Those familiar with the “Twelve-Way with Cheese” anthology know that Zombie Marge was the hostess for that book. Since then, I’ve wanted to create a strip centered on the adventures of this lovable undead curmudgeon. Cartoonist extraordinaire Daryll Collins and I talked about it many times, but I could never figure out how to build a sustained narrative around a slow-witted zombie. To give credit where credit is due, it was Daryll who gave Marge the talking worm living inside her head. And for me, that was the key to making the strip work. Grubworth acts as Marge’s conscience, trying to talk her out of her bad ideas. He moves the story along in ways Marge can’t. And he can comment on the action as the only voice of reason.
Over the next few episodes, more of the supporting cast will be introduced. Humans will be in the minority, as Marge is most comfortable with monsters like herself. Tanglefoot Cemetery just attracts the paranormal, like that TV psychic did. What’s her name? Oh, Dionne Warwick. So Marge hobnobs with some very strange creatures indeed. Tune in again next Monday (3/19) for the next episode to see if Marge finds a suitable pet.
Finally, in a bit of legal business: My attorney, Bob Barrister, at the law firm Cheatem, Chisler & Slanderson, has advised me to mention that this strip is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons (living or undead), without satiric intent, is unintentional, purely coincidental, and highly unlikely. That goes double for monsters and dogs. This strip may not be reproduced without written consent from Zombie Marge. No zombies were actually harmed in the making of this comic. I’m just sayin’!