We’re counting down to the launch of our Kickstarter on July 1! Without any further ado, here’s what’s inside Mr. Guy: Zombie Hunter, Act 1 – To Save Himself.
Written by Oneshi Press co-founder Jayel Draco, Act 1 – To Save Himself contains the first 4 chapters of what will be a 12-chapter saga exploring a smattering of zombie-apocalypse tropes. Each 8-page mini-story is paired with a different illustrator to create a brand-new comic book style we’re calling an “art-thology.” This unique approach gives the cohesive narrative rich variations in flavor to keep readers turning them zesty pages.
About Mr. Guy: Zombie Hunter: Act 1 – To Save Himself
On July 1, we’re launching the Kickstarter for Act 1, featuring cover art by Sonne (above) and guest art from Sophia Murphy and others. In this 52-page graphic novel, readers will be treated to a smorgasbord of visual styles, deconstructions of 4 classic zombie tropes, and 1 heck of a heckin’ ride.
During a routine cattle-babysitting gig, our reluctant hero, Mr. Guy—a half-goblin ne’er do well—is infected with the ZMB virus that’s sweeping the globe. Crap. But then he discovers that his bite is haunted with a helpful—if snarky—ghost named Spooky, who brought along superhuman strength along with his curse. Mr. Guy is determined to save himself from zombification. But, to fix what ails him, he’ll have to save the rest of the world. How tedious.
Arc I: Stupid Vermin, illustrated by Jayel Draco
Mr. Guy recalls the night he was just minding his own business, babysitting a cow, when a bunch of weirdos showed up and started biting! Before he knew it, some jerk gnawed on his neck. So he shot a bunch of other jerks and gained a sidekick called Spooky, who takes up residence in Mr. Guy’s rotting arm. The duo set off to cure themselves by learning how to cure the ZMB virus—and maybe saving the world along the way. How tedious. Illustrated by Jayel Draco (PACK, Tracy Queen, Children of Gaia) with flat colors by Ludwig “Flattsquat” Olimba.
About Jayel Draco: Co-creator of Oneshi Press (Co-creator, writer of Children of Gaia; illustrator, designer, co-creator of Children of Gaia: The Great Nations of Rendaraia, Tracy Queen, and PACK), Jayel Draco is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 2003 with a BFA in Illustration. For over a decade he has done freelance work as an art director, illustrator, animator, graphic designer, VFX technician, and web designer on a variety of multimedia projects. His animation work for Wagner’s Die Walküre (conducted by James Levine and directed by Robert LePage) was shown at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and his animation work for Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men (written by Joss Whedon, illustrated by John Cassaday, and directed by Neal Adams) was projected onto the side of a building in Union Square at MarvelFest. In 2015, Jayel left a salaried position at Neal Adams Continuity Studios as web designer, animator, and VFX technician to focus on developing Oneshi Press.
Arc II: A Damned Drink, illustrated by Walter Ostlie
Mr. Guy moseys into town with Spooky in his arm, just looking to get a damned drink or two of Shwiskey. Instead, he finds himself and his spectral sidekick surrounded by the undead. Using his best martial arts training, Mr. Guy lays into those who’d eat his brains…and discovers his new pal Spooky grants his infected limb with neato powers! Illustrated by Walter Ostlie (Shiver Bureau, Metalshark Bro).
About Walter Ostlie: Illustrator of Mr. Guy – Act I – Arc II – A Damned Drink, cover artist for OPCA 7, Walter Ostlie is a full-time comic creator, writer, and artist. He started teaching himself to write and draw in 2008 and had his first graphic novel, Cubicles, published by 2011 by Red5 Comics. After the success of Cubicles, Walter moved on to his sophomore project, Shiver Bureau, which raised over $13,000 on Kickstarter. Shiver Bureau was originally self-published, but it was later picked up by Scout Comics to
be republished for Diamond distribution. The quality of his first two books garnered the attention of the Webtoon editorial staff. This led to the creation of Haxor, a featured Webtoon comic. His new project is Metalshark Bro, a “were-shark battling demon” story that raised over $25,000 on Kickstarter, which was released in the first quarter of 2019.
Arc III: Muskrat City, illustrated by Diana Camero
Turns out the whole dang town is infested with infected! Mr. Guy and Spooky fight their way out of a hardware store, but all their implements of destruction aren’t enough. When they climb through an open window to escape the ravening horde, they find themselves in a lab where the ZMB Virus may have begun. But before they can learn how to defeat it, a gnarly beast with murder on its mind shows up to crash the party… Illustrated by Diana Camero (Guts).
About Diana Camero:
Illustrator of Mr. Guy – Act I – Arc III – Muskrat City, and contributor to OPCA 7, Diana Camero is a videogame and animation concept artist who is trying her hand at comics. Diana has worked in a variety of videogames as an illustrator and UI designer, loves all things animation, and birds.
Arc IV: Resident Viral, illustrated by Jacey Chase
Look, Mr. Guy didn’t get infected with a spectral skull just so he could be ripped to shreds by a drooling, tentacled lab experiment gone wrong! Determined to escape this new threat, he and Spooky look for help from a mysterious stranger who’d rather play with puzzles than help save humanity. What a jerk! Better escape to the sewers so they can live to fight on in another book! Illustrated by Jacey Chase (Far Away, Junction).
About Jacey Chase:
Illustrator for Mr. Guy – Act I – Arc IV – Resident Viral, guest artist in OPCAs 5, 6, 7, & 8, a contributor to OPCA 8 & 9, guest artist in PACK 1 and Tracy Queen V.1, Jacey Chase is an independent artist and content creator. Jacey’s artwork draws inspiration from fantasy, art nouveau, cartoons and comics. Jacey has a background in web marketing and enjoys helping other artists connect with their audience more effectively.
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We’re funding the Origins Anthology alongside Mr. Guy. Why not check out the two dozen creators behind that amazing collection, too?
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