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Page 33 – The Groundskeeper

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And we’re back! If you’re lost or new, here’s a link back to PAGE 32. It was nice to have a little break and clear my head a bit. I was able to get a few buffer pages done, but more importantly, I was able to get caught up on writing! It was fun to get back in to the writing aspect of the comic. My excitement grew as I finally reached a particular scene. I’ve had this scene in my head since the beginning and I can’t wait to draw it! Anyway, that’s later on in the story, right now we are getting an introduction to the Groundskeeper. I’ve been anxious to get to him. I tried to give him a little ‘Tales from the Crypt’ vibe. Those old comics are a big influence on me. I’ve always loved those old characters from EC stories or even Stephen King books. You know, the old crotchety drunk type? The guy you just love to hate. I use to see a lot of those characters in old stories, kind of a ‘Pulp’ element… but yea, more of him to come!

This week’s music pick is from Cluster Buster! The track is called ‘Deranged’ and it’s off of the album Total Terror. I felt this track worked well because of it’s ominous tone, but it also remains upbeat – pretty cool. I only recently discovered Cluster Buster, but I think he’ll be making a return here on TDHI. Everything I’ve heard is very 80s horror soundtrack – really fun stuff! If you like what you hear, be sure to check out more! That’s it for now, thanks for reading and I’ll see you back here next week – cheers!

 


Highway Superstar – Night in the City, Part 2

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Welcome back! As promised, here is Part 2 of the Highway Superstar mini comic! This was a really fun page to draw. I’m really happy with the colors and the flow of the page, but I think the evil villain is my favorite. I’m not entirely sure what he’s based on, but I guess he’s kind of a combination of Moltar, Battlestar Galactica and Boba Fett. He just kind of fell out of my head onto the page! Anyway, one thing I’ve learned is that I’m pretty fond of drawing this type of Sci Fi art and I may explore it more. Don’t get me wrong, I love drawing graveyards and ghouls, but Sci Fi allows for a little more freedom and creativity. Alright, I think I’m babbling now, on to the music!

I’m selecting the title track off of the album, Take My Time. When I was drawing these pages, I put the album on a loop so I could get into the right mindset. The song Take My Time would get stuck in my head for days! I also brought in some of the lyrics as dialog for the comic, which I think works well and ties everything together. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the mini comic, as I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you! The comic is still available as a limited addition print in the Take My Time bundle over at Highway Superstar’s site. You get the Album, a T-shirt, Poster and a Comic! Get on it while supplies last! I’d like to give a big shout out to Highway Superstar – this was a fun project and I’m glad we got to work together! On a side note, I’m going to be taking next week off to continue working on The Dead Have Issues. We’ll continue our story on July 30 with Page 33! That’s it for now, thanks for reading – Cheers!

 


Highway Superstar – Night in the City, Part 1

Highway Superstar Comic - 1Hello everyone – I have a special treat for you this week! I recently collaborated with Highway Superstar on a project. HS asked me to create a mini comic to accompany a limited addition ‘Tape’ of his new album. I really wanted to create something special to accompany his music; something very 80s. I’ve always loved the campy Sci-Fi shows of the 80s like Buck Rogers, Doctor Who, Knight Rider and M.A.S.K. (cartoon) – just to name a few! I wanted that vibe to carry through into the comic. Combining this Sci-Fi element with HS’s initial suggestions led to a really fun project! If you’re unfamiliar with Highway Superstar, I shared a track of his way back on Page 9! I’m excited to share this mini comic and more music from HS with you all! I decided to pick one of of my favorite tracks off of the Take My Time album, entitled Them or Us - I think this track works great with the page too.

The comic is available as a limited addition print in the Take My Time bundle over at Highway Superstar’s site. You get the Album, a T-shirt, Poster and a comic! Get on it while supplies last! Next week I’ll post the second part of the comic, so be sure to check back for the conclusion (and place an order for your own personal copy)! Support independent music and art! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you here next week!

 


Page 32 – Junk

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It was another close finish for me this week, and of course I had to pick the weirdest contraption to draw. But when I wrote this scene, I imagined something very retro and out of date. My friend’s dad had a mower similar to this when I was a teenager. We use to take it out and rip up the yard. I wonder why we never got hired to mow yards? Needless to say, I think there’s a reason they don’t make ‘em like this anymore. On another note, I’ve got something really cool I’m going to be posting over the next 2 weeks! It’s going to allow me to get caught up as well. I’ll leave it at that and see you here next week!

