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An interview with Zombie Apocalypse author and Zombification Orientation and Defense leader Shane Moore

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Image courtesy Shane Moore
Image courtesy Shane Moore

Shane Moore is a former police officer and the author of a number of books including the fantasy “Abyss Walker” series and the Zombie Apocalypse novel, “The Apocalypse of Enoch.”  Shane and I recently crossed paths at Wizard World Comic Con in St. Louis, Mo and later connected via email for an interview.

John Collins (JC): Thanks for agreeing to do a written interview with me Shane!

Shane Moore (SM): No worries. I enjoy your website.

(JC): Could you tell my readers a bit about your background and how you got into Writing?

(SM) I am a former police officer and on Sept 11th 2004, I was stabbed in the line of duty while taking a suspect into custody. I developed Night Terrors as a result of PTSD. This began to cause anxiety and insomnia. I discovered that a beer before I went to bed relaxed me. It didn’t take long before one beer became two–two became four… It didn’t take a genius to see this was going to be a problem. I didn’t want to get hooked on sleeping pills either. One friend suggested I write poetry.  She said that when she was feeling upset poetry helped her get her feelings out.

As a 230 pound meathead police officer, I was NOT going to write poetry. So, I decided to write about a passion–medieval fantasy! By 2006 I had my first contract and by 2008 I had enough success I retired from law enforcement and started writing full time.

Image courtesy Shane Moore
Image courtesy Shane Moore

(JC): Tell us about your current projects.

(SM) I have many open contracts. Everything from a contract from Kissell Studios (A-Team/Army of 2 from IDW) to turn my end of days rapture based zombie thriller that they are turning into a graphic novel series to Gary Gygax’s company partner Troll Lord Games who are turning my best selling fantasy world into a 9 book RPG table top expansion to their Castles and Crusades system.

Image courtesy Shane Moore
Image courtesy Shane Moore

(JC): Where do you plan to go from here?

(SM) A major Film would be the creme de la creme. I have recently broken into comics and table top games. I expect to do toys and other ventures soon, but film would be the pinnacle.

Image courtesy Shane Moore
Image courtesy Shane Moore

(JC): I also write for my website The Weird Review and like to close my interviews by inviting my interviewees to tell something weird and wonderful about themselves.

(SM) Wonderful? Hmmmm Well, I’m pretty happy with me. Many people are surprised to learn that I grew up pretty rough. My name was changed when I was six and I ran away and was homeless as a teenager. I lived in my car over a year while in college. I think people get too caught up in poor me instead of developing a willingness to do what it takes to succeed. If success were easy, everyone would be having it.

Image courtesy Shane Moore
Image courtesy Shane Moore

(JC): Do you have anything additional you would like to add?

(SM) The thing that is really taking off for me is my end of days rapture based zombie thriller “The Apocalypse of Enoch.” It came out last June and has been my publisher’s number one best seller and spawned a 1000+ zombie fighting fan group known as ZOD – the Zombification Orientation and Defense.  The group is free to join and loads of cosplay fun. Several of my celeb friends are members including Matt Hill (Cartoon Network voice actor), Terry Naughton (17 year Disney animator), and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars).

(JC): WOW!  That’s awesome!  I will look forward to seeing ZOD members sprouting up at cons everywhere!  Thanks again for the interview!  I am looking forward to seeing where all this takes you.  Keep in touch!

(SM) Thanks for having me. The Weird Review is awesome and I’m a huge fan!

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The amazing end to Larry Elmore’s Kickstarter – The Dragons are coming!

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Larry Elmore's Kickstarter is over with an amazing ending

Larry Elmore’s Kickstarter is over with an amazing ending

At 11:00 a.m. on 12/31/2012 Larry Elmore’s Kickstarter project, “Larry Elmore: The Complete Elmore Artbook (Hardback)” came to an amazing end.

His project became the second highest funded project in Kickstarter’s Publishing category.

Mr. Elmore’s project raised $299,914, well beyond his goal of $17,500. Mr. Elmore said, “The Kickstarter is OVER and it was crazy!!! I can’t believe it, it was so FANTASTIC! I thank ALL of you for the unbelievable support!!!” and “this Kickstarter Campaign, it has overwhelmed me, surpassed my wildest dreams and left me very humbled.”

The Kickstarter rewards ranged from a hand drawn “Dragon Doodle” for $25 to the original artwork for the book that went for $10,000 and which has yet to be painted.

Folks that kicked in for Mr. Elmore’s book which will cover forty years of his fantasy artwork can look forward to seeing the book with a projected date of August of 2013.

Those that missed out on the Kickstarter but who still want the book can purchase a limited edition retail copy of the book can get it for the retail price of $80 through his website.  This version won’t come with the additional Kickstarter bonuses and it will be limited to 250 copies and the offer ends on January 31, 2013 so don’t delay if you missed the Kickstarter and have a Happy New Year!

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An Interview with Danny Shepherd, AKA Ismahawk, of Nightwing: The Series

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When I saw that a friend had backed the Kickstarter for Nightwing: The Series, based on the DC Comics Nightwing character,  I had to check it out.  I watched the video by Danny Shepherd and Jeremy Le and it looked pretty amazing for having been shot, edited, and released in only three days.

Danny just graduated from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas in May and had it online and racking up hits in July and it has been quite a hit.  So I had to put a few bucks into seeing what they can do with a little more time and money.  Then I contacted Danny, AKA Ismahawk (his X-Box Live gamer tag meaning Hawk Assassin when he created it at 15) for an interview.

John Collins (JC): Tell me and my readers a bit about yourself sir.

Danny Shepherd (DS): I graduated film school in May of 2012 and immediately partnered up with my best friend, Jeremy Le. We began making short films and scenes for my youtube channel, Ismahawk. In July 2012 only a few months after graduating we shot, edited, and, released a Nightwing fan film by the name of Batman: Nightwing, in only three days. It received quite a bit of praise and reached over 1,000,000 views.   Jeremy and I are currently working as full time, youtube partners. A local studio here in Las Vegas, MG Studio, took notice of our ambition and offered to help produce a 3 part web series focusing on Nightwing.

(JC): Very cool!  Tell us a bit more about your Nightwing series.

(DS): Nightwing: The Series follows the story of Batman’s ex-sidekick Dick Grayson. After a falling out with his former mentor, Dick abandons his role as Robin and sets off to become his own man in the city of Bludhaven. The series will be three parts and feature some cameo appearances from heroes and villains from the Batman’s Universe. While we plan on staying true to many elements from the comics, we are still taking heavy inspiration from Batman: Arkham City, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and also the Batman animated series’.

(JC): What are your plans beyond Nightwing: The Series?

(DS): Nightwing: The Series is a non-profit, fan film, so it’s just being made for fun! But we definitely hope our work here will open some doors down the line for making full blown films. Hey you never know, maybe DC will get behind us and help us make more of the series for youtube or maybe even tv!

(JC): I wish you well on that and am looking forward to getting my copy of the DVD!  Now, I like to close my interviews with giving my interviewee the opportunity to tell my audience something weird and wonderful about themselves.  Do you have anything you would like to share?

(DS): Hmm. Something weird..I’m super, mega, lactose intolerant. Any dairy will make me deathly ill! Weird enough?

(JC): Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview and I will look forward to seeing more from you and your team in the future.  In the meantime beware the Wisconsin Gouda ninjas with the milk bombs!

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