It has been 7 months since the book I illustrated The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse (Grand Central Publishing) came out, and there is already a buzz it might get picked up for the big screen. Making a zombie movie is one thing, but rumor has it that zombie legend George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) is currently writing the script! iO9 was the first to start buzzing, and my illustration was right at the top. (See article & 2-page illustration spread here). Other websites & sources have been talking about this film adaptation since then, so fingers-crossed it will truly come to fruition!
In the meantime, I was approached by the art director of Stanford Magazine to illustrate an article on 88′ alum Steven Schlozman, MD (author of Zombie Autopsies) for their November/December 2011 issue. The illustration was a full-page print, but can also be seen on the web right here. Ann Marsh, who interviewed Steven, also takes note the movie adaptation in the Stanford article:
“The most exciting part of his second career is that Romero has taken him under his wing. The director sends Schlozman old horror movies to watch and is working on a script for a film adaptation of The Zombie Autopsies. In Toronto, where Romero lives, they went to see the premiere of Survival of the Dead together. In Boston, they took in a stage production of Richard III. It was a modern interpretation in which the deformed king dispatched one victim with a chain saw. “It was an homage to every horror movie ever made,” Schlozman says. “At one point, I leaned over to George and said, ‘You know this is your fault, don’t you?'”
“Sometimes,” Romero responded ruefully, “even I want the classics to stay classic.”
“Andrea’s exquisite attention to detail coupled with her unparalleled ability to put into drawings what I saw in my own mind’s eye made her an outstanding artistic collaborator and a potent creative force. Without her careful work, I wouldn’t have had a novel. It’s that simple.”
-Steven C. Schlozman, MD, Author of The Zombie Autopsies and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
And lastly in zombie news, I have finally given into Walking Dead. It began airing around the time I was coming to a close on the book illustrations, but I stayed away from all zombie material in hopes to bring something fresh to the book. Contrary to popular belief, I was not a previous zombie affectionado and had little experience with them, but the book brought me closer to understanding the infatuation. When I first began illustrating I originally had nightmares (due to the autopsies & graphic medical content), but recently I had a dream that I fought off the zombie apocalypse with large mural paintings. While it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in my waking hours, I do know one thing is certain: art is always the answer. Happy drawing! -as