"Don't Shoot The Messenger" part 1
Burbank, CA. (2005) -- First came the award-winning short P.M.A.C.: When Zombies Attack!! and its hysterical tongue-in-cheek follow-up, Waker Safety. Then came the collectable Waker Safety puppets from Sota Toys. Now Grimm Grotto Goods founders Matt Rose and Chad Waters are teaming up with internationally acclaimed comic book artist Jim Mahfood to bring the exploits of Officer Frank Hadely and his Post Mortem Animation Control to life in comic book form. The P.M.A.C. comic book was written by Rose and Waters, then passed on to Mahfood to draw, ink and letter. The first in a five-part series, the P.M.A.C. comic book was released in the summer of 2005, coinciding with the San Diego Comic Con, July 13, 2005.
Adapting the characters of a cult film into comic book form is nothing new for fan favorite Jim Mahfood. He began his career in comic books as the artist for Kevin Smith's acclaimed Clerks comic book adaptation, before going on to work for all of the major companies in the comic book industry, including Marvel, D.C. and Image. He has since lent his skill to characters as diverse as Spiderman, The X-Men, Grendel and The Simpsons, as well as his own creations The Grrl Scouts, Zombie Boy> and Stupid Comics.
"I'm excited and flattered that the WZA guys approached me to draw the comic book," Mahfood says. "Matt and Chad are two extremely talented guys and they've successfully married two of my favorite genres, horror and comedy, into one of the most clever and unique ideas of the year. This whole project, from the show to the comic to the other multi-media things they have planned are all going to kick serious ass."
"We're very fortunate to have an artist like Jim Mahfood to translate the physical world of When Zombies Attack!! into the comic realm," says co-creator Chad Waters. "He has a very unique understanding of style and humor that translates perfectly to the medium. We planned on a five-issue story, so hopefully people enjoy this first comic enough to want more."
P.M.A.C.: When Zombies Attack!! is an outrageous, award-winning independent short, created by special effects wizards Matt Rose and Chad Waters as a brilliant spoof of reality television. The film follows a paranormal clean-up crew--the bureau of Post Mortem Animation Control (P.M.A.C.), headed by Officer Frank Hadely (Frank Rydberg)--as they chase down and dispose of the corporally-challenged. Running 25 minutes, this unstoppable zombie franchise has been chewing through and firing up the imaginations of some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.
ABOUT GRIMM GROTTO GOODS: Creative partners at Rick Baker's Cinovation Studios, Matt Rose and Chad Waters worked together on such memorable characters as: the mummified remains of Mother Bates in Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho, the guilty space alien, Mikey, in Men In Black, the loveable giant gorilla, Joe, in Mighty Joe Young and the big red title character in Hellboy. Their need to produce their own work led to the creation of the memorable characters and unforgettable stories behind the P.M.A.C. Putting their years of combined experience to work through the formation of Grimm Grotto Goods, not only did the duo create the make-up, effects, props and costumes for this pilot episode, they also wrote, produced and directed the project.
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