First: A huge Thanks to Stephen Green, who pencilled the Johnny Zombie Trading Card above. I met Stevo at Dragon Con 2011, where he quietly asked me if I could look at his sketchbook. I’ll be honest— it was a tiny book, and my first thought was “this guy’s working too small— he clearly doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
Was I ever wrong! The book was filled with wonderful character studies and sketches from life. Absolutely beautiful stuff. I knew this guy was someone to keep an eye on, and asked if I could have his email address. Very soon after getting back home I contacted Stevo about drawing a Johnny Zombie pin-up. He was very interested— but he was also very busy since he was in the middle of winning the MTV Geek Contest to draw a comic created by Stan Lee! As he said in an email “The last couple weeks have been really, really crazy for me.” No doubt! But he still found time to draw an absolutely amazing Johnny Zombie pin-up. Congratulations, Stevo— the future’s got big things in store for you, I’m sure, and I’m proud to be able to say “I knew you when!”
And speaking of the future— specifically Johnny Zombie’s future…
I’ve got tons of Johnny Zombie stories to tell– one that’s pretty epic and includes Johnny’s origin, for instance, and another that would co-star a very cool character— but nothing’s ready to see “print” just yet. There will be new Johnny Zombie comics in 2012, but while I’m pulling those stories together I’ll be starting the new year with a new web comic.
What kind of comic? All I can say right now is that I’m very, very excited about it.
Check back Thursday for details. You won’t be disappointed.