This week’s music pick is from Laser Destroyer Team! Pretty cool name, right? The track is called ‘Forest Runners’ off of their Always Sometimes Monsters LP. It’s a short/fun little track that fits well with this scene. They’ve got some pretty fun stuff, so if you like what you hear, be sure to check ‘em out! That’s it for now, I’ll see you here next week. Thanks for reading – Cheers!


Page 31 – Good Idea

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Looks like there might be a lot of useful things in this old shed, but it sounds like the boys have other plans. I really hope you’ve been enjoying the story so far, I’ve been having a lot of fun making it (though it is a lot of work)! I’m still playing with ‘camera’ angles and what not, which is actually pretty fun and challenging. There are so many cool things coming I wish I could tell you, but that would kind of defeat the purpose – this is just the tip of the iceberg!

This week’s music pick comes from Sferro. The track is called JVS and it’s off of the self titled EP. I’m not sure how to explain the track, but it’s very much a ‘mood’ piece. I like the tone and atmosphere it sets up. Pretty cool stuff, I’d really love to hear what this EP sounds like on vinyl, I bet it’s pretty sweet. Anyway, if you like what you hear, head over and check out more from Sferro and Girlfriend Records! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you back here next week – Cheers!

 


Page 30 – A Place to Hide

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Phew, page 30! I really had to haul ass to get this page done. It was a busy few days, lot of things going on, but I managed to pull it off. I want to avoid missing posts without notice as much as possible. So rest assured, if I need a break, I’ll make sure to announce it. With that said, there may be a small break in the not so distant future. I need to get some writing done and some buffer pages. There’s also a local publication taking submissions for a comic focused series right now. If I can come up with a good story, I think I’m going to submit something. I’ve still got a couple of weeks before that’s due, so I’ll keep you posted.

This week’s music pick comes from Cobra Copter! The track is called ‘Advanced Steel’ off of the Machine Age album. What really drew me to this artist was the album logo, it looks like a nod to Omni Consumer Products (the evil corporation from Robocop)! The track is basically built off of a long drawn out note, which I found really interesting and eerie, not to mention cool! If you like what you hear, be sure to head over and check out more from Cobra Copter! That’s it for now, thanks for reading and I’ll see you here next week – cheers!


Page 29 – Smoke Break

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This page makes me chuckle. I’m sure we’ve all known that person who has to have a smoke at the most awkward of times. Good thing ghouls can’t smell – right? At least I don’t think they can? Well, I sure hope not… that old building looks a little shady too… Anyway, not a lot to say this week. My summer time activities are starting to pick up, so I may have to take a week off soon to get caught up, but maybe not. I’ll let you know. There’s some really fun stuff coming and I want to be able to put the time in to get the art looking awesome!

This week’s music pick comes from Orax. The track is called Pilgrimage. The first thing that drew me to this track were the crows. I love crows! The saxophone is also pretty awesome and reminds me a little of Lost Boys (which is a good thing). As always, if you like what you hear, be sure to go check out more from Orax! That’s all for now, thanks for reading and I’ll see you here next week! Cheers!

 


Page 28 – The Beer!

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The Dead Have Issues - Page 28

Well, you’ve got to have priorities – am I right?! Undead ghouls aren’t going to keep Eddie from cracking a cold one! I’m sure Philthy is annoyed, but also relieved that they’ll have a couple of beers to chug while they escape the dead. Good thing zombies don’t run, eh? This was a fun little page to draw, even though I hit a couple of road bumps. But with every new page, I feel like I’m moving a little closer to where I want to be with style. Baby steps I guess.

Music pick this week is from Sung and the track is called Thunder Love! This is a really cool track, the beginning build up (violin sound?) reminds me of The Dark Knight – it’s a really nice touch to the track. If you like what you hear, head on over and give Sung some support. That’s it for now. We’ll see you here next week! As a friendly reminder, if you know anyone who might like The Dead Have Issues, I hope you tell them about the comic! The more the merrier! Until next time, thanks for reading – Cheers!

 


Page 27 – The Dastardly Dead

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Issue 2 is a go with The Dastardly Dead! What terrors lay ahead for the boys? I mean things seem to be getting worse by the minute for these two. As if one ghoul wasn’t enough, now we have multiple ghouls and on top of that, the first one turns out to be a jerk! Anyway, I hope you’re as excited for this issue as I am. I’m trying some new things out with drawing/inking. Hopefully I’ll have a new computer or a wacom by the end of the summer. The way I’m doing things now is archaic! But I think I’ll always do traditional inking. Blah Blah Blah, on to music!

