(El Dorado Hills, CA) – The world’s most famous zombie hunter goes back to High School and cleans up an outbreak of zombies at Pomegranate High School in the Oakland suburbs. Dario Carrasco’s and Aaron Thomas Nelson’s satirical horror comic “Joe Doogan: Zombie Hunter” makes its second appearance in the comic book anthology Digital Webbing Presents #28. In the short story “Clique! Yer Dead!” Joe Doogan goes toe-to-toe with some jock and cheerleader zombies who have overrun the school.”
As Australia’s most famous zombie hunter, Joe Doogan hosts a reality television show called “Undead Zone” that documents his exploits as a zombie hunter and, further, educates the public about the dangers of zombies. “Joe’s the kind of guy who’ll jump in head first and wonder about the depth of the pool later,” says co-creator Dario Carrasco, artist on such notable projects as Darkhorse’s Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi, Star Wars: Jedi Academy, as well as Marvel’s Alpha Flight, Night Thrasher, and Captain America. “And let’s face it, High School and zombies taste great together–like peanut butter and chocolate,” chimed in co-creator and writer Aaron Thomas Nelson.”
“Clique! Yer Dead!” is written by Aaron Thomas Nelson, and illustrated by Dario Carrasco. The comic was inked by TG Sangalang, colored by Rich Hiltbrunner and lettered by Matty Ryan. Other Joe Doogan stories are slated to appear in Just A Buck Comics, and an anthology due out in 2006, which will introduce other members of the International Fellowship of Zombie Hunters. Find out more at Digital Webbing. Digital Webbing Presents #28 (32 pages, full color cover and interiors, $3.99 US) is solicited in January’s PREVIEWS (JAN06 3008) for a March release.
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Panday Studio to Release “Dark Thresholds”
(El Dorado Hills, CA) – Dario Carrasco’s Panday Studio announced this afternoon the future release of its new “Dark Thresholds” horror anthology. The first issue, “Beyond Fear and the Unknown,” collects a variety of Twilight Zone -style psychological horror stories, each with tight narratives and substantial twist endings. Although the story themes vary, each promises to engender wonder and intrigue in the reader. Unlike many of the theme-based horror anthologies, Panday’s “Dark Thresholds” places the quality and ideas of the stories above and beyond any other prerequisite. “We want the reader to pick this book up and read it again and again,” explained Aaron Thomas Nelson, managing editor and contributing writer to Dark Thresholds. “These stories will emotionally and intellectually startle the reader, and get her or him to think.”
Dario Carrasco, Panday Studio chief and contributing artist to the Dark Threshold anthology, emphasized the need for independent studios to place ideas above and beyond industry trends. Carrasco’s work on the Star Wars comics, Captain America, and Alpha Flight gives him and Panday experience that goes beyond the typical indy studio. “The only way to compete with the big guys is to have better, more creative ideas. ‘Dark Thresholds’ is a platform for our creators to launch their ideas and reach out to readers in an environment that puts the reader’s emotional and intellectual experience over industry fads.”
Stories in the first anthology, “Dark Thresholds: Beyond Fear and the Unknown” are: “Fright” written by Ron Fortier, illustrated by Thomas Floyd ; “Morning Heat” written by Ulf Imwiehe, illustrated by Gerald Garcia; “In Season” written by Jon Hook, illustrated by Ryan Sergeant and Stacie Ponder, “The Gargoyle” written by Robert Richardson, illustrated by Shom Bhuiya; “Flesh and Blood” written by Aaron Thomas Nelson, illustrated by Dario Carrasco; and “Life in Hell” written by Victoria Pagac, illustrated by TGK.