Wicked Comics are proud to communicate a recent announcement made by Boom Art Department that the hit indie comic Zombies vs Cheerleaders (ZvC) is set for a re-launch through 3 Finger Prints.
Based on the successful sketch card series from 5FINITY Productions, Zombies vs Cheerleaders, has consistently been one of the top selling small press indie comics published these past couple of years. During this time former publisher Moonstone has published seven issues of the series (collected under Volume 1 TPB) and four one-shots.
The series has seen a number of crossover stories which include Tim Seeley’s Hack/Slash, Batton Lash’s Supernatural Law, Mark Rahner’s Rotten, and Rich Koslowski’s The 3 Geeks. ZvC is renowned for its outstanding covers which previously featured contributions from artists such as Dean Yeagle, Mike DeBalfo and Pasquale Qualano. This series gained a lot of popularity due to its rip roaring combination of two well loved things, Zombies and Cheerleaders and now the fun is set to continue under award winning created Rich Koslowski’s 3 Finger Prints label.
Creator Steven L. Frank told Wicked Comics how ZvC came to life stating that “We started a division of 5FINITY called 5FUNity, which allows us to create our own fun sketch card series. ZvC was our first; the combination of hot, sexy cheerleaders and zombies was just an epiphany I had. Based on the huge success of the trading cards, we started getting licensing opportunities and the comic was one of them. Moonstone was great in allowing us at 5FINITY to produce the comic ourselves.”
Frank further explained the move to 3 Finger Prints stating “I’ve known Rich for a long time. As a huge Archie fan (Rich is the preeminent inker at Archie), I knew who he was. Then I started reading his creator owned stuff like The 3 Geeks, The King and Three Fingers. He is hugely talented, and quite a nice guy. Due to logistical reasons we needed a new publisher and although we had interest from Top Ten publishers, I felt that working with Rich was more intimate and creatively rewarding. He brings a lot to the table as a publisher and as a creator.”
“3 FINGER PRINTS is the publishing company I started back in 1997 with the sole intention of releasing one comic; HOW TO PICK UP GIRLS IF YOU’RE A COMIC BOOK GEEK!”, explained Rich Koslowski. “It was an idea I came up with while working at a comic book store in Milwaukee, WI…I noticed some of our customers were a bit challenged in the “social skills” department and, so, created this “How To manual”…it was a 40 page, full color one shot and I had no idea how well it would sell. It was a HUGE success for a first time publisher! I think my first three months I had orders and re-orders that exceeded 3,000 copies. So, buoyed by its success I decided to try an ongoing series with the three main characters from the one-shot and call it, The 3 Geeks. The response was equally amazing and I have since published over 30 comics and trade paperbacks of the series. The comic series was nominated for three Eisner awards in 1999. I expanded The 3 Geeks to Geeksville in 1999 and then published with Image Comics for a year.”
Koslowski is excited with Zombies and Cheerleaders running around his house: “I feel great! I was the one who actually suggested it to Steve at the 2012 Comic-Con when I overheard him talking to Batton Lash about needing a new publisher. I love the book, it’s just a lot of fun, so I figured “why not?” I was glad Steve was so receptive. I also plan on contributing stories whenever I can. Both writing and illustrating. In issue #1 I did an 8 page story called “The Big Game: A Death Valley High installment” and the cast of characters, and structure of the story and setting, will allow me to re-visit them on occasion. I have a pretty unique vision for this storyline so I’m pretty excited about it.”
3 Finger Prints plans on doing the comic bi-monthly, with one-shots and trades thrown in the mix. Readers will see more wicked crossover events! The ZvC mythology allows for creative autonomy and multiple story ideas.
Zombies vs Cheerleaders #1
(W) Steven L Frank, Rich Koslowski (A) Everaert, Hebb, Mokhtar, Koslowski
40pgs, color, $3.99