Zombie Ever After ~ Meet Neve

So…I’ve been pretty busy this week. I posted on a forum looking for a comic book artist to help me turn Zombie Ever After into a comic book. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that this book would be PERFECT as a comic book. Don’t you think so too? Anyway after a week or so I got an email from comic book artist Mik Jimenez. And we just hit it off, we like each other’s style and we’re ready to collaborate in this project. The more we talked the more we realized that we see eye to eye on a lot of things, so that’s definitely going to make working together very easy. I sent him the first two chapters of the book and this is what he sent me this morning. 

Everyone….meet Neve:

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© Mik Jimenez 2013

Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?

Are you a fan of the movie ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’? Did you know that this movie was based on a novel titled ‘Who Censored Roger Rabbit?’ and that it was written by a novelist named Gary K. Wolf? 
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Do you have questions you’d like to ask the author? If so, this is your chance! I’m honored to be able to interview Mr. Wolf and I’ll be able to ask him some questions about his writing and his upcoming novel ‘Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?’ but I wanted to give the fans a chance to ask their own questions. 

For example:

What does Roger Rabbit have for breakfast in the morning?

Does Jessica Rabbit always look that good? Does she have a bad hair day? 

What does Eddie Valiant do on his days off?

I’ll look through the fans questions and the best ones will get sent to Mr. Wolf and maybe your question will get picked! 
There’s also going to be a giveaway once the interview is posted. Hmmm…interview, fan questions answered and a giveaway? What’s not to love? You can go ahead and post your questions right here.

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Gary K. Wolf’s Author Bio:
I wrote my first short story when I was in the third grade. Our teacher told us to write about our summer vacation. I wrote about my trip to the moon! I always did have an over active imagination.

I’ve gone back to the moon many times since. Also to places in the galaxy far, far beyond that.

I’ve written many short stories and nine novels.

I’m well known for two kinds of writing. My science fiction novels include Killerbowl, A Generation Removed, The Resurrectionist, Space Vulture an old-school, throwback, pulp science fiction novel which I co-wrote with my childhood friend Catholic Archbishop John J. Myers,, and my newest Typical Day. Hollywood seems to especially enjoy my work. Both Killerbowl and The Resurrectionist are currently in production as major motion pictures.

My other kind of writing isn’t as easily categorized. I call it fantasy fiction. I was told early on by a marketing executive at a major publishing house that this kind of writing wouldn’t sell. Because there was no place for it on the bookstore shelves. It’s not a regular novel, not crime, not science fiction, not romance. I asked him what he would do if he got Gulliver’s Travels, The Wizard of Oz, or Alice In Wonderland? He thought for a moment and told me he couldn’t sell those either.

Well, he was wrong. My fantasy novel, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? did indeed get published. It went through sixteen printings. It became a visual reality in Disney/Spielberg’s $950 million blockbuster film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The film won four Academy Awards and the Hugo Award. Walt Disney Pictures has also purchased film rights to my sequel novel Who P-p-p-plugged Roger Rabbit?

One of my newest novels The Late Great Show! is solidly in the Roger Rabbit style fantasy category. Those who enjoy my Toontown tales will most assuredly like The Late Great Show!, too.

I currently live in Boston but regularly travel around the world.

Fairy Tale Friday

Wooohoo! It’s Friday, you know what that means? Fairy Tale Friday is finally here. 😀 Today we’re gonna talk about Hansel and Gretel. You would have to have lived underneath a rock to not know this fairy tale. I’ve always been intrigued with this story, it’s not a personal favorite of mine but it’s definitely one of the stories that scared me when I first read it when I was a little girl.

I mean, who ditches their kids in the middle of the forest?! And the whole house made out of candy thing just freaked me out. It’s one of the reasons I don’t really like gingerbread houses during the holidays. They just creep me out. LOL. But that’s just me. 

Anyway here’s the version I found on wikipedia:

Illustration by Arthur Rackham, 1909

(The following summary is based on an 1853 translation by Iona and Peter Opie in 1972.)

Hansel and Gretel are the young children of a poor woodcutter. When a great famine settles over the land, the woodcutter’s second, abusive wife decides to take the children into the woods and leave them there to be by themselves, so that she and her husband will not starve to death, because the children eat too much. The woodcutter opposes the plan but finally, and reluctantly, submits to his wife’s scheme. They are unaware that in the children’s bedroom, Hansel and Gretel have overheard them. After the parents have gone to bed, Hansel sneaks out of the house and gathers as many white pebbles as he can, then returns to his room, reassuring Gretel that God will not forsake them.

