Suffering from post-traumatic stress in the wake of the cordyceptian nightmare?
Wary of flesh-eating neighbors and loved ones?
Feeling a little...peckish?
Color away your pain!
That's right, local artist and teacher Jon Orr has the fix for you. It's his Zombie Coloring Book, a 25-page tome of zombies modeled after contemporary characters like the hipster, or the cat lady (both shown).
Orr — whose sister, K8e Orr, is also an artist — started the book a while back when he and friend Lexi Harris listed all the character types they envisioned would make fun zombies. "Zombies are a great way to approach social satire and there's a history in the genre of doing just that," he writes via e-mail.
Later, Orr continued the project solo, and developed a plot for it and a style, which he accomplished via hand-drawn images that were inked with a brush. He then scanned the images and set them atop digitally manipulated photographs. "So the overall book is a marriage of photography, traditional illustration and digital illustration," he says.
The book was later proofed by friends and Orr debuted two versions, one for kids, which is largely images, and "a slightly more risque" version for adults, which includes more of the storyline (involving an Amazonian fungus that spawns the epidemic.) Now it's available here, and at a book release Friday, Oct. 26 from 5-7 p.m. at CK Comics and Collectibles (719 Manitou Ave., Suite B, Manitou Springs).
Orr has made books before, but this is the largest self-published effort he's done. In the past, he printed less than 10 copies of a Halloween poetry and picture book The Curious Parade and book of Japanese yokai, The Hundred Demon Night Parade.