Character Bio – Frank and Carl

Just seeing a zombie is usually accompanied by a sudden horrible feeling and the thought of how incredibly gross they are. In the movies they are just the nastiest, gooiest, grossest things.

In a kids’ book I wanted them to be all that but fun; to play up the gross out factor kids love without making them horrifying.

Enter Frank and Carl.

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Frank
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Carl

Without giving anything away I’ll just put it out there that these two guys play a key role in the telling of this tale and are also the first two zombies drawn for this book.

Back in 2010 I took part in a group show with other artists in the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. It was a lot of fun and gave me my first push to make this story a reality.

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Back then they looked like this. And I still love that original look.

Although most zombies have no recollection of their lives before turning into the undead, in a kids’ book anything is possible. I like to think these guys worked in an office and were good friends who hated their jobs. Call me an optimist but I imagine these guys being happier as zombies. Free to leave their cubicles and wander where they like together.

They might not be the heroes of the zombie apocalypse but with a little luck they might at least be enjoying the end of the world.

To see these boys in action, please check out the book by clicking here.

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Mike Kloran

I am an Educational Designer from Brooklyn New York. I'm a teacher, an artist, an athlete and constantly doing, making, drawing, creating! It's a busy life but I'm doing what I love and that's what matters most to me!

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