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 a finalist in the 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.
The first Undad miniseries of four issues was recently successfully funded on Kickstarter, and was published by Deeper Meanings Publishing on May 1, 2015.
The second and final series of Undad was backed by Creative Partnerships Australia and Deeper Meanings Publishing, and was successfully funded on Kickstarter. The book was published by Deeper Meanings Publishing on November 1, 2015.
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 is the writer of every issue of Undad, and the artist for Issue 1, Issue 4, and Issue 8.
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 issues 5, 6, 7 and 8 of Undad.
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 Issue 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 Issue 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 issue of Undad that was funded under the first Kickstarter campaign, and the covers for both 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 Issue 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 Issue 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 Issue 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 the bonus issue of Undad, to be included in Volume Two.