Open Call for a Zombie Comic Anthology

Quick! Somebody print this off and hand deliver it to Barista Girl…

Nation Undead: Anamnesis

Call for short comics to be included in the one-shot anthology, Nation Undead: Anamnesis. Set in the same universe as the outbreak/zombie short film anthology Nation Undead, this comic is curated by Mike Schneider, Organizer/ Curator of Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated.

Nation Undead defines the universe, virus, efforts, and status then allows independent film makers to tell their own stories within that frame. By providing resources such as background music, printable props and news broadcasts, they facilitate these film makers while further uniting their stories.

As comics are drawn, not shot, artists may opt to set their story in any of the 9 zones defined by the project and for the first time, artists will also be able to also create comics based on the back story as well as tell stories which show the international effect of such an outbreak devastating America.

The Rules

  • Stories are to hold true to the universe established by Nation Undead.
  • Stories must be in English, well proofed, and lettering must be easy to read.
  • All comics should be no longer then 10 pages in length.
  • All artwork is to be in black and white (gray tones are ok.)
  • There are no restrictions on the style of art or tone of the story.
  • Explicit nudity, violence and gore is allowed if justified by the story.
  • Page Size/ Format: 6.625″ x 10.25″ (content safe: 5.5″ x 9.25″) 300ppi JPG CMYK.
  • Deadline is November 15th, 2009. (Must receive at least 10 quality entries in order to proceed. If this minimum is not met, the creators reserve the right to extend the timetable or cancel the publication.)
  • Works are to be sent through YouSendIt to Artists will be emailed a receipt confirming that the entry has been received.

You may…

  • Include your comics in your personal portfolios and web galleries. (must be clearly labeled as part of Nation Undead: Anamnesis)
  • Work in collaboration with other writers and artists.
  • Base comics on the scripts and short films which are featured on Nation Undead.
  • Extend stories and appropriate characters presented in short films and scripts for your comics.
  • Submit multiple comics to be considered.
  • Note: If you opt to use someone else’s work to create your comic the original creator must also be credited.

You may not…

  • Sell works submitted to this comic for outside publication without the consent of Nation Undead.
  • Feature any otherwise copy protected materials or brands within your work.
  • Deviate (in any major way) from the universe as presented (unless framed as delusion, hallucination, dream, fiction within the fiction, etc).
  • Use the likeness of any person living, dead or undead without his/her consent.

The Zones


  • Zone 00: Back Story (Comic Exclusive)
    The back story consists of three options:

    • 1) Adapting the profiles of official characters. (Profiles are available on the WIKI)
    • 2) Developing back stories from character featured in the submitted films. (Short Films are available on the Submissions Page.)
    • 3) Revealing pieces of the back story. (Much of the back story has not been announced publicly. Contact with the subject line ‘Comic Back Story’ if you would be interested in breaking part of this story with your artwork.This information is to be kept confidential until after the comic releases.)


  • Zone 01: Outbreak
    Fear grips the nation when the mid-west is struck by the sudden epidemic of an unknown flu-like virus. Nauseous, achy and disoriented, the infected overwhelm the hospitals and with little information and no form of treatment, everyone is left to speculate as to the nature of this virus and if it can be stopped.
    Setting: Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin


  • Zone 02: Panic
    With the virus (now dubbed the Respiren Flu) spreading and the death toll on the rise, cities fall to chaos as people lash out in frustration. While some take to the streets in violent bursts of aggression (looting and rioting), others seek shelter from the anarchy that surrounds them.
    Setting: Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri,Nebraska


  • Zone 03: Riot
    Social order is quickly decaying. when Soteria Industries brings a ray of hope with their announcement of a cure, Toxicil. With demand far exceeding supplies, the treatment only goes to those with the means to procure it or the drive to steal it for themselves.
    Setting: Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wyoming


  • Zone 04:Shock
    After people began self-medicating with whatever Toxicil they can get their hands on, insufficient dosing gave the virus a chance to adapt into a stronger more resilient strain, called Respiren X. This new strain can not be stopped… even by death. Rumors spread that those who die of this strain have began to reanimate only to attack the living with an uncontrollable rage and an unsatisfiable hunger.
    Setting: Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, Tennessee, Utah