This week’s music pick is by Dynatron! The track is called “Pulse Power” and it’s off of the album Escape Velocity. This is a really cool album all together, very Sci Fi and spacey. It was actually hard to choose a track to share – they’re all so good! As always, if you like what you hear, be sure to check out more from Dynatron! That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you back here next week – Cheers!

 


Page 26 – Issue Two

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We’re back and we’re finally kicking off Issue #2! It was nice to have a little break, unfortunately I didn’t get any buffer pages done… I had a few other projects that I had to attend to. But oh well, I’m excited to get back to drawing The Dead Have Issues. There is going to be a lot of fun and cool stuff in this Issue. The last time we saw the boys, they were in some trouble. How will they escape? Will they escape? Or are they gourmet ghoul food!? Tune in next week to find out!

This week’s music pick is again from Calabrese! The track is called “Violet Hellfire” off of their III- They Call Us Death album. I felt it was a suitable choice since we kicked off Issue #1 with a Calabrese song – why not Issue #2? I really like this song and I’ve become a big fan over the last year. I hope to catch them live one of these days (hint, hint, Calabrese – come to the Midwest!) As always, if you like what you hear, check out more from these ghoulish rockers! You won’t be disappointed! That’s it for now, I’ll see you here next week and thanks for reading!

 


Page 25 – Run!

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THE DEAD HAVE ISSUES will return on MAY 21, 2014!!

Phew! This is it, the end of chapter 1, or issue 1. I can’t believe I made it! I really hope you’ve all been enjoying the story. With that said, I’m going to take a small intermission to get caught up.  My plan is to return on May 21st. I know it seems like a long time, but these pages take a lot of work, especially the coloring. A lot of television shows take mid season breaks, so just look at that way. But rest assured, The Dead Have Issues will be back in full force! I’ve got a lot of big things planned and I’m hoping this break will allow me the time to get everything prepared. In the mean time, you can still keep up with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I can’t wait for Issue 2, I promise it will be worth the wait!

This week’s music pick comes from Mega Drive! The track is called ‘Crimewave’ and it’s off of the album Hardwired. This is a really cool track and reflects a feeling of urgency that accompanies this page perfectly! As always, if you like what you hear, be sure to check out more from Mega Drive! That’s it for now, be sure to check back on May 21st to see what’s in store for Eddie and Philthy! And thank you so much for you support!


Page 24 – Strange Sounds

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First off, thank you to everyone who shared last week’s post! I don’t make any money doing this, so it’s the little things that make it all worth it. So again, thank you! Things seem awry in the cemetery. I don’t think I’d be sticking around after something like that, but you’ll have to tune in next week to see what happens! With that said, next week is the end of issue/chapter 1. We are going to take a small intermission after that, probably 2-3 weeks, so that I can get caught up with this and other projects. I’ll post the exact date next week, so don’t forget to come back next Wednesday!!

This week’s music pick comes from Silenx. The track is called “Rogue Vindicator” and it’s off of Telefuture’s Rage compilation. I really like this track, it’s eerie and kind of spacy. There’s a lot of really cool tracks over on Silenx’s bandcamp too, so be sure to go check it out! That’s it for now, see you here next week for the end of Issue 1! Cheers!

 


Page 23 – Siren

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Well, it looks like Eddie really messed up this time! This is no ordinary ghoul – if there is such a thing as ordinary. How are they going to get out of this one? Will they get out of this one or is this just the tip of the iceberg?! You’ll have to check back next week to find out! With that said, there are only 2 pages left in this chapter! After that, we’re going to have a small intermission so that I can get caught up and give myself some breathing room. I really hope you’ve all been enjoying the story so far, the next chapter/issue is going to be a lot of fun!

This week’s music pick is from Dana’s Vision! The track is called… are you ready … Zombie Werewolves! Such a great title! It’s off of NewRetroWave’s Crypt EP. I really like this track, it starts of creepy, but then busts in to a fun groove. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out more from Dana’s Vision. Alright, that’s all for now, thanks for reading! If you’ve been enjoying the comic so far, please tell a friend! And if you’d like, please support me on Facebook and Twitter! See you next week, cheers!

 


Page 22 – It’s Clobberin’ Time!

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Once again, I really had to hustle to get this page done! As summer nears, there seems to be more and more going on, but no excuses! It would have been cool to add some more detail to this page, but I’m happy with how it turned out. As promised, the action has started – the next few pages are going to be a lot of fun! There’s only a few pages left of Issue 1, then I’ll need to start prepping for Issue 2, which I’m really excited to get going on, but you’ll have to be patient. It’s going to be really fun though. With that said, I was thinking of making each Issue available for download as they finish, maybe through Comixology or something? Not sure yet, I’ve got to give it some more thought. Yadda yadda yadda, on to music!

