. And that is what “Blood + Brains” delivers, smart storytelling and new life […] into a trope that constantly seems to be on it’s last, undead legs.”
The Comics Beat says, “[D]eliver[s] something readers have simply never seen before, imploding any expectation of the familiar. [….] “Blood and Brains” retools zombie narrative by removing excess accretion and celebrating its potential in creator-owned style.”
My first published comics work was a special promotion for Amstel Light that ran serially in Details Magazine for 3 months in 2006, drawn by Terry Taylor, and developed by then Promotion Director Kristin Joker. Interesting note: the pitch that got me the job became Just Super 1, but Amstel or Details or both didn’t want to go with supes.
Note: this story originally appeared in The Gathering: Despair.