  • Zone 05: Preservation
    Rumors of the undead have been confirmed and their threat grows as rapidly as their numbers. Supplies and resources are growing thin… it’s time to move. The radio mentions there are fortified military camps but with the risk that anyone could already be infected are they really safe? People are left to decide where to go and what to do before time runs out.
    Setting: Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada. Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Kentucky


  • Zone 6: Blackout
    Suddenly and without warning all forms of communication stop. Phones, cel phones, televisions, radios, and the internet are gone leaving survivors completely disconnected from the world which is falling apart around them. With no information in or out, people are left to rely on their instincts.
    Setting: Alabama, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, New Hampshire, Georgia


  • Zone 7: Isolation
    People located on the islands which fringe the US find themselves trapped in isolation. Though they do not face the threat of the virus or undead, there is no communication, travel, or trade. These islands are surrounded by a navel blockade (flying a variety of flags) which appear to have a destroy on sight orders for any ships, rafts and even swimmers. In the confusion, militant groups, gangs and religious zealot take control.
    Setting: Hawaii, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Cuba, Caribbean Islands


  • Zone 8: Migration
    With supplies running thin and the threat ever-growing… no place is safe.. no place in the United States anyway. Survivors place their last hopes on seeking refuge in the bordering countries of Mexico and Canada. With a blockade at sea and the boarders being heavily guarded even if they make it there alive there is no guaranty that they will be able to get in.
    Setting: Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas


  • Zone 9: Trapped
    The country is gone and all hope is lost. Everyone is either dead or dieing. The few survivors left are trapped with their supplies low and shelters compromised. With no hope left what do they do in their last moments.
    Setting: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, D.C.


  • Zone 10: The World Outside (Comic Exclusive)
    The last official words from America was an update on the Respirin Flu epidemic and the newly discovered cure, Toxicil. Shortly after that broadcast, tv channels, radio stations, and web servers based out of the United States began going off line. Mail in and out of the country stopped and all phones appeared to have been disconnected.. A few photos of chaotic scenes featuring people rioting, buildings burning and cannibalism were leaked onto net forums though they were quickly buried under countless faked images which called their validity into question. News broadcasters were seemingly quiet about the situation and rumors filled in for the lack of facts. People blamed everything from revolution and plague to zombies and aliens. There were even rumors that some Americans had escaped and were taken into quarantine where they are being held prisoner though there is no evidence to confirm that. Nobody seems to know anything for sure besides nothing is getting in or out of the United States… and it seems as though officials would rather everyone simply forget and move on with their lives.


Terms of Use

By submitting your comics, you are stating that the pages which you are submitting are your own original work and that you agree to these pages potentially being featured within the Nation Undead Comic as well as on the website and DVD. Writers and artists will not be paid for their participation, however, they will be fully accredited and have the opportunity to receive unlimited copies of this book at whole sale (which they can then self distribute at a profit).

Artists/ writers agree to allow for their comics and characters presented within them to be adapted into additional short films within Nation Undead universe as long as such adaptations are attributed. Artists/ writers may adapt stories and characters from the short films but must attribute them to their original creators.

We reserve the right to reject any comic due to substandard quality or for failure to meet the terms as described.

Artists/ Writers retain the right to revision between initial submission date and November 15th,2009.


Questions? Ask Mike in the Nation Undead: Anamnesis forum or send an email to

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9 Comments so far

  1. Steven Stwalley August 21st, 2009 7:43 pm

    You don’t get paid AND they get the rights! What a deal! I sure hope no one submits to these parasites.

    If you really want to participate in a zombie anthology, start your own and we will be more than happy promote it here.

  2. Steven Stwalley August 21st, 2009 7:47 pm

    I love how they limit the categories to a list of cliches, too… this is the dumbest request for submissions I have ever seen.

  3. Brian August 22nd, 2009 1:31 am

    Everyone seems to be doing Zombies. When I was at the Comic-con there was a Zombie around every corner it seemed. Heck their was Marvel Zombies last year and DC now has their Blackest Night zombie story too (I love the idea of Zombie Aquaman). Zombies are the new cool it seems.

    I would agree with Steven that this might not be the best way for an artist to get noticed and that you could get just as far doing your own website/anthology/movies/etc. as providing your talent for these folks.

  4. danno August 22nd, 2009 6:35 am

    Sorry all,

    An old roommate of mine is the guy co-running this thing.I knew I wouldn’t have time to do anything so I read it very closely. Didn’t realize it was so non-creator freindly.

    My bad.

  5. admin August 23rd, 2009 7:35 pm

    No problem, Danno! I don’t read a lot of the opportunities I post that closely either unless I am gonna participate in them. Read this one enough to get a bad taste. Exploitative projects just make me cranky.

    Brian, zombies are indeed everywhere. I theorize a baseball bat will go farther than a shotgun.

  6. Bram August 24th, 2009 12:57 pm

    The genre that wouldn’t die! But if you can’t beat ’em (with a baseball bat or otherwise), join ’em! I was happily surprised with the fresh take on zombies our group put together for a zombie-themed con.

  7. Patrick Pierson August 26th, 2009 9:17 am

    We are currently ironing out the rights to make this a more legit and desirable project to be a part of. Rest assured this is not a ‘parasite’ project where artists will be taken advantage of. Thats the last thing any one of us want in order for the idea to move forward. Much like the films on the website we claim no legal ownership to the films submitted, as a filmmaker myself I would never submit works with the threat of giving it away. There are far too many projects that rob artists blind and run to the bank, these projects are neither of those. Upon further investigation on the website this idea goes much further then the ‘dumbest request for a submission’. I absolutely want to make sure that this project is handled correctly and that it satisfies all parties involved. While we iron out legalities any opinions on making this a better product will be greatly appreciated, I will completely stress that this is not a money making concept. Ive known Danno for many years and I have always admired his art and the community that he shares in, my intention is to create a platform that celebrates exactly just that.

    Thanks all,

    Id love any constructive feedback on how to make this work as best as it can be.

  8. danno August 27th, 2009 5:14 am

    I sent Pat an message about this yesterday that basically says this:

    The real problem with the NATION UNDEAD comic is that it is SPEC WORK–it has no pay, you have to pay for your own copies, the rights issue is confusing, and there is little more chance of reward than if you just did it yourself.
    Pat responded basically:

    The rights issue isn’t all that sticky(but kinda). Creators are NOT paid but keep the rights to their work–they just can’t submit it to other zombie titles, but they can post it on their own sites. Also, the NATION UNDEAD people can make a film version of their comic for which they will be credited. The people who make the film version will ALSO not be paid. Eventually there will be a DVD of all the current and future movies and the comics (for which I assume SOMEONE will make money off of–possibly even you–and this is probably the stickiest part).
    Also, I guess you WILL recieve some copies of the book. After that you have to buy them wholesale.

    Yes, you could do this on your own. And yes this could be huge and you COULD make money off it.

    It is SPEC WORK!!! Enter at your own risk.

    FULL DISCLOSURE: Since Pat is an old friend who I’m pretty sure I can trust, I have figured out a window of time which will allow me to do a couple pages for this. I don’t expect to get much more out of it than the knowledge that I helped a friend with a project he believes in. What you chose to do(or not do) is up to you.

  9. Patrick Pierson August 27th, 2009 5:07 pm

    Ill just clarify the response as I know it. Yes you can submit to other zombie titles (if it doesnt state that just yet it will) we have no legal stronghold over your work as it stands individually . Its yours, will always be yours and you are not working for us exclusively. Artists retain all works individually, as a collective group under one single title it changes only to protect that product. My main goal is to film selected comics, and we certainly have the means to do so, to create much stronger, deeper and fully realized multi media stories. The comic artist is the writer and will retain complete rights of their ideas as there own. For instance, if your comic is made and filmed distribution, if it ever comes to that, become a different legal negotiation in that the creator will most certainly attain rights and percentages of sales. Nation Undead is simply a vehicle for larger community driven ideas.Yes this is all spec work but its work with a real beating heart behind it that wants you to succeed. To be honest I absolutely love it when great ideas flow and we all get to experience a sense of accomplishment and complete satisfaction at the end of the day, to film a comic story the way it was intended would be an absolute friggin joy.

    Viva Danno

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