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.
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.
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.
Eventually people started to take notice of our hard work and hustle. And so, without realizing that is was happening, our little family grew.
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.
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.
AJ is joined by The Plagued creators Daniel Whitfield and Camille Alaras-Whitfield as they discuss Stephen King, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and their creative process as a newly married couple.
That’s right folks, we have a comic convention happening right in our backyard. Comic Con Revolution is in its first year at the Ontario Convention Center and Forbidden Panel will be there with all of your favorite artists, writers and creators. Everyone has been working hard to create new and exciting stories for our fans. This year we are bringing exciting new books, as well as your favorite titles. Come by booth #110 and check us out!
Our newest book “Subject 242″ is from the demented mind of writer AJ Herrera and featuring the creepy art of Daniel Whitfield and answers the question ” How do you kill an immortal man?”.
“The Plagued” , a trade paperback collecting issues #1 and #2 of the popular comic including a new never before seen story. Created by Daniel Whitfield and Camille Alaras.
“A Man Called Kraken”, a colorful, adventurous tale featuring words by Sean Belcher and pictures by Joey LaBartunek.
“Forbidden Tales Vol 2”, a horror anthology featuring 3 different tales from our writers and artists.
We will also have books, prints, and t-shirts available for purchase.
Comic Con Revolution will be held May 13th at the Ontario Convention Center, located at 2000 E Convention Center Way Ontario, California. Doors open at 10 am to 7 pm. You can purchase tickets online at www.comicconrevolution.com
For more information about Forbidden Panel check out www.forbiddenpanel.com
It’s true! We are back to WonderCon this year bringing your favorite creators, writers and artists with us. You can find us in the small press area, booth SP-22.
This year we are bringing exciting new books, as well as your favorite titles. Come by and check out!
“A Man Called Kraken“, a colorful, adventurous tale featuring words by Sean Belcher and pictures by Joey LaBartunek.
“The Plagued“, a trade paperback collecting issues #1 and #2 of the popular comic including a new never before seen story. Daniel Whitfield and Camille Alaras.
“Forbidden Tales Vol 2“, a horror anthology featuring 3 different tales from of our writers and artists.
We will have books, prints, and t-shirts available for purchase.
WonderCon is once again being held at the Anaheim Convention Center, March 31st through April 2nd.
Tickets are available at: http://comic-con.org