What was the first...by Editor Shelly Bond

Shelly Bond, editor of such titles as FABLES, iZOMBIE and HELLBLAZER shares her firsts. What was the first... Convention you attended as a fan? Okay, I’ll admit it. I was a professional before I was a true fan. I was invited to ITHACON the year after I graduated college which was a pretty big thrill since I bought my first comic book at Ithaca’s very own Comics for Collectors (shameless promotion!) the year before. OR

The Secret Inspiration behind the cover of iZombie #19

Superstar artist Mike Allred admired the vintage wallpaper of a bar he was patronizing one night. Unable to get the wallpaper out of his mind, he hit the drawing board. Mike imagined creepy things coming out of the paper’s repetitive pattern and was inspired to create the cover of iZombie #19. No copy and pasting here, Mike drew every single one of the scrollwork images by hand! Check out the sketch and final cover below.

Lucky number 13?

I,ZOMBIE #13 begins the storyline "Six Feet Under & Rising." Zombie girl Gwen and her friends solve a mystery just in time to keep an even more mysterious appointment with Amon, the sexy mummy. What could he possibly want to tell Gwen today of all days? And, this lucky issue number 13 includes the first of a series of backup stories where we meet a group of government agents who will soon be making life very difficult for Gwen and company. Just who are the Dead Presidents?

A Unified Theory of Monsters by Chris Roberson

I grew up reading old monster comics and watching the classic black-and-white Universal monster movies, and loving all of them. But it always bugged me a little that they seemed to exist in a world in which there were so many different WAYS to become a monster. Bitten by a werewolf under a full moon, or bitten by a vampire, or cobbled together from a bunch of dead bodies… there was a completely different set of rules at work for every monster, a completely different rationale. But why SHOULD a vampire’s bite turn you into a vampire, and why do vampires crave blood?


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