“Well, I’m told the comic’s out so I guess I can talk about it,” he announces on his blog. “The story is called ‘Etc’ and it’s in Boom Studio’s Zombie Tales #7. I’ve not had a copy yet, but you might be able to find it in your local comic shop.
“The script was written by Shane Oakley and I was happy to find Shane’s scripts have the same dark over the top humour as his awesome artwork.
I’m not going to give anything away more than this first page shows, if you like it, track down a copy of Zombie tales to find out how it ends.”
Shane, who has had his comp copies, also provided an alternate cover for the issue, which he’s featured on his blog and also reveals of his script: “I scribbled it down in response to my increasing disenchantment with the ever-uninspiring glut of zombie movies/comics. The genre ran outta ideas a long time back, and really, the majority haven’t moved past Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. Same story, same idea, same stock characters. Stories that seem to take an age just to lead you nowhere, and stories that deliver nothing but a dreary sense of deja vu…
“i wanted to have some fun with the undead, play around, try to add a little invention to the genre, and do it quick (only six pages)!”
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.