In a world where composting human remains is a growing trend, what happens when our loved ones return, growing out of their composted remains into the people they once were?
The team behind GOING GREEN explore this concept with their forthcoming original graphic novel, now live on comic book crowdfunding site Zoop. Rising star artist Vincenzo Federici (TMNT, Vampirella) joins co-writers Scott Duvall (Diablo House) and novelist and indie filmmaker Sean Reliford (Persons of Interest) for a story rooted in family, death, and how we deal with both.
GOING GREEN is the supernatural family drama of Locke & Key meets the eco-horror of Annihilation in a modern-day monster comic with heart. This is a tale of family, loss, and second chances in a strange new world where the dead emerge from soil derived from their composted remains, giving them life anew.
Our story begins in the Pacific Northwest after the Dunn children suffer the tragic loss of their father. Instead of burying him, they go the route of an affordable new method of laying your loved ones to rest called Going Green, which composts the remains into soil as a greener alternative. Shortly after, their lives are uprooted as their formerly deceased dad is reincarnated as a plant-hybrid creature.
Meanwhile, a dangerous, kaiju-like hive mind comprised of the reanimated remains of the town’s deceased, is beginning to cause havoc as an internal battle wages within its ecosystem of conflicting personalities.
Vincenzo and Scott are re-uniting after their first collaboration on the Bruce Campbell-inspired comic crossover, Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep. Rounding out this groovy reunion are colorist Michele Monte (Speed Republic) and Ringo award-winning letterer Taylor Esposito (Red Hood and the Outlaws), plus Eisner-nominated cover artist Sara Richard (The Dead Hand Book).
“Sean has been my best friend for over twenty years and in that time, we’ve co-written several screenplays, but Going Green is our first time writing comics together,” said co-creator/co-writer Scott Duvall. “Sean is the longest creative partnership of my life and, to top it off, my favorite writer, and with this latest collaboration, I’m proud to say this is the best thing we’ve ever written. What makes it even more special is that I’m able to tell it with the help of Vincenzo Federici. After our first collaboration, I knew I wanted to work with again immediately and this story was written specifically with him in mind. Reuniting the whole team on that project with Michele Monte on colors and Taylor Esposito on letters makes it all the more magical and we can’t wait to show what else we’re capable of.”
Co-creator and artist Vincenzo Federici said, “Going Green is for me something visceral. Me and Scott worked so good together that we actually NEED to do this new project. The creation process was a blast. Sean and Scott are a truly good team and together we’ll try to bring a great horror to life!”
“I’m so excited for people to experience this project,” adds co-creator/co-writer Sean Reliford. “Going Green is coming from a group of creators with very unique but complementary styles to tell a story of hope, loss, and what is means to have a second chance. It’ll be very interesting to see all the conversations about the various themes in the book. It’s a very ambiguous story that will be told with great care and thought, thanks to industry veterans Scott and Vincenzo, both of whom I’ve learned a great deal from about the comics art form.”
In addition to the 100-page graphic novel available in both print and digital (which includes 84 pages of story plus extras), add-ons will include stickers, signed and numbered art prints, original art commissions, signed copies of Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1, the chance to cameo in Going Green, plus more surprises and collector’s items signed by legendary comic book creators.
The GOING GREEN Zoop campaign will be running from November 7th for 30 days. Head to Zoop to see what kinds of rewards are available.
ABOUT ‘GOING GREEN’ CREATIVE TEAM
SCOTT DUVALL (co-writer/co-creator) – Scott Duvall is a writer whose credits include Heavy Metal Magazine, Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep (Dynamite/IDW), Zii & the Troublemakers (Pixie Trix), Eerie Cuties (Pixie Trix), Narcopolis: Continuum (Heavy Metal), Diablo House (Clover Press), and more. Prior to making his comic book writing debut in 2010, Scott was handpicked by Brian Michael Bendis to attend his Writing for Graphic Novels course at Portland State University. He is repped by Heroes and Villains Entertainment.
SEAN RELIFORD (co-writer/co-creator) – Sean Reliford is an indie filmmaker and novelist from Dayton, Ohio. Having written multiple screenplays in a variety of genres, Sean made his directorial debut with the thriller Persons of Interest, based on an original script he wrote. He is making his comic book writing debut with Going Green and has collaborated with co-writer Scott on spec scripts since their creative partnership was formed two decades ago, shooting their first short films together.
VINCENZO FEDERICI (artist/co-creator) – Vincenzo Federici is an Italian comic book artist from Naples and the current artist on the ongoing TMNT run. After his Classical Arts studies, he started to work in comics for French publishers, like Soleil Editions and on a creator-owned project for the Italian publisher Noise Press, called The Kabuki Fight. He quickly moved to American publishers, working with IDW Publishing, Zenescope Entertainment, Dynamite Entertainment, Boom! Studios, Humanoids, Archie’s horror line, and more, on series like Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep, M.A.S.K., Star Trek, Firefly, Go Go Power Rangers, Bettie Page, Vampirella, Chilling Adventures in Sorcery, and more. In addition, he teaches art at the Italian School of Comics.
MICHELE MONTE (colorist) – Michele Monte is a graduate of theInternational School of Comics in Naples. He continued his studies, enrolling in the Digital Coloring course, at the Italian School of Comix. In 2015 he joined the Neapolitan Collective Art Steady as a colorist and designer. He has several collaborations with various Italian and foreign publishing houses, such as Glénat (Pepin Cadaver Tome 2); Dynamite (Army of Darkness); Disney (Ducktales); Salani (the book series Uncle Billy), and more. He is a teacher of Digital Coloring, Character Design, and Humor Comics courses at the Comix Art School of Salerno.
TAYLOR ESPOSITO (letterer) – Taylor Esposito is a comic book lettering professional and owner of Ghost Glyph Studios. A former staff letterer at DC and production artist at Marvel, he lettered titles such as Red Hood and The Outlaws, Elvira, Bettie Page, Interceptor: Reactor, Friendo, No One Left to Fight, Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica, and Babyteeth. Other publishers he has worked with include Line Webtoon (Caster, Backchannel) Dynamite (Battlestar Galactica, Black Terror, Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep), and IDW (Scarlett’s Strike Force). In addition, Taylor teaches lettering at thefamed Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. You can find his work at www.ghostglyphstudios.com.
SARA RICHARD (cover artist) – Sara Richard is an Eisner and Ringo Award nominated artist from Salem, Massachusetts. Inspired by Art Deco and Art Nouveau with mystical and macabre subjects influenced by living in “The Witch City,” Sara aims to capture the invisible movement of energy and breeze within the swirls of each piece. She is most known for illustrating comic book covers for IDW, Oni Press, Dynamite, Marvel, and many more. Her art has been featured in multiple publications including British Vogue and Adobe2 Magazine.