Max Brooks is sticking with the zombie genre with his new The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks Graphic Novel. I saw a promo for this on the Avatar table at Wizard World Chicago and have been excited about it since. Now with a release (kinda, see below) date set, I can’t wait to read it. A description from the Random House site:
Man has battled the undead for millenia. In The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks bestselling author and “Studs Terkel of zombie journalism,” Max Brooks provides the lessons that history has taught us about zombie outbreaks. This is not a list of all zombie attacks throughout history, but a chronicling of the most famous outbreaks, gruesomely illustrated in graphic novel form.
From our descendants on the African savannahs to the legions of ancient Rome to the voyages of Francis Drake to the ill-advised experiments of the Soviet army, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attack, takes the reader on a journey across many anni horribilis and hauntingly reminds us how close the living dead have come to destroying humanity.
There are a lot of release dates being given for this book, but in an interview with Max Brooks (where he discusses the new GN) over at ComicMix, he says October 2008, from Avatar Press, and Random House, where it’s currently available for pre-order, says it will be out on January 6, 2009. I’m guessing (only guessing here) that one will release a softcover, and the other the hardcover. This happens pretty often between the book and comic direct markets. We’ll just have to wait and see.