“8×8 Plan” offers one new story each week for eight weeks starting Jan. 20, 2012Â
Writer/actress Brea Grant spearheads ZVR e-single pulp-lit push for New Year.
San Diego, CA (January 20, 2012)-IDW Publishing continues expanding its prose publishing activities with a two-month-long “e-singles” promotion featuring all-new stories set in the gleefully goryÂ ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTSuniverse. The property was first published in 2006 as a two-issue mini-series from the creative team of artistAshley WoodÂ and writer/editorÂ Chris Ryall. Helpless to resist ZVR’s rowdy mix of clunky, wise-cracking robots trying to stem the zombie apocalypse (the fault of clumsy scientists), with the remnants of mankind caught in the middle. There have been multiple ZVR miniseries, and in 2010, Sony Pictures optioned the film rights forÂ Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company.
Beginning on January 20, IDW will digitally release one new ZVR prose story each week for eight weeks.
“We’re calling this our ‘8×8’ plan,” explainsÂ Jeff Conner, the IDW contributing editor responsible for the ZVR prose line. “Each week, from January 20 to March 9, we’ll debut a new short story torn from the festering jaws of the shambling, clanking world that is ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS. And these all-new tales will be a tasty $0.99 each-it’s our New Year’s gift to the brain-eating reading public.”
“Pammi Shaw: Creator of Gods and Also Blogger”Â is the first 8×8 offering, and comes from the multi-talented actress/writerÂ Brea Grant(Heroes,Â Dexter,Â HalloweenÂ II). Told via blog entries, her story extends the recentÂ Zombies vs. Robots: UndercityÂ comic book miniseries, which introduced readers to the young blogger from India, and ended with the members of an elite subterranean enclave underneath the Washington Monument being wiped out by ravenous zombies-or so we are led to believe.
“I wanted to put someone in one of the most difficult places possible by ripping away her community, family, and everything she knows, leaving her with her own thoughts,” statesÂ Grant, whose writing credits include the IDW comicsÂ We Will Bury YouÂ andÂ Suicide Girls. “I wanted this person to deal with religion, love, gods and sanity all alone, separated from the raging violence outside. And who better to put in that position than a jaded, flippant teenage blogger named Pammi?”
“We’re quite committed to e-singles,”Â ConnerÂ noted. “They’re such an effective way to present our scintillating shambling dead vs. gun-crazed warbot content. Going exclusively digital with 8×8 was, as we say around IDW, a no-brainer. For sure we’ll be doing more digital-only promotions as the year unfolds.”
Debuting weekly starting on January 20, 2012, the ZVR e-singles will be available on the Kindle, Nook and in iBooks. The full 8×8 schedule is:
Brea GrantÂ – “Pammi Shaw: Creator of Gods and Also Blogger”Â (1/20/12)
UnderCity’s lone survivor continues her blog and meets (creates?) a digital deity with its own ideas about fighting the zombie apocalypse.
Brea GrantÂ is sometimes a writer (We Will Bury You; Suicide Girls), sometimes an actress (Heroes; Dexter; Halloween 2) and all-the-time a nice person. She is currently directing her first film.
Steve Rasnic TemÂ -Â “To Denver (with Hiram Battling Zombies)”Â (1/27/12)
What happens when high-test chronic is tainted with potent zombie blood? Will it be a high to die for?
Multiple award-winning authorÂ Steve Rasnic TemÂ has published over 300 short stories in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror.Â His latest novel isÂ Deadfall Hotel.
Nancy A. CollinsÂ – “Angus: Zombie-Versus-Robot Fighter”Â (2/03/12)
A young man is trained by his scientist father to fight zombies, robot-style. What could go wrong?
Nancy A. CollinsÂ is the author of numerous novels and short stories, including the best-sellingSunglasses After Dark, and was a writer for DC Comics’Â Swamp Thing. She is a recipient of the Bram Stoker and British Fantasy Awards, and has been nominated for the World Fantasy, Eisner & International Horror Guild awards.Â Left Hand Magic, the newest installment in the acclaimed Golgotham series, is now available.
Nick MamatasÂ – “Throckmorton’s Bad Day”Â (2/10/12)
Years before the zombie apocalypse, an enterprising and amoral young college student (later to become “Dr. Throckmorton in the ZVR comics) tests experimental street drugs on the local users. The results will have unforeseen consequences for his future self.
Nick MamatasÂ is the author of several unusual novels, includingÂ The Damned HighwayÂ with Brian Keene, andÂ The Last Weekend. His short fiction has appeared inÂ Asimov’s SF,Â Long Island NoirÂ and many other magazines and anthologies.
Amber BensonÂ – “Mademoiselle Consuela and Her Army of One”Â (2/17/12)
Like a princess locked in a tower, Consuela lives on a secluded island with only her loyal warbot for company. Then the pirates come…
Amber BensonÂ is an actor, filmmaker, novelist and amateur occultist who sings in the shower.Â Best known for her work as Tara Maclay onBuffy The Vampire Slayer, she is also the author of the Calliope Reaper-Jones series and the co-director (with Adam Busch) of the feature film,Drones. Â
Don WebbÂ – “The Wizards vs. the Bots”Â (2/24/12)
Can black magic control zombies? What about warbots?
Don WebbÂ has 20 published books ranging from the nonfiction occult classicÂ Uncle Setnakt’s NightbookÂ to the best weird west book,Â Webb’s Weird Wild West.
Kaaron WarrenÂ – “The River of Memory”Â (3/02/12)
An Amazon goddess thinks she can restore humanity to zombies; a warbot has doubts.
Kaaron WarrenÂ is an award-winning horror and science-fiction writer based in Australia. She has two short story collections and three novels in print.
Lincoln CrislerÂ – “Kettletop’s Revisionary Plot”Â (3/09/12)
A distraught scientist travels back in time in a desperate attempt to save his wife and prevent the discovery of the deadly ZÂ Virus.
Lincoln CrislerÂ is author, editor and reviewer as well as an active-duty soldier in the United States Army. His books includeÂ Magick & Misery and Wild. Â He is the editor of the dark-superhero anthologyÂ Corrupts Absolutely?Â He has served as a contributing writer for The Horror Library and Shroud Magazine.
Analog media fans needn’t worry that IDW’s new ZVR stories will only be available in e-pub formats. “We aren’t abandoning print in any way,” confirmsÂ Conner. “From the beginning we designed the ZVR prose program to have distinct identities for print and digital. So while it’s true that there will never be print incarnations of any of the 8×8 series themselves, we do have a full slate of ZVR collections and novellas in production on the print side; the ‘8×8’ stories will appear there, just in different contexts.”
The first print collection will beÂ THIS MEANS WAR!, set to appear in March, 2012.
“PAMMI SHAW: Creator of Gods and Also Blogger”Â ($0.99, digital only) will be available on theÂ Kindle, the Nook, inÂ iBooks, andÂ Koboon January 20, 2012.
ZVR: THIS MEANS WAR!Â ($17.99, 342 pages, 6â€³ X 9â€³ hard cover, full color) will be available in stores in March 2012. ISBN 978-1-61377-143-3.
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IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.