More than just another zombie story, Undad is about the challenges of being a husband/father while being (literally) dead inside.
A chance encounter with a ragged homeless man leaves Brett Buckley with deep teeth marks in his arm, and a sudden ravenous hunger for living flesh. Unable to control these urges, he consumes the hamster that belongs to his son’s class.
Fearing that losing his family might cost him the last of his dwindling humanity, Brett must win back their love and respect, all the while attempting to find his new place in the world and reconcile his vegetarian morals with his insatiable appetite for live meat…
Undad was shortlisted in the 2015 Australian Shadows Awards for best graphic novel and was highly commended in the 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards (the first graphic novel ever to place in these awards).
The first Undad volume of four chapters was successfully funded on Kickstarter, and was published in May 2015.
The second volume of Undad was backed by Creative Partnerships Australia, and was successfully funded on Kickstarter. The book was published in November 2015.
Volume Three was funded by a generous grant from artsACT, and was published in March 2020.
SHANE W SMITH is an Australian graphic novelist who has been writing since he could hold a pen. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, and a number of published graphic novels, including the 2013 Aurealis Award finalist Peaceful Tomorrows. His oddest achievement is getting a comic published in a refereed academic journal in 2007.
Shane wrote chapters 1-9 and 14 of Undad, and is the artist for chapters 1, 4, 8, 10 and 14.
KATIE WALSH-SMITH once made a tactical error and married Shane W Smith. This mistake was offset somewhat by the subsequent birth of four loyal minions who keep her entertained. Undad Volume Two is her first official writing credit, but in the past, she has saved several of Shane’s books from their embarrassing shortcomings, in the editing stage.
Katie co-wrote chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8 of Undad, and wrote chapter 10.
ANDREA LÓPEZ MATA and DIEGO LÓPEZ MATA are a comic book dream team. They are accomplished painters, sculptors and portraitists who have two graphic novels under their belt, as well as a range of artwork and sculptures commissioned by museums. They draw inspiration from the etchings and engravings of Rembrandt and Doré when inking comics.
Andrea and Diego are the artists for chapter 2 of Undad.
JOSEPH CANAVE was born in Davao city, Philippines. He is a graphic designer and a graduate of Architecture at Ateneo de Davao University. He got his first shot at indie comics with Paperclip Komics’ IV (Four).He has also worked on an adaptation of Nicholas Grabowsky’s horror novel, Red Wet Dirt, and on The Father Keeper with writer John Graham, and Modern Hood for writer Keith Robinson. He is now currently drawing manga for Red Core Studios’ SIN by A.J. Fulcher.
Joseph is the artist for chapter 3 of Undad.
ANTHONY SALINAS has been drawing ever since he could hold a crayon. He attended the Illinois Institute of Art and graduated with a BFA with a major in Media Arts and Animation. He has been working as a professional for 8 years as a character designer, animator, illustrator and digital painter, and for the last 2 years as a 2d artist for a video arcade development company in Illinois, U.S.A.
Anthony produced a promotional splash page for every chapter of Undad that was funded under the first Kickstarter campaign, and the covers for all three volumes of Undad.
TEAM DIAVERIK is composed of graphic designers, illustrators, sequential and concept artists TSUBASA YOZORA and ANDRES BAQUERIZO, graduates of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Sequential Art. They have worked with Bluewater Productions and Viper Entertainment, Inc. in titles such as Hell House, World War Hack, Odyssey: God War, and biographical comics Female Force, and Political Power. You can see their work on their free creator-owned comic, HORIZON:E ~Whole World Will~ at: http://www.facebook.com/theworldwill
Team Diaverik produced the artwork for chapter 5 of Undad.
DIMA DERZHAVIN is an enthusiastic, up-and-coming illustrator, concept artist, comic book artist and pretty much all-things-art person.
Dima is the artist for chapter 6 of Undad.
DEBORAH CARITÁ HOLLAND is a Brazilian illustrator who worked most of her career for American publishers of comics. She has worked as a penciler for Dynamite Entertainment (N.J., USA) on the book Warlord of Mars – Dejah Thoris (2012-2014), and as a colorist on Project Superpowers, under the direction of Alex Ross (2008-2010). She has also worked as an artist or colorist for DC (Wonder Woman, 2007), Marvel (Arana & Spiderman, 2006), and IDW (Gene Simmon´s Dominatrix 1-6).
Deborah is the artist for chapter 7 of Undad.
