Zombie Pride Parade Worklog - Tim Leigh
This is my first effort into writing specifially in the comic format (other than when I was 8), and I understand that it may be a tough project to sell to anyone, collaborators or publishers. If nothing else, it will be something I use to break into some good habits, but I would also love to see something come of it if I were to put in the necessary work to do so.
The concept is that a zombie outbreak occurs during, and mostly localized within, a Chicago Gay Pride Parade. It follows the story of a group of survivors thrown together from the course of events, and the majority of the themes - other than escaping zombies - are developed in the characters conflicts with each other's lifestyles. The group is a mixture of gay, straight, atheist, and Christian, and even though the story is clearly meant to advocate tolerance of the LGBT community, it also tries to give each character a chance to see from their point of view. The device of the "Gay Zombie" is meant to satarize how the "gay issue" is seen not only by the Christian community, but popular culture as a whole. I've always thought it was interesting that we have our outlets for violence against others - for instance if I'm playing a video game, I have no guilt about blowing up zombies, Nazis, or ill-intentioned aliens. The concept is intended to subtly compare that excused sense of violence with the excuses we make with how we treat the homosexual community in America and around the world.
And therein, I suppose, lies the problem. I'm worried it's not gruesome enough to be a horror comic or wacky enough to be a humor comic. I also know that telling an artist that I have a story that takes place during a parade may cause them to say "Hi and bye" all at once due to the volume and effort that would be required.
I currently have two 20 page scripts written. My next step, other than getting started on issue 3, is workshopping what I've currently written to see where I can make improvements. As I said, I understand that this project may never reach fruition, but it was a story in my head that I couldn't shake and I'll be happy once it's all on paper. Once I've gotten what I can from this experience, I will be more able to pitch a nice concept focused on a single character that rarely goes to parades and prefers punching faces to tackling social issues.