‘Fanboys Vs. Zombies’ Brings the Undead to Comic-Con [Preview]
On sale this week from BOOM! Studios is Fanboys Vs. Zombies #1, beginning a new ongoing comedy series that imagines our beloved Comic-Con International in San Diego as the site of a violent zombie outbreak. Written by Sam Humphries (Our Love Is Real, Ultimate Comics Ultimates) and drawn by Jerry Gaylord, the book is something of a love letter to Comic-Con culture, if love can be expressed in the form of depicting everyone in Hall H dying very, very horribly. Featuring inks by Penelope Gaylord, colors by Nolan Woodard and characters designed by Humberto Ramos, Fanboys Vs. Zombies sees a group of geeks stuck at Comic-Con in the midst of some personal conflict stemming from an uncomfortable romantic drama that’s splittered the formerly close friends. Resolving their differences becomes an amusing challenge to behold when these kids find themselves trapped in the behemoth that is the San Diego Convention Center with a hundred-thousand undead nerds.
For those who may have grown weary of the zombie infestation of comics, I read Fanboys Vs. Zombies #1 at Emerald City Comicon last weekend and can tell you that as Gaylord’s exaggerated artwork suggests, this is anything but the dreary existential doom comic that we see so much of these days. Indeed, the mystery behind the zombie outbreak is largely explained in the first issue, and it’s something that most Comic-Con-goers will understand immediately (Hint: it has something to do with the final panel on the last page of the preview below). It’s also just funny, with Humphries including numerous references to San Diego, the con and the comics culture.