Zombies hit Derry Hi!

Derry's Guildhall Square is under siege - by zombies! This full-colour collectors edition of 'Zombies Hi' by Mark Quinn will hit the shelves in coming months. (1908JC3)
Derry's Guildhall Square is under siege - by zombies! This full-colour collectors edition of 'Zombies Hi' by Mark Quinn will hit the shelves in coming months. (1908JC3)

Imagine the scenario - zombies attack Derry, the Guildhall Square is under siege and local folk are literally fighting for their very lives! Sounds crazy, but it’s the plot of sensational new comic book ‘Zombies Hi’ which looks set to take the industry by storm.

Several emerging Derry artists and writers are behind this gory celebration of one of horror’s best loved genres.

The Uproar Comics team - from left to right, are Kevin 'Gio' Logue, John Campbell and Dannyl McLaughlin. (1908JC2)

The Uproar Comics team - from left to right, are Kevin 'Gio' Logue, John Campbell and Dannyl McLaughlin. (1908JC2)

As the third issue gets ready to hit the shelves, what began as a hobby has escalated to epic proportions. Indeed, issues of ‘Zombies Hi’ are now selling faster than the undead can say “brains!”

The core trio behind Zombies Hi are artist Kevin ‘Gio’ Logue, writer Danny McLaughlin and inker John Campbell, who came together with a mutual love for the art form.

Through their fledgling company, Uproar Comics, the team have created a sensation and they still can’t quite believe the public’s reaction.

Artist Kevin Logue elaborated on the concept behind the comic.

The undead are on the rampage in 'Zombies Hi'. (1908JC4)

The undead are on the rampage in 'Zombies Hi'. (1908JC4)

“We really wanted to do something about Derry and we couldn’t think of a decent bad guy, so of course, we thought zombies! Everybody knows the deal with zombies - and so from there it all basically fell into place,” he told the ‘Journal’.

“For the first issue of ‘Zombies Hi’, there were only four of us involved but we’re always looking for new contributors and so the second issue had eight people involved.”

But what about the storyline? “The general storyline is zombies taking over Derry but the underlying story is how all the people from all different backgrounds are being thrust together to help defeat the zombies. So the zombies are more of a catalyst within the story than the story themselves.”

It is undoubtedly a bold move, merging the great undead with the NI conflict, but it works and works amazingly well.

“We wanted to do it in such a way that we weren’t pushing political views down anyone’s throats - it’s basically just good storytelling,” Kevin explains.

“Ideally, we would like Zombies Hi’ to come out every month. Although very much a spare time hobby - it has the potential to be a proper business and if issues keep selling like they are now, we’re hoping to do this full time by next year.”

The comics are currently available at Easons Foyleside, Comics and Collectables, Shipquay Books and News and have sold out elsewhere in the North.

“It’s going so well, they can’t print them fast enough. It’s selling out way beyond our expectations,” Kevin smiled.

Find out about ‘Zombies Hi’ for yourself at: www.uproarcomics.co.uk