Episode 5


It’s tough all over in the housing market these days. You’d think an upstanding member of the undead community like Zombie Marge would have very little trouble finding a suitable place to live. Her standards are not high and who wouldn’t want her in their neighborhood watch organization? She stays up all night and is willing to bite anyone suspicious, well really, most anyone else too.

In an unusual bit of synchronicity, the morning I started writing this episode, Nathan Bachrach came on Channel 19 with a story about zombie mortgages. Well, I can tell you, that went right into the strip!

By the end of the episode, it looks as if Marge may have stumbled upon the perfect home. Or is it? Next time out, she comes face to face with the holy ghosts. See you in two weeks.

Deep S.P.A.C.E. Probe

As mentioned in the last post, I spent the weekend in Columbus, Ohio at S.P.A.C.E., the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo. This is one convention that I look forward to attending every year. Organizer Bob Corby puts together a great show each and every time. With that many indie comics creators together in one room, the sense of community is overpowering. It was the camaraderie that impressed me the first time I attended the convention several years ago. My first experience with S.P.A.C.E. led directly to putting together the “Twelve-Way with Cheese” anthology. It encouraged me to take up creating and publishing my strips again after so many years away from cartooning.

This year was no different. This is without a doubt the friendliest, most supportive atmosphere of any comic gathering I’ve been to, and the most creative as well. Our books sold well and were enthusiastically received. SHAM Comics were of particular interest to folks once the concept was explained.

One of the highlights was seeing the premiere of the newly completed film, “The Amazing Cynicalman” by Matt Feazell. Anyone familiar with mini comics will know Matt as one of the most prolific, successful and down right funniest creators in the field. Cynicalman himself has been fighting crime and holding down a temp job since the eighties; remember them? He was a back-up feature in Scott McCloud’s “Zot!” and ran as a newspaper comic. Now, he is, at last, a feature-length film.

So just how is this movie? Glad you asked. I’ll tell you. It’s hilarious! Matt, as the writer and director, has successfully channeled all the manic energy of the stick-figure mini comics into a highly inventive live-action translation. The film is loaded with sharp, quirky dialogue and clever sight gags and weird background detail. The movie is nicely cast, as well. The leads playing Cynicalman, Edie Haskel and Antisocialman, were especially good at delivering the laughs.

You can check out the trailer and read the story of the making of Cynicalman at: http://home.comcast.net/~mattfeazell/MOVIE/index.htm

If you get the chance to see the film at a convention, grab some popcorn and settle back for a fun experience. Don’t forget to turn off your cell phone.

Episode 4


This episode was a blast to color. Marge continues to bumble around with little to no direction. Maybe next time she can accomplish something worthwhile. Who am I kidding? I doubt it.

On April 21 and 22, I will be heading to Columbus, Ohio for S.P.A.C.E., the Small Press Expo. If you like independently produced comics, (and face it, who doesn't?) this is the place to be! I have not missed one for the last several years. It's our third year as a dealer. Look forward to a full report next week. Once again I will be handing out Zombie Marge trading cards as promos. This year I'm sharing a table with fellow Twelve-Way artist, Bruce Chrislip. If you are in the neighborhood, drop in.

My Life is a SHAM!

Since it’s an off week while I work on the next episode of Zombie Marge Comix, here’s another story from the SHAM Comics archives, “Hilda Hogthrottle’s Haunted Honeymoon.” This ghost story has not appeared in print as yet. I’m saving it for the all-horror issue, The Crypt of SHAM. The original version, called “The Legacy,” appeared in Out of the Night #16, August 1954. It came to me in a heap of coverless golden age horror comics I picked up on ebay for a few bucks. Had the comics been in good shape, they would have been far beyond my price range. But these ratty versions suited my purposes just fine, although they do smell.

The first thing I found appealing about the story, was the couple sleeping in separate beds in the same room. It was a wonderful idea perpetuated by TV sitcoms in the fifties and sixties, even funnier if this couple were on their honeymoon. All the matronly women at the lawyer’s office gave me the opportunity to turn Woodrow into a serial polygamist, which is always comic gold. Even though it was only a two-page story, there was room for lots of little gems. So, let this be a lesson to you ladies, always insist on a prenup!

Episode 3


Zombie Marge continues to make herself at home in Tanglefoot Cemetery. This week she is joined by everyone's favorite sparkly vampire, Edward Cullen from Twilight. Not content to sulk in films and poorly written novels, he drops by to mope around with Marge. You would think they would hit it off like two undead kindred spirits, but Edward seems unfazed when Marge turns on the charm. Eddie will return and maybe next time bring his hunky werewolf pal with him.

Relax, Have a Pop Smoothie

If you like webcomics like I know I do, then treat yourself to a tall, frosty Pop Smoothie. Twelve-Way with Cheese contributor and fellow zombie artist, Christina Wald is premiering her unique brand of wonderful cultural mash-ups at www.popsmoothie.com. First up is the stirring adventure of Dance Mom Wars, set amid the fierce struggle of intergalactic dance competitions. Christina has also posted some of her best comics from Slam Bang and Twelve-Way. Hop on over and check them out. You can thank me later.