The next day, the family walk deep into the woods and Hansel lays a trail of white pebbles. After their parents abandon them, the children wait for the moon to rise and then they follow the pebbles back home. They return home safely, much to their stepmother’s horror. Once again provisions become scarce, and the stepmother angrily orders her husband to take the children further into the woods and leave them there to die. Hansel and Gretel attempt to gather more pebbles, but find the doors locked and find it impossible to escape from their parents’ house.

Illustration by Ludwig Richter, 1842

The following morning, the family treks into the woods. Hansel takes a slice of bread and leaves a trail of bread crumbs to follow home. However, after they are once again abandoned, the children find that birds have eaten the crumbs and they are lost in the woods. After days of wandering, they follow a beautiful white bird to a clearing in the woods and discover a large cottage built ofgingerbread and cakes, with window panes of clear sugar. Hungry and tired, the children begin to eat the rooftop of the candy house, when the door opens and a “very old woman” emerges and lures them inside, with the promise of soft beds and delicious food. They comply, unaware that their hostess is awicked witch who waylays children to cook and eat them.

The next morning, the witch locks Hansel in an iron cage in the garden and forces Gretel into becoming a slave. The witch feeds Hansel regularly to fatten him up, but Hansel cleverly offers a bone he found in the cage (presumably a bone from the witch’s previous captive) and the witch feels it, thinking it is his finger. Due to her blindness, she is fooled into thinking Hansel is still too thin to eat. After weeks of this, the witch grows impatient and decides to eat Hansel, “be he fat or lean.”

She prepares the oven for Hansel, but decides she is hungry enough to eat Gretel, too. She coaxes Gretel to open the oven and prods her to lean over in front of it to see if the fire is hot enough. Gretel, sensing the witch’s intent, pretends she does not understand what she means. Infuriated, the witch demonstrates, and Gretel instantly shoves the witch into the oven and slams and bolts the door shut, leaving “The ungodly witch to beburned to ashes“, with the witch screaming in pain until she dies. Gretel frees Hansel from the cage, and the pair discover a vase full of treasure and precious stones. Putting the jewels into their clothing, the children set off for home. A swan ferries them across an expanse of water, and at home they find only their father; his wife died from unknown causes. Their father had spent all his days lamenting the loss of his children, and is delighted to see them safe and sound. With the witch’s wealth, they all live happily ever after.

 

Zombie Ever After….the comic book?

Okay…for those of you that know me personally know that I LOVE COMIC BOOKS. Seriously. Not a joke. I’ve had a love affair with comic books for as long as I can remember. It started with Archie. Yeah…laugh all you want, but I loved that freckled redhead that couldn’t choose between Betty and Veronica. After that I moved on to Catwoman, then Witchblade and Fathom…and basically anything that Top Cow Comics came up with. And when I was 17 I got a job at a comic book store. Best 6 months of my life. Why 6 months? Because shortly afterwards the store closed. Sigh. Too much awesome in one place I guess. :/ Anyway, that’s where I learned about other comic books, like Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore and got super nerdy and started playing Magic. LOL I literally was the only girl at those games. 😀

Anyway, so as I’m working on Zombie Ever After I keep going to this idea that it would make an awesome comic book.

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But I can’t draw…which SUCKS. But it’s one of those things that once it’s in my head I can’t get it out no matter how hard I try. So I asked my dearest friend megumi_kitten if she wanted to put a little something together and she said yes! Although…this isn’t the first time we’ve tried to work on something together so keep your fingers crossed. 

So what do you think? Yay? Or nay? 

Pssstttt….please say ‘yay’. 😉

In other news….my short story Sisters: A Fairy Tale is going to be going to be published in an anthology. The story takes place in Everafter (the same world that I created for my Frost Series). 😀

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Zombie Ever After ~ Teaser

*Note: This is a work in progress and is unedited. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this little snippet*

