Thursday, March 4, 2010

NEXT 100: Keeping The Undead Faith, The Wild World of Stephen Lindsay

PLANET GRIFFIN continues it's orbit through Pop Culture time and space--- and much like a blue police box, you never know where we'll turn up. Today, we materialize with new NEXT 100--- that listing of next level indie talent who's work will define future pop culture--- and introduce the smashgenre adventures of STEPHEN LINDSAY.

Since first appearing on the comics scene back in 2007, Writer-creator Stephen Lindsay dreamed of a zombie-plague ravaged world where the Son of Man would one day return to that world and level it! Armed with a big stick (or whatever happened to be lying around), a bizarre menagerie of characters, and Stephen's off-kilter sense of comic writing, the horror-action-smashmouth comedy formula would go on to prove that indie comic readers loved the fact that JESUS HATES ZOMBIES--- in a BIG way!

Publishing his first project under the ALTERNA COMICS banner, Stephen has succeeded in his indie venture IN SPITE OF the industry downturn--- "The industry seems to always be in a state of panic..." Stephen says. "Panic over sales. Panic over the internet. Panic over digital vs. print comics, and Panic over increasing prices. But what most people fail to see is that comic readers love comics! And with Hollywood snapping up property after property, exposure to comics has never been higher! So for all of the panicking, things are looking pretty good..."

Stephan also adds, "Independents have also never been stronger, and that owes all of its thanks to the internet. Anyone can now create a comic and put it out there for the world to see! Granted, not all of them are good. In fact, the vast majority are pretty bad... but that's not the point! The point is that Indies, if they're willing to do the leg work of constant promotions, really have a vehicle with which to showcase their work!"

Volumes 1 and 2 of his apocryphal comedy has already sold out, with Volume 3 already quickly following suite (and that's even before the soon-to-be-released Volume 4 OGN in a few months). JHZ has also spawned a spin-off within its pages, the runaway hit LINCOLN HATES WEREWOLVES ( from the 3 part mini-series, YEA, THOU I WALK, featuring Lincoln and Jesus saddled up on a rather familiar Dodge Charger--- and perhaps my personal favorite). One secret to Stephens' success lies in his tireless promotion of the brand, exporting the 'Holy Roller Zombie Killer' into the French and Euro-markets, where the books are selling into reprints, making the title more in demand now than ever! Such marketing savvy makes JHZ one of the most successful underground titles that you may not have heard of--- yet.

Stephan has other projects currently in progress, and believe me, the future of indie comics will be a bright, completely outrageous, and one well worth supporting! Next time you're on Facebook, look him up for new product and tell'em PLANET GRIFFIN sent ya!

PLANET GRIFFIN is proud to welcome STEPHAN LINDSAY as a member of THE NEXT 100!

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