Stillborn: The First Zombie likes to play with his food.
Source: Phillip Kopp
The cosplayer, Hunter S. Zombie, has evolved from entertainer to writer/artist, as Phillip Kopp. Stillborn is a new horror book from Kopp that’ is running a Kickstarter campaign. Originally, the comic began in 2012, as single issues, but it’s now being turned into a graphic novel. It’s a pretty good book if you love zombies. I like zombies a lot for about 1 hour at a time then I want to eat my own brains. I've read a few zombie books, read all of The Walking Dead, and used to really like the TV show, but lately, I've just needed a break. Stillborn was a decently different story that I could appreciate, because it’s a story about when the zombie wins. Overall, I’m glad I read it.
It isn't a story of how it spreads, or what we do in the aftermath, it's about a single zombie who is a really devilish dude. He's powerful, gruesome, and hell-bent on killing everyone because - the worst thing about him is that he has his reasons. While the format & dialogue aren't exactly shedding the mold quite, they still work. You really feel like you are trapped in a house with these people, and you really, really want them to get out.
The art is all black & white, and semi-experimental, which is fine for a horror book. I think it has room for improvement, but I have a ton of respect for someone writing and illustrating their work. While the art doesn’t knock it out of the park, it's stylistically intriguing. He definitely made straight-up 'murder art'. It's a disturbing but solid concept pulled off on paper. This is Kopp’s first graphic novel, and he’s self-publishing in the hopes of writing another one every year if the Kickstarter campaign is successful.
Overall, the graphic novel was a good 30/45 minute read that I enjoyed. The ending was mostly predictable, but satisfying. There’s so much territory that Stillborn could get into, which I look forward to. All zombiephiles should read Stillborn. For it to continue into the graphic novel series that follows Stillborn, the vengeful murdering zombie, then you’ll have to fund the campaign! The goal is only $1,000, after all, this guy deserves some attention.
Another thing that makes me have mad respect for Phllip Kopp, is the fact that he’s giving away 10% of his proceeds to benefit the “Godfather of the Undead” creator, George Romero
, who lost his rights from the beginning. The man has his honor, which is admirable. If you’re interested in supporting him & the book, not only can you check out the Kickstarter campaign
, but also you can purchase the book on Indyplanet.com, MyComicShop.com, Kindle or Comixology. Each printed issue is $4, and digital issues are $.99 to $4, for which Kopp encourages to get the print version since you get the digital version in addition when you buy a print copy.
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About the Author - LukeAnthony
When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.
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