Wednesday, January 26, 2011

iZombie Volume 1 Dead To The World TP - Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition

We’re huge fans of Mike Allred here at Gosh! so if you’ve been paying attention you might have seen this coming.

Chris Roberson, a long-time fan of comics, wrote several novels and short stories before breaking into the business with last year’s Fables miniseries, Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love. He’s since gone on to write a comics prequel to Philip K. Dick’s most famous novel, in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Dust to Dust. More importantly though, he’s collaborated with the top notch Gosh! Favourite Allred on Vertigo’s “urban fantasy romantic dramedy” iZombie, about a twenty-something gravedigger called Gwen Dylan.

"Gwen quickly learned that, unless she ate a human brain once a month, she would lose her own memories and personality and quickly become a shambling zombie straight out of a George Romero film. But she doesn’t want to hurt anyone, so instead of attacking the living, she gets a job as a gravedigger at an eco-friendly cemetery (because embalming fluid tastes icky), and once a month she sneaks in and digs up the freshest body for a quick bite," says Roberson, in an interview with Newsarama.

For a whole week after eating the brain Gwen shares her headspace with the memory and personality of that dead person. If they left any unfinished business she sets about finishing it for them.

“It could be that the dead person was murdered, and Gwen is compelled to catch the killer. Or it’s a single mother whose last will and testament has gone missing, so Gwen has to find it so that her kids are sent to live with her sister out-of-state, and not to an orphanage. Or a guy who dies before reconciling with his estranged father and Gwen has to find a way to mend fences between the man and his dead son.”

Laura Allred provides the colours, as usual, so it’s a visual feast to boot.

Still not sure if it’s up your street?

"I think it will appeal to two groups of people: Those who like zombie books, and those who don't like zombie books," said Roberson. “There’s a lot going on in iZombie, and if a reader isn’t crazy about the kick-ass kung-fu scene, there’s a tender romantic moment in just a few more pages. Or if they get bored with the scene with two girls talking about their favourite kind of food, hang on a minute because one of them is about to eat a brain."

iZombie Volume 1 Dead To The World TP contains the first five issues of the series, plus the prequel that appeared in the House of Mystery Halloween Annual which you can read online at Comicvine. Points for anyone who spots the Madman reference.

We’ll have a strictly limited 200 copies of the Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition, signed and numbered by Roberson and both Allreds for the standard cover price of £10.99. If you’d like to reserve a copy or arrange a mail order just drop us a line at


- £5.00
USA/Australia/New Zealand
- £7.00

If you'd like it posted anywhere else in the world let us know and we'll give you a quote.

Available from the 16th of March, 2011.