Justin White, Bryan Kreusch, and Myself

10 Years ago I sat at a tiny 4′ table next to two guys I hardly knew in a comic book store I had just started to go to and poured my heart out to a bunch of people I had never met. It was on that day that the 3 of us released our first comic, a 10 page #0 issue introducing the everyone to the world of ZKS Zombie Kill Squad. At the time we thought we were kings of the industry and beamed with pride in every way imaginable. We thought, it couldn’t get any better than this. We were dead wrong.

What started as a plea for us to get our foot into the comic book industry turned into waterfall of experiences for us. Fans loved us, locals ate us up, and stores were happy to stock us. We were taken aback and immediately humbled by the out pour of love we got from everyone.

Justin and I at GeeksCon
Justin and I at the Claremont Packinghouse
Justin and I at our first Wondercon

We were invited to do all different sorts of shows and neither of us said no. The popularity allowed us to not only launch a second book, but to also be invited to do a signing at San Diego Comic Con.

ZKS: Spotlight Kayla
Justin and I signing at SDCC

We loved doing shows. Meeting new fans was always so humbling for the both of us. We even got to do free comic book day and participate in 24hr comic book day for 8 years in a row.

Justin and I at Free Comic Book Day hosted by 4 Color Fantasies
Me signing at Wondercomics

Eventually people started to take notice of our hard work and hustle. And so, without realizing that is was happening, our little family grew.

Albert Carreon, Cameron Dortch, Justin White, and I
Chris Hernandez of Zombie Playground Publishing, Justin White, and I at Comikaze LA
Justin White, Daniel Whitfield, Joey LaBartunek, Richard Duron, and I at Free Comic Book Day
Cameron Dortch, Kayla, Andrea and Adam Broehl, Anthony White, Sean Dortch, and I at Wondercon

A growing family meant a growing cataloge which eventually led us to running 2 of our own comic expos as well as 3 Zombie Beauty Pageants.

Alo and the Steamnauts and I
Our second Inland Empire Comic Expo
Zombie Beauty Pageant year 1
ZBP year 2

But no matter how large or how small our family became, Justin and I never forgot where we came from and what got us there. 10 pages, 10 years, and hoards of zombies later we are still here.

Which leads us to now. In a few weeks Forbidden Panel will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to help us raise money to put on The Return Of The Zombie Beauty Pageant!! If we can reach our goal then we will be bringing back to ZBP for one last run, a grand finale. So keep an eye out here and on our social media pages for that announcement.

And finally, thank you. YOU. Our fans, our friends, our families, without whom none of this would have been possible. I never thought I would be here, 10 years later, still writing ZKS comics and working with FP. You have all made my dreams come true and allowed me to take my life in a direction I never thought possible. Thank you.

Thank You 4 Color Fantasies for having the balls to not only stock us but include us. Your trust in us helped us be here 10 years later. There are so many people that were involved in keeping us alive for a decade. I wish I could list you all.

And thank you Justin for trading a website for a comic book. Who knew 10 years later I would still owe you that website.

JayZoMon’s Pop Culture Expo is the first ever comic and pop culture convention in the California High Desert. This year held in the Valley HI Toyota Pavilion at San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville!

Come join in on the fun with…

Forbidden Panel

Vendors

Celebrity Guests

Cosplay Contests

Gaming Tournament

Live Podcasts

Photo Meet Ups

Professional Writing Panels

Give-A-Ways

Free Activities

Are you ready to spend a great day at JAYZOMON’S POP CULTURE EXPO 2019?

We hope to see you there!

SENSORY SENSITIVE GUEST SPECIAL!

We want everyone to enjoy the expo, and offer a special one hour pass to residents of the High Desert with a Sensory Sensitive Disability. For $20, a guest is able to enter at 9:00 AM, and enjoy the event from shopping to meeting celebrities in quiet!

Source: JayZoMon’s Pop Culture Expo Tickets, Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite

Edible Art

Lunch Break #2 written by AJ Herrera with Art by Jimmy Purcell.  Special thanks to our models Meg Harris and Connie Elick.

Ex Machina Comic Becomes A Film

Along with “Y: The Last Man,” another of Brian K. Vaughan’s celebrated comic works is “Ex Machina” and now Legendary Entertainment has secured the film rights to the property with plans to adapt it into a movie titled “The Great Machine”.

The comic follows the political career of Mitchell Hundred, who became the Mayor of New York City after 9/11. Additionally, the series features flashbacks to Hundred’s time as The Great Machine, a heroic alter-ego who has the ability to speak with mechanical devices and command them to do his bidding.

The story ran across fifty issues and two specials and wrapped up in 2010. The title change is likely to avoid confusion with Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina”. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel have come onboard to pen the script, while Vaughan will produce.

Source: “Ex Machina” Comic Becomes A Film – Dark Horizons

After years of misfires and speculation, we are finally getting what we have been wanting. Based on the graphic novel series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, “Locke and Key” is here.

After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death.

As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them.

The ten-episode “Locke and Key” hits Netflix February 7th.

After a very long 2 year wait, we are finally getting a release date and noew trailer for the New Mutants movie.

Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga and Alice Braga co-star in the film about a group of teenage mutants incarcerated for psychiatric monitoring in an isolated hospital that’s very much up to no good.

April 13th, 2020 will finally deliver on the Disney/MCU era “X-Men” film.

Bagged Lunch

Welcome to our new webcomic.  This project is a collaboration of FP’s AJ Herrera and Jimmy Purcell of Been Better. You can expect new strips to show up on the 31st of the month!!  Well, at least those months that have 31 days in them.  Enjoy and please let us know what you think in the comment section.

Lee Daniels (“The Butler,” “The Paperboy”) has been set to direct the film adaptation of the upcoming superhero crime fighter comic “Stealth” for Universal Pictures and Skybound Entertainment.

Created by “The Walking Dead” author Robert Kirkman and set to launch in March, the story is set in Detroit and follows Stealth who has waged war on crime in the city for decades.

Now though, he has taken his pursuit of justice too far. Only reporter Tony Barber knows that behind Stealth’s reckless behavior is an older man battling Alzheimer’s – his father. A father unwilling to accept that he’s no longer the hero this city needs – with enemies all too eager to force his retirement.

“Iron Man” scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are set to write the screenplay while Daniels, Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst and Pam Williams produce.

Source: Lee Daniels To Direct Comic Film “Stealth” – Dark Horizons

James Wan’s Atomic Monster production company and Hivemind are teaming to produce “Gideon Falls,” a series adaptation of the Image Comics series by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino.

The urban horror thriller follows several strangers – a washed-up Catholic priest, an uncompromising female sheriff, and a young obsessive recluse who all work to unravel a mystery connected to a long-forgotten local legend called The Black Barn – an otherworldly building which brings death and madness in its wake.

The series premiered last year and has been a big success for Image Comics. Wan, Michael Clear, Jason Brown, Sean Daniel, Kathy Lingg, Dinesh Shamdasani and the comic’s creators will all executive produce.

Ava DuVernay DMZHot off a big Emmy win for When They See UsAva DuVernay is set to launch her second project based on a DC Comics property Continue reading

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