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NSFW: Artist Derek Rook Dares You to Read The Dead: Omnibus

Do you like shocking? We like shocking. And when we heard of the upcoming graphic novel The Dead: Omnibus, we thought we might have found something shocking. After artist Derek Rook sent us some images, we knew we had found shocking. These are NSFW for sure.

The Dead: Omnibus is a resurrection of the original comic series The Dead, created by Ralph Griffith and Stuart Kerr over 20 years ago. Not only does The Dead: Omnibus contain all the material from the title’s original run but also plenty of new work as well. And it’s all pretty fucked up.

“The Dead goes where we didn’t go with Deadworld. We shredded the boundaries of gore and restraint,” says Kerr of this latest offering.

Listed below are the full details of what each copy of The Dead: Omnibus will contain. In addition to Griffith, Kerr, and Rook, other artists include Jason Moore, Matthew Mason, and Deidre Crouch. We’ve also included a slew of NSFW images from the book as well. Trust us on this one; these are pretty gruesome.

There is currently a The Dead: Omnibus crowdfunding campaign in action, created to help the folks behind this book make the project the best it can be. You can also keep up to date on the latest info on this nightmare, scheduled to make its debut at Rock and Shock in Worcester, MA, and Fantacon in Albany, NY, this year, by visiting the official Rough House Publishing Facebook page.

From the Press Release
Do you have the guts to read… The Dead?! In a world where “The Walking Dead” stands as the face of modern zombie entertainment and Crossed pushes readers’ faces into unbearable sexual depravity and horror, the time has come for the ORIGINAL rotting-corpse-holocaust to unearth its ugly head!

After two decades of silence, independent comic book pariahs Ralph Griffith and Stuart Kerr (Deadworld, Dark Oz) present a 280-page monstrosity that could easily be the most brutally depraved graphic novel… EVER!

Prepare for The Dead: Omnibus!

Rough House Publishing makes its take-no-prisoners debut with an epic collection of every single issue of The Dead (including previously unpublished works), bursting at the seams with eye-shredding art by Jason Moore (Evil Ernie, Sleepy Hollow), industrial rocker Matthew Mason (BlakPan, WytNail), and internet sensation Deidre Crouch (Putrid Meat), along with truly merciless scripts by Ralph Griffith, Stuart Kerr, and Randy Zimmerman. The volume will be capped with all-new material arranged by illustrator Derek Rook (Gates of Hell, Halloween) and writer Mike Wasion (Fangoria, Gorezone) along with special guest artist Vincent Locke (Deadworld, Cannibal Corpse).

Originally unleashed in 1993, The Dead showed us a world plunged into a flesh-ripping holocaust as the zombies rise to torment the living, featuring zombies that could not only think, but were hell-bent on torture, psychological punishment, and sexual degradation, putting human survivors through one unthinkable horror after the next in a bid for full-scale global genocide. It was the most controversial book of its day, gleefully depraved among the likes of iconic horror titles like Faust and Gore Shriek.

The Dead was featured on “The 700 Club” as an example of Satan destroying America’s youth through the insidious influence of comic books and would eventually be banned outright in Canada and the UK. And that was only two issues in!

The tumultuous landscape of independent comics in the 90’s (and the incendiary nature of the book itself) saw the title sputter, with a few issues released over several volumes throughout the years, never quite able to gain enough traction to lay waste to the mainstream. But that’s all about to change. Each limited “Tour Edition” copy of The Dead: Omnibus will include the following gory goodies:

– Over 280 B&W pages of fully restored artwork from the entire multiple volume run of The Dead, featuring art from Jason Moore, Matt Mason, Deidre Crouch, Derek Rook, Vince Locke, and Mark Bloodworth.
The previously unreleased Issue #3 from the first run of The Dead, printed exclusively for this volume for the very first time.
– Over 35 pages of brand new story and artwork that ties the whole bloody affair together in one volume of guts and despair by Mike Wasion, Derek Rook, Jason Moore. and Vince Locke.
– A new Deaditorial retrospective from co-founders Ralph Griffith and Stuart Kerr.
– A full color Cover Gallery of every single issue of The Dead, including previously unpublished covers.
– Loads of never before released “pin up” artwork spanning the book’s 23-year history.
– A new painted “Not For Wussies” back cover by famed artist Mark Bloodworth.
– A new painted “Definitely Not For Wussies” front cover by Jason Moore & Vince Locke.
– A raunchy The Dead, arrest-worthy, bumper sticker.
– An exclusive The Dead “Barf Bag.” Love or hate the content, this collectable will provide you with the same function.

The Dead have arisen… once again pushing the printed limits of gore!

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