Bella frowned as she studied Briar’s charts. She had been checking in on her every day since she had been bitten by the snake several days ago and Briar still hadn’t turned into a zombie. The virus was definitely coursing through her veins but there was no change whatsoever. Her skin was a slate grey, not the rotting ashy color that Teddy had. Briar would twitch once every twelve hours or so, but other than that she was completely still. Her chest rose and fell as though she were simply taking a nap.
“Strange,” Bella muttered as she removed her glasses and placed them on top of her head.
She took a vial of Briar’s blood and put it in the refrigerator to study more thoroughly later. It would keep the other seven vials company. The first few samples gave her nothing to work with, nothing that gave her a hint as to whether or not she was close to a cure for this horrific disease. Bella took a deep breath and rolled her shoulders. She had been doing nothing but typing her observations and look at charts all week. It was time for a break.
Bella left Briar’s examination room and went to see Teddy, her boyfriend. Bella stood before Teddy’s examination room and closed her eyes before going inside. She always performed this ‘ritual’ first. Bella pictured Teddy the way he used to be before he got bitten, before his life had been changed forever.
His golden blond hair and the way it glinted in the sunlight. His dark chocolate brown eyes. His dimpled smile.
The way he laughed. Bella took a deep steadying breath and opened her eyes. She punched in the code into the keypad and stepped into her laboratory.
“Hi, Teddy,” she whispered.
A grunt was the only thing he responded with. It was dark in the back of the room but she knew he was chained up. She was safe…for now.
“How are you?”
“D-dead…” he groaned.
“You’re not dead. You just need to rediscover your zest for life again that’s all,” Bella replied.
Teddy gave her a dry, throaty laugh.
Bella smirked. She could always get him to laugh.
The chains jangled as he moved closer to the fluorescent light of the room. Her heart always leapt to her throat no matter how many times she had seen him. It always killed her to see parts of him decaying. He had spent the past three years as a zombie. He had fewer and fewer moments where he remembered who he was. Teddy had been subjected to several of Bella’s ‘cures’ none of them worked. Some of them managed to keep his skin from completely rotting and it kept his stomach from distending. Which is what happens to zombies when they eat too much food that they can’t properly digest…because they’re dead.
Bella thought about how handsome he used to be. How they always held hands when they walked around the once lush garden. The rose he gave her when he asked her to marry him.
But that was a lifetime ago. That was before he was bitten by the old cook. She had ventured out of the compound, past the perimeter and came back even though she had been bitten. No one had suspected a thing. She bit Teddy when he was helping her in the kitchen. Bella could still hear that roar of pain and anguish as he transformed into a zombie before her very eyes. On a table just like Briar’s.
She had to beg with Neve to let her keep him in quarantine.
“No, abso-fucking-lutely not!” Neve said. 
               “Please. I can save him. I can use him to find a cure!” 
               “And if he escapes. He’ll infect us all. Then what?”
               “It won’t happen.”
               “That’s right, because I’m gonna chop his head off before he bites anyone,” Neve pulled out her dagger and headed to the quarantine room.
               Bella used every ounce of strength to push Neve back. 
               “No! Neve, I’ve done everything you’ve ever asked of me. When my parents turned and you asked me to kill them. I did it. I chopped their heads off just like you asked me to. Every order you’ve ever given me I’ve followed without complaint. And I’m asking you for this one favor. I need you to trust me. I can save him. I can save everyone,” Bella begged. 
               “Bella….this is a monumentally bad idea. If you do this you’re on your own. I wash my hands of this.”
               “Understood.”
               “He has to be chained up at all times. No exceptions.”
               “Understood.” Bella nodded. 
               “Very well.”
That was three years ago and countless experiments later. The only thing she had been able to do is slow down the rotting of his skin. He retained fragments of his memories of who he used to be. But other than that he was still one hundred percent a zombie.
Bella placed a chair in front of him and tossed some food to him. Rabbit’s brains.
“It’s not much but it’s all we have right now.”
Teddy reached out and popped both of them inside his mouth. Bella was used to it, so she didn’t gag the way she used to before.

©  Liz DeJesus 2013

Baltimore Comic Con

Words cannot express how much fun I had this past weekend. It was incredible. I actually met my new BFF Esther Wheelmaker on facebook and I wasn’t exactly sure how we’d get along once we met in person and I’m happy to say that we got along so incredibly well. I can’t wait to go to more conferences and conventions with her. We’re even planning on having a book signing together sometime next month.

Stuff I had at my table:

1. Bookmarks
2. Stickers
3. Limited edition Glass Frost lip balms (strawberry flavored)
4. Business cards
5. And last but not least my two awesome books First Frost & Glass Frost. 

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My badge for the weekend. 😀

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My table and my super cute dress. 😀

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Me and my new BFF Esther Wheelmaker

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Darth Vader on Summer Vacation. 

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Jem and Jerica from my favorite 80’s cartoon Jem.

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Pinkie Pie tagged along and kept me company. I think she has pretty good taste in books, don’t you think so? 

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I met my hero Terry Moore and he was so incredibly kind and gracious. He asked me to tell him about my book and was intrigued. I signed two of my books for him and he let me have one of his books from his table. And he SIGNED it for me!!! 😀

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Highlight of my life! And I’m going to do just that. I shall WRITE…because Terry Moore told me to do so. 😀 

Had so much fun, will definitely be going back again next year. 😀