Gary Reed has returned from the dormancy of Caliber Comics in a big way over the last year. In addition to compilations of Saint Germaine and Red Dairies from Image Comics, graphic novels from Penguin Books, and the new Spirit of the Samurai from Actionopolis, Gary has also been writing the regular series of Deadworld from Image Comics. Here, we had a chance to see what's going on with one of the original zombie comics, Deadworld.
Deadworld originally launched in the late 1980's from Arrow Comics before Caliber took it over in 1989 with issue ten. The comic launched the career of Vincent Locke who was the original artist for the first 15 issues with contributions from James O'Barr and Mark Bloodworth. "The first volume of Deadworld ended at #26," Gary recalled, "and then we started a second volume which ran 15 issues. We also had some one shots and mini-series and Deadworld had some appearances in Caliber Presents.
Although most of those back issues are almost impossible to find now, there is a CD that collects all of those issues. It's around 1,700 pages and was just released from Eagle One Media."
Fans of Deadworld were delighted when Deadworld returned last year, now from Image Comics. But the dreaded deadline problems resurfaced. "Yeah, we had problems with the first couple of issues," Gary explained, "and that's because Vince Locke, the artist, got swamped with so much work based on the success of the graphic novel he did that got turned into a movie." That graphic novel was A History of Violence with writer, John Wagner. "But starting with the third issue, we brought in Dalibor Talajic and he's just about got the book on schedule. Four came out about 6-7 weeks after issue three and five and six will be about the same for the bi-monthly series. Just as important as getting the book in on time, the fans are very happy with the artwork."