Zombies Calling: snappy popcult zombie comic in the Scott Pilgrim mold

Faith Erin Hicks's Zombies Calling is a fun, fast graphic novel about Canadian university students who battle zombies on campus. The protagonist, Joss, is an incorrigible zombie movie nut who argues endlessly with her roommates about the internal consistency of zombie genre films and the rules that heroes must follow when they are confronted by the walking dead. She's also a helpless anglophile who peppers her speech with affectations like "crumbs," which annoys her roommates but is actually very sweet for the reader.

Zombies Calling fits nicely into the Scott Pilgrim mode: rich with pop-culture reference, snappy dialog, and a delightful disregard for the boundary between reality and fantasy.

Hicks has got lots going for her -- great illustration and writing style, funny dialog and likeable characters -- but what I was most impressed by was her cinematic talent for making a zombie chase-scene come alive with real tension through clever panel-layout and illustrations. I didn't expect to have my heart thumping over a funnybook about zombies, but thump it did.

Zombies Calling


  1. wait, isn’t it “Zombies Calling” not “Zombies Rising” as stated on the link?

    It looks amazing!

  2. @3: Zombies Calling is correct — thanks for pointing it out

    @1: It’s a stand-alone

    @2: Get bent.

  3. Okay, so if she’s an Anglophile, does that make the title an homage to the Clash? Cuz if so, yet another reason to check this out, and the first obvious song on the soundtrack to the inevitable movie. :)

  4. Been following Faith since her first webcomic, Demonology 101. It’s awesome to see how far she’s come and even awesomer (is that a word?) to see her Boing-Boinged.

  5. I have a friend (in Atlanta) who fakes British idioms and phrases because of this guy in England she likes. It makes me want to slap her with a Monty Python DVD.

    But a comic about someone with that trait? Sounds pretty neat, just because it’s cool to see things you can relate to.

  6. In keeping with the whole anglophile thing, shouldn’t the link be to amazon.co.uk, where your shopping cart is a basket?

  7. Ok, so now that even the characters in zombie fiction are aware of all the crappy stereotypes of zombie fiction, maybe it’s time for those rules to be tossed out of windows, along with the people who insist on them.

    I like zombies – but not the ones in 99% of all movies and video games. So boring…

  8. I’m a HUGE fan of this comic — which actually came out in 2007 before everyone had zombie fever. It’s got a great sense of humor, a surprize ending, and lots of great inside jokes for hardcore zombie movie fans.

  9. Also been following Faith for a while now (since Demonology) and I’m glad to see she’s gotten some publicity here. Well deserved.

  10. Someone just needs to come out with a comic or movie depicting mindless masses shuffling off to consume the latest zombie entertainment, and the circle will be complete.

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