Not everything that ZombieMall.com is associated with involves zombies. Well, not exclusively. I was contacted a few weeks back by Jeff Mariotte, author of several genre’s of books, from Spider-Man to CSI: Miami, to Star Trek, to Conan. These are all subjects that I have certainly had an interest in, but when he told me about a new project he was working on, a Graphic Novel about a cop who is slowly turning into a zombie, well.. I was as giddy as a school-boy.
I usually weave my questions from the subject in which I am trying to promote. In this case, Zombie Cop. However, Jeff, with his history of writing, has such an extensive library to choose from; please forgive me if my questions go astray.
ZM: Jeff, I’ve read that the idea for Zombie Cop came from an conversation you had with an editor in regards to another zombie project. Can you give us a hint as to what that project is?
Jeff: What happened was that I was at Comic-con in San Diego, talking to an editor about what his needs might be. He mentioned that zombies were hot, but that he already had a zombie book going. My mind started feverishly looking for an angle on zombies that I had never seen. The basic idea behind Zombie Cop came almost fully formed–that we’d be watching the disintegration of this decent cop as he was living (or dying) through the process of becoming zombified, all while trying to solve the mystery of how the zombie plague began. That editor didn’t bite, but the idea wouldn’t let go of me, and I refined it a few times, but that’s still the main thrust of the story.
ZM: Let’s talk about Zombie Cop a bit. In what year does the story take place?