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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