Σάββατο, 28 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

Zombie Ranch Interview

Howdy partners!

Today's interrogation, I mean interview is all about zombies!
We 're hosting Clint and Dawn Wolf, the creators of http://www.zombieranchcomic.com/ ! Zombie Ranch is a cool web-comic I discovered, and it mixes the 2 guilty pleasures that we all secretly enjoy and worship, zombies and reality TV!
Intriguing, right? Let's see what Clint and Dawn have to say...

Comics in Greece:
How many years have passed since the first page of Zombie Ranch? Do you plan to continue the story for much more?

Clint Wolf:  
The first page went live online on October 2nd, 2009 at 2pm, which was also the only time we did a story update on a Friday instead of our usual Wednesday. The reason for that was to coincide with the opening of the first Long Beach Comic Con, where we had a limited run of printed “sneak preview” mini-comics to sell and hopefully introduce the concept to people that way as well.

It’s been a little over four years now, and yes, the plan is to continue, which is a major reason for us sticking to a slow but steady update schedule. We want to avoid the burnout we’ve seen other creators suffer from.

Comics in Greece:

There’s the belief that zombie stories are a metaphor for a hidden meaning. Do you think we can say the same for Zombie Ranch? If yes, what’s your hidden message?  

Clint Wolf: 
It's interesting that you bring that up, because there was a recent review of the comic that pointed out the idea of making zombies into a tamed commodity for profit could be seen as a meta-commentary on the oversaturation of zombies in today's media. We didn't have that specifically in mind when coming up with the original concept, but it's certainly a valid take on things. It's possible the best hidden messages are the ones even a creator isn't quite aware of, so they can concetrate on telling a story rather than beating the audience over the head with an agenda.

Comics in Greece:

Do you watch zombie themed movies? What’s your favorite? Do you get inspired by these movies?

Clint Wolf: 

Our favorite will probably always be the original Night of the Living Dead. It’s the only zombie genre movie that works from beginning to end while remaining one hundred percent serious in tone, never straying into camp, never winking at the audience, and it still has the power to shock modern viewers who have never seen it before. But for actual inspiration we’re probably more towards the quirky side, the Zombielands and Shaun of the Deads and such, and of course Fido. As zombie movies go, Fido was the biggest influence on the setting and tone of Zombie Ranch.  

Dawn Wolf:
Don’t forget Dead Alive/Brain Dead! It has a zombie made of organs that prays for mercy by holding its kidneys together! I think that one might actually be my favorite, or at least the one I’ll always want to watch over and over. “I kick ass for the Lord!”  

Comics in Greece:
Do you attend conventions? How do you spread the word for your work?

Clint Wolf:
We started exhibiting at the same time we started the comic, as mentioned above, and had certainly attended conventions before that as just fans. We’ve tried exhibiting outside of California a couple of times but that’s proven so expensive that we’re scaling back to local shows for now and focusing on the Internet for reaching fans beyond the borders. It must be working somewhat, seeing as we’re doing an interview for a publication based in Greece!  

Comics in Greece:
 Would you give up this project for working in a series in a big publisher?  

Clint Wolf: 
I don't think I'll ever have to worry about that, but if it did happen there are a lot of professional writers these days who have pet creator-owned projects they keep working on in addition to their big name gigs. There's no modern contract agreement I know of which says "You can only write for our comics" , and if there was I'd probably be very iffy on signing it. So I'd only be giving up Zombie Ranch because of time demands, and it's much more likely that would be something that would happen to Dawn rather than me.

Dawn Wolf: 
If there was enough money in it, probably, but I'd always want to be able to come back to Zombie Ranch afterwards. Being able to do my own stuff is very important to me, and when it comes right down to it I'd rather be drawing Suzie than Spider-Man.





  





 

 

 



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