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This November 20th, the legendary Dark Horse Comics will proudly release its genre-bending new graphic novel, So... I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse and All I Got Was This Podcast. It's official launch? At Los Angeles's majestic Meltdown Comics, naturally.
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.
And yep, this graphic novel ain't depicting your father's apocalypse: mostly because the planet's males may have been completely wiped out. Fortunately, women continue to thrive and survive -- albeit as bloodthirsty zombies! 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."
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.
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