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Artist Josh Medors passed away almost a year ago after a long battle with spinal cancer. One of his final projects was ’68: Hallowed Ground, a one-shot that ties into the Vietnam War-era zombie apocalypse comic. To coincide with its release next month, ’68 creators Mark Kidwell, Nat Jones and Jay Fotos are now offering a limited collector’s edition print that will benefit Medors’ wife and son.
The print features the one-shot’s cover, drawn by Medors, with a matching back cover illustration by Jones and Fotos. The print is limited to 100 copies and will be hand-numbered and signed by Kidwell, Jones and Fotos. It can be bought for $40 on the ’68 website. Check out the full print below.
’68: Hallowed Ground goes on sale Nov. 16 and, according to the press release, features the story of two soldiers freshly back from Vietnam and forced into a showdown against hordes of zombies while holed up in a church. Medors provided the cover, layouts and thumbnails for the book, which were used to create the final one-shot.
Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item.
This week’s a big week for me, so with only $15 I’d have to leave a lot of things back and make some hard choices. My five under $15 would start with Joe The Barbarian #8 (DC/Vertigo, $3.99) by Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy. I’m a big fan of both guys, but I have to admit the story went over my head the same way The Filth did in serialization. Be that as it may, I’ve kept buying the issues just to amaze myself with Murphy’s art. Now that the complete series is out, I’ll re-read it all in one sitting and hope for the best. Second would be the fourth issue of Incognito: Bad Influences (Marvel/Icon, $3.50) because, well, Brubaker and Phillips can do no wrong. After that I’d get Secret Warriors #25 (Marvel, $3.99) because Hickman’s writing here plays up to all the things I like — espionage, secrets, and overly-complicated story arcs. Over on the DC side I would pick up Brightest Day #21 (DC, $2.99). This series has ebbed and flowed for me, depending on which story arcs are brought to the fore in each issue… but I’m excited to see what happens and that’s what it should be about, right? My last pick is a cheat — I only have some change left, but thankfully the Fear Itself Sketchbook (Marvel) coming out is a free promotional item. I’ll take Stuart Immonen sketches any day!