Zombie Awareness Month Part 1: Films and Comics

 

Warning: the following article may contain some images which some may find graphic

 

Zombie Awareness Month has taken place during the month of May since 2007, funded by the ZRS (Zombie Research Society) The aim of the society is ‘to educate people about causes, prevention and preparation for a supposed future zombie pandemic’ (Wikipedia)

While ZAM is not a formal charity or fund raising event, many have taken it as an opportunity to raise money through ‘zombie runs’ and other events.

In this post we take a look at just a few notable artists involved in the recent history of Zombies…

George Romero– while Zombies may have their basis in Haitian folklore (or may not…) Romero is regarded as “Father of the Zombie film’ , from the original Night of the Living Dead’,

Scene from Night of the Living Dead
Night of the Living Dead (1968)

through a career spanning from 1968 to 2011, Romero returned again and again to the Zombie genre. Romero died in 2017 but his legacy will (un)live on.

 

 

George_A_Romero
George A Romero: Source: By Lindsey8417 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3048475

Tom Savini: if Romero was the father of the zombie film then Tom Savini could well be considered the uncle…as a young man, my ‘artists’ were not Picasso or Van Gogh, but the likes of Dick Smith, Rick Baker, and Tom Savini- those artists who made the effects in movies look real (or unreal, as was required…) Savini didn’t work on Night of the Living Dead- he was supposed to but was drafted off to Vietnam shortly before filming began, but he worked with Romero closely over the years that followed, including Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, which featured my favourite zombie, Bud:

Bud

Sam Raimi  and trying to maintain this increasingly strained family motif, that would probably make Sam Raimi the upstart son…very much following in the footsteps of Romero, Raimi made the legendary Evil Dead some 13 years later, but on a similar equivalent budget and utilising similar ‘lo-fi’ effects to cover the lack of money. Raimi went on to make another two Evil Dead films, and some years later we even got three seasons of ‘Ash vs the Evil Dead’

Animation of a scene from the Evil Dead
Illustrated version of a classic Evil Dead scene

Danny Boyle28 Days Later: the film is interesting in that the term zombie is never used, and the traditional shambling role of the ‘zombie’ is replaced with infected ‘rage’ virus causing kinetic violent attack. Regardless, it’s a zombie film…and the speedy zombies was an idea taken on by Zack Snyder in his remake of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead two years later.

28 Days Later Original Film Poster
28 Days Later Original Film Poster

Of course, Zombies aren’t just the domain of the movies…two artists now who have embraced them over the years:

Bernie Wrightson I’ve written about Bernie Wrightson elsewhere on the site– read that for my longer admiration of the man, but if you want to see some of his fine zombie illustration (and much more as well), you can find some great images here

Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore: before there was the long running tv series and the various spin offs there was the comic book series. First published by Image Comics in 2003 and still running, the comic was originally pitched as a ‘follow up’ to Night of the Living Dead the project took on its’ own original life.

Walking Dead characters
A selection of characters from The Walking Dead drawn by Tony Moore

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our quick summary of some of the most fun zombie art we like- enjoy the rest of Zombie Awareness Month, and remember: stay safe!

 

 

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