Look Alive, Sunshine!: Tales from the Zones
May 26, 2021 Jamey Hampton 0 Comments
It’s a known fact about me that I love The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. (You may even already be aware of this if you saw my review series of the entire run of the new comic, National Anthem.) But now I even get to put it on my resume, because I was recently a contributor to an awesome Danger Days anthology! Tales from the Zones was compiled by a very cool collective called the GraveRavers, and it had a very successful Kickstarter run back in January, but I just recently received my copies and I’m stoked!
Tales from the Zones is actually a set of two anthologies: the titular book compiles an impressive number of short comics about life in the desert, some of which star Party Poison and the other Killjoys we know and love, and others introducing us to a variety of charming Killjoys original characters. The second anthology is called Letters from the Dead and its a smaller zine of writing, a combination of prose and letters, and it features mainly OCs, which I love. The letters are my favorite part of the whole project; not only are they written with the voice of the characters, but also their handwriting! It really makes Letters from the Dead feel like a delightfully immersive artifact.
Oh, and I might be biased towards the letters, because I did write one of them! It’s called “Q – open this if you find it” and I’m excited to be able to share it here. (Full alt text is included if you have trouble reading the images!)
I was really happy to be able to feature my original Killjoys characters, Fennec Firework and Question Mark. Question Mark has been in the Zones their whole life, and they’ve dedicated their life to helping smuggle people out of Battery City into the freedom of the desert and helping them get on their feet there. Fennec, the author of the letter, was one of those people; he was a trans boy who didn’t feel like he could transition within the city, so he escaped to the Zones for a chance to live the way he wanted. Question Mark was the first Killjoy he met and he fell for them immediately, deciding to gang up with them permanently to help them smuggle more folks out. I love love love Fen and Q, and Can Richards (of the GraveRavers collective, and a fellow contributor to the Life Finds A Way anthology) did this wonderful piece of art of them!
Basically, Tales from the Zones is an awesome project that I feel very fortunate to have been a part of, and if you’re a fan of the Killjoys at all, I really recommend picking up a copy! Physical and digital versions are both available on the GraveRavers website!