Rick and Morty writer working on Dead of Winter comic book series starring Sparky the stunt dog

21 April 2017
DeadOfWinter1-44911.jpg Dead of Winter #1
Mini-series due this August

Name your favourite character from Dead of Winter. Trick question: it’s Sparky, the lovable canine with a taste for zombie flesh and the ability to wield firearms.

In surprising-but-maybe-not-that-surprising news, Dead of Winter is getting a comic book spin-off – but what is a pleasant surprise is the fact that at least the first issue will focus on Sparky as he goes from on-screen animal star to surviving in the post-apocalyptic world filled with the undead. All while continuing to be a very good boy.

Described by publisher Oni Press as a horror-comedy mixture of The Walking Dead and Airbud (no, we’re not really sure exactly what that means either), the mini-series is being authored by Kyle Starks, the talent behind the Rick and Morty comic books, and illustrated by fellow Eisner Award nominee Gabo.

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It sounds like future instalments in the run will follow the other characters of the fantastic board game – but we’ll be honest, we’re mainly here for the dog.

The first 32-page issue will be out at the start of August and has cover art by Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree, plus a variant from The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl artist Erica Henderson.

Dead of Winter isn’t the only game to be making its way from tabletop to comics this year – we’ve seen announcements for Blood Bowl, Pathfinder RPG and even Cluedo in recent months.


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