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Well, the Good News about the Apocalypse, or at least the form it takes in the Boom! Studios mini series "The Savage Brothers" by co-writers Andrew Cosby and Johanna Stokes and artist Rafael Albuquerque, is that afterwards there'll still be Schlitz.
Yup, "The beer that made Milwaukee famous" makes it through the End of Days A-OK (so crusty, surly blue collar workers everywhere can breath a little bit easier). The Bad News – after the Apocalypse, the world will be plunged into a heretofore undreamt of age of strife, misery and excruciating suffering, lakes of fire will mushroom up all over the land, plagues of frogs will rain down from the heavens, gas prices will rise even higher, and there'll be a guy who keeps his head in a jar…and the rest of his body, god only knows where!
Oh, and Zombies. There will be lots and lots and lots of zombies around after the Apocalypse as well (hey, it is a Boom! book).
Into this strange new world are thrust Dale and Otis Savage - just two dreadnek brothers trying to make a living during the Apocalypse, and what that living usually amounts to is conning survivors of the cataclysm out of what little money they still have left by convincing them that their now-zombiefied loved ones would be far better off put out of their misery – which Dale and Otis would be more than happy to do for a modest fee.
Sounds kinda wild, huh?
Well, "The Savage Brothers" is supposed to be. Because when Cosby, creator of the Sci-Fi Channel's new original TV series "Eureka," first conceived of the idea, he was looking to do a comic with a similar tone as some of his current favorites and let his imagination run wild.
"'The Savage Brothers' came about primarily because I thought it might be fun to do a series in the same funny-but-at-the-same-time-sorta-scary vein as a series like 'The Goon' or 'Hellboy,' two of my absolute favorite comics on the stands at the moment," Cosby told CBR News. "Plus, I also wanted to try something a little different with the zombie genre – since I've pretty much told just about every other kind of zombie tale that I can during my time at Boom!"
But, due to a busy daytime schedule as "Eureka's" show runner and as a sought after Hollywood screenwriter, and in equal parts his wanting to add another slightly different "voice" to the series, Cosby decided to bring in fellow "Eureka" staff writer and former CBR Columnist Johanna Stokes to help with scripting and dialogue chores on the series.
"Johanna's got a great voice for dialogue, and she's from the South, which is where our two title characters, Dale and Otis, also just so happen to hail from," Cosby said. "So, when I was looking to bring in another writer to help out with the series, Johanna was pretty much a no-brainer. Plus, I'm from the South, too – not that I'm saying that that influenced my decision in any way..."
And Stokes, when asked, was more than happy to help Cosby out on the book. "The Savage Brothers' is really Andy's concept, but when he started telling me about all the stuff he had planned for the book I got really excited myself," Stokes said. "Then he said he was looking for somebody to help him write the thing, so I volunteered!"