PAUL SCHULTZ is a graduate from the Illustration program at Sheridan Tech. So far his illustrations haunt the pages of four children’s books and five graphic novels. When drawing comics his major influences are Berni Wrightson and Mike Mignola. He lives with his most awesome wife and daughter and their three cats in Ontario, Canada. He loves the darker side of things and has a curious affinity for frogs.
Paul is the artist for chapter 9 of Undad.
MIRANDA RICHARDSON joined the comics industry with Hail, a superhero comic about a woman whose anxiety physically crushes her into shards of glass (Shortlisted, Ledger Awards 2017). She contributed to Shane W Smith’s previous anthology All the King’s Men with Sinking Ship, and received the Banksia Project mentorship in 2018 to begin her most recent comic miniseries. With a focus on illness narrative, Miranda enjoys relating grand scale fantasy from an intimate perspective. She also loves practicing ballroom and pole dance.
Miranda is the writer for chapter 11 of Undad.
BIG TIM STILES is an Australian writer and actor who has been working in the creative arts for over two decades. After four years of writing comic book reviews he dove into writing his own comics, starting with his paranormal investigator/monster hunter Cthulhu Williams before venturing onto his webcomic Gorilla my Dreams.
Tim is the writer for chapter 12 of Undad.
RYAN K LINDSAY is an award winning Australian comic writer. He has partnered with artist Eric Zawadzki to produce: Eternal through Black Mask Studios, and Headspace, with Sebastian Piriz, through Monkeybrain Comics/IDW. He has partnered with artist Sami Kivela to produce: Beautiful Canvas through Black Mask Studios; Deer Editor through his own ‘Four Colour Ray Gun’ imprint and a handful of Kickstarter successes, and Chum through ComixTribe. He was selected as a participant in the DC Writing Workshop group of 2016. His other comics include: Aurealis and Ledger Award winning Negative Space with Owen Gieni through Dark Horse Comics, Gloves with Tommy Lee Edwards in the Vertigo CMYK anthology, as well as EIR with Alfie Gallagher, Ink Island with Craig Bruyn, and Stain the Seas Scarlet with Alex Cormack through Kickstarter for ‘Four Colour Ray Gun.’ He’s written/edited analytical texts, including The Devil is in the Details: Examining Matt Murdock and Daredevil through Sequart, and has had essays published in Criminal, Godzilla, Sheltered, Strange Nation, and Crime Factory. He is Australian and when not being a family man he hones his writing skills by sacrificing blood wombats to the outback spider fight clubs.
Ryan is the writer for chapter 13 of Undad.
KARISSA MOLONEY is an illustrator based out of Saskatoon, Canada. An experimental artist, Karissa is always dabbling in new media and formats when it comes to visual storytelling, such as using watercolours in her most recent work. Whether it’s improving her manga drawing skills or honing her more Western styles, she strives to bring as much artistic variety as possible to any project she takes on. In addition, she tries to inject as much emotion and heart in to her art as she can. Characters that make you laugh, cry, or maybe even hate! In her spare time, Kari loves to hit the gym with friends… and treat herself to chocolate after.
Karissa is the artist for the Undad Vol 3 prologue.
MATIAS LAZARO is an artist from Rosario, Argentina. He has been working in comics for five years, and has a passion for science fiction and horror.
Matias is the artist for chapter 11 of Undad.
ANNA FOUBERT is a self taught digital and traditional artist. Born and raised in Canada, she has drawn her inspiration from a variety of films, cartoons and comics; always looking for something new to explore and experiment with. She is the creator of the webcomic Progeny and is ready to bring new and exciting stories to life.
Anna is the artist for chapter 12 of Undad.
MITCHELL COLLINS is an illustrator living and working in Melbourne, Australia. As an Illustrator he works to deliver any story in a thoughtful and engaging way through narrative illustration. He has an eye for design and format, which is an important underpinning element in illustrative storytelling. It’s an area in which he strives to push and develop with his design skills, in comic books and visual storytelling.
Mitchell is the penciller/inker for chapter 13 of Undad.
SIMON ROBINS is a graphic designer and comic creator, letterer and colorist with twenty years experience. He has a Fine Art degree majoring in Photography as well as a Masters of Design, and has loved comic books since an early age. Simon’s other creative passions are calligraphy, hand lettering, photography, illustration, and 3D Modeling/animation.
Simon is the colourist for chapter 13 of Undad.