"'The Anubis Tapestry' is about bringing the mummy mythology to new life," Zick told CBR News. "When Chance Henry's father is transformed into a mummy, the boy must become a mummy himself and enter the dreaded Underworld to save his dad. In the process, we reinvent ancient Egypt, the Domain of the Dead, the Elder Gods, and the use of Egyptian magic. The process began when I was approached by Komikwerks to do a book. We collaborated on the story idea and then they cut me loose to create some weird and crazy stuff.
"Chance Henry is a thirteen year old who has to save his father, whose body has been taken over by an evil mummy, Sehti. Sehti is bent on destroying the Elder God Anubis and taking over his army of the dead. A benevolent mummy, Osirius, teaches Chance the use of ancient Heka Magick so that he can travel to the Underworld. The problem is, in order for Chance to become a powerful magus, he must wear the mummy bandages torn from the awesome Anubis Tapestry. Then there is a resourceful yet strange Imphh named Blixx who joins Chance on his dangerous journey."
Egyptian mythology has always been popular, from it's integral role in Christian mythology to its representation in comic books such as "Sandman." It's been prominently featured in the "Yu-Gi-Oh" comic book series from Japan, which has been a hit with kids, and Zick comments, "I think Egyptian Mythology is really mysterious. The gods are not just superior humanoids, but exotic part animal/part human. And the culture of dress and ornamentation is quite beautiful. Also, the mythology is so old and so little understood, it makes for an irresistible wellspring of ideas. Then there is the whole mummy thing. I think the idea of being transformed into a mummy is just amazing to consider, and if you project yourself into imagining such a thing happening to you it gives you the shivers. In general I think creative folk love to dive back to our earliest collective cultures and reinvent them. We're all familiar with the basic concepts so there is enormous recognition of the ideas, and then when you add new twists, you've got an perfect formula for entertainment."
Zick is also mining the well-travelled terrain of time travel, which has been used so much that it can easily feel clichéd. "My idea of time travel is that it is magical based versus using science fiction," says Zick of his fresh spin on time travel. "Mummy bandages torn from the magical Anubis Tapestry give the wearer enormous powers that enable them to journey trough time. And what better vehicle for time travel than a sarcophagus? You see, the crypt isn't just a tomb, it's a time machine steeped in ancient Heka Magick. And we explore a creepy idea: what if you can't sleep during the passage of time? What would it be like to endure thousands of years of emptiness, trapped, awake, tormented by eternity?"
While the "all ages" tag may scare some, Zick feels that respecting all audiences will produce a book for readers of all ages. He's also planting seeds in this book for a sequel, sharing some details regarding what we can expect in the next book. "I want to explore the idea of what it would feel like if any us were slowly being transformed into a mummy. We would have a loss of our identity, our humanity, but at the same time we would be gaining fantastic powers from the Anubis Tapestry bandages that would take us to places unimaginable. So how would we handle the good and bad aspects, and the terrible responsibility of wisely using such amazing powers? Also, there's Thirty Levels, Thirty Monsters, and Thirty Portals in the realm of the Underworld to explore that I'm really excited about. And we have yet to encounter Anubis, who sleeps in his Chamber of Eternity."