There have been zombie comics and then there have been zombie comics, but Marshall Loveless’ ODM, isn’t so much one of those comics, as it is something entirely new. Loveless told us that ODM is a comicbook story arc that he is intending to span some 20 issues. What makes ODM different from virtually every other zombie comic you’ve ever read is that there is (apparently) only one Zombie (hence the title ODM — One Dead Man). That’s right there seems to be only a single brain-eating zombie in this story.
Now, the second issue of ODM picks up right off of where issue one left off; with a single dead man wandering through the city who happens to cross paths with a vampire.
Marshall Loveless is raising funds to publish his second issue of ODM (One Dead Man). He has paid out-of-pocket thus far for publishing 200 copies of issue #1 along with business cards and prints as well as copyrighting the title. Loveless) has also filed a registered trademark and a business name 3 AM Comics LLC using his own money as well with the intent of getting a business line of credit or loan to publish the second issue. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite work out the way he had hoped, so here he is, turning to Kickstarter in order to fund the second issue of his very eclectic “zombie” comic.
The funds from this Kickstarter will go towards publishing the comic through Ka-Blam digital print-on-demand service. According to Loveless, Ka-Blam did a great job with the first issue and they have a partner-site with Indyplanet.com so when he does eventually publish issue #2, it can be purchased in the future as digital or print-on-demand copies.
Loveless has also produced T-shirts that have been made using Reinforcements Designs based in Rensselaer, Indiana. The few he has made so far look awesome (even if he says so himself). So he will be looking forward to getting more of those made in the future.
He also plans on creating a website for ODM that the great team at Maximumedia Design has agreed to help him build. So any profit will go towards that end as well once he has paid his writer and letterer.
Loveless believes that his biggest challenge is that he is limited by his mobility. Which is to say that he does not drive because of a disability, thus he is constantly forced to make arrangements to go anywhere or do anything. The writer for ODM — Christopher Ewing — is a close and personal friend of Loveless so, quite often they will do events together and then there is my wife who helps run me around as well. However, in this case, a lot of this can be simply mailed via postal carrier or in the way of the PDF files, via internet.
For those who might not have seen the first issue of this very engaging comic, Loveless’ art is stark and realistic and the sharp B&W renderings he lays down as he crafts his tale are compelling and visceral. (The color cover features the book’s logo “ODM” over a blood smear and a single bloody boot print which gives a chilling idea of what readers can expect to find inside, as well as a “mature readers” warning.) Yes, this is a very intriguing book that is playing around with some interesting themes. While Loveless is something of a newcomer to the field of comics, he does apparently know a little bit about zombies.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.