In November, Dead Duck and Zombie Chick deliver the deceased to the Grim Reaper!
We spoke with creator, Jay Fosgitt about Dead Duck.
The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give a synopsis of Dead Duck?
Jay Fosgitt: In Rigormortitropolis, the city of the dead, resides ol' Death himself, J.P. Yorick. Work piled up for J.P. over the millennia, so he founded R.I. P. Inc., a company that imports the dead by using minions to deliver them from all corners of existence. And the top minion under J.P.'s employ is Dead Duck, an undead waterfowl of mysterious origin. Along with his sidekick Zombie Chick, Dead Duck delivers the historically significant, the mythologically famous, and the oddest sort of characters ever to take a dirt nap. Sure, it's thankless work delivering the dead. But it's a living.
The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give us more information on the characters Dead Duck and Zombie Chick?
Dead Duck is the unofficial ward of J.P. Yorick, who discovered Dead Duck under the darkest and most mysterious circumstances when he was fresh out of the shell. Dead Duck was J.P.'s first minion, and as such, gets all the weirdest and toughest deliveries handed to him. Zombie Chick is Dead Duck's stitched-up little sidekick. Though she's meant to provide personal assistant and bodyguard functions, Zombie Chick is so deliciously ditsy that most of her good intentions just make the weird and tough pick ups even weirder and tougher.
The Big Bad Wolf: What inspired you to create this book?
I love monsters, horror films, sexy girl characters and balls-out silliness. So it was a natural choice to slap them altogether into something I really love, which became "Dead Duck". I created Dead Duck back in '89 at age 15, at the time I first fell in love with the work of Tim Burton. His influence is still very evident today. I had all these stories in my head for years that I wanted to tell, and I saw right away that Dead Duck offered me such a wide canvas that I could put them all into this goofy concept. But the whole thing really gelled when I created Zombie Chick, who derives partial inspiration from the Fleischer Brother's character Betty Boop as well as the artwork of animator Chris Sanders (creator of Lilo and Stitch). Once I paired her with Dead Duck, the gory goofiness of Dead Duck's world took on real weight and became a lush landscape that opened itself up to my imagination.
The Big Bad Wolf:
What types of monsters will we see in this book?
As a true monster fan, I made it a point to chock as many monsters into "Dead Duck" as I possibly could. This goal was easily met considering that Dead Duck, Zombie Chick, J.P. Yorick and all his employees and minions are essentially misunderstood monsters themselves. But beyond the book's principle cast, I crammed in witches, sea monsters, mermaids (in their original sharp-toothed malevolent form), and murderous ghosts. From classic folklore I had the Algonquian monster Wendigo make a cameo, as well as the Ogopogo, the lake monster from British Columbia, Canada. Ymir the frost giant from Norse mythology is the crux of one story, while the world's only known female Golem finds her place amongst Dead Duck's regular cast. Dracula is introduced at an early age as the arch nemesis of Dead Duck, and none other than the Devil himself appears in a tale of Dead Duck's youth, and in a form that is hopefully fresh and unexpected. Modern day monsters of historical significance appear, such as Hitler and (depending on your politics) Dick Nixon. A very famous slasher from the movies makes an uncredited appearance, but if you pay close attention you should be able to point him out. And last but not least, we've got buttloads of zombies. My only regret is that I didn't get to employ any werewolves, my favorite breed of monster by far. But I'm certain they'll show up in the follow up Dead Duck book somehow.
The Big Bad Wolf: What issues/stories does this TPB collect?
"Dead Duck" is an original graphic novel, and the bulk of the stories within it will be seen for the first time. Only a handful of stories have been previously seen online in my Dead Duck web comic. But the best surprises await the potential purchaser of the graphic novel.
The Big Bad Wolf: When is the release date and how much is the book?
Jay Fosgitt: "Dead Duck" was just made available to order in Previews on Wednesday, August 26th. It will be released on November 25th, 2009 by Ape Entertainment, and will be available to order at most comic book shops and standard bookstores. I am uncertain about the cover price at present.
The Big Bad Wolf:
Where can our readers find out more about Dead Duck?
You can learn more about Dead Duck by visiting my website, http://www.jayfosgitt.com/, and clicking on the Dead Duck icon. You can also preview some Dead Duck adventures by reading my Dead Duck web comic at http://apecmx.com/deadduck/.
Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about Dead Duck?
This book is the culmination of twenty years worth of dreaming, imagining and sketching, and four years of hard work and perseverance. "Dead Duck" has already paid off for me in spades, and it hasn't even been released yet, so the sky's the limit from here. One of monsterdom's greatest icons, Doug Jones (performer of Abe Sapien from "Hellboy" and Faun and Pale Man from "Pan's Labyrinth"), was kind enough to write the foreword for "Dead Duck", and that alone is worth grabbing the book. I would, however, like to warn comic buying parents that just because my art is cartoony and cute and despite this being a humorous comic, that does NOT indicate in any way that "Dead Duck" is for kids. Sex is evident in these pages, and good ol' fashioned gore cakes the panels. And as the old saying goes, here, there be monsters.
The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time,
Jay! Best of luck with Dead Duck!
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