Geoffrey D. Wessel has interviewed Al “Alien Brain” Ewing for Comics Bulletin, obviously the upswing in interest over the other side of the Pond is down to his taking over from Garth Ennis on Dynamite’s Jennifer Blood but the interview also goes into plenty of detail about his main body of work for Tharg:
Wessel: The third series of Zombo wrapped up not too long ago, with a 4th entitled “Planet Zombo” promised. How soon ‘til that drops, and what else do you have coming up in 2000 AD and/or the Judge Dredd Megazine?
Ewing: Well, I’m feeling the pressure of success now, in that Zombo 4 kind of has to be the best thing ever, and also I have other stuff pending for Tharg [2000 AD editor Matt Smith] in the meantime, like the second series of Damnation Station, which I’ve been working on forever, and The Zaucer of Zilk, which I’m doing with Brendan McCarthy. Both of these have been quite time-intensive for various reasons, but I think they’ll be worth the wait. And I’ve got a Dredd story or two coming up as well.
Wessel: Glad to hear about a second series of Damnation Station as I really liked that one, but what can you say about The Zaucer of Zilk?
Ewing: It’s like a wild combination of Time Bandits, Doctor Who, Mighty Boosh and The Wizard of Oz, with just a pinch of Entertaining Mister Sloane, and it’s got some incredible work by Brendan! I firmly believe it’s going to be the hit of next year. In fact, I seem to remember saying in an interview with someone else that it might bring some new and lapsed readers back into the fold all by itself, which isn’t something I’ve felt confident saying about something I’ve done before. (Although I understand some new readers out there are big fans of Zombo!)
Wessel: Zombo does definitely hit a certain zeitgeist right now.
Ewing: People definitely like it a lot! Or they do once they read it. I was watching a lot of people look it over at the NYCC, and occasionally, you’d get “Oh, Zombies…” comments [from] people tired of the whole phenomenon. Which is fine, as I’m tired of it too! But it looks like the larger culture still has plenty of time for zombies, given the new Walking Dead TV show and so on. Maybe it’s that, more often than not, zombies provide a framework for other, more human stories, or maybe we’re just living under the shadow of the collapse and the zombie narrative is a way to inoculate ourselves against that fear.