reality is that the series editor, Shelley Bond, tricked us both! Roberson says. series was originally set somewhere else on the West Coast. That was Colma, Calif., a community founded to serve as a collection of cemeteries for nearby land strapped San Francisco.
Gwen, helped along by her friends Ellie the ghost and Scott the were terrier (yes, you read that right), solves supernatural mysteries, eats the occasional brain and dodges an ancient order of monster hunters all punctuated by routine trips to the diner for chocolate and coffee. Roberson stories cleverly subvert the standard monster movie formula by showing how the undead spend their down time.
Prior to starting work on iZombie, Roberson says, really knew of Eugene only as the place that Ken Converse Limited Edition 2018 Kesey was from. a mysterious town to outsiders, Allred posits. than Animal House being filmed here and the Pre legend, pop culture has pretty much ignored Eugene. fact, it was Allred teenage hunt for Animal House film locations that convinced him, in part, that Eugene would be a good place to set a comic book series.
In the Eugene of iZombie, vampires troll for dates at the Downtown Lounge. A UO science lab is used as a staging ground for communing with extra dimensional beings. The Shelton McMurphey Johnson mansion at the base of Skinner Butte doubles as the home of a centuries old Egyptian mummy. And the diner where Gwen and her spooky friends hang out is modeled on Fins Drive In in Springfield.
meet at the top of Skinner Butte.
Having one half of the creative duo based in the city where the story is set has its advantages.
Now Allred is the artist of a comic book series that is not only set in Eugene, but also embraces the line our city walks between the everyday and the extraordinary.
Eugene can be a contradictory place. Some find numerous opportunities here, seeing Eugene as a community full of music, culture, good food and outdoor adventure. Others characterize the city more prosaically, as a nice place to live, but maybe a little lacking in diversions.
the better part of a year each of us thought it was the other guy that wanted to set it there, Roberson remembers.
Count cartoonist Michael Allred in the former category. up in Roseburg, Eugene was always the exciting place to go, he says. Allred, creator of the independent critical darling comic book Madman, moved on to college in Utah (where he met his wife, comic book colorist Laura Allred) and eventually lived for a time in Eugene. He later relocated to various points all around the country, and even to Europe. But Eugene always held a special place in his heart.
It seems to have worked out just fine for Allred. love this business, says Allred, an industry veteran. with Chris on iZombie has definitely been one of the best highlights of my career.
went out of my way to find all the locations, and that was a huge thrill for me, says Allred. hoping people reading in Eugene will do the same thing.
Published by DC Comics imprint for adults, Vertigo, iZombie follows the adventures of Gwen Dylan, a UO dropout who hangs out in a diner, makes her living digging graves in an eco friendly cemetery and who just happens to be an undead zombie.
Besides advising Roberson on details of Eugene geography and daily life, Michael Allred incorporates real Eugene landmarks into the comic illustrations, which are in turn brought to colorful life by Laura Allred.
Despite his own current lack of Oregon bona fides, Roberson will soon enough have a chance to see in person the locations he has been writing Converse High Heels Pink
almost required that the moment that someone becomes one of these supernatural beings, they become angsty, Roberson says. I became a werewolf, I still be the person I am now, I just have some personal hygiene issues once a month, or have some self control issues. who has never visited Oregon, relies in large part on online street views to inform the sense of place inherent in his writing. But his collaborator Allred just moved back to Eugene after a stint on the Oregon Coast. Converse Shoes Ladies Size 6
about. This summer, Roberson and his family are moving from Austin to Portland, sight unseen. Roberson says that one of his first orders of business will be a trip down I 5 to hang out with his comic book partner Allred, and to check out the town where Gwen the zombie hangs her gravedigger cap.
been a fan of Mike since 1992, 1993? Roberson struggles to recall. was difficult for me to get my head around the idea of collaborating with him. I still will occasionally drop into fan mode, and remind him of something he did in 1994, he says.
But the parade of Lane County landmarks doesn stop there. Versions of real world locations like Smith Family Bookstore, Nostalgia Collectibles, Taylor Bar Grill, Ya Po Ah Terrace and even the Camp Putt mini golf course all appear in the first two collected paperback editions of iZombie, which encompass the first twelve issues of the series.
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But how did the collaboration result in a comic set in Eugene, specifically?
would encourage people to take that issue and go to the top, and try to figure out where all the characters are, Allred says with a grin.
Bond says he knew that Allred was more likely to sign on for the comic if it was set in his favorite Oregon town, and the DC editor indicated to each creator that the other wanted Eugene as the stage for iZombie horror tinged hijinks.
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