This week’s pick is from Ex-Machina. The track is called ‘Night of the Rottweiler IV’. I believe this is a made up movie, as far as I can tell. Anyway, I think it’s pretty cool track; eerie, but upbeat at the same time. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out more from Ex-Machina! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you here next week! Cheers!

 


Page 21 – Ghoul Problems

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We have arrived! Finally our first full look at a Graveyard Ghoul! This is where things start to take a turn for the worse and also get really fun – well for us at least, not for Philthy and Eddie. Anyway, this was a really, really fun page to draw. I’m looking forward to getting into these next few pages, there is going to be a lot of cool stuff. Only a hand full of pages left until Issue # 1 comes to an end. But don’t fret, after that we’re on to action packed Issue # 2, and there will be plenty of Ghouls and Creeps to wet your horrific appetites! Be sure to tune in next week to see what’s in store for Philthy and Eddie!

This week’s music pick comes from Lazerhawk off his new album, Skull and Shark! The track is called “Dangerous After Dark.” Now, this album was actually intended to be the soundtrack for a comic called Skull and Shark by Dave Rapoza, but it hasn’t come out yet and I’m starting to wonder if it ever will. Anyway, I’m a huge fan of Lazerhawk and I really love this album, so I wanted to share this track, plus it has all of the energy and creepiness to accompany this page! If you like what you hear be sure to head over to Rosso Corsa Records and check out more from their great artists! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you hear next week! Cheers!

 


Page 20 – The Break In

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Wow! Here we are at Page 20! This is pretty exciting for me and I’ve been ancy to get to this page, not to mention the upcoming pages. So, the boys have made it in to the Cemetery and it looks like they may have bit off more than they can chew! I wonder who this mysterious figure could be? Hmm… I wonder…. Be sure to tell your friends, mark your calendars, and be here for next week’s post – it’s gonna be a good’n!

This week’s music pick comes from Perturbator. The song is the title track off of the album I Am The Night. I’ve been listening to Perturbator for a while now and I really like his stuff. This track also feels perfect for this page! On a side note, Perturbator also has a new album coming out on Blood Music, which I’m stoked to hear! As always, if you like what you hear, be sure to check out more of his music, especially if your into 80s ‘horror’ themed stuff. That’s all for now folks, thanks for reading and I’ll see you here next week!

 


Page 19 – On the Scene

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We’ve finally made it back to the Cemetery! This is what I’ve been waiting for, because things are going to start heating up. That also means I’ve got some really fun and challenging pages to draw! Not much to say this week, other than I really need to get caught up on a few things. I’m thinking about taking a small break this summer so I can get some extra pages done, plus I’d really like to get some painting and other art projects going. I’ll keep you posted on when and if that happens. Anyway, on to music!

This week’s music pick comes from Protector 101. The track is called “Street Trash” off of the the album Neoncholy. I really like this track, plus the police noises accompany what’s going on in the panels, not to mention it’s an awesome track! If you like what you hear, be sure to check out more from Protector 101! Until next week, thanks for reading! Cheers!

 


Page 18 – Meet Susan

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I really had to scramble to get this page done, it was a doozy! But hey, the boys are finally at the Cemetery! I’m pretty excited to bring the story back to the graveyard, we haven’t revisited it since our story started. Let’s just say things are about to get crazy! On a side note, you might notice the ever changing progression (evolution?) of Eddie. I decided to play with his look a bit more on this page. I like the way he turned out, but as we keep moving forward, his design should become more consistent. That said, this comic has always been a way for me to explore different ideas and establish my own style.

This week’s music pick is from Arc Neon. The track is called “Prey For Your Life,” it’s off of the album VHS Collection. Arc Neon has some really cool music, so I highly recommend checking more out – really fun stuff! The title of this track is so fitting for this page, plus it’s a good lead in to the boys approaching the Cemetery gates … spoooooky! Anyway, like I said, if you like what you hear be sure to checkout more from Arc Neon! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you here next week!

 


Page 17 – The Beer Store

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I really had to scramble this week to get this page done! So much going on lately and I only expect things to pick up more as Spring nears. Ahh…Spring. Anyway, as you can see, the boys are making a little pit stop at the Beer Store. You’ve gotta have refreshments before exploring a cemetery for a mysterious meteor – right? Here we also get an introduction to Hal, the hard nosed store owner. I’m going to try an update the ‘Characters’ page soon, I’ve just got to keep the pages flowing.

This week’s music pick is from Sam Häggblad. The track is called ‘No Time To Lose (In the Night)’ off of the album Never Say Never. This guy totally commits to the 80s look, so awesome! This is a really fun and upbeat song, I think it accompanies the page quite well (maybe not the lyrical content, but the music). If you like what you hear, be sure to check out more from Sam Häggblad, he’s got some sweet album covers! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you here next week, cheers!

 


Page 16 – Barf!

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I’m pretty happy with this page, it was challenging, but really fun! As you can see, things aren’t quite right with the Black Cat, but this is just a glimpse at things to come. The boys are finally on their way to the Cemetery, after a pit stop that is. I don’t want to spill the beans, but their is some fun stuff on the way. I know it may seem like things are moving slowly, but that’s the nature of Webcomics. I wish I had the time to do 2 pages a week so the story could move a little faster, but I just don’t. So for now I’m sticking to 1 page a week, but don’t worry, your patience will be worth it!

This week’s music pick comes from Starcadian with the track ‘Sgt. Tagowskit’ off of Sunset Blood. I really love this track, it embodies that 80s movie sound. It also reminds a little of Ghostbusters, which I thought was fitting since Harold Ramis recently passed away – the world has lost another great talent … Anyway, if you like what you hear, be sure to checkout more from Starcadian, he(?) has some really great stuff! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you here next week! Cheers!


Page 15 – News Flash

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This was a fun page to draw, it opened my eyes a bit and gave me some new ideas. I’ve been playing around with style, while also trying to make the pages a little more dynamic; I like the perspective on this page. Anyway, I’m excited for next week’s page, it’s a fun one! Which reminds me, I’ve gotta get caught up on drawing, my ‘buffer’ is rapidly shrinking!

This week’s music pick is from Lueur Verte and it’s called ‘Onyx Noir’ from the album Crystalica. It’s a cool haunting little track, it gives the feeling that there is danger on the horizon, which works great with this page! If you like the track, be sure to check out more from Lueur Verte and Aphasia Records! That’s it for now, thanks for reading and I’ll see you back here next week! Cheers!

 


Page 14 – Back Off!

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First off, sorry for the late post today! There’s so much going on that I totally spaced it was Wednesday and forgot my files. I had to prep the page quick and make some adjustments. I was going to do some more adjusting, but then realized I needed to get this up, so here it is! This was a pretty fun page to draw and I hope you like it. As you can see, our furry friend is having some mood swings. I wonder what could be causing that? Hmm…

This week’s music pick is from Shirobon and the track is called ‘Perfect Machine’ off of Distant Reality. I think it’s a really cool track and subtly emphasizes that things aren’t quite right, while also keeping a somewhat playful tone. As always, if you like what you hear, be sure to check out more from Shirobon! By the way, if you’re ever wondering why a page is late, be sure to keep up with me on Facebook and Twitter! Thanks for reading, cheers!

 


Page 13 – Honk!

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Page 13 already, crazy! Well, our two main protagonists are together at last, plus those jerks in the truck don’t seem to let up. Anyway, I’m starting to get a little more playful and free with the artwork, there are some fun pages coming up. I’m also working on some ideas for stickers and maybe T-shirts at some point, that will probably be closer to the summer or maybe even fall. At that point, I might be ditching my Zazzle shop and opening a Big Cartel or something. But, more on that later.

This week’s music pick is from Mogi Grumbles and the track is called ‘Bad Enough Dude’ from the I Heard You Were Dead album. It sounds like this is based off of or inspired by Escape from New York, which is one of my favorites! Anyway, it’s a cool track and I felt like it worked well with this page. If you like what you hear go check out more from Mogi Grumbles (love the name). See you here next week and thanks for reading, cheers!

 


Page 12 – At the Car Wash

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I’m excited to finally get to this page. This is where our two main characters finally come together, and that means things will start to pick up more as we go. I’ve also started experimenting with my drawing a little on some of the pages to come. I’m starting to feel more comfortable with the characters, but I think the deeper I get into the story, the more my style will start to evolve – at least that’s what I’m hoping. Anyway, there is some fun stuff in the week to come, so stay tuned!

This week’s music pick is from Vector Hold and the track is called ‘Radioactive Dreams’ off of Mechanized. This track totally reminds of something off of Revenge of the Nerds or something, it’s so quirky and fun – perfect for this page! As always, if you like what you hear, be sure to head over to Vector Hold’s Bandcamp to check out the album; it’s good stuff! That’s it for now, thanks for reading and we’ll see you here next week – Cheers!

 


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