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When Zombies Attack: Issue 1 Don't Shoot the Messenger
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When Zombies Attack: Issue 1 Don't Shoot the Messenger (2005)

By Matt Rose and Chad Waters
Publisher: Joe Venegas

"In late 2004, Grimm Grotto Goods and Creative Talent Communications, Inc. commissioned comic book artist Jim Mahfood to adapt the characters of P.M.A.C.: When Zombies Attack!! into a comic book format. This graphically illustrated story would chronicle the beginnings of Officer Frank Hadely's paranormal clean-up crew: the Post Mortem Animation Control (P.M.A.C.). Written by creators Matt Rose and Chad Waters, and featuring a cover by Mike Huddleston, the first issue, entitled "Don't Shoot The Messenger" was released in July of 2005."

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Review Date: 09 August 2005 My Rating: out of 5


Publisher/Editor Joe Venegas brings us this witty comic book, based on the award winning short film P.M.A.C. When Zombies Attack!! And its follow-up Waker Safety, which itself spawned a set of collectable Waker Safety puppets from Sota Toys. Now the story continues in comic book form.

Created and written by Grimm Grotto Goods founders Matt Rose and Chad Waters who have worked on Hellboy, The Ring and Men In Black, with illustrations by cult comic book artist Jim Mahfood who has worked on Grrrl Scouts and X-Men Unlimited 30, and a cover by acclaimed artist Mike Huddleston of The Coffin and Deep Slayer fame, issue 1 which is subtitled Donít Shoot the Messenger sees P.M.A.C. Officer Frank Hadley explore new and original stories.

The whole P.M.A.C. legacy began six years ago when Rose and Waters devised a spoof of the reality television concept, which followed a paranormal clean-up crew, the bureau of Post Mortem Animation Control or P.M.A.C. for short.

The film achieved cult status and even gained some very high profile fans including Guillermo Del Toro and Frank Darabont. Iím not going to insult my readers by listing their credits.

Jim Mahfood was probably the correct person to turn cult film characters into comic book creations as he has already done so for such comic book series as Kevin Smithís Clerks, and has worked for all of the major players on popular comic series such as Spiderman and The Simpsons.

The comic book did actually manage to make me laugh out loud twice, but I have to say that I found the excellent concept sketches, character model pages and cover art sketches more fascinating than the actual finished product.

The completed full colour cover art is pretty cool and there is plenty of info surrounding the origins of the series and its creators and supporters on hand, so it made for a very refreshing read and a learning experience too.

Iím not a fan of comic books (something which may surprise some of you) and many of you would no doubt be disgusted to see some of the paraphernalia that I have thrown out or given to jumble sales over the years, including the original millennium falcon complete with every original Star Wars figure ever released, but hey, it helped buy a new roof for the church so I ainít going to hell.

I wasnít too keen on the style of print they decided to use and the dialogue was quite small but the premise, story, witty one-liners and exceptional early art made the comic book a fun read. It even made me want to read issue 2 and check out the short films which you can do by clicking on and You can also view the follow-up Waker Safety at

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