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I'm pretty excited by this press release from IDW.  I love the
Zombies Vs Robots comic series, and to have the chance to write a story
in the world was brilliant!

IDW Unleashes Prose Program for Breakout Comic Series:
35 Writers Explore, Expand and Remix ZvR World

San Diego, CA (September 6, 2011)—IDW’s gleefully subversive ZOMBIES VS
ROBOTS comic book series from creators Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood will
soon be eating readers’ brains from the inside via a series of short
stories, novellas and more. As announced at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
in July, the company plans for an ambitious slate of original prose
stories set at different points in this epic adventure of a zombie
apocalypse. In ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS, the clanking robots are built to fight
the shambling braineaters, in a desperate attempt to save Earth’s
dwindling population.
“It’s gratifying to see that ZvR has taken on
an unlife of its own,” asserts Ryall, series co-creator and Chief
Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief for IDW. “Expanding from comics into
prose is a logical progression, though as the heretofore sole writer of
the series I must admit that letting other writers into our subversive
little world was at first troubling. But now I’m fine with it. Really.
Mostly. Especially since editor Jeff Conner has corralled such a
talented array of writers to tackle some really bizarre and creative
prose stories. As long as no one expects me to let them write ZvR
comics, too...”
A lurching cohort of writers—including such notable
talents as John Shirley, Nancy A. Collins, Rio Youers, Brea Grant, Steve
Rasnic Tem, Amber Benson, James A. Moore, Rachel Swirsky, Norman
Prentiss, and John Skipp & Cody Goodfellow, led by Ryall himself—has
been assembled to pen original stories of life during wartime in the
ZVR world. “It’s our biggest project so far,” states Conner, the IDW
contributing editor helming the ZVR prose program. “In a way it’s a
follow-up to our Classics Mutilated release, at least in terms of its
anything goes spirit. The results so far have been—um, riveting.”

The rest of the ZVR writer roster includes: Dale Bailey, Amelia Beamer,
Jesse Bullington, Simon Clark, Lincoln Crisler, Stephen Dedman, Rain
Graves, Rhodi Hawk, Robert Hood, Stephen Graham Jones, Nicholas
Kaufmann, Steven Lockley, Nick Mamatas, Jonathan McGoran, Joe McKinney,
Gary McMahon, Mark Morris, Bobby Nash, Yvonne Navarro, Hank Schwaeble,
Ekaterina Sedia, Sean Taylor, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Kaaron Warren, and
Don Webb.
A film version of ZVR is currently in development through Sony Pictures, with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes as producer.
Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.
About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and
trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its
diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some
of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including:
Hasbro's The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; HBO’s
True Blood; the BBC's Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla and comics and trade
collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James
Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint,
which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with
Yoe! Studio.
IDW's original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was
launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and
was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the
company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
ZVR artwork © Ashley Wood. All Rights Reserved.

Media Contact: AnnaMaria White
858.270.1315, ext 121

  • Wow, you and Rob are in great company (including each other's of course.)

    One of the things that interests me about this project is that a format that started in an independent comic book can now be made available in prose form, by the same company. I keep thinking I should pick up some IDW stuff (though I was underwhelmed by 30 Days of Night) as they seem to have an actual plan to survive the oncoming printocalypse.
    • I really liked the Zombies Vs Robots stuff. Some really good story lines about what could be. There's an excellent one about who'd get chosen to live underground, if that was how humanity must survive.
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