Thursday, 17 February 2011

Comics: Zomblicity

'Zomblicity' Issue I Cover

Last year, the new zombie-themed UK webcomic 'Zomblicity', by writer Robin Sandiford and illustrator Farcreazy Farid was launched. You might be thinking "there's already so many zombie stories around right now, why should I read this?" and you'd be right to ask that, because it is a popular genre at the moment. However, 'Zomblicity' is different because it takes the usual idea of an undead apocalypse and, using something of a parallel universe twist, allows the reader to see the same character's story, through two separate perspectives - zombie and human.

The main character is Curtis in both plotlines but, he's a zombie in one reality and a suvivor in the other. The difference between the scenarios that causes this change? In the human take, he wakes up half an hour late, doesn't get bitten by a zombie and learns to fight the infected instead.  Having said that, he does seem aware of the time shifting at some points, so perhaps there will be something more to events than it first seems.

'Zomblicity' Issue I
The illustration is good too and fits well with the story. Even though there's a lot going on, layout-wise, on some pages, it gives the action a more film-like quality. Indeed, the whole first issue seems a little like a very detailed film storyboard rather that a comic, or perhaps even a Japanese manga, with its random-angled frames and showing of multiple shots of the same event. That isn't a bad thing at all though. In fact, whether it was intentional or not, it again adds another aspect of duplicity, this time, within the same timeframe.

'Zomblicity' already seems promising and is getting better as it continues and the characters develop more. I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses over the next issues as more personalities and storylines emerge. For a sneak peak at some characters to come, take a look in the 'Art' section on the website.

If you'd like to find out more, or read Issues I - II part 2, you can check out 'Zomblicity' below:


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