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.
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.
Many parents in today’s world pride themselves on what they filter. It’s become a topic to boast and shove in other parent’s faces. It’s something that fuels arrogant pride and vicious mom-war battles online and even at playdate tables.
“My sweet Jimmy only watches wholesome shows from the 1960’s.”
“Oh really? well MY dear Janie only sees shows about Jesus and the alphabet! She’s ready for first grade reading and she’s only 4 years old!”
“Oh that’s nice, but I’ve raised my darling Samantha on nothing but classical music, we don’t even watch TV because, as you know, it’s bad for their brain development.”
Ugh. Gross, right?
I’m going to be the one to stand up here – I’ll raise my hand and I’ll be honest; I hate filtering.
There. I said it. I HATE FILTERING. It’s time consuming, it’s frustrating, it’s annoying. I’d really just rather not. I do it because I have to, not because it makes me look like a good mom. Those “good moms” full of all their judgement and ego-based parenting can shove it.
I hate that I HAVE to filter in order to allow my children to be part of almost any experience. The fact there is so much crap my kids can be exposed to that filtering is a necessity is frustrating beyond belief. Monitoring every single little thing, 24/7, on every single form of media just to make sure we stay within the realm of age-appropriate content…. It’s exhausting and irritating for ANY parent, but I think it’s especially so for a geek mom. Why? Because deep down, we want to share this world with our children and we have to hold ourselves back on a constant and daily basis. It’s me against the “shiny” and my better judgement against the “long term effects” consequences of allowing some experiences too early. The conflict is maddening.
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
In this episode, join AJ and Anthony as they cover all of the latest news.
Then join them as they review Justice League Dark!!!! As well as Resident Evil: The Final Chapter!!
All of this and more on Episode #169!!!
In a bit of a role reversal, Richard Duron of Krooked Smile Art sits down with the CEO of Forbidden Panel, AJ Herrera. Tune in for this hour long, in-depth, and revealing interview with the guy who is to blame for all of this.
PanelCast and the Midnight Movie Maniacs combine to bring you a very special episode.
Richard, James and AJ venture out to see Brick Mansions.
Afterwards, they sit down to discuss the movie as well as Wondercon.
Then, join AJ as he walks the floor of Wondercon to interview Daniel Corey, John Narcomey, Jimmy Purcell, and Chris and Amy Hernandez.
All of this and more on the PanelCalst vs. The Midnight Movie Maniacs!
In two weeks, zombies will take over Redlands’ Fox Events Center for the Third Annual Inland Empire Zombie Beauty Pageant presented by Forbidden Panel. Ten undead contestants will compete in talent, swimsuit, and evening gown categories before one survives to win the crown. The I.E. Zombie Beauty Queen will make appearances at comic conventions and horror shows throughout the year with Forbidden Panel to visit with fans and turn the unlucky ones into the walking dead. The show will also have a junior division featuring six contestants showing off their zombie skills to win the youth crown. The competition is judged completely by audience votes. The ZOMBIE KILL SQUAD cosplay group will be providing protection from the zombie contestants throughout the event.
What’s up Comic Readers? It’s been awhile since I’ve been at the writing table for the comics column. But now I’m back with 3 new comics to talk about. The big tights and capes in comics have their stuff going on, a civil war (again) for one publishing giant and the beginning of what looks like another ”crisis” at the other publisher. The people over at BOOM studios aren’t going to be out done by DC or Marvel. They’re bringing titles to shelves that can compete with the big guys. This week we get Fanboys vs. Zombies #3, a new title – Extermination, and Supurbia #4 – the “Finale.”