Vol. 1: Gretchen
Arthur de Pins
Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, manages the theme park Zombillenium. They don't just hire anyone, at Zombillenium: mere mortals need not apply, the park works only with genuine werewolves, vampires and zombies. This is what Aurelian gets to discover as, burnt out, deceived by his wife, he finally gets hired in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around...
A Young Adult Library Services Association 2014 Great Graphic Novel for Teens
"The twist at the end will send readers to read it again and they will certainly want to know what happens next." -Library Media Connection
"Zombillenium does for cartoon monsters what Sfar and Trondheim's Dungeon albums do for funny animals." -Seattle Post Intelligencer
"Full of witty dialogue and tongue-in-cheek cultural references. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and fun. The blossoming relationship between Aurelian and Gretchen creates an interesting dynamic and the end of the first volume leaves the reader eagerly anticipating what comes next for the pair."
"The art is fantastic. Fun designs, great use of color, and excellent expressions and body mechanics. It's high quality with just enough cartoony qualities to make it both aesthetically pleasing and fun. It's a large, hardback book that beautifully showcases the art.
There's a twist in the very last panel that definitely finished hooking me to this series. I'm now insanely curious where this is going."
"This award-winning, laugh-aloud, smart comic should be of high
interest to those who enjoy parodies
and anything that pokes gentle fun at Harry Potter or the Twilight craze."
"Whatever dark dealings you think go on behind the doors and in the underground tunnels of Disneyworld, they’ve got nothing on the secrets of Zombillenium and its mysterious proprietor."
"It’s a tough job market for everyone, but for none more than the undead. Fortunately for a certain Mr. Zahner, there’s always a home for monsters at Zombillenium. The world and the implications of Zahner’s transformations broaden at a steady pace, sweeping us along in their, heh, wake."
"A Clever, Horror-Themed Riot. A really fun graphic novel, and you realize that when you open to the first page and see a bored-looking goth girl riding a skateboard on top of a broom. Sold. The characters all have distinct personalities, and at least some of them are bound to grow on you by the end. Arthur de Pins has excellent comedic timing and creates great comedic expressions. A real find!"
-Danica Davidson, MTV Geek
"With its humor, clever pacing, and unique approach to the monster narrative, de Pins's tale throws zombie fans some fresh meat." -Publishers Weekly
"A wonderfully freakish ride. Highly imaginative."
-NY Journal of Books
"ZOMBILLENIUM is a hoot from start to finish, with funny situations, great characters, witty dialogue, and art that is utterly gorgeous."
-Marc Mason, Comics Waiting Room
9x12, 48 pp., full color hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 9781561637348