Showing posts with label zombies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label zombies. Show all posts

Monday, March 02, 2015

Jim Gutierrez and Undead Presidents

by Mike Rhode
Jim Gutierrez is graphic designer from Texas who's a recent graduate of UDC. One of his professors, the cartoonist Teresa Logan, put me in touch with him and he answered my usual interview questions.

What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?
The work I do is mostly panels and it usually involves zombies. I love the undead!

How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?
I usually work in traditional pen and ink and I do my coloring digitally. It saves me so much time.

When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born?
I was born in 1976 in LaMesa, Texas, but I was raised in the Rio Grande Valley.

Why are you in Washington now?  What neighborhood or area do you live in?
I was attending school for Graphic Design. I currently live in Cleveland Park.

What is your training and/or education in cartooning?
Well, like most cartoonists I know, I've been drawing since I was a child. I later took art classes from middle school all through high school. I would often draw comic books with my friend Renning. I later studied graphic design at UDC and that's where my passion for illustration broke wide open. I took an illustration techniques class with Teresa Logan and she helped to bring out the best in me.

Who are your influences?
Some of my influences are Doug Tennapel for his great storytelling and Nate Van Dyke, I love his line work!

If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?
If I could do something different in my career it would probably be to have had more confidence in my ability when I was younger. If I did I would have started my career a long time ago! Good thing is that I'm here now.

What work are you best-known for?
I think I'm known for my zombies. Most notably The Undead Presidents.

What work are you most proud of?
The work that I'm most proud of is probably the Undead Presidents. That project took me a very long time to complete. I'm glad I saw it all the way through.

What would you like to do or work on in the future?
I would like to work on my own graphic novel or strip in the future. Something zombie-related of course.

What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block?
When I'm in a rut I like to open my ears when I'm in public places. I think it's funny to know what people find are the important things in their lives. I just eavesdrop on a good conversation and take it from there!

What do you think will be the future of your career?
I think I'll find my way back to Texas and try to establish myself there. I have a lot of friends and family I could collaborate with. Plus, its always nice to be creative around familiar surroundings.

What local cons do you attend? The Small Press Expo, Intervention, or others? Any comments about attending them?
Some of the local cons I attend are Awesomecon and the Baltimore Comicon.

What's your favorite thing about DC?
My most favorite thing about DC is having access to all the great art museums!

Least favorite?
My least favorite thing about DC is that everyone else in this country has access to all the great art museums as well! I don't like crowds...

 What monument or museum do like to take visitors to?
I like the National Gallery of Art. I could spend all day in either wing of the museum. I get so much inspiration every visit I make.

How about a favorite local restaurant?
My favorite restaurant is Cactus Cantina. This place totally reminds me of home.

Do you have a website or blog?
I am currently working on my website and hope to publish it soon.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Oct 17: Beyond Comics says Zombies Needed: Appear in our new commercial!

Beyond Comics
Is Looking For Zombies
Zombies Needed
Beyond Comics will be filming our new commercial on Sunday October 17th in and around Frederick.

If you or someone you know wants to be a zombie for the commercial please let us know. Our goal is to have as many zombies as we can.

If you have your own zombie costume you can bring it. Otherwise plan to wear old clothes and we will zombiefy you.

We will be announcing shoot times by this weekend but it could be an all day event. We will specifically note times we need the most help.

Contact Jon at the Frederick store if you are interested.

The new commercial will air during the Walking Dead television program on AMC.

Beyond Comics

Beyond Comics

Frederick Location

5632 Buckeywstown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
(301) 668-8202

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Oct 4: Geppi's Entertainment Museum booksigning and party with free admission

I'm not into zombies, but Arnold's a real nice guy and this museum is totally cool, so if you're around the area, check this out.

Date of Release: September 18, 2007

From: Geppi’s Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards

Contact: 410-625-7060

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum hosts the US book launch of Blumberg and Hershberger’s Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For on Thursday, October 4, from 6-9pm

BALTIMORE – From White Zombie to Land of the Dead … 80 zombie movies that shaped a horror subgenre and left us all with a mortal fear of flesh-eating ghouls clawing their way out of the cold, dark earth. Zombiemania takes an in-depth look at one of the most popular horror film categories of all time. What is it that makes us so scared of and yet so attracted to the living dead? Why is it that shambling corpses with a taste for brains, or mindless automatons controlled by a voodoo master still retain such relentless power? Illustrated with many photographs, some published here for the first time, this is one film guide that will leave you with a restless urge to walk the night in search of living flesh.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum will host the official US launch party for Zombiemania, published by the UK-based Telos Publishing Ltd ( and co-authored by GEM Curator Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg and GEM Registrar Andrew Hershberger. The party will take place on Thursday, October 4 from 6pm to 9pm. The museum is offering free admission during party hours to all attendees, Halloween-themed food, and the chance to chat with the authors and get a signed copy of Zombiemania.

Zombiemania not only covers 80 of the best and worst zombie movies in exhaustive detail with behind-the-scenes trivia, plot synopses and reviews, but also features a comprehensive title index with over 570 films described and cross-referenced with all alternate titles. The 500+ page book also features a cover by illustrator David Aikins.

The book is available now from Telos or via for $22.95 (ISBN 1-84583-003-2). The book also has an official website at

To learn more about GEM, log on to Tel. 410-625-7060 or
e-mail The museum is located